Gestapo and Goodell aren't quite alike

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Gestapo and Goodell aren't quite alike

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com

Did you know that Wicked Good Sports is an educational site?

That's right, WGS has had a hand in teaching countless athletes and coaches life lessons. Today, we're having a special history class for Amani Toomer. You might remember when WGS gently taught Adrian Peterson the difference between the lives of slaves:

and professional athletes:

Now, let's take a look at the quote that earned Toomer this extra session.

I think the way Mr. Goodell has handled this, the way hes kind of using his power, is like the kind of a Gestapo-type situation, controlling the players, not letting the judicial system do its work, Toomer said Wednesday, in comments that were repeated on ESPN Radio Thursday morning. It rubs a lot of players the wrong way, and thats why you see a lot of players now lashing out at Mr. Goodell. Via ProFootballTalk.com

Christ on a bike! If only Toomer had come to us sooner.

Oh, well. Let's begin.

WHY COMPARING PRO FOOTBALL TO THE DICTATORSHIP OF THE NAZI POLICE STATE IS A DUMB IDEA

We'll use a simple identification exercise.
AGENCY OVERVIEW 1

ORGANIZATION: National Football League
LEADER: Roger Goodell

LEGACY OF DISCIPLINE: The NFL Personal Conduct Policy. As of April 2011, five players have been suspended for an extended period of time by the NFL due to conduct off the field.
STATEMENT: People associated with the NFL must avoid conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the National Football League.
PUNISHABLE OFFENSES:
Usethreat of violence; domestic violence and other forms of partner abuse; theft and other property crimes; sex offenses; obstruction or resisting arrest; disorderly conduct; fraud; racketeering; money laundering
Criminal offenses relating to steroids and prohibited substances, or substances of abuse
Violent or threatening behavior among employees
Possession of a gun or other weapon in any workplace setting
Conduct that imposes inherent danger to the safety and well being of another person
Conduct that undermines or puts at risk the integrity and reputation of the NFL, clubs, players.
SUBJECT TO JUDICIAL REVIEW? Yes. If discipline is warranted, the League can consult medical, law enforcement, and other relevant professionals about its investigtaion. The NFLPA is notified of the investigation and any results. As appropriate, the employee can address the conduct at issue. When it's all over, the Commissioner will have full authority to impose discipline as warranted.
REINSTATEMENT OF OFFENDERS INTO SOCIETY? Yup. And they're usually better off.

"Michael Vick wins Comeback Player of the Year"

AGENCY OVERVIEW 2

ORGANIZATION: Geheime Staatspolizel AKA Gestapo
LEADER: Heinrich Himmler

LEGACY OF DISCIPLINE: Overseer of the concentration camps, extermination camps, and Einsatzgruppen (task forces of killing squads) Responsible for the deaths of six million Jews, 200,000-500,000 Roma, prisoners of war, and possibly another 3-4 million Poles, communists, or other groups whom the Nazis didn't like.
STATEMENT: "We have always selected the highest and abandoned the lowest. As long as we maintain this principle, the Order (the SS) will remain healthy."
PUNISHABLE OFFENSES:
Treason, espionage, sabotage and criminal attacks on the Nazi Party and Germany
Making jokes about the Nazi Party (Make a Hitler joke and you die)
Being:
Jewish
"Work shy"

"Bibelforschers" (one who seeks guidance from the Bible)

Homosexual
Habitual criminal
Lots of other stuff

SUBJECT TO JUDICIAL REVIEW: No. In 1936, the Gestapo were a law unto themselves.
REINSTATEMENT INTO SOCIETY? No. Everybody was dead.

So, as you can see, there are a few more differences between Roger Goodell and Himmler's Gestapo than there are similarities. I hope this helps, Amani!

Blakely: Celtics make a healthy choice in standing pat at the deadline

Blakely: Celtics make a healthy choice in standing pat at the deadline

BOSTON -- For the second year in a row, the NBA trade deadline has come and gone with the Boston Celtics making no moves.
 
The Celtics were focused on trying to land either Chicago’s Jimmy Butler or Indiana’s Paul George, but Boston’s efforts never gained momentum in the final hours leading up to Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline.

And while there were a handful of potential deals that would have made Boston slightly better, that improvement -- and the cost attached to it -- was just more than Ainge and the Celtics were willing to pay. 
 
And so they hit the final stretch of the season with a roster that – for now at least – looks identical to what they had at the start of the season with one difference --health. 
 
Most of this season, the Celtics have had multiple players out with injuries or various ailments. Currently, Avery Bradley (right Achilles) is the lone Celtic dealing with a significant injury. 
 
And after Bradley practiced some on Thursday, there’s a chance that he might be on the floor Friday night at Toronto. 
 
But there is no question that a significant segment of Celtics Nation is disappointed that Boston didn’t engineer a trade of some sort.
 
“We’re trying to upgrade our team,” said Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations. “But it is a delicate balance between short-term goals and long-term goals. Obviously, both are very important. We’re excited where we are on a long-term basis. And this year we didn’t make any trades. Last year we didn’t make any trades.”
 
But in standing pat a year ago, the Celtics solidified their salary cap space to where they could have offered a pair of max contracts to Al Horford – which they did – as well as Kevin Durant who met with Boston but ultimately decided to sign with Golden State. 
 
And by not including their first-round pick last season, the Celtics have Jaylen Brown who is one of the better rookies in this year’s class. 
 
“So we’re happy with the direction that we’re moving,” Ainge said. 
 
But standing pat was not on the agenda for the teams surrounding Boston in the East.
 
Boston’s inability to strike a deal is in sharp contrast to what teams surrounding them did during this trade season. 
 
The Cleveland Cavaliers are the team Boston and the rest of the East are chasing. They acquired Kyle Korver earlier this month, a player who ranks among the NBA’s all-time great 3-point shooters. 
 
Washington added Bojan Bogdanovic from Brooklyn today, providing some much-needed firepower for a Wizards second unit that ranks among the NBA’s lowest scoring groups. 
 
Toronto recently traded for Orlando’s Serge Ibaka, giving the Raptors a defensive-oriented big man who can stretch the floor. 
 
Also today, the Atlanta Hawks picked up Ersan Illyasova from Philadelphia, which should help them space the floor better.
 
Each of those teams addressed a very specific need, something the Celtics were hoping to do. 
 
But more than a player, the Celtics could benefit from a roster with improved health. 
 
The team’s preferred starting five -- Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Al Horford and Amir Johnson -- has a 15-6 record this season. To put that in perspective, that’s a winning percentage of .714 which would be tops in the East and third overall in the NBA for this season. 
 
And with most of the players seemingly back to full strength health-wise now, it’s understandable to some extent why Ainge would be willing to stick with this group for the rest of the season. 
 
“As you’ve been watching lately, we’ve been winning a lot of games with everybody,” Ainge said. “Players ten through fifteen contributing to our wins. We like the depth of the team, we like the youth of the team, we like the energy and enthusiasm of the team and I’m very anxious and excited to watch in the second half.”
 
But just like when they stood pat last year, the decision puts the onus on the players and the coaching staff to step their game up. 

“I roll with the guys in this locker room until something changes,” Isaiah Thomas said prior to the trade deadline. “I always mean that.”
 
Said Jae Crowder: “We have to take care of what we can control and that’s night-in and night-out, try to get wins.”

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.

Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.

Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double. 

The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park.