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  1. Michigan Dave

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    I got invited to a lecture with Paul Tagliabue next Friday! I'm going to pull some strings and get some face time with the commish. Any questions you guys would like me to ask? I'm giddy about this. I've respected the hell out of Tags for years, and have longed to ask him specifics about the behind the scenes business ops at the NFL.

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    #95 Jersey

    thats amazing news
    congrats

    out of curiosity, what do u do for work there?
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    I would really like to know why the NFL, under his guidance, did so little to curtail the off-field behaviour of its players - be it drugs or otherwise. It almost got to thepoint where the league looked like it tolerated all the arrests and other nonsense that is going on all the time.

    Hope you enjoy the lecture.
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    These are statements more than questions, but Tagliabue's actions, or inactions, have already given me his answers. Anyway:

    1) Ray Lewis should have been suspended for the 2000 season after he plea-bargained a one-year suspended sentance from the DA. A one-year suspension from the NFL would have been appropriate and consistent. Instead, he wins the SB.

    2) The lack of concern over the health and safety of DLmen is disgraceful. The Alex Gibbs-taught chop-blocking methods, as executed by the Broncos and Falcons, and Bobby Wade, should be outlawed, immediately.

    3) Because of the penalties enforced against contact by defensive players, a new generation of selfish, primadonna, spotlight-hogging, above-the-law WRs has infected football. And now QBs are taking diving lessons from kickers/punters, soccer players, Mike Ribiero and Daniel Briere.

    It is, of course, highly doubtful that Tagliabue would ever acknowledge these stains on his stewardship, or even answer questions about them. Ball-washing and puff-pieces will be the order of the day instead. Say hi to Tags for me.
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    What are his feelings on the state of officiating in the NFL? What did he do to try to improve it when he was in office?
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    Ask how important the Patriots dynasty is to the modern day NFL.
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    If Tags was still Commish, I would implore him to force teams to make more tickets available for individual games. Successful teams have basically locked out fans who aren't part of the season ticket club.
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    Yes, chop-blocking, why is it alright for the player next to the blocker to go low at a D-Lineman, but illegal for the next player over? Neither are going to get in front of the leg because they are both coming from the side.

    Damn Quarterbacks can have their own balls but DL knees are fair game.
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    Congrats Michigan Dave!!!!!!! If I could ask one question, it would be about the chop-blocking.
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    What job do I have? I'm confused by the question. I work for a property management company in downtown Ann Arbor. I received the invitation for the Tagliabue lecture from one of the Deans at UM as an alumni contributor. The work I do for the NFL is separate- I work for the visitors in Ford Field in the lockerroom and sidelines.
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    Awesome. I will probably pass on the Lewis incident specifically, however I do intend on asking about the dilemmas faced with off-field problems, and how difficult it is to present a solution that is fair to the player, yet allows public perception of being tough on those who tarnish the image. I will definitely ask about the chop blocking, and the league's stance on "me-first" players (though I have an opposing viewpoint, I feel the NFL is too strict in it's uniform and celebration bans. I'm a 'no fun league' proponent.)
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    #75 Jersey

    Is Roger Goodell's wife as hot in person as she is on TV?
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    How nifty, Dave!

    If i had such an opportunity, first i'd ask an ex-Commish
    why the NFL goes along so obligingly with the NFLPA's preference for having
    the big bucks go to untested - and often undeserving - first-round draft choices
    when the CBA instead could direct that stream of money at young vets who clearly are "outplaying their contracts" ?

    The last question he would take from me
    concerns whether the league subtly signals its on-field officials
    to make the overarching goal of parity
    one factor in how they call key games.
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    Be sure to tell us how it goes next Friday !
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    PFT has had a ton on Tags lately:

    http://www.profootballtalk.com/rumormill.htm


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    Continued:

    http://www.profootballtalk.com/rumormill.htm

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    #50 Jersey

    Ask him why the league took such a light attitude towards concussions and why they didn't use all the information available to them for their reports.
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    #95 Jersey

    ask him why every other major sport in america has such a better international following than football
    i know theyve been doing some
    but maybe more should be done

    there are athletes out there that could become great football players
    instead theyre playin socccer, yuch
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