I found myself listening to the Bill Simmons podcast with Rich Eisen previewing the NFL season. They discussed, among other things, potential tweaks that could be made to the NFL to make it better. Simmons, of course, has like 8 billion ideas on how to change shit.
In response to his ideas, Eisen calmly points out how damn hard it is to change anything in the NFL because finding consensus among the owners can be extraordinarily difficult. To illustrate his point, Eisen tells a story of the first time he attended an owners' meeting (I believe in 2003, maybe 2004). They held a vote to either continue using instant replay or to completely throw it out. Now keep it mind replay had already been in use since 1999 (I believe), yet still this issue managed to come up for votes half a decade later. Simmons asks Eisen who in the hell voted to eliminate replay? The only name Eisen remembers:
Stories like these remind me why the Bengals still are just beginning to adjust to the modern NFL. I would guess the credit for this rests mostly with Marvin Lewis and Katie Blackburn who must drag Mikey kicking and screaming into the modern era. Mike Brown appears to have a knee jerk resistance to anything that threatens the paradigm he grew up under with his Daddy.
Anyway, I hear Mikey treats his employees quite well...but if I worked for a man whose first instinct was to always and forever resist change I can't help but think I'd want to rip his fucking head off the majority of the time. I'm sure Marvin feels this way often.