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Goodell out campaigning for 18-game season


The first 2010 NFL pre-season game is in books. The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 16-7. Is it still not kosher to call it an exhibition game? The NFL doesn’t cotton to that designation.

The victories or defeats don’t count a lick in any standings and the first string players are protected from injury by limiting their participation.

If that doesn’t define an exhibition I don’t know what would do it for the NFL. They charge full boat for the tickets and expect fans to swallow it by trying to sell them on the novelty of watching their own version of HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told Mike Florio of profootballtalk.com last week that “The fans have made it incredibly clear that they don’t like preseason games.”

So Commish, does that mean you are encouraging the teams to adjust prices accordingly? Ah…no, not exactly. Goodell thinks they should just flip two of the four exhibitions into regular season games.

“So the idea of staying within the 20-game format and taking two preseason games and converting them to regular season games has a lot of appeal,” Goodell told Florio.

Apparently the players don’t think it has much appeal. At least that is the talk coming out of the NFL Players Association as they bulk up for the coning fight to the death over a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Goodell as you would expect from such a smooth operator, thinks he has that covered too. “But you have to do it in a comprehensive fashion that is going to ensure that the game stays safe for our players,” The game’s the game Mr. Goodell. Players go down without hits to the head or illegal chop blocks.

Sunday night’s Hall of Fame game was interesting in short bursts for those that wanted to see the new Bengals’ receiving corps and if the Cowboy’s Roy Williams would actually catch a pass.

Hard core fans of each team and fantasy football stat heads might have stayed engaged longer if they knew the draft picks and were curious to see if they could predict who might make the 53-man game roster.

Aside from those potential benefits of staying engaged in the action, you got plenty of chances to relive some of the moments from the Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction ceremony the previous evening.

As a football crazy country, it was heartening to realize the real thing kicks off in a bit more than four weeks. But the real thing isn’t what we are fed in August.

If the NFL owners get what they want in the new CBA and earn more of the gross revenue than their current percentage, perhaps they’ll do the right thing. On this point, MLB’s got it right.

Call them exhibitions, play them at the site of the training camps if you can and get us ready for football when the W’s and L’s really count.

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Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for Examiner.com and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles. 

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Will Benson join Big Ben and Santonio on sidelines?


Cedric Benson will meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday as the latest NFL player to be accused of disciplinary troubles off the gridiron.  The most recent trouble for Benson came on June 29 at an Austin, Texas bar where he was arrested on an assault charge.  Benson has previously faced criminal charges on three separate occasions. 

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis says that he “doesn’t believe Benson will be suspended” under the personal conduct policy of the NFL.  As the fourth overall pick by the Chicago Bears in the 2005 NFL Draft, Benson failed to find his stride and had personal issues with teammates that were well documented following a lengthy holdout.  After an alcohol related arrest, Benson was released in June 2008.

After serving a year as a backup in Cincinnati, Benson decided to remain with the Bengals in 2009 and rushed for 1,251 yards.  This made him the 8th leading rusher in the NFL on the season even though he missed 3 games due to injury.  In a tough postseason loss to the New York Jets, Benson set the team rushing record for a postseason game with a total of 169 rushing yards.  Under the guidance of Coach Marvin Lewis, Benson has become an integral part of the Bengals offense. 

While the tenure of Lewis has had its up and down moments; he has led the team to the NFL playoffs twice.  In 2005, the postseason ended after an early Carson Palmer injury in the opening playoff game after the team had posted a record strong enough to earn the first-round bye.  Last season, Lewis was awarded 2009 Coach of the Year by the Associated Press for turning the team around after a disappointing 2008 campaign. 

Despite the flashes of success on the field, Lewis has endured years of off the field issues by members of the team.  The most tragic of these was the death of wide-receiver Chris Henry in Charlotte, North Carolina last December after a domestic dispute with his fiancée.  However, Lewis is making the argument that the past issues of team members along with Benson’s previous history are the primary reasons why this case has received so much attention.

Benson isn’t the only NFL player currently facing possible disciplinary action. 

Earlier this week, recently released Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell plead not guilty to charges of illegal drug possession.  Russell was arrested July 5 after an undercover investigation led authorities to discover codeine syrup without a prescription. 

The image of Russell was already badly tarnished after several horrendous seasons that eventually led to the quarterback being benched.  Russell was then released on May 6 and his troubles grew further when the Raiders filed a grievance with the league in an attempt to recover $9.5 million of the $36.4 million that was paid to the former LSU star while in the silver and black. 

Although no arrests are planned from the incident in which Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young was cited for assault that resulted in bodily injury at a Dallas strip club. Young is expected to receive some sort of disciplinary action from the league. How severe or if a suspension would be included is left to be seen.

Successful Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been no stranger to success on the NFL field twice leading his team to become Super Bowl champions.  However, off the field, Roethlisberger has been involved in several high-profile incidents including a nearly fatal motorcycle accident in 2006 and, most recently, accusations of sexual assault.   

While neither allegation led to the arrest of Roethlisberger, the most recent sexual assault allegation resulted in a six-game suspension without pay.  The league has since mandated a “professional behavior evaluation” and he must further adhere to counseling or treatment that may be recommended by the evaluators.  During the 2010 NFL Draft, Big Ben was often referred to as possible “trade-bait” that the Steelers might use to move up to a higher pick in the draft. 

The rumors turned out to be inaccurate and Roethlisberger remains a Steeler at the moment.  The six-game suspension has led to much debate in the media about what might happen if another quarterback gets on a roll during the mandatory time off.  Earlier in the season, Dennis Dixon started a game for an injured Roethlisberger and nearly defeated a defense-powerful Baltimore Ravens squad.  This led many that were already upset with Roethlisberger to insist upon his replacement.

While on this disciplinary topic, you need to include New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes who will miss the first four games of this season from a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Holmes, no stranger to legal troubles, once acknowledged that he sold drugs on the street as a teenager. The star receiver has been faced with off the field issues twice in 2010.  The first came at a nightclub where a woman accused Holmes of throwing a glass at her and cutting her above the eye.  Shortly thereafter, a Twitter user spoke negatively of the incident to which Holmes responded with several disparaging remarks.

Holmes would later allege that his Twitter account had been hacked at the time of the responses and that it wasn’t actually him addressing the fans.  One month later, Holmes refused to turn an iPod off at the request of a flight attendant citing airline regulations.  Although no arrest resulted from the incident, Holmes was removed from the flight by police officers and reminded to comply with regulations. 

The ever popular Madden video game series will release its latest episode entitled “Madden 11” on August 10.  Although the game series doesn’t offer players the ability to live the life of their favorite players off the field the conduct of many stars as of late would have many wondering if it should be an option. 

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Cade Caldwell is an Atlanta-based sportswriter and contributor to Sports Climax.

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Lions President Tom Lewand busted for DUI


Detroit Lions President Tom Lewand became the latest Jocks Behind Bars member when he was arrested for DUI in Roscommon County, Michigan.

When the blue lights went on with no Kmart in sight, it was obvious it wasn’t for the latest “blue-light special” and it all went downhill from there for Lewand.

After pulling over to the curb and being questioned by the cops, Lewand, who police say had eyes that were “glossy and bloodshot” repeatedly denied he had consumed any alcohol but later at the police station, he blew about double the legal limit.

 The Reader’s Digest version goes like this. After leaving a nearby watering hole, Lewand drove really shitty, swerving over the lines and after getting pulled over he failed the field sobriety tests; according to the arresting officers.

If we were taking a poll, I might vote that Lewand somehow passed the tests until he was asked to balance on one foot. I can barely do that sober, but what the hell do I know; I sit here typing about this shit while those cops are paid to reach their quota, I mean figure all this legal stuff out.

After reciting the ABC’s up to the letter ‘S’ and counting forward and back, touching his nose, picking his ass and all that other stuff cops love to ask us to do hours after dark, he refused to take a breath test at the scene. That led to having the cuffs thrown on and a long, lonely trip to the slammer where Lewand is said to have blown a blood-alcohol level of .21 and .20, more than 2 1/2 times the legal limit. The legal limit in Michigan is .08. If only his Lions offense could register a score with a 21 in it!

When you listen to the tape, you can hear one of the cops ask Lewand how much he had to drink.

Lewand answered:

“Not a thing. No. No. I haven’t had a thing to drink in about a year and a half.”

Well that musta been some strong Mississippi grain alcohol to last that long since Lewand blew that .21 18 months after his last drink, according to him.

 Later Lewand added, “I’m happy to take whatever you want me to do, but review for me why I did not pass what you suggested I do.” After that remark a deputy offered Lewand two choices, blow in the tube or get busted and soon after, the cuffs went on.

Copies of the actual arrest documents can be viewed here.

Bob Hallauer, the owner of the Limberlost bar where Lewand had left minutes prior to being pulled over, told the Detroit Free Press that Lewand “was the victim of overzealous cops trying to raise money by issuing tickets on M-55”.

“Come on vacation, leave on probation — that’s what people say about Houghton Lake,” Hallauer said.

“The police wait for people to pull out of your parking lot and pounce on them.”

Roscommon County Sheriff Randall Stevenson defended his cops saying, “My officers do not sit on bars.”

Lewand has apologized saying he takes “full responsibility for [my actions]” and that he was “a person in active recovery.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to come down on Lewand saying the NFL policies apply to players, coaches, execs and everyone in the organizations.

The Tom Lewand mugshot has not surfaced on the net but when it does, you will find it here.

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Roethlisberger suspended 6 games; involved in trade talks


Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was slapped with a 6-game suspension today by NFL big ben roethlisbergerCommissioner Roger Goodell for dissin’ the league’s personal conduct policy.

Goodell also is requiring the star slinger to attend as the boss put it, “comprehensive behavioral evaluation by medical professionals.”

Like Michael Vick’s suspension after he came back into the league after serving jail time for dog-fighting charges, Roethslisberger’s penalty can be reduced to a lesser amount (4) games for good behavior.

Roethlisberger, who’s meat has dominated the news, is also banned from participating in any team off season drills or activities until he completes this evaluation.

Here’s what the boss had to say regarding the suspension:

“The Personal Conduct Policy makes clear that I may impose discipline ‘even where the conduct does not result in conviction of a crime’ as, for example, where the conduct ‘imposes inherent danger to the safety and well being of another person’,”

“As the District Attorney concluded, the extensive investigatory record shows that you contributed to the irresponsible consumption of alcohol by purchasing alcoholic beverages for underage college students, at least some of whom were likely already intoxicated. There is no question that the excessive consumption of alcohol that evening put the students and yourself at risk.”

“The Personal Conduct Policy also states that discipline is appropriate for conduct that ‘undermines or puts at risk the integrity and reputation of the NFL, NFL clubs, or NFL players.’ By any measure, your conduct satisfies that standard.”

Jason La Canfora of NFL.com reported that the Steelers have kicked up efforts to trade Big Ben.

Big Ben should draw some attention in the trade market, especially with two Super Bowl wins under his belt. You would have to assume he will straighten out knowing, like Vick, it’s shape up or ship out time.

According to La Canfora, the Steelers “had a brief conversation with the St. Louis Rams over the weekend, according to a league source, but the Rams weren’t interested in taking on Roethlisberger. The Steelers wanted to send Roethlisberger to the Rams as part of a package to move up to No. 1 overall in this week’s draft and select Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford.”

Other teams possibly showing interest are the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders.

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In Tiger Woods Fashion, Roethlisberger Reads His Apology


PITTSBURGH – Like a chapter out of the book of Tiger Woods apologies and premeditated, rehearsed statements, Big Ben ApologyPittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger read his apology after the D.A. in Georgia announced he would bring no charges of sexual assault against the player.

Although appearance doesn’t mean everything, Ben could have at least shaved and dressed it up a little bit for the occasion. He may want to consider doing that later today when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell meets with him to discuss this and other recent incidents that may lead to a suspension.

Below is a transcript of the apology and the video can be seen on ESPN here.

“I’d like to begin by expressing gratitude to the thorough investigation process in Georgia. The prosecutor’s decision not to bring charges, I know without a doubt, is the right conclusion. I don’t intend to discuss any details related to the events of Georgia. I’m happy to put this behind me and move forward.”

“I’m truly sorry for the disappointment and negative attention I brought to my family, my teammates, coaches, the Rooneys and the NFL.”

“I understand that the opportunities I have been blessed with are a privilege, and much is expected of me as the quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I absolutely want to be the leader this team deserves, valued in the community and a role model to kids. I have much work to do to earn this trust. And I’m committed to improving and showing everyone my true values.”

“I am excited to get back to work with my teammates, and I’m more determined than ever to have a great season. I intend to make my family, friends and Steeler nation proud on all fronts. Thank you. God bless.”

Oh and BTW, while this was going on another accusation arose from an attorney during an interview

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No Sexual Assault Charges Against Roethlisberger


MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – District Attorney Fred Bright announced that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben ben roethlisbergerRoethlisberger will not be charged of sexual assault in the case involving a college student at a nightclub last month saying the 20-year-old’s accusations could not be proven.

The accuser, a Georgia College & State University student, told police that the Steelers star sexually assaulted her at the Capital City night club on March 5th. Bright said the investigation revealed the woman was boozing it up heavily and what happened in the bathroom between the pair is unclear.

Medical personnel who examined her after the incident could not confirm she had been raped and there was not enough DNA to confirm who it belonged to.

“We are not condoning Mr. Roethlisberger’s actions that night,” Bright said. “But we do not prosecute morals. We prosecute crimes.”

The investigation lasted for weeks over which time the accuser urged prosecutors not to move forward any charges.

“I know when I have a case and I know when I don’t. I do not have enough evidence to convince 12 jurors beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Roethlisberger was guilty of rape,” said Bright.

“If this is sexual assault, it has to be proven that it happened without consent, and that’s difficult especially if both parties consumed alcohol,” added J. Tom Morgan, a former D.A.

Roethlisberger, who owns a home in Georgia, has not participated in recent offseason workouts with the Steelers.

With this ordeal over, Roethlisberger, currently playing under a $102 million contract, is expected to have a sit-down with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in the near future to discuss his many off-the-field issues.

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NFL Should Slam and Lock the Door on Rush Limbaugh


When Rush Limbaugh’s name surfaced as a potential owner of the NFL St. Louis Rams, many of us cringed at the limbaughthought of a man who has been interpreted to be a racist being involved at such a high level in the league.

For those living in a cave and not aware of Limbaugh and his radio show, here are some of the quotes the shock-jock is said to have made:

Limbaugh: “Look, let me put it to you this way: The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.”

Limbaugh: “I think it’s time to get rid of this whole National Basketball Association. Call it the TBA, the Thug Basketball Association and stop calling them teams. Call ‘em gangs. Let ‘em strap up out there [carry guns], and let ‘em market their CD’s.”

Many people look at Limbaugh as a hypocrite. While he implies the men who play these sports are thugs, he has a criminal history of his own. Limbaugh’s mugshot from his drug arrest sits sandwiched between NBA Alan Iverson and NFL badboy Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones in the Sports Climax Sports Mugshot Gallery.

The Today Show did a segment recently asking if Limbaugh is getting a free pass for skirting any serious aftermath after the radio jock featured a song “Barack the Magic Negro” on another of his shows. (see on YouTube here)

Limbaugh’s past resume with the NFL includes when he was a part of the ESPN show ‘NFL Countdown’. Limbaugh had barely unpacked his suitcase when he quickly resigned from the show after making inappropriate remarks.

Many people believe Limbaugh’s particular comment about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb showed Limbaugh’s true colors and ESPN graciously accepted the right-wing radio shock jock’s resignation issuing a statement, “We have communicated with Mr. Limbaugh that his comments were insensitive and inappropriate.”

The network went on to say “We accept his resignation and regret the circumstances surrounding this. We believe that he took the appropriate action to resolve this matter expeditiously.”

When ESPN first announced Limbaugh was joining the show, many of us fell out of our seats. What were those producers thinking! It was obvious what they were setting themselves up for.

That aside, one has to wonder if Limbaugh’s past arrest for drugs would effect his chances of getting a team since NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is becoming strict pertaining to drug-related incidents with his players.

With NFL players already speaking out about their lack of desire to play on any Limbaugh-owned team, it’s time for the league and Commissioner Roger Goodell to close the door on this shock-jock radio host before this controversial issue spins out of control.

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Vick Deserves Fresh Start in the NFL


Since Michael Vick met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and cleared the first hurdle in returning to the NFL, Credit: APthe internet has become saturated with polls debating whether or not Goodell should have reinstated the player who was convicted of running an illegal dog-fighting ring and animal abuse.

Seeing the results of many of these polls favoring that Vick be banned from the NFL for life, it is evident how hostile and out-of-touch our country has become.

It’s like an emotional lynch-mobbing.

One Carolina television station poll showed viewers 61% in favor of a lifetime ban with comments like, “The judicial system sucks. [Vick] should be still in jail, leashed to his bunk.”

In recent history, several people have made serious mistakes, many more severe than Vick’s, but our society has elected to ignore those criminals while becoming obsessed with creating a villain out of Vick.

Over the years, the mainstream media and many of its followers have blown off the illegal behavior of corrupt politicians, athletes and businessmen, granting them forgiveness for their acts after they appear at a podium in their suit simply saying the words, “I’m sorry.”

Others like Vick pay a severe debt losing tens of millions of dollars while serving long prison sentences then find themselves battling an aggressive media and overzealous society when they are released.

What Michael Vick did was brutal, inhumane and illegal. He knows it, the general population knows it and the judicial system knows it, that’s why they acted on it so aggressively, hitting Vick with a sentence so severe, it could have destroyed the man’s life and career.

As with any other former prisoner who has paid their debt and served their time, our system is structured to offer a fair opportunity and reintroduce these United States citizens back into society.

Vick’s situation should be no different than anyone else who abused animals and served a sentence for the acts but because of his popularity many are labeling him as a villain who does not deserve the same opportunity other ex-convicts are granted.

When people fill sports blogs with comments how Vick should “never take another snap in the NFL,” where is their reasoning?

The man has spent almost two prime years of his life in prison for animal abuse. Think about that in its literal sense.

Do those opposing Vick’s return feel other ex-cons should not be allowed an opportunity to go back to the careers they had prior to their sentence? Should a bricklayer be banned from laying a roadway; an accountant banned from operating a calculator?

At the time of his conviction, Vick’s job was throwing a football in the NFL. It would be un-American to ban the accountant or bricklayer from returning to work, just as it would to ban Vick from returning to the career he had prior to his conviction.

Vick, once the highest-paid player in the NFL, released a statement regarding his return. “I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to commissioner Goodell for allowing me to be readmitted to the National Football League. As you can imagine, the last two years have given me time to re-evaluate my life, mature as an individual and fully understand the terrible mistakes I have made in the past and what type of life I must lead moving forward.”

I wish Vick the best and hope he capitalizes on an opportunity to show others how to take advantage of the opportunity granted to him by the NFL.

Thank you, Roger Goodell, for doing the right thing.

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NFL Lynch expects suspension as Stallworth awaits results of drug & alcohol test


The NFL certainly is finding a way to dominate the sports headlines throughout their offseason with marquee players (AP Photo/Don Heupel)like Terrell Owens and Matt Cassel changing teams while mock draft boards are being shuffled like a deck of cards.Unfortunately, much to the displeasure of Commissioner Roger Goodell, all the news is not football related. Matt Jones, Albert Haynesworth, Marshall Lynch and Donte Stallworth are the latest players to find themselves in trouble with the law.

Buffalo Bills RB Lynch expects to be disciplined after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge related to his arrest last month in Los Angeles.

Lynch was charged after police found a 9 mm semiautomatic weapon in the trunk of his car. Lynch pled guilty to having a concealed firearm and was sentenced to three years of probation and 80 hours community service.

While Goodell contemplates suspending Lynch, he awaits the outcome to another weapon case regarding one of his players; New York Giants’ receiver Plaxico Burress who shot himself in the leg while trying to bring a loaded handgun into a night club in New York.

In another incident earlier this month, Cleveland Browns receiver Donte Stallworth hit a killed a pedestrian in the early morning hours on a busy causeway near Miami Beach. Stallworth has been cooperating with the police and provided blood for a toxicology test.

Lynch is the only player to have met with Goodell thus far and although he appears to sincerely regret his incident, he expects a suspension from the league.

“It was a real productive meeting, [Goodell] stressed he will not tolerate any more screw-ups from me. I honestly see a suspension coming” said Lynch. “I feel with the incidents I’ve had, I’m young and I’ve grown through those situations. I’ve seen what these situations have put my family through, the team and the organization through and that’s not what I’m about.”

Stallworth also released a statement showing remorse and said he is “grief stricken” concerning being involved in the motor vehicle accident that took the life of a family man returning home from work.

Normally the negative publicity from situations like these find a way to fade away over time but with the league just settling down from the Burress incident and Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones’ latest ordeal in an Atlanta nightclub, Goodell may find himself out on another intense damage-control campaign soon.

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Vick pleads guilty and may get earlier release


VIRGINIA – After an appearance in a Virginia state court on Tuesday, Michael Vick’s journey through the criminal court system might have gotten a bit shorter.

Under an agreement with Virginia prosecutors, Vick agreed to plead guilty to one of two charges against him. He was given a three-year suspended sentence from the judge and knows that the last piece of his quest for an early release from federal prison is now in place.

The Commonwealth of Virginia had charged the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback with similar but different crimes that resulted from the dog fighting operation he and his family conducted on the property in Surry County, Virginia.

At the time the charges were brought it felt like a grandstand move on the part of the Virginia authorities.

Those crimes could have easily been folded into the federal case, but Commonwealth prosecutors said the citizens of Virginia were outraged at what they saw and deserved to have their voice heard.

Vick has now performed his public penance by being brought from Kansas to Virginia to personally take his plea and make his apologies to the people of Virginia.

With this resolved, Vick can apply for an early release from Leavenworth where he is still serving out his 23-month sentence. His official release date is July 2009 and as a result of today’s events he can apply to serve some of what is left in a halfway house.

While waiting for final sentencing in 2007, Vick tested positive for marijuana and after his incarceration began at Leavenworth he entered a drug rehab treatment program.

After successful completion of that and the resolution of the pending Virginia charges the path is clear for him to ask for an early release date.

If that happens early enough in 2009, he will certainly apply for NFL reinstatement. Let the discussions begin now about where he would he land if Commissioner Goodell is ready to board the Vick merry-go-round again.

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