110% vs 29%

Double standards are all the rage in the 21st Century. It’s pretty much how business and governments operate these days. This past week we are seeing this lopsided couplet at work in the NFL.

It’s common to hear players talking about giving 110% out there on the gridiron. It’s even expected. The gold standard of trying one’s hardest. Owners expect this sort of euphemistic enthusiasm and commitment from their serfs, too.

However, owners themselves are hard at work getting a new CBA hammered out in the last desperate hours of the offseason by putting in only 29% effort, showing up for talks a mere two days a week. Is that a roaring pile of doodoo crud or what? Maybe some of them go home and have restless, sweat-filled sleep or brood anxiously over their nightly booze, but this doesn’t count as working any more than a player sleeping in a chair because he’s too banged up to lie on his back or his side in a bed. Not that the two discomforts are comparable, since one is earned and the other is deserved, and you can figure out which goes with whom.

29%. That’s an insulting effort by any standard. I even had to round this paltry percentage up from .2857142 to give the owners an even 29. You know damn well if a player gave only 109.9957142 percent, the owners would not be generous with the rounding up deal, and would instead be sure to point out to the player that he was not giving a full 110% effort.

That’s the way it is, folks. The owners and other elite type persons feel that what they do is vastly superior to what you and I do. The big difference lies in what can be loosely termed honesty. You and I, more or less, have it, and they, practically as a rule of life, don’t. Elite persons have all arrived at their eliteness, through their own effort or their forefathers’, by being dishonest, thieving, corrupt, ruthless, unscrupulous, unjust, greedy, power-hungry, cold-hearted P.o.S.’s.

They call this “earning” their way to the top. Oh, pooo. You’re just mean, law-twisting crooks, fellas. Plain and simple.

Which brings us to our very own Jed York. Is he one of them or us? Hahaha. Sorry, Jed, you’re a nice kid and I’m sure you mean well, but you’re already selling baloney to fans on a daily basis. And you’ll be selling it for all the rest of your life. We understand that it’s baloney and you need to be a baloney peddler to compete with the other baloney peddlers, but it’s still baloney, anyway you slice it. I don’t peddle baloney and neither does the Outsider community or fans in general. We may squirt some mustard around, but that’s it.

So, here’s the deal, Jed, and you other owners. 29% doesn’t cut it. Get your butts to work. And here’s the kicker, Jed. You are in baloney hell. You are not going to get out of it in this life without disowning your elite inheritance. Walking away cold turkey. Because we’re going to keep giving you our money and holding you accountable. It’s a pact with the devil. Your soul for our entertainment. Creepy, huh? And we’ll only keep giving you our money if you lie, cheat, steal, and out-ruthless the other condemned members of your elite group. Man, what a pickle. Elite days vs “the sleep of an honest man.”

I’m not trying to rub it in, Jed, but this weekend Skeebette and I are going to sleep naked in our tasteful PJs in our backyard looking up at the moon in a $69 tent we got at Target with a $100 gift certificate our son-in-law gave us last Christmas. Just because we can. Makes you kinda drool over a non-elite life, eh Jed? You couldn’t sleep naked in your tasteful PJs in your backyard without showing up on Youtube with a flabby ass butt crack shot the very next morning. Oh, well. Some haven’t it, and some do.

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37 comments on “110% vs 29%
  1. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I wonder if the owners are paying their lawyers by the hour or if they get a % of the gate. Anyway, just ask any plebe and they will tell you that it’s always been this way.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    They are slow playing it because they think they have leverage and the pressure mounts as the season draws nearer.
    Players and owners are represnted by executive committees, otherwise it would be chaos.
    Jed York doesn’t have the seniority to be on any negotiating committee but you always see Jerry Jones in the thick of it.

  3. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    My sediments exactly. Always has been always will be; the guys with the bucks make the rules.
    Curious what Jed did in particular to ah, pique your ire Skeebs? Or is it just who he is in general (an owner)?
    Good thing there are such things as courts to make these guys get off their butts and talk to each other. Otherwise this would drag out until forever. It’s good to see fear occasionally in those who think they are in control. (got a feller out here we are looking forward to slapping a little fear into) No, it’s not Reynaldo. Out here it’s the wild wild west so courts are unlikely to be involved…
    Football, gotta love it, the perfect metaphor for life/war: give me an inch, I’ll take a mile or smash you trying to do it.
    Skeebs is not the only one waxing philosophical today! Hope ya enjoyed the evening out man.

  4. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Chuck what happened to your blog, it’s improved and showing signs of life? Some of the old characters are actually behaving themselves for a change!

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not ired at Jed, PF. I’m sympathizing with his predicament. His accident of birth. Actually, if he had any real power yet, I’m sure he would be putting in more than 29%.

  6. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’d like to meet the guy who first said, “I’m gonna out and give it 110%.” Then I’d like to punch ’em in the goddamn throat. I hate that cliché!
    How’d Jed make out on his “comprehensive search” for a GM? Oh, that’s right, he lied to us and was going to hire Baalke all along. I’d like to punch Jed in the goddamn throat 110%.

  7. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:


  8. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, looks like my Mickey Mouse did the “Ickey Shuffle.” That’s a joke, son.

  9. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, V has taken an extended holiday from my blog, so things are settling down. Spitty is actually making some sense as well . . .
    For down-time both these are doing good . . .

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- ROTFLMAO! Good post, could’ve done without the last presented image, but very funny none the less! I bought some Dogfather royal stout beer, brewed by Laughing Dog Brewery in Idaho. At 11% ABV maybe I’ll be running around in the back yard naked tonight! It is so thick that even at 11% I might not be able to drink all 4 pints. That could save my neighbors. “Me, I’m just a lawn mower, you can tell me by the way I walk”, Genesis.

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    OK, so they are not pints. A pint is 16 fluid ounces. These are 22 fluid ounces. And it isn’t 11%, it is only 10.85%. I feel better already after having come clean! We just got Jeff beck live at Ronnie Scotts. I’ll need to spend some time evaluating, as us drinkers do. We don’t party, we drink and evaluate! Very scientific.

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Progress report. I’ve had two Dogfathers. Feeling good. Went traipsing thru the backyard. I’ve got an acre and the guvment as 80 acres of BLM. Just the three of us. Two of us were naked. I looked down and saw I had all my clothes on, the dogs were naked. I just opened my 3rd Dogfather. Was thinking of maybe doing some shots of whiskey, won’t be necessary. I might do some anyway. If I don’t pass out I’ll be Bach! You can be Beethoven.

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m Back! You’re Beethoven! OK, 3rd Dogfather down. Wifey went to bed and the focal point in the house is a tennis ball. Seems the dogs have taken over. Is there a correlation between Dogfather and tennis balls? The Jeff Beck CD is a must for any Blues fan. I’m playing it a 2nd time. It only means another Dogfather and more tennis ball time. Still have my clothes on, don’t know why. If I was sober I would definitely be in gym shorts and an ugly shirt.

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Update. Blew out the left speaker. This really pisses me off. Stereo(I know, how 90’s) is down. I’m sure it is a circuit breaker. I can fix it but what a hassle. Anyway(good Genesis song from Lamb Lies Down on Broadway) I’ll just turn the system back on with less volume and be a good boy. This really sucks.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Genesis gets a lot of credit for being a great band but I say the stuff most people liked the most was not that good. Here is a masterpiece from old Genesis. Listen to the whole song, you’ll be hooked. I promise.
    They were never the same after Steve Hackett left. And I say, never as good. If you have a big time shaker stereo this song has as much bass as any song ever recorded.

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Here is the song with “me, I’m only a lawnmower, you can me by the way I walk.” It is called “I Know What I Like” (In Your Wardrobe). Kind of obscure, but the music is excellent.

  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When could the newer Genesis ever compare to this old Genesis stuff? This is Blood on the Rooftops.

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    This one is a bit heavy but I’ve been saying this for 30 years. This song reminds me of dying and going to heaven. The 12 string and synthesiser is heavenly. Newer Genesis can’t compare.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I probably should not go here, but the next song on the CD after Etangled is Squonk. It just fits. It is about a creature that just doesn’t fit. I can relate.

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Here is a song about a woman on the back side of her prettiest moment. This song was as good as any I’ve ever seen live. The bass was absolutely shaking the arena. Let’s see newer Genesis music compare. No way. Abacab and Home By the Sea were excellent, but the consistency was just not there.

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It seems proper to leave you good buddies with this one. It is a bit obscure. Why do I feel like a mad scientist? Anyway(isn’t this word that started all the mayhem? Remember that song?) enjoy. This is real old underground music from the early 70’s. I just love this song.

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Skeebers, did I break any records for most posts in a row? Did anybody listen to all the songs? I love you guys, good night.
    PS- Should I leave one more song?

  23. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Garsh darn ass hole that I am, I’m going to leave my buddies one more song. It is called “The Knife”. Compare this to newer Genesis. The newer Genesis sold better but it didn’t make it better music.

  24. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Late night music at the Berger Stand. I’m betting we won’t get the WOTD at an early hour today. Amazingly good typing for a guy with 88oz of 10.85% poison in his blood stream, though.

  25. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, Berger, I edited out the image in the last paragraph of my post that offended you. I aim to please. Sometimes. Once in a while. Hardly ever. This one time.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- I was so on fire last night with excellent music it had to torrefy some.

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Oops, I got the URL wrong on “The Knife” and “Blood on the Rooftop.”

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- I think your blog is dead. Can you furnish naked pictures of your camping trip with Skeebette? That could help fire everything back up!

  29. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That may have been what killed the blog in the first place. That, or everybody got the camping bug and split for the weekend.

  30. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Actually I was just kidding. I don’t want to see those pictures. Maybe my 14 posts in a row(a new Outsider record?) scared them all away?
    I think Dennis is busy making a UQB voodoo doll. Winder is surfing. Phil is yelling at his ISP guy. NoFear’s igloo melted in the summer heat. NJ is working on next year’s draft. Grumpy is just being grumpy. Bullit is waiting for some news and Unca is barring the front door from spit.

  31. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I spent yesterday at a house warming party given by my newest son-in-law, Mike Johnson. Mike is the leader of the band called “8 Legged Monster”, a blues-jazz band that plays the SF clubs. He’s very good. The first link below is a picture of his band (he’s the guitarist in the middle). The second is a Youtube clip where he talks about his band, with some clips of them performing, and the third is just a clip of the band playing “Basin Street Blues.” Check them out Berger and let me know what you think.

  32. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Great stuff. The Sun Ra clip reminded me of Miles Davis. The Great Basin Blues was basic jazz blues. If they came to Reno I would hope to have time to see them. Do they have a DVD? Is your son-in-law a Miles Davis fan? I would think he knows the band I saw yesterday, Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Buns. They are a San Francisco band too. Thanks for the clips.

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll ask him about Steve Lucky. He has several CDs. Below is a clip to iTunes where you can download them.

  34. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Puddy De Luca ($10.80) just won the 3rd at Monmouth. WTF is Rob? Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!

  35. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, it’s like old Journey/new Journey.

    The early shit was straight jam rock in the vein of Carlos Santana. The 1st 3 albums, while the sonwgriting isn’t all that, it isn’t bad. However, the Neal Shon/Greg Rollie interplay is pretty incredible. The whole band, pretty much straight out of Woodstock, was tight as can be. If you haven’t heard that 1st album, give it a listen.

    Then they get Steve Perry and it goes all happy crappy gay-ass radio-pop garbage. I saw one of their last shows at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz without Steve Perry. Very cool to watch in a small place like that. Haven’t seen them since.

  36. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    And yes, the early Genesis was light years better than the pop crap Phil Collins put out there. Abacab? Gimme a frigging break.

  37. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    HAha Bergs you are the world record holder around here! That was good stuff, sorry I missed the live performance but just got back online due to system upgrade at Smart Bro. So they say, we’ll see.
    I take it not much progress in the CBA world so I didn’t miss much evidently.

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