Welcome back to the NFL’s season premiere of Domestic Violence Throwdown. This season we have a star-studded cast. Contestants include Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Ray McDonald, Greg Hardy, and Jonathan Dwyer. Roger Goodell will be the host and face of the show that will not be at fault for any mistakes our contestants make.
Seriously, the NFL has a problem that needs to be handled quickly. As a person who has studied public relations I can honestly tell you that this situation could be much better.
- The best way of managing a crisis is by preventing a crisis from occurring. This was not the first, second, third, fourth, or fifth time someone has been a victim of domestic violence. Proactive>Reactive
- Be honest. If the media asks questions answer them fully in a reasonable amount of time. (The Arizona Cardinals are no fools. They learned from what other teams did not do.)
- This happens to be a great time for people all over to know why domestic abuse should not transpire. It is ridiculous that so much information has come out in the past two weeks. I love watching Pardon the Interruption on ESPN, but when the leading topic covers the same subject there is a problem. Maybe problem is a bad word. How about epidemic.
- (To the media and other organizations)- Let the fans decide what happens in the NFL. Don’t say that fans are outraged and they want Goodell out of office. Reason being, if fans do not like what is occurring the stadiums will be empty and no one will be watching television on Sundays.
- Smoking can cause cancer, however people still smoke.
- McDonald’s food is unhealthy, yet people still dine there.
- Chris Brown beat Rhianna, however people still buy his music.
Let’s get to the games.
Last week was a good week. I was one of five people in the world to call the San Diego Chargers victory. (Pat on the back) Conversely, I did pick the Raiders. Hey, I don’t judge your mistakes.
Last week: 10-6
Reminder Byes begin next week.
ATLANTA over Tampa Bay
BUFFALO over San Diego
CINNCINATI over Tennessee
DETROIT over Green Bay
Indianapolis over JACKSONVILLE
NEW ENGLAND over Oakland
CLEVELAND over Baltimore
Dallas over ST. LOUIS (Pick’em)
Houston over NEW YORK (N)
NEW ORLEANS over Minnesota
PHILADELPHIA over Washington
San Francisco over ARIZONA
MIAMI over Kansas City
SEATTLE over Denver
CAROLINA over Pittsburgh
NEW YORK (A) over Chicago
Expect a good week for Down the Line Sports.
Be sure to follow me on Twitter @regisjwelch.