Back when the replacement ref saga was at it's height, I posted the following thread: http://www.patsfans.com/new-england.../948976-could-what-goodell-really-wants.html It was part tongue-in cheek, but clearly the NFL was willing to sacrifice game quality and possibly player safety for a power struggle with the refs and revenue. Now we've finished Wild Card weekend, with the 16 game season having drawn to an agoniing but exciting close in which we've seen some of the following: - The Ravens nearly collapse due to injuries, but pull themselves together and make the final 8 - Minnesota thrillingly upset Green Bay to make the playoffs with Adrian Peterson almost breaking Eric Dickerson's rushing record, only to go out with a whimper against the same Green Bay team a week later with a backup QB starting - Robert Griffen III lead Washington past Dallas into the playoffs, while clearly not at full strength, and then collapse injured against Seattle the following week playing on a gimpy leg, with what looks like a serious leg injury. - 3 very boring playoff games featuring at least 3 teams that didn't look particularly playoff-worthy Meanwhile the Commish continues to foster grandiose ideas of further expanding the season and further expanding the pool of playoff times, thus increasing the attrition that occurs during the regular season and/or diluting the quality of playoff games, all the while increasing the likelihood of injuries. All because it adds games and increases revenues, while keeping costs relatively flat. The NFL season has already become as much about who is the most adept at band-aiding their roster together as who is the most adept at building a roster in the first place. Would playing 2 more games really have added anything to the NFL season other than to utterly beat the crap out of teams that are already pulverized? Would adding 2 or more teams to the playoffs add any quality games, and do anything other than continuing to wear down teams that are already exhausted? Do the Commisioner and owners really give a damn about player safety unless it costs them revenue? Feeling kind of cynical today.