Roger Goodell: The 1 man

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Roger Goodell: The 1 man

Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

Surprise, surprise! A bunch of greedy millionaires and billionaires couldn't come to an agreement about the amount of money they want and now the NFL has entered a lockout. Fantastic.
Wah wah wah I'm only getting ten million and I want twenty! This is so unfair!

Someone call the Waaaaaaaaah-bulance.

If you recall, NFL commishioner Roger Goodell made a promise that if there was a lockout, he'd reduce his 10 million salary to just one dollar. I guess he underestimated the pettiness that money instills in people because now he's forced to make good on his promise.

Mr. Good Guy Roger Goodell will reportedly keep his word and reduce his salary to a buck in an effort to make himself appear super awesome and be like the common man.

He's one of us now! A common man!

In order to adjust to his new life and see what it is like to be poor, he reportedly started watching Nascar.

His previous lifestyle was expensive though, and that one dollar salary just might not cut it. He may have to collect cans.

Or hit the streets hard and pan handle. You know, get a good honest day's work.

Maybe he'll even do what a bench of med students do and dance their way through the rough times to pay their bills!

Gross.

You know what though? We're not fooled.

Is Roger really this good of a guy? Probably not. We don't know him personally but really, the guy isn't hurting for money. He's likely just trying to deflect some heat from himself by bringing himself down to the level of us "commoners."

You're not fooling anybody pal. You're probably sitting at home throwing money into the air and watching it rain.

All this lockout does is highlight how incredibly greedy everyone involved is. This probably all could've been prevented. But apparently a few extra bucks are more important than entertaining fans or making sure the players who actually sacrifice their bodies get an extra piece of the pie.

Remember when sports was simply about the entertainment? Yeah, neither do we.

With Thomas drawing attention, Stevens turns to Rozier in big moment

With Thomas drawing attention, Stevens turns to Rozier in big moment

BOSTON – Prior to Saturday’s game, Terry Rozier talked to CSNNE.com about the importance of staying ready always, because “you never know when your name or number is going to be called.”

Like when trailing by three points in the fourth quarter with less than 10 seconds to play?

Yes, Rozier was on the floor in that scenario and the second-year guard delivered when his team needed it.

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But Rozier’s fourth quarter heroics which forced overtime against Portland, did not provide that much-needed jolt that Boston needed as the Blazers managed to fend off the Celtics in overtime, 127-123.

For Rozier’s part, he had 15 points on 6-for-13 shooting.

The 15 points scored for Rozier was the most for him since he tallied 16 in a 30-point Celtics win at Orlando on Dec. 7.

But more than the points, the decision by head coach Brad Stevens to draw up a play for him in that moment, a time when most of what Boston does revolves around the shooting of Isaiah Thomas who has been among the top-3 scorers in the fourth quarter most of this season, was surprising to many.

And at that point in the game, Thomas already had 13 fourth-quarter points.

Stevens confirmed after the game that the last shot in the fourth was indeed for Rozier, but Thomas’ presence on the floor was important to its execution.

“He (Thomas) also draws a lot of attention,” Stevens said. “So I think you just weigh kind of … what kind of shot you’re going to get, depending on who it is.”

Rozier had initially screened for Thomas, and Thomas came back and screened for him.

“I was open as soon as I caught … and I let it fly,” Rozier said. “Coach drew up a play for me and it felt good to see the ball go in.”

Being on the floor at that time, win or lose, was a victory of sorts for Rozier.

He has seen first-hand how quickly the tide can change in the NBA for a young player.

After a strong summer league showing and a solid training camp, Rozier had earned himself a firm spot in the team’s regular rotation.

But a series of not-so-great games coupled with Gerald Green’s breakout night on Christmas Day, led to his playing time since then becoming more sporadic.

Rozier, in an interview with CSNNE.com, acknowledged it hasn’t been easy going from playing regular minutes to not being sure how much court time, if any, he would receive.

But he says the veterans on the team have been good about keeping his spirits up, and one in particular – Avery Bradley – has been especially helpful.

Like Rozier, Bradley’s first couple of years saw his playing time go from non-existent to inconsistent. But Bradley stayed the course and listened to the team’s veterans who continued to tell him that his hard work would pay off sooner or later.

Those same words of wisdom Bradley received in his early days, he passes on to Rozier.

“It’s big,” Rozier told CSNNE.com. “He (Bradley) tells me things like that. I felt I was ready for this (inconsistent minutes) after all that he told me. It’s big to have a guy like him that has been through it all with a championship team, been around this organization for a while; have him talk to you is big. It’s always good. That’s why I stay positive, and be ready.”

Which is part of the reason why Stevens didn’t hesitate to call up a play for the second-year guard despite him being a 33.3 percent shooter from 3-point range this season – that ranks eighth on this team, mind you.

“He’s a really good shooter,” Stevens said of Rozier. “I think with more opportunity that will show itself true, but he made some big ones in the fourth quarter. We went to him a few different times out of time-outs, and felt good about him making that one.”

And to know that Stevens will turn to him not just to spell Thomas or one of the team’s other guards, but to actually make a game-altering play in the final seconds … that’s major.

“It helps tremendously,” said Rozier who added that his confidence is through “the roof. It makes me want to do everything. You know defense, all of that. It’s great, especially to have a guy like Brad trust you."