Skip to comments.NFL To Investigate Colts For Tanking Game Against Jets
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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Congress needs to hold hearings.
With our Senate, I might just back a Caesar.
Its a waste of time, Try police anyone tanking and the competitors just make it more ambiguous. Peyton could feign an injury.
Isn’t that the same sort of thing NO Saints overtly did today?
We need a cabinet level NFL czar.
They probably will lol remember the base ball hearings.
“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.
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.
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!!
Playing second sting is bad strategy? Especially when you are trying to win a Super bowl? Strategy is what it is all about.
You Can be the Sports Czar!!!!
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.
Yay for me!
Does that mean they will look to see why the Redskins tanked so many of their games also? Or the Rams?
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.
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.
And he/she would need to be a Communist to qualify
And in St. Louis, we were actually hoping the rams would lose so we could get the first draft pick.
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.
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.
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.
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!
*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.
*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.
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.
* Now Goodell is gonna give teams draft picks to play starters?
The guy is a joke! *
Sounds like a Democrat, too.
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.
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.
Nope, because the Saints @ 13 and 2 weren’t playing for an undefeated season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I agree! The Pro Bowl is a farse - love your “30-min touch football game” idea.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.