Agendas. Damned Agendas.

We began the 2011 offseason waiting for a new CBA to be signed. That wait was in vain. We now await the light bulbs flickering on in the concussed brains of the NFL rank and file players. A vain wait here would leave us with no 2011 NFL season.

The biggest obstacle to the aforementioned glimmering moment is the players’ union leadership. Drew Bees is one of the more prominent members, and a supposedly bright fellow, yet he remarked this week that he had no idea when the lockout would end. As though this event was out of his hands.

Perhaps this scribe is inordinately brilliant and, like Outsider readers, utterly unaware of it, but ending the lockout seems pretty simple. Sign a new CBA. What am I missing?

As a union leader, Brees should feel some sort of control over when this CBA signing will occur, or at least have some inkling or input. If he doesn’t have any control, input, or inkling, then who does? Brees is on the executive committee for the NFLPA, as well as players Domonique Foxworth, Mike Vrabel, Brian Dawkins, Jeff Saturday, Tony Richardson, Kevin Carter, and retired players Keenan McCardell, Mark Bruener, and Donovin Darius. The 49ers’ union rep is Takeo Spikes, even though he is not currently on the team.

What do these union reps do? Are they just glorified messenger boys ferrying info back and forth from team members to the union throne, which currently seems to be nothing but a den of iniquity populated by lawyers?

Maybe this comment was Brees’ way of saying he didn’t know how long it would take for players to get a clue and insist on a signing, and the lockout would last until such clue discovery occurred. Which would be when a majority of the players had reached in their pockets to purchase some gilded accessories and discovered lint where oncet had resided hundred dollar bills by the wadfull.

Which view to adopt? Brees as dunce or Brees as coy hintologist?

Most likely neither. Most likely, Brees is unwittingly admitting that the players have placed all power in the hands of DeMaurice Smith and they have no idea what this clown is going to do or when. At the moment, DS is parading around inventing reality rather than facing it.

DS is also evolving himself from an obscure Washington lawyer into a household word in American sports, an ego based tidbit that should not be overlooked. Perhaps he’s aware that the stage is now his and he can strut around on it until mid-July without causing serious harm to the 2011 NFL season. If he plays his cards right, he could even position himself to be viewed as the Man Who Saved Football, by helping to hammer out a new CBA at the eleventh hour. You can’t save football if you don’t first make sure it’s in peril.

In the meantime, 49er fans will have to make do with their own Smith foursome. We have a Reggie, an Aldon, a Justin, and most prominently, The Alex. The unsung, underachieving, unloved, unpopular, unsigned, unbelievable Smithero Uno. Our blogworld unhero. Next week, we’ll begin a twenty-two part docudrama on The Smith From Snowy Utah. Here’s a sneak preview:

“As his mother screamed and pushed, the fetal, as yet unnamed Alex, pondered his unhurried entrance into the unknown world of Smithmanity . . .”



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15 comments on “Agendas. Damned Agendas.
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    A signed CBA is nothing more than foofaraw for De Smith because that would be when his big payday would end.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Your post got blown to Smithereens on the final paragraphs. Especially the last one where the Smith bomb was unveiled!

  3. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I hear the Smith Bomb is devastating, but highly inaccurate. Usually lands way right and high past the target. Worse than a Scud. LOL

  4. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    Can DeMaurice Fedora just get out of his own way? I’m growing tired of his schtick. Give us fans at least one training camp session between The Kaeptain and Alex from Snowy River. That’s better than a game – I’ll pay for a SW ticket to the bay area to watch that action.

  5. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Am I the only one upset that the 49ers and Kaepernick himself won’t reveal the exact nature of his injury and subsequent “hidden” surgery? WTF are they not telling us? Why the clandestine and surreptitious actions? This organization is run exactly like it performs on the field — a complete and utter joke.

  6. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    It’s a good thing I now follow Tom Brady and his Patriots. Otherwise a thing like that might actually upset me.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- The physiognomy of it is this is actually just like hockey. It is a lower body injury. Ironically, that is what the Patriots have done recently, saying it is a lower body injury.

  8. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis I have the perfect team for you to root for- my second favorite bunch of gridiron warriors and just 27.4 miles south of Del Mar: yep the Chargers. This makes me a natural born Raider hater I’m happy to say. I converted to my present 9ers religion about the time BW brough Fred Dean over… The Pats? Jeez, I thought my son who has been their fan since before BB and TB was bad enough.

    Do you really wanna know what’s up with CK’s uh, ‘leg’? I think not.

  9. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Crappy internet finally working for a few minutes Sunday morning so this is to just send my excuses for not being around. Now if I can only get into my B of A website…damn

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Phil baby! How you doin’! Sounds like you know what happened to Kappy. Do tell.

  11. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Naw Bergs I don’t really know but the way this is being presented I got to think (guess) it’s a groin pull or subdural hernia. Otherwise why the secrecy and the non-concern of the 9ers? If it was a serious leg injury would Harbaugh have drafted him? Maybe they would cover it up in that case so teams wouldn’t target the area during the season?

    But with a hernia it’s better to have it fixed sooner rather than later I found out after postponing surgery for 20 years until just before I came over here. Then it was a real long operation and recovery but good as new now. See I told ya it was more than Dennis would want to handle. But just guessing.

  12. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like the crime rate is gonna go up if the NFL lockout continues. This according to Ray Lewis anyways. I guess that should be expected coming from a guy who beat a murder rap.

  13. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Sure enough the internet over here took a crap right after I posted the other day- never did get into my bank account yesterday but did today. Not that there’s any money in my account…use it to pay a few bills in US. Cheers

  14. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    God is Ray Lewis a moron or what? Somewhere there is a trade-off between a great player and a great human being. Lewis only qualifies on the first count. Remember TO, Haley? Hard to replace the talent but is the team better off losing the morons? I dunno.

    But maybe it’s the first sign of the playas beginning to crack. Ok let ’em crack already

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So this is where everyone
    has been hiding.

    Del need to go back to SF Gate as V isbemonaing the fact that Vick wasn’t signed as a FA when we had the chance.

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