Black Hat Ball

It looks more and more obvious that the NFLPA had no intention of reaching an agreement on a new CBA last week. They are happy with the old agreement, the one the owners didn’t like and terminated early. It is that agreement which will continue in force for the next several years if the players succeed this week in getting an injunction to block the owners’ lockout.

This strategy makes them the bad guys in not getting a new CBA signed last Friday. The normal reaction would be to hope they get their faces smeared with cesspool substances as they push the matter into the court system. However, that would not be a good result, selfishly speaking, because it would guarantee a torpedoed 2011 season for football fans everywhere, and particularly here in 49erville.

Everyone from Peter King to the hot dog vendor thinks there will be a ruling on the injunction this week and that the ruling will favor the players. If that turns out to be the case, the lockout would be terminated, the new league year would begin, and we’d have football as usual in a matter of days or a few weeks. The old CBA would then remain in force until the players’ anti-trust lawsuit is settled, and a new CBA gets signed. The last time this happened, it took four years to reach the end of that legal trail.

If the ruling this week goes against the players, the owners’ lockout would continue until there is a new CBA signed, sealed, and delivered. IOW, not until sometime next fall when the players begin to lose paychecks and solidarity. By that time, fans everywhere will be in a world of hurt. 49er fans will be forced to virtually kiss off the season, since there is no way an entire new coaching regime will have a prayer getting the team up to snuff against teams that have identical coaches and systems already in place.

The whole thing seems unreal. Essentially, we have a bunch of players who get to sue their employer and yet force that employer to keep employing them and paying them and funding their lawsuit in the process. That’s having your cake and eating it, too. There was a time in this country where unions were a good thing, and the employers wore the black hats. Now, it’s different. Both sides suck. And the customer is eating shit no matter what happens.

I’m tempted to go on an old fart’s rant here about the obscenity of it all, but I’m acutely aware that what I think doesn’t matter a hill of beans. This dance of the greed heads is a fact of life. It’s not going to go away any time soon. We’re going to spend one more week waiting now, maybe more, hoping for an injunction, so Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke can get down to the business of restoring the 49ers to eminence.

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14 comments on “Black Hat Ball
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    In the meantime the players are trying to find a way to get the pusillanimous judge Doty to be the one making the decisions for them. Currently, the ruling is in the 3rd judge’s chambers. If she rejects the case it will probably end up with Doty. Isn’t this some kind of judge shopping?

  2. robNo Gravatar says:

    i hope it doesn’t get to where we have to wait so long for a court ruling it messes up the season !

  3. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, Berger, since you guys weren’t registered, you guys were hijacked by V. I don’t know if that means you can’t register now, but maybe the names are now blocked. I have no friggung clue, and, as you’ll see below, blogspot ain’t going to do anything about it.
    Here’s the blurb from Blogpost’s customer support:
    If a Blogger user is impersonating you by using your real name in their profile, please let us know. Please note that this does not include cases of parody or satire of individuals. Unfortunately, Blogger is not in a position to determine ownership of nicknames, handles, or screen names.
    The beauty of free speech I suppose.

  4. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not talking to you, moron.

    Or I guess I am, V.

  5. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, I don’t think you’re getting your wishes. The courts will mess this up. That’s what they’re there for. To mess things up. Contrary to popular belief that they protect the innocent and prosecute the guilty. The courts were put in place to ruin our NFL season. Or as Don King would say, “Only in America.”

  6. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    That was for Reno and NJ, who had some hijacking issues on my site.
    I may have throw you out with the bathwater on my last purge go-around. . .
    My sincerest apologies. . .

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I think what NoFear might have been hinting at, Chuck, was the possibility that the hosts of this site might find it irritating that you use their site to keep the world updated on the status of your site. Fortunately, from what I can tell, the hosts of this site are jolly chaps who believe in helping out their disadvantaged brethren and are probably not inclined to cut your fingers off. Yet.

  8. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, Skeebs, the thing is, NJ and Reno both posted here that they were having problems with their IDs on my site.
    Just responding in kind.
    Not trying to step on yer toes. I know the joy of running a blog all too well. You did get a shitload of traffic tho!

  9. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think it’s time for a new Blog Host Chuck?
    Not sure how much of a burden that is for you, but I do enjoy talking 49ers with you guys.

  10. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    The fight is between the union and the owners who are both out for their own interests. This leaves the players and the fans to suck wind. Get used to it suckers.

  11. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, we’ll see, NJ . . . There’s gonna be down time anyway.

    Sucks that there’s assholes that feel the need to screw things up.

  12. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The players ARE the union, PF. And the union is gone.

  13. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Nope the union is the union, by, for and of the union. The players are their pawns just as they are the pawns of the teams.

    It’s in the courts due to a failure to negotiate by the big boys- the teams and the union. Players are only the tail of the union dog

  14. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    The union is not ‘gone’. It’s taking a paid vacation just like it did during the work stoppage/strike in 1987. Did they come back after a nice rest? Hell yes. And they will again under a new or an old CBA. Gone? Naw, sipping margaritas on the players backs.
    Let’s see the union’s books, what you say? Pay stoppage for union fat cats? Hardly.

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