Pe, there are a number of problems with most of the points you just listed.
pehawk wrote:1) I hate how the NFL has to be dragged kicking and screaming to do the right thing by retired players.
Are you aware of what measures, if any, retired players took before resorting to suing the league? Also, do you agree that if in 15 or 20 years it turns out that sitting in a chair at a desk all day causes major health problems, that you're entitled to sue your former employer after you're already retired to get more money in your 401k? Perhaps your grandpa should go sue Ford tomorrow for having a leg amputated in a car wreck because he got thrown from his vehicle due to cars not having seat belts when he was a young man, yes? To be clear, I'm not saying the league should do NOTHING extra for retired players; what I'm saying is, the instant you sue an entity like the NFL, now they have to be on the defensive and give away NOTHING because of how it might look at trial. A good attorney on the other side will look at any handout the NFL gives to retired players right now as implying guilt on behalf of the league, and trying to get off on the cheap. Assuming the league's the big bad guy in this is just ignorance, IMO.
pehawk wrote:2) I hate the utter domination of the NFLPA (that's the reps fault though)
pehawk wrote:3) I hate him acting as Judge Dredd on any and all issues, with no eye towards any due process or presumed innocence
Why? The CEO of any company you work for can walk in and fire you for any number of reasons, and you're out of a job; or suspend you sans pay for a month, etc. Police departments do it to cops that step out of line. You need to present your case for not allowing Goodell to do the same thing, since you clearly believe he shouldn't be able to.
pehawk wrote:4) I hate the fact he's making the game safer by legislating certain hits, but wants to add two more games. That's pure hypocrisy.
No, it's not. That's like saying it's pure hypocrisy to improve seat belt and air bag safety while designing cars to go ever faster. The two are not mutually exclusive; you just want them to be. There's no reason he shouldn't be able to try and lower the injury rate by 15%, and increase the number of games by 15% as well, if that's what the owners of the league want.
pehawk wrote:5) I hate how it took one of the NFL's favored franchises getting a questionable call against them, before he really moved on bringing in the refs. If the Hawks, Bengals, Texans, Chargers a not favored franchise would've lost due to the fail-mary, it would've NOT caused him to buckle.
You're right; probably not. Welcome to public relations. However, knowing how bad officiating is sometimes on a regular basis in this league, I think it's important to break up the current "standard" of NFL officiating in some way.
pehawk wrote:6) MNF, last year, the Chiefs v Steelers. If the Steelers win, next week’s SNF game against the Ravens is for 1st place. What happens? The Chiefs win, but actually lose due to refereeing that makes SBXL look grade-A game management. One TD was called back a good 15 seconds after the play, which made the NFL’s fluffers, ESPN MNF Booth, SQUIRM outwardly.
There’s a lot to be suspicious of. A LOT.
Agreed. It sucks, and it's a shame.