It’s Super Bowl week, which means the NFL is on an all-out media blitz to capture the attention of the eleven Americans who still don’t watch the Super Bowl. You might say the league is blitzing the media up the A-gap and B-gap, plus sending a cornerback in from the outside for good measure.
(And thus ends the worst football metaphor of all time).
Anyhow, phase one of the media blitz happened this afternoon, with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell opening himself up to the ruthless football fans of Reddit for an AMA (ask me anything) session.
Not exactly a good idea. This guy offered a warning, but it was not heeded:
When are people going to learn from Woody Harrelson? Ever since the actor refused to answer a tough question about an alleged incident of sexual impropriety in his past, and kept forcing the topic of discussion back to the crappy movie he was promoting, Reddit users have had a habit of turning on those who don’t fully commit to the “anything” part of “ask me anything.”
Unsurprisingly, Goodell was hammered by questions by a group of fans who aren’t exactly fans of his. It recently came to light that only 39 percent of NFL players approve of the job Goodell’s doing — and it’s probably fair to say that even fewer fans of the game are on his side.
Goodell avoided the tough questions — many of which were voted to the top, where they are the most visible — like nobody’s business, prompting the AMA to take an ugly turn. To his credit, he stuck around to answer more questions than President Obama did during his AMA, but only by a few.
Among the questions Goodell simply chose to ignore were these totally valid inquiries:
Even when Goodell actually responded to tough questions, fans weren’t exactly thrilled with his responses, which still dodged the main issues:
Finally, the best part of the entire AMA, without question, was this question from NFL punter Chris Kluwe, an active Redditor. As another Redditor asks, can an NFL player be fined for Rick Rolling the commish?