The NFL's $50,000 fine against Brett Favre, for failing to cooperate with its investigation of lewd photos and voice mails allegedly sent to former Jets employee Jenn Sterger, came as no surprise to SI.com's Peter King.
With pressure on the league to address the accusations, Commissioner Roger Goodell was compelled to act in some way, King says.
But does the penalty Favre received suit the offenses he was accused of? That remains a cause for debate, but the mere fact that Favre received this punishment speaks volumes about the league and the position it found itself in, King contends.
"This basically was such a black eye for the league that Roger Goodell felt that he had to act in some way, and so a fine and sort of a public slap on the wrist was what he felt like he should do," King told Inside Report's Maggie Gray. "I think the big story here is that it's obvious that they could not absolutely, definitively connect the lewd photos that were sent to Jenn Sterger were absolutely sent from Brett Favre and were pictures of Favre himself."
Meanwhile, bowl madness rolls along today (all times Eastern, all on ESPN):
Armed Forces Bowl (noon): SMU vs. Army
Pinstripe Bowl (3:20 p.m.): Syracuse vs. Kansas State
Music City Bowl (6:20 p.m): North Carolina vs. Tennessee
Holiday Bowl (10:00 p.m.): Nebraska vs. Washington
By the Numbers
45: Number of points scored by the Heat's Dwyane Wade during Miami's 125-119 rout of the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.
880: Number of victories Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has earned during his career. The Blue Devils' win Wednesday against UNC-Greensboro moved Coach K to No. 2 on the all-time wins list, surpassing North Carolina rival Dean Smith. He trails former boss Bobby Knight by 22.
12: Number of consecutive games in which Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon posted at least one touchdown and 100 yards receiving. The Cowboys thumped Arizona 36-10 in the Alamo Bowl on Wednesday night.