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Parity a thing of the past in NFL

Alan Greenwood

Floating down a lonesome stream of consciousness, confident that there will be more NFL teams willing to give Josh Gordon an unearned chance for

redemption …

When the NFL began its ascension to professional sports supremacy, then-Commissioner Pete Rozelle loved touting parity – “On any given Sunday, one of the league’s slugs can knock off one of the league’s princes.

Consider that era buried. After Sunday’s schedule, nine teams accounted for 96 wins. The other 23 teams had 127 wins. If anyone wants to spare an old English major the pain of further math, feel free to break that down further. …

At least Roger Goodell has been spared the embarrassment of the NFC East champion coming in under the .500 mark. The Cowboys and Eagles are 7-7 heading into their battle for superior mediocrity Sunday. …

Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow will join the NFL’s growing list of young quarterbacks that have begun nudging the old guard into the shadow. Fun kid to watch; for those cave dwellers who haven’t take in the national semifinal game on Dec. 28 (aka the Peach Bowl) as Burrow leads top-rated LSU against No. 4 Oklahoma.

Too bad Burrow’s first professional chore will be resuscitating the moribund Cincinnati Bengals – if the Bengals manage to avoid bungling the first pick in the draft. …

No one should blame Oakland fans for tossing garbage onto the field and literally chasing the Raiders out of town Sunday. A city boasting one of the NFL’s most rabid fan bases has been jilted twice by the greed-driven Davis family, which totes their money machine into a publicly financed Xanadu in Las Vegas next season. …

Time to shelve the reasoning that the Patriots should have kept Gordon and never gotten involved with Antonio Brown. With Gordon suspended again Monday after flunking blood tests for PEDs and marijuana, it will be interesting to see where he’ll land next.

Don’t doubt the certainty that someone will give him another chance. The Vegas Raiders would be a great landing spot.

TIME TRAVEL: Dec. 17, 1959 – “Since 1959 – the year of its inception – the Richard D. McDonough Caddie Scholarship Foundation of New Hampshire has developed into one of the contributing factors in allowing golf caddies to further their educations in colleges of their choices.

“… Of the 11 boys being aided this year, six are attending the University of New Hampshire. Two of these are Nashuans – Richard Howard and Stephen Dorr.”

And …

“Birdie Tebbetts, executive vice president of the Milwaukee Braves, made a brief visit to Nashua this week to greet relatives and friends. The trip to Nashua followed the Florida baseball meetings.

“Tebbetts left immediately, however, for Milwaukee. It is expected he will return for a lengthy stay here after the holidays.”

Alan Greenwood can be reached at 594-1248, agreenwood@nashuatelegraph.com, or @Telegraph_ Alan.