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NFL To Investigate Colts For Tanking Game Against Jets
The Business Insider ^ | 1/3/10 | Henry Blodget

Posted on 01/03/2010 8:30:20 PM PST by FromLori

The NFL flaps its gums to appease Colts fans forced to watch their team tank last week's game against the Jets, blowing their perfect season.

MIAMI (AP) -- Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL competition committee will review league policy regarding late-season games where teams might be tempted to rest their starters for the playoffs.

Goodell said the league was sensitive to criticism in the wake of the Indianapolis Colts' decision to use backups a week ago in a game they lost, ending their bid for a perfect season.

''It is something we'll look at,'' Goodell said Sunday. ''We heard the fans loud and clear. It's something our competition committee has looked at in the past, but we're going to ask our competition committee to look at it again in the future. We want every game to be competitive.''

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1 posted on 01/03/2010 8:30:21 PM PST by FromLori
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To: FromLori

Congress needs to hold hearings.


2 posted on 01/03/2010 8:31:12 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats, the party of evil. Republicans, the party of stupid.)
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To: RobinOfKingston
Please! Anything but that! The Regress could figure out a way to lose a hand of 5-stud, holding a royal flush.
3 posted on 01/03/2010 8:32:24 PM PST by SAJ
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To: RobinOfKingston

With our Senate, I might just back a Caesar.


4 posted on 01/03/2010 8:33:01 PM PST by Porterville ( I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum)
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To: RobinOfKingston

Its a waste of time, Try police anyone tanking and the competitors just make it more ambiguous. Peyton could feign an injury.


5 posted on 01/03/2010 8:34:46 PM PST by omega4179 (Marco2010)
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To: Porterville
NFL and advertisers worried about TVs turned off when the teams pull their stars.
6 posted on 01/03/2010 8:35:19 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this)
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To: FromLori

Isn’t that the same sort of thing NO Saints overtly did today?


7 posted on 01/03/2010 8:35:51 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: RobinOfKingston

We need a cabinet level NFL czar.


8 posted on 01/03/2010 8:36:38 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (The End of an Error - 01/20/2013)
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To: RobinOfKingston

They probably will lol remember the base ball hearings.


9 posted on 01/03/2010 8:37:40 PM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

“NFL and advertisers worried about TVs turned off when the teams pull their stars.”

They should ask for a bail-out or a cram-down... or a Obama kickback.


10 posted on 01/03/2010 8:38:25 PM PST by Porterville ( I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum)
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To: FromLori

They didn’t violate the rules, and resting starters has always been a valid strategy. This is all a reflection of no one having the stones to just say too bad that’s the way it goes.

Now I read they may give a team extra draft picks just for playing its starters? That is outrageous.


11 posted on 01/03/2010 8:38:31 PM PST by Williams (It's the policies, stupid)
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To: FromLori

"The action is all on Indy next week. What do we do?" Yeah, what do we do?"
12 posted on 01/03/2010 8:39:31 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: FromLori
Here's the no-brainer solution: Switch back to a 14-game season.

That means every game will go down to the wire and will be hard-fought.

The last 2 games of the season are meaningless. Get rid of them, get rid of 2 of the preseason games, and have a bye week for all teams halfway into the season. Throw in two extra wild-card berths per conference and give all playoff teams a bye week before the playoffs start. Pefect!!

13 posted on 01/03/2010 8:40:51 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (GO GREEN BAY PACKERS GO!)
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To: FromLori

Playing second sting is bad strategy? Especially when you are trying to win a Super bowl? Strategy is what it is all about.


14 posted on 01/03/2010 8:43:10 PM PST by doc1019 (To call Obama a bumbling idiot would be an insult to bumbling idiots worldwide.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

You Can be the Sports Czar!!!!


15 posted on 01/03/2010 8:44:13 PM PST by ermmt (Happily married white self-employed landloard, conservative father of 2!!)
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To: FromLori

All they have to do is make the playoff seeding based on the winning percentage over the final four games - i.e., the #6 team that goes 4-0 in December gets the #1 seed over the 15-1 team, even if they finish 9-7 overall. The six top overall records still get in, but the seeding is determined by December performance.


16 posted on 01/03/2010 8:46:08 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("If you cannot pick it up and run with it, you don't really own it." -- Robert Heinlein)
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To: ermmt

Yay for me!


17 posted on 01/03/2010 8:46:47 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (GO GREEN BAY PACKERS GO!)
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To: FromLori

Does that mean they will look to see why the Redskins tanked so many of their games also? Or the Rams?


18 posted on 01/03/2010 8:48:16 PM PST by theelephantway
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To: FromLori

Poor headline. The league isn’t investigating the Colts, they’re just (once again) going to try to figure out a way to keep teams from resting their players in meaningless regular season games. This comes up every season around now, and the nothing will happen because there’s no feasible rule to right and enforce. Unless you outlaw all forms of missed games and missed downs there’s just no way to keep teams from resting players, the most you can do is force teams to declare guys injured when they aren’t.


19 posted on 01/03/2010 8:51:06 PM PST by discostu (The Bluebird of Happiness long absent from his life, Ned is visited by the Chicken of Depression)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

For the Colts even in a 14 game season the last 2 games would have been meaningless. They locked up home-field throughout when they hit 12-0. And of course for many teams (7 teams in the AFC) the season came down to the last down, many the last down of somebody else’s game even.


20 posted on 01/03/2010 8:53:48 PM PST by discostu (The Bluebird of Happiness long absent from his life, Ned is visited by the Chicken of Depression)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

And he/she would need to be a Communist to qualify


21 posted on 01/03/2010 8:55:13 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: discostu

And in St. Louis, we were actually hoping the rams would lose so we could get the first draft pick.


22 posted on 01/03/2010 8:56:18 PM PST by chae (I am karmic retribution)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

And they want to add 2 games to the current 16 game schedule. Idiot$

You’re ideas make a heck of a lot of sense!!! Forward them to Goodell.


23 posted on 01/03/2010 8:58:00 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Never bring a snowball to a gun fight.)
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To: TomGuy

Exactly!!!


24 posted on 01/03/2010 9:00:41 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Never bring a snowball to a gun fight.)
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To: FromLori

This is the craziest sports controversy I’ve heard of. The Colts earned the bye, and they’re playing smart. I wonder how many Colts fans would be happy if they couldn’t win the divisional because somebody got clobbered in a meaningless game and couldn’t play.


25 posted on 01/03/2010 9:01:34 PM PST by sig226 (Bring back Jimmy Carter!)
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To: FromLori
Heck -

The Bengals didn't even show up against the Jets tonight.

My suggestion: give every team a home game and a road game for the last two weeks of the season, but don't set the schedule for the last two weeks. Then schedule games between contenders (e.g Steelers, Dolphins, Broncos, Texans, Jets, Ravens all scheduled against one another). That way winning is in the hands of the competing teams.

Personally I am just Happy the Steelers (Team Obama) didn't make the playoffs.

26 posted on 01/03/2010 9:01:52 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: FromLori
Check this out...

Later, in an interview with CBS, Goodell said various incentives to prevent teams from benching starters will be considered.

Such incentives could include awarding draft choices.

Now Goodell is gonna give teams draft picks to play starters?

The guy is a joke!

27 posted on 01/03/2010 9:05:46 PM PST by hercuroc
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

*Here’s the no-brainer solution: Switch back to a 14-game season.*

Uh, yeah, well, the Colts would have tanked game 12 then.

This is all idiotic anyway. If the Commish is worried about money & viewers, how about getting rid of blackout rules and the distribution maps. Allow me to watch whatever game I want wherever I live. For instance, today I had to suffer through Brett F*cking Favre—AGAIN, when I would have rather watched Paint Dry VS. Grass Grow.


28 posted on 01/03/2010 9:06:10 PM PST by j-damn
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To: bwc2221

*Then schedule games between contenders (e.g Steelers, Dolphins, Broncos, Texans, Jets, Ravens all scheduled against one another). That way winning is in the hands of the competing teams.*

How do you know who will be “contenders” before the season starts? This ain’t the AL East.


29 posted on 01/03/2010 9:07:36 PM PST by j-damn
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To: FromLori
these last two weeks have proven that the NFL is tuning into wrestling or worse... the NBA. Just imagine what it's going to be like when they make the season 18 games long. The players can barely get by one season intact, now they're going to be asked to do 4 preseason games (money in the owners pocket) and expand the season by 2 games.

Maybe they should take a page out of the NHL. Make it so that all but 4 teams DON'T get in the playoffs.

What a joke. They had a chance to be undefeated but mailed it in.

The worst team I've seen in the New York Giants... nobody showed up for the last two weekends. Just weird.

30 posted on 01/03/2010 9:08:00 PM PST by erman
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To: hercuroc

* Now Goodell is gonna give teams draft picks to play starters?

The guy is a joke! *

Sounds like a Democrat, too.


31 posted on 01/03/2010 9:09:16 PM PST by j-damn
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To: FromLori

The winners earned the right to do what they wish best for their teams. Why should the NFL act like the Federal Govt. and punish incentive or the rights of teams to make their own decisions. If the Indy Colts fans have a beef with their team is one thing but having NFL intrude on team decisions is over reaching.


32 posted on 01/03/2010 9:10:49 PM PST by tflabo
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To: RobinOfKingston; Salamander; Slings and Arrows; Markos33; JoeProBono
"Congress needs to hold hearings."

That's a GREAT idea!

Would that they would call them immediately, tabling all other business until they resolve this issue. Of course, with the magnitude and import, as well as the complexities involved, and the volume of expert testimony needed, why...it could take months - NO - years to reach any meaningful conclusion.

It could very well keep them occupied through November of 2012.
33 posted on 01/03/2010 9:14:01 PM PST by shibumi (" ..... then we will fight in the shade.")
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To: discostu
For the Colts even in a 14 game season the last 2 games would have been meaningless.

Those teams facing the Colts would have been more competitive though.
You assume the Colts would have still maintained a perfect season prior to the Jets game fiasco

In a 14 game season the league would become drastically more competitive. In addition to the extra wild card berths the bottom-feeders would be playing for something too.

34 posted on 01/03/2010 9:15:31 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (GO GREEN BAY PACKERS GO!)
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To: j-damn
Announce the final two weeks schedule at the end of Week 14. Teams travel by chartered aircraft. If Minnesota knows it is going to be on the road week 17, it doesn't matter if the plane flies to St. Louis or San Diego. The NFL reserves rooms, arranges for TV coverage, etc.
35 posted on 01/03/2010 9:15:40 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: GOPsterinMA; TomGuy

Nope, because the Saints @ 13 and 2 weren’t playing for an undefeated season.


36 posted on 01/03/2010 9:16:04 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: sig226
The Colts earned the bye, and they’re playing smart.

The Colts have been ousted out of the playoffs each time they rested their starters at the end.
In their Super Bowl season they played all their starters through the end.
Resting your starters is a horrible idea and gives a false sense of security.

37 posted on 01/03/2010 9:17:17 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (GO GREEN BAY PACKERS GO!)
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To: FromLori
I don't like the idea of interfering with a team's coaching decisions over something like this, but the fans really do get screwed when teams rest their starters in the final games. Fans pay good money to see their team play and end up watching what is basically a preseason game.

What could make it more exciting for the fans when this happens is for the "present" team to run up the score on the "absent" team as much as possible. The fans attending the games know they won't see real competition, but if they're lucky they might see a record-breaking blowout debacle. The fans get to say "I was there when the Skankers lost by 68 points!", and the team that rested their starters gets a well-deserved humiliation.

38 posted on 01/03/2010 9:18:44 PM PST by Junior_G (Funny how liberals' love affair with Muslims began on 9/11)
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To: GOPsterinMA
And they want to add 2 games to the current 16 game schedule.

It's ridiculous. The NFL season is already too long. It basically starts with the training camps in July and then preaseason games in August. The Super Bowl is in February now. They did a good thing with having the Pro Bowl the week before the Super Bowl though. But even with the Pro Bowl, they should just announce the teams and cancel the game itself or have a 30-min touch football game.

39 posted on 01/03/2010 9:20:34 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (GO GREEN BAY PACKERS GO!)
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To: FromLori

A few decades ago, the controversy was over bad teams throwing their last few games to make their season even worse.

The reason: So they could be better positioning in the player draft.

Controversy is a part of the system — gotta give all those ‘journalists’ something to write about.


40 posted on 01/03/2010 9:22:28 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: FromLori
NFL To Investigate Colts For Tanking Game Against Jets

How about a new headline: NFL To Investigate Bengals For Sucking Against Jets.

As a Bengals fan I don't have much hope if they play similarly to tonight.

41 posted on 01/03/2010 9:24:50 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Gore is the fifth horseman of the apocalypse. He rides an icy horse bringing cold wherever he goes.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I agree! The Pro Bowl is a farse - love your “30-min touch football game” idea.


42 posted on 01/03/2010 9:25:34 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Never bring a snowball to a gun fight.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
“And they want to add 2 games to the current 16 game schedule.”

The NFL is strictly about money. That's why there was a game played Christmas night on the NFL Channel. If Goodell had his way, every game would be on the NFL Channel and we'd be paying $20 per game (with commercials).

43 posted on 01/03/2010 9:31:03 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: FromLori

The big reason they’re throwing a fit is because the Colts wussed out on a chance at an undefeated season and gave the Jets a back door into the playoffs. It gave them a double dose of bad publicity. The Saints game wasn’t a big deal because the Panthers weren’t in it and the Saints weren’t going for an undefeated season. Dittos for the Cards against the Pack.


44 posted on 01/03/2010 9:41:39 PM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Here's a good idea: no penalties, no substitutions.


45 posted on 01/03/2010 9:48:55 PM PST by gura (R-MO)
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To: Richard Kimball
The Colts didn't wuss out. Their coach did, and I think he did a disservice to the Colts’ fans. Manning is the most protected of all quarterbacks: only 10 sacks all season!

I think the players wanted to try for a perfect season, but as it turned out, the field and weather in Buffalo today was so awful, their perfect season would have likely ended regardless. I mean, it would have been senseless to play the first string today and they didn't.

46 posted on 01/03/2010 9:50:29 PM PST by onyx
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To: discostu
Poor headline. The league isn’t investigating the Colts

Exactamundo. Horrible headline. Whoever wrote it doensn't know sports or headline writing. Or both.
47 posted on 01/03/2010 9:51:54 PM PST by GLDNGUN
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To: KarlInOhio

Waddya know, both the Colts and the Bengals tanked against the Jets, and the Jets, from the biggest media market in the US, made the playoffs.

Who is pissed about the current situation is not only fans of the good teams that decided to rest their starters, but fans of teams that didn’t make the playoffs, but would’ve made it had the better team played their starters. Mostly Steelers fans, I’d think.


48 posted on 01/03/2010 9:52:28 PM PST by truthfreedom
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To: Richard Kimball

The Jets got gifts two weeks in a row. It’s not like the Bengals put up a fight today either. What an easy way to close the season.


49 posted on 01/03/2010 9:54:36 PM PST by Zack Attack
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To: FromLori

The way I see it, if the team earns themselves the opportunity to rest their players, then they should be entitled to it.

And if any teams are cheated because of it, too darn bad, win more games earlier in the season.


50 posted on 01/03/2010 9:55:54 PM PST by dfwgator
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