Shortly after discussing concussions and the deaths of high school football players, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said this:
``There is risk in life. There is risk in sitting on a couch.’’
Where the heck is his couch? in a shark tank?
And if a couch can be dangerous, should you need insurance to buy a recliner?
Goodell reminds me of this skit:
Goodell was his usual self on Friday during his state-of-the-league press conference. He answered planted questions. He told a little girl that she could someday play in the NFL. He defended league decisions and policy.
But he said two things that knocked me back:
That the NFL will be ahead of science in preventing concussions. This from a league that ignored head-trauma science and lied to its players about it. Now the NFL is going to trailblaze? I hope that’s true.
The couch comment.
Is he confusing couches with electric chairs? With ski-lifts? With this guy?
Let this be a lesson: If Roger Goodell invites you to his house, tell him you’d rather play it safe and catch javelins.