Bad Moon Rising

It’s not unusual for NFL news to be scarce at this time of year. The May – July period has a few OTAs sprinkled into the void, but these events are not exactly scintillating entertainment. The coming of summer makes this dead time mostly tolerable.

That and the excitement and anticipation of the coming new season, with newly drafted players on the team and, in the 49ers’ case, a new coaching regime. But this part of the deal is missing this year. Every discussion or speculation concerning the new season is immediately hedged by the phrase “If there is a season.”

Indeed. Any discussion about how the 49ers will perform under Jim Harbaugh’s leadership is essentially a discussion about the 2012 season. A wee bit far away to get juiced about. The 2011 season looks more and more like it will be a bastard affair.

The big unknown at this point is how NFL fans are going to react to this sabotaged season. The owners and players clearly don’t care much what fans think and are sure these fans will trot right out to the ball park, as soon as it is open for business, and resume their love affair with the game, the league, and the players.

This view of the fans is historically accurate. Every major sport has experienced nauseating labor disputes which disgusted its fans, and every single sport has coughed a bit and resumed making massive amounts of money from these fans, who put aside their ill will just as soon as the games are once again played.

The football blogosphere is a whole other enterprise from fans, owners, and players. This world is loud, opinionated, and year around. It is also an unknown quantity in the typical player/owner labor dispute, having sprung into existence during a time when no sport was going through labor pains.

Although recently obscured by views and opinions unrelated to football, this site is a member of the aforementioned sphere. As such, it is part of the lab experiment known as what to discuss when there’s nothing to discuss, and will it make any difference in the labor dispute. The first wave of boredom veered down the typical and tired old Democrats vs Republicans road. A whimsical attempt was made to open the door to a religious donnybrook, but that grenade, thankfully, did not explode. Hopefully, these two argumentative standbys will not be doing an encore here.

The football world’s biggest blog spot, ProFootballTalk, has lately vacillated between whining and careful exasperation about the labor dispute. It will be interesting to see if PFT eventually takes a more proactive stance. If, for instance, the players and owners had to conduct their selfish little war while being ridiculed unmercifully by every blog site in America, at least these chumps would suffer some serious, and perhaps lasting, red ass for their efforts. Whether that nudges them toward a new CBA and labor peace any sooner remains to be seen. Maybe it’s time to go dig up some dirt about the lives of the key players. Make this labor dispute start costing the participants, instead of just the fans.

In the end, it’s all about entertainment. It there ain’t gonna be no football, there’s gonna be something. The blogs are not going to go away. And they are not likely to be quiet or passive. The closer we get to training camp, the louder and angrier the voices will grow.

If the labor disputants think their own rhetoric is getting nasty, wait till they get a load of the vitriol that is heading their way from Joe “Bloggin’ Man” Blow.

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10 comments on “Bad Moon Rising
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m thinking I can speak for just about everybody when I say this lockout/walkout is a nonplus. I know the amount of money creates the greed from both sides but the amount of money is what you would think they don’t want to mess with. The biggest problem, as I see it, is the lawyers want that money too and if they settle this now they won’t get much of it.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, mediation stasrts up again today. Big whoopie!

  3. robNo Gravatar says:

    the lockout is a no-plus ! no good is coming from it !

  4. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    What the owners will discover is that scab games won’t fly this time around. With ticket prices soaring and concession/parking fees high as well, folks will bail in droves. The last lockout brought curious types to games to witness 4th string guys and the walmart brigade take the field. The numbers were OK, in the stands and on TV, so the owners were happy, and had the upper hand. The players eventually caved after 4-5 scab games.
    Once the stands clear out and the TV ratings fall, the advertisers will pull out as well. When the advertisers go, the network TV honchos will start crying about lost money and break their contracts. All of a sudden the money train gets VERY shaky.
    A more fitting comparison is MLB in 1994. After the remaining 1994 season and WS was cancelled, fans bailed in pretty big numbers. They didn’t return to previous levels for about 4 years. By then, the steroid era was in full swing, The HR races was on (due in no small part to Bud Selig ignoring the steroid issue). Not only did steroids drive the HR derby of 1996-2000, and put fans back into the seats, but a huge investigation/exposure of steroids in baseball at that time could very easily have killed the game.
    A lockout/scab situation/dearth of ‘real’ NFL games could very well crumble this house of cards as well.
    The good news? Maybe Nate Davis gets his 1st NFL start in SF . . .

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When the MLB strike happened two Giants, Steve Scarsoni and Dave Burba, joined my softball team. That was great.

  6. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    No shit? That’s too cool . . .
    I was just pissed Matt Williams lost his shot at passing Roger Maris . . . The strike pretty much killed the Expos as well. No great loss, but fucking Selig has overssen some pretty shitty things in his day.

  7. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Appellate court rules that lockout will remain until full hearing on June 3. Who know what? I’ve stopped caring. And the way our team is operating, they’re making it real easy.

  8. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And you know what? I’ve stopped caring so much I don’t even proofread my comments any more.

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I copied this from PFT:

    Here’s the money quote, from page 11: “[W]e have serious doubts that the district court had jurisdiction to enjoin the League’s lockout, and accordingly conclude that the League has made a strong showing that it is likely to succeed on the merits.”

    The indication from the above statement says to me that the players should probably start bargaining if they want a paycheck this season.

  10. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for reading, NoFear.
    As usual, you say stuff that has no point.
    And yes, the world is big enough for a talking donkey to converse with a talking asshole. . .
    Go put your tinfoil hat back on. MSNBC is bombarding your house with gamma rays.

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