NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell must think he is commissioner of a girls ping-pong league!  Somebody please tell the man it's TACKLE FOOTBALL!  People will get hurt when hit by one to three 300 pound players running at full speed.  If he and the league are so concerned about player safety why did it take years for "bounty gate" to come to light?  Why aren't the players required to wear all the padding of professional hockey players to better protect themselves?

In a statement yesterday Goodell said, "In assessing player discipline, I focused on players who were in leadership positions at the Saints; contributed a particularly large sum of money toward the program; specifically contributed to a bounty on an opposing player; demonstrated a clear intent to participate in a program that potentially injured opposing players; sought rewards for doing so; and/or obstructed the 2010 investigation."

Come on Roger, don't you think the players play to win?  Sometimes that winning hurts the opposing players but that's part of "the game".  These guys have been playing ball since grade school and they know the rules.  They also get a lot of money to take and give the hits.  Does Roger Goodell think that a $1000 or $1500 bounty could mean that much to players that make in the millions?

I think Roger Goodell has taken one too many hits to the head in ping-pong or whatever sport and should be replaced by someone who understands the sport of professional football.