So, you’re probably wondering what in the world took me so long to write about the NFL lockout. It’s simple; I knew that 32 owners and about 1900 players wouldn’t let $10 billion float away because of stubbornness.
Dudes aint that stupid.
Of course the owners wanted more money, they’re owners, they’re greedy. However when you own a franchise and you think you should be making more money chances are you’re going to try and get more money.
The owners were successful in doing that with the agreement that was reached by both sides this afternoon. The salary cap has dropped, the players got a little bit out of it and both sides are happy… as happy as they’ll get.
Fans are happy because they get football to start on time with no delay. We get to go to training camps and watch some of our favorite players and teams sweat it out in the sun and get ready for the season to commence.
I know I talked a lot of trash about how Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith needed to get on the ball, but besides the money issue I just knew that a deal would get done because what other options were there?
The NFL is the only football league on the market that’s worth two cents. You think guys were really going to the AFL or CFL? No.
This aint the NBA, or NHL. There are no other real options for these guys other than strapping the pads on and playing right here. The fact that the players would be silly enough to flush they’re jobs down the drain and lose millions of dollars in one season wasn’t logical. Even for the owners it didn’t make sense to let their stubbornness get in the way of getting this deal done. I mean Jerry Jones can hold all of the college football games that he wants at Cowboys Stadium. However, do you really think that Oregon-LSU and Texas A&M-Arkansas will pay the same bills that Dallas Cowboys games will?
So the only solution was to get this deal done. Despite all of the battles in the media, name-calling, chest bumping and gamesmanship being displayed by both sides, they were always focused on this day and coming to a resolution.
They had to, their livelihoods depended on it.
I’m more excited about what going to happen in the next week than what happened in the previous 20.
Where’s Nmandi Asomugha going to end up? How about Plaxico Burress? What undrafted rookies will go where? Is Goodell going to suspend James Harrison for his reckless tongue? Where’s Brett Favre going to…
(JESUS CHRIST!!! FAVRE AGAIN?!?!?! CAN I HAVE ONE DAMN NFL OFFSEASON WITHOUT BRETT FAVRE?! NOT EVEN MICHAEL JORDAN GOT THIS ANNOYING WITH THE RETIRING AND UNRETIRING!!! REALLY PHILADELPHIA?!?!?! YOU HAD TO POSE THIS QUESTION AND SHOW INTEREST IN MAKING FAVRE A BACKUP?!?!?!?! I HOPE DESEAN JACKSON BREAKS HIS LEG!!!
My bad, talking about Brett Favre does that to me sometimes… you understand.)
There is so much that will happen in the next week and some change that our necks will be sprained from trying to look back and forth.
I’m happy that this is the kind of NFL news that we get to talk about. The wheeling and dealing of the actual 9-5 business of the NFL and not some dog and pony show that was the collective bargaining agreement.
It’s time for some real football talk to commence, and no one is more ready for it than I am.