NFL’s Roger Goodell’s Latest Problem

    Ballers
    BobLee
    July17/ 2016

    Tom Brady has decided to stop his Deflategate appeals.   No current NFL player bludgeoned a girl friend / baby mamma the past several weeks.  No retired NFL players reported post-concussion dementia recently.   What can Commissioner Roger Goodell do to earn his $30,000,000 salary?   Fear not…. nature and The NFL decry a vacuum. Roger Goodall

    Roger The Commissioner is turning his attention to the HBO series – Ballers – starring “The Rock” which is poised to begin its 2nd season. Roger wishes current / former NFLers would NOT appear in cameo roles on the show. Their participation implying, one supposes, that the show too accurately depicts the NFL Lifestyle.

    Goodell Concerned re: Ballers – LINK

    Ballers is one of umpteen projects that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has going these days. D “TR” J is The #1 Movie Star on Earth based on some formula of his movies’  box-office success and the fees he commands to do them.

    In any popularity contest between The Rock and Roger Goodall…. Roger finishes a distant third behind “anybody else”.

    FWIW:  Blondie and I like D”TR”J. We also like Jason Statham and his similar movie projects. That should not surprise longtime BobLee readers knowing my affinity for RoadHouse and all things Chuck Norris and Rambo-ish.

    The former Miami Hurricane / WWE Superstar is a very likable Action Adventure Superstar. He basically plays himself, somewhat with tongue-in-cheek and he is usually the “good guy” vanquishing “bad guys”.

    In Ballers D”TR”J plays a recently retired pro footballer trying to start a second career as a Financial Advisor to current players. The show is set in Miami and his former team is assumed to be The Dolphins but NFL marketing rules require a fictional name (The Porpoises??). The reason he retired earlier than he would have preferred was due to too many concussions.  Roger likely doesn’t like THAT. The Rock and Weasel

    Dwayne’s character doesn’t know diddly about investments so he has a partner who supposedly does who is the quintessential jock-sniffing weasel. Their MO is for Dwayne to “monetize his relationships” with the players to get them to let him and his jock-sniffing partner have their $$$$ to invest on their behalf…. at a generous fee for doing so of course.

    Ballers is on HBO. In the world of cable TV marketing, being on HBO or on Showtime means a whole lot of “T”…. a whole lot of “A” …. and a extra whole lot of F-bombs.

    NOTE: The popular Showtime show Ray Donovan – about a LA “fixer” / “knee capper” / “cleaner” – has reached the point in its dialogue that nouns are only used so F-bombs have something to modify.  Conversations on Ray Donovan rival a Coach K time-out huddle down by 10 with a minute to play. Very “salty”.

    Back to Ballers…. The premise is first / foremost a vehicle for Dwayne to be “The Rock” trying to fit into a Brooks Brothers XXXXL suit and do his eyebrow thingy.   Second and equally foremost: A 30 minute Ballers episode is 27 minutes of….

    Busty blonde bimbos in itty bitty bikinis on flashy boats and Lambos with lots of Mandingo warriors with their shirts off so all their bling can bling.

    Everybody (but Dwayne) is sucking coke up their noses either thru rolled-up Benjamins or out of the navels of the busty bikined bimbos.   No one in Ballers has the slightest redeeming attribute except, of course, The Rock because he is – The Rock.

    Gee! I can’t imagine why all THAT image would concern Commissioner Roger, can you?

    When I saw my first episode of Ballers (for column research purposes, of course) I immediately thought of the movies North Dallas Forty and Semi- NDFortyTough from the late 70s.  Both were movie vehicles highlighting the overtly sybaritic, carnal hedonism pretty much everyone associates with pro sports, especially The NFL and NBA.

    North Dallas Forty The Movie came from an expose book by former Cowboy Pete Gent. Semi-Tough was from a Dan Jenkins novel also using a fictional Cowboys team as its setting.

    My old Mizzou buddy John “The Tooz” Matuszak was typecast as a giant roided-up wildman with absolutely no redeeming features. Nick Nolte played a wide receiver addicted to pain-killers trying to extend his career game-by-game.

    Both of those movies showed pro football (i.e. The NFL) to be a cruel soulless wood-chipper that chews up and spits out players with no regard for anything but what can you do to help us WIN this week. Coaches were heartless jerks and owners even more so.

    It was telling that in both NDF and Semi-Tough 90% of the “players” were white ?? This was the late 70s. Carnal hedonism was highlighted with aplenty of bikinied bimbos giggling and jiggling; but alcohol and pain-killers were the drugs of choice back then.   I doubt then-Commissioner Pete Rozell was too thrilled with either movie.

    In Ballers, ALL the players are Black…. The Rock, the nerdy jock-sniffing weasel, and the bikinied bimbo bunnies on the boats are not Black. All of the “players” (actors) are portrayed in “unflattering” fashion if one was a Commissioner. They are all cheating on their spouses, girl friends, baby mammas and cheerleaders with other spouses, girl friends, baby mammas and cheerleaders…. and an endless flow of strippers / groupies.

    They are all cash poor because they throw away their big contracts on all the “toys” that, apparently, all black NFLers must have. Dwayne and the weasel try to grab “their share” of the $$$$ before it goes up their noses or to the bling jewelers, exotic car dealers / boat dealers and divorce lawyers.   In Season One they were not too successful.

    If there are any negative stereotypes of hedonistic black NFLers that are NOT depicted in Ballers, it is not because producer Mark Wahlberg wasn’t trying.

    Ballers Party

    Other than Russell and The Mannings of course, The NFL Lifestyle as depicted on Ballers probably fits what fans expect…. and, I suppose, envy.  What nitwit board monkey doesn’t dream of bimbos and bling?  Is Roger’s disapproval of Ballers that it is TOO Realistic?

    In The Real NFL there would be at least one white guy – Gronk – with the six bimbos in the hot tub.

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    BobLee
    • JD Reply
      3 years ago

      Ballers is such a terrible show. The only thing Goodell has done is give it publicity.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 years ago

        Yep. 🙂

    • MeredithF Reply
      3 years ago

      FWIW… I LOVE your new format. As you said, very easy to find all the latest columns without going thru the usual website clutter on most sites. More and more sites are going to more intrusive pop-ups and crap that I have to “find the X” to make disappear. I HATE THAT! …. Thank you.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 years ago

        Thank YOU! Website marketing / advertising is a very fluid and aggressive combat zone. Content means nothing to ad buyers. All they care about are “views”. They will assault you the visiting readers as aggressively as they can with pop-ups, etc hoping you don’t chose to stop visiting that site. … I’ve never had “# of views” as a top priority. Sure I would love to have 300,000 views/month. Google gets really excited at that point. Nekkid cheerleaders and appealing to mouth-breathing goobers can do that. I would settle for “everybody like you” on the planet. I’m not greedy. 🙂
        .
        My website tech guys are – Solutions ITS (located in Wake Forest). …. http://www.solutions-its.net …. Great guys!

    • Steve Stacy Reply
      3 years ago

      Well, another show I won’t have to watch. But in the interest of keeping facts factual, Semi-Tough wasn’t about a Texas pro team, it was about the NY Giants. The two main characters (Shake Tiller and Billy Clyde Puckett) played in college at TCU. I read it when I was in college and it was hysterically funny.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 years ago

        I thought Jill Clayburg’s daddy – “Big Somebody” – was the team owner and it was a Texas team?? Maybe the book and movie were different. I never read the book.

    • BC.in.PV Reply
      3 years ago

      BL, loved the reference regarding Ray Donovan and a time out session with Coach K. Also enjoyed reading your “Readers Comments” today. BTW, I found Ben Coes “Independence Day” and am enjoying it.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 years ago

        “Ray Donovan” has just “jumped the shark”. Liv Schrieber and Jon Voight are fine actors, et al; but the F-bombs in EVERY sentence finally did me in, and I’m no prude on such matters. …. Coes’ latest “Dewey Andreas” is his best so far IMO.

    • ED.76 Reply
      3 years ago

      Being a “BLSays Buddy” for 10+ years, I see stories and automatically think “a belt-high fastball for BL to knock out of the park…” My batting average for picking them would get me to Cooperstown. 🙂

      • BobLee Reply
        3 years ago

        HA! You do realize that a .300 BA will get you to Cooperstown. “Getting to Carnage Hall” OTOH takes “practice, practice, practice”. 🙂

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      3 years ago

      Slightly off topic….but probably can find a way to wedge it in. Do not watch the HBO stuff. But, trying to get to sleep the other night, I was watching the D-League NBA Playoffs. When the game ended (had the timer set), ESPN2 went directly to the EPSY’s. Had read a little about the “Opening” remarks.

      After yesterday and also Dallas, one would think that these “role models” would be more sensitive or perhaps “knowledgeable” and actually READ the DOJ summary of the “Hands NOT UP….Trying to KILL COP….so he SHOT ME” report. When Loretta’s crowd can’t make the Hands UP; Don’t SHOOT case….it was obviously a fabrication for a sound bite. Even some of the BLM folks will admit, on camera, that it is more “symbolic” rather than factual. BUT, the signs and the chants are making people think that it was REAL and that Michael Brown was just standing on a street corner getting ready to help a little old lady and a girl scout troop cross the street and the white COP looked at him, pointed his gun and said…”Bang, BANG….you’re a Dead (FIB)”.

      Sorry for highjacking and getting off topic….have a pool going on when O’Bummer declares Martial Law and then conveniently decides that we do NOT need a November election. Now that was TONGUE in CHEEK. BUT a lot of my email is worried about same and the folks that espouse such are not the Ted Kaczynski type. Pierce needs to use his influence to get the Rev BB to take a more conciliatory tone. Noticed that O’Bummer’s remarks yesterday were toned down (remember, he said if THEY bring a KNIFE to the FIGHT….we will have a GUN). He was later than usual. The first Presser in Baton Rouge seemed to take all the hot air out of his usual rhetoric and the WH had to cobble up a speech that was really bland. The contradictory sound bites would have made great For Trump Ad’s. OR….maybe he is becoming a bit shaken and realizes that he and Eric and Loretta have ramped up the “populance” too much. Time will tell.

      Someone mentioned “Highjacking” Factoid of the day…..the FBI has officially closed the D. B. Cooper file. The folks that found his money can NOW spend it….Word is that the FBI will now have more resources to deploy on current cases….great read in the NYT.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 years ago

        The “declare martial law / declare myself Emperor For Life” has been an oft-discussed likelihood for eight years. If he does… who/what do you think would stop him? A Repub Senate / a Repub Congress… a dysfunctional GOPe / RNC …. yeah, RIGHT!

    • JDanWuff Reply
      3 years ago

      As much as I like DTRJ, the dialogue is too salty for even me. I guess the NFL has gotten tired of the NBA getting all the “good press” on TMZ and ET.
      NDF and most anything by Dan Jenkins is a hoot.
      I would add Philip Rivers to the Manning Wilson list. But Philip could bust your skull if provoked.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 years ago

        Yes, definitely PR is among the “Boy Scouts” for sure.

    • watts carr Reply
      3 years ago

      I just watched my first episode of The Rock ( I do like Dwayne ) and The Ballers because nothing else was on at 8 PM ( now The Open re-run and Yanks vs.Red Sox are on). Ballers is probably not an HBO production I’ll ever watch again , but hey, that’s why we have cable/dish TV , for multi-options . Ballers may be the current version of NDF and Semi-T but I just can’t relate to its “humor” or “attraction” . The voluptuous T&A were clearly evident but it was the continual F-Bombs that were unnerving . Not to mention the “sick” life styles depicted . Roger should worry about a lot of things but , at $ 30 mill a year ( which only a white NBA 6th man is apparently “worth” ) , Roger likely sleeps better than you and I . Plus , I was schooled not to worry about things I could not impact , a waste of time , so why doesn’t Roger just let this series “wither on the vine ” and not provide helpful hype ?

      • BobLee Reply
        3 years ago

        I’m pretty sure you and I and our old friend “Albert” are NOT the target market for Ballers… or a lot of stuff on HBO / Showtime. Alas, we don’t seem to be anybody’s target market any more….

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