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Jonathan Vilma’s restaurant has signs saying not to serve Roger Goodell (Picture)

Roger Goodell is probably one of those people that doesn’t have to call ahead to make reservations at a fancy restaurant. Goodell makes millions of dollars a year and is a celebrity among the sports community. One restaurant that we know for certain he wouldn’t need a reservation at is Brother Jimmy’s BBQ in Miami. The reason being? He’s not welcome there.

Brother Jimmy’s is owned by former Hurricanes Jonathan Vilma, Jon Beason and D.J. Williams. As you can see from the photo above that @ALLIN1PRO shared on Twitter, there are signs featuring Goodell’s mug hanging on the restaurant windows that read “DO NOT SERVE THIS MAN.”

Of course, Vilma despises Goodell for suspending him for a full year in the wake of the Saints bounty scandal. He has taken legal action against the NFL in an attempt to be reinstated, but to this point there is no indication that the decision will be reversed or softened in any way. At least keeping Goodell out of his restaurant is something Vilma can control.

H/T Game On!

Roger Goodell: American football should ‘absolutely’ be an Olympic sport

Over the past several years, the NFL has been working to grow the sport of American football internationally by holding regular season games in London. For the most part, the games have been a success. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says it won’t be long before the NFL is holding two regular season games a year in London and possibly even more.

“Our point is just to keep growing the game,” Goodell said during an interview with guest host Mike Florio on the Dan Patrick Show. “We’re having a tremendous reaction in London and the UK for the game of football, our regular season game over there is sold out again this year, we are seriously contemplating as early as 2013 playing two NFL games next season and I think we’ll do that. It’s a response to the tremendous fan reaction and the growth of the game. If we can continue to grow the game there and have the fan reaction that we have, there very well may be a franchise in London.”

But that’s not all. Goodell is hoping the fan reaction to the NFL abroad will be so strong that the game eventually grows to a point where it becomes an Olympic sport. While that may seem unfathomable at the moment, all Olympic sports have to start somewhere.

“Absolutely. We’re already taking steps to gain that IOC recognition,” Goodell said when asked about the potential of American football becoming an Olympic sport. “We have, I think, 64 countries that are playing American football now, and that’s one of the requirements. That’s been growing dramatically — I think it was 40 just five years ago.”

Other countries may play American football, but none take it nearly as seriously as the United States. If American football ever was added as an Olympic sport, the US would completely dominate it for years. After seeing what Team USA did to Nigeria on the basketball court Thursday, it would be silly to say that it is impossible for American football to ever become an Olympic sport. It’s not like lopsided sports don’t exist in international competition.

Jeremy Shockey rips Roger Goodell in Twitter rant about health of NFL players

As the issue of concussions and head injuries in the NFL becomes more prevalent, so too do the discussions about it on Twitter. On Sunday night, Jeremy Shockey decided to get in on the act by preaching about the negative effects playing football has on the health of players.

He is not the first player to do this and won’t be the last, but what was particularly interesting about Shockey’s rant was the way he ripped Roger Goodell and basically accused him of lying to players for the benefit of the game. Here are a few of the tweets.

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Roger Goodell became Wyatt Earp penalizing Saints for their bounty program

Have you ever found yourself sitting around, lamenting about the good old days, when bounties were prevalent and harsh justice was being served? Well, perhaps now would be a good time to get that bowler hat out of storage. If you missed it, last week brought some degree of closure to a story that was the pigskin equivalent of “Unforgiven.” The Duke of Death purportedly was played by a guy who spells the name Greg with an extra ‘g’.

The disclosure of the Saints’ tomfoolery involving paying players bonuses to harm opposing players could have easily been filed under the name “No Country for Old Men” since it was revealed that the system was put into place into 2009 around the time when the Saints were steamrolling veteran quarterbacks Kurt Warner and Brett Favre in the playoffs, forcing them into premature NFL-AARP status. This policy was in place for at least three seasons. If nothing else, at least I know have a scapegoat for my recent fantasy football failures: The notorious nattering nabobs of negativism Mickey Loomis, Sean Payton, and Gregg Williams should have been fined an extra fifty dollars in a vain attempt for me to recoup my fantasy losses.

The notion of bounties conjures up images of the Old West — the actual West that is, not the one that the NFL conceived of in the 1970s that included New Orleans, Atlanta, and at one point, North Carolina and St. Louis. One week ago, Commissioner Roger Goodell stepped into the role of Wyatt Earp. Nope, there was no OK Corral, but he did play on the Crescent City’s acronym by declaring a hearty “N-O” to the Saints’ shenanigans.

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Ndamukong Suh Tweets a Picture of Roger Goodell’s Coin Collection

Now that the Lions are out of the playoff, it is time to begin preparing for next season. For most, that means staying in shape and sticking to a strict workout routine. For someone like Ndamukong Suh, that can also include buttering up the NFL commissioner in preparation of another season full of illegal stomps and players complaining about the way you play. The only problem Suh ran into this week when he stopped by to pay Roger Goodell a visit is that the commish wasn’t in. Naturally, Suh took the opportunity to look around at some of his things and share them with the world. Check out this picture of Goodell’s coin collection that Suh tweeted out on Tuesday:

There you have it. Goodell is a coin collector.  I’m not sure he wanted everyone to know the kinds of valuables he keeps in his office, but it’s too late for that now.  Better put an extra lock on the door.

Roger Goodell, NFL Reportedly Convinced Michael Vick to Join Philadelphia Eagles

If you’re wondering why Michael Vick chose to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles out of prison instead of a team where he would have had a chance to start, it’s because the NFL reportedly influenced his decision. In an interview conducted for GQ, Vick tells Will Leitch that he didn’t want to sign with the Eagles as a third-string quarterback.

“I think I can say this now, because it’s not going to hurt anybody’s feelings, and it’s the truth… I didn’t want to come to Philadelphia. Being the third-team quarterback is nothing to smile about. Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options.”

Those two teams wanted him and would’ve allowed him to start, but after meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell and other reps from the NFL, Vick was convinced—and granted league approval—to sign with Philly. “And I commend and thank them, because they put me in the right situation.”

With those comments, Vick will have ticked off at least two fan bases, and his words should incense the fans, 31 other owners, and the NFLPA. FOXSports.com reported the Bengals offered Vick a two-year contract after he was released from prison. Buffalo had just brought in Terrell Owens and wanted Vick too. Clearly Goodell did not want him starting immediately after prison and directed him to the Eagles which is nothing short of fixing the league.

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James Harrison Rips Roger Goodell, Ben Roethlisberger, Rashard Mendenhall

Where do we even begin with this one?  For starters, James Harrison is an idiot — but we already knew that.  This is the same guy who constantly cries about the NFL’s rules and even pretended he was going to retire rather than try to play without illegally hitting someone.

Maybe all that built up frustration is what caused the Steelers linebacker to call Roger Goodell “stupid”, a “dictator,” a “devil,” a “crook,” and a gay slur in a recent interview with Men’s Journal.  Perhaps the rules are why he was so angry he called Tedy Bruschi and Rodney Harrison “clowns” while bashing the Patriots for stealing signals.  And maybe — just maybe — that is why he decided to call Brian Cushing “juiced out of his mind.”

The more likely scenario is that the guy is just a headcase.  However, there is still such a thing as crossing the line.  If the aforementioned trash talk doesn’t constitute crossing the line in your eyes, Harrison ripping on his own current teammates probably will.  Despite having won a Super Bowl and appeared in another with the people he was bashing, Harrison did that as well.

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