This week's Friday edition of our NFL Google+ hangout -- "NFL Slam with Mark and Sam," starring Times NFL columnist Sam Farmer and Mark Thompson of "Mark and Brian" radio fame -- will start at 11:30 a.m. today and cover a host of topics.
One topic could include the decision by NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to vacate the suspensions of the New Orleans Saints players involved in "Bountygate". As Farmer wrote earlier this week,
"In ruling on the New Orleans Saints' pay-to-injure bounty case, Tagliabue somehow found a middle ground that made the suspended players look like the winners, while protecting the league against any potential damages.
"Tagliabue, appointed to hear the latest appeals of the four suspended players, affirmed the "factual findings" of Commissioner Roger Goodell but vacated any penalties to the players. Instead, he laid blame at the feet of Saints coaches and administrators, those who either ran the improper bounty program or knew about it and did nothing to stop it.