Rope A Dope

The NFL players seem to have approached the CBA talks with the assumption there would be no deal because they wouldn’t make one, and they would simply decertify and promptly win an injunction against the owners lockout. They considered winning the injunction to be a virtual certainty, and that they would win the appeal of the injunction ruling also. Their worst case scenario was an end to the lockout by July or August at the latest.

The early disbursement of the players’ lockout insurance funds seems entirely geared toward this time table. With a July or early August ruling, players changing teams would still have value and there would still be time for a late hour Free Agency frenzy, pleasing the many players in the league who are currently without a team contract. Players would be paid during the summer and paid again when the season started.

Of course, much of the confidence in this game plan was based on the injunction hearing landing on the desk of Judge Doty, where it would practically be rubber stamped. Alas, the case did not end up on Doty’s plate, like the players were assured would happen. Though the players still exude confidence they will win the ruling, doubt has seeped into their world.

If the players lose the injunction hearing, their bargaining leverage will collapse like a house of cards. A man will risk everything when he has little to lose. But when there are lots and lots of expensive toys at stake, men have little stomach for the fight. They just don’t want to lose their precious toys.

This is a classic case of a bunch of marginally astute (or just plain dumb) people being sold a slam dunk strategy by some conniving lawyers, only to find out that once the case began, it was not a slam dunk at all. The same lawyers who led them into battle will be the same ones now who begin to point out best-case retreat options. The players will start smelling the tale-tell stench of bullshit, but they’ve already been had by the con and have no way back.

The bottom line is that nobody can force the owners to conduct a 2011 NFL season. They can simply say no. The players think they are the indispensible stars and the fans will follow them, not the league owners. But they are wrong. Owners own teams. In cities. Fans follow teams. Cities have stadiums for these teams. Teams with histories that go back to the ’30s. The players are just passing through. Tomorrow, there will be other players.

The players are going to lose this mess and they are going to lose big. They got greedy. They hired a lawyer/influence peddler to lead them, instead of an NFL savvy guy who rightly understood the partnership, and wanted to make it work, not overthrown. For the first time in NFL history, the rank and file fans are not sympathetic to the players. These fans smell the bullshit, too. And are not amused.



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10 comments on “Rope A Dope
  1. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Skeebs …you nailed it …we fans love our teams…we may have attachments to certain players…but they all come and go…I was (like everyone else) a huge Montana fan but the team (my team) let him go….i still loved my niners…. these players dont have a clue… ( by the way Skeebs, i dont post much since theres not much to write about…but i read your post every morning 馃檪

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks, Tony. Sometimes I wonder if anybody’s left out there in football USA, so it’s nice to hear from you. There’s not much to write about, for sure. That’s the first thing I think about each morning. “Crap, there’s nothing to write about!”

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    While the players have set up bivouac in the courts us fans are using the draft to act like nothing is different for now.
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    I’m rooting for the owner for one reason, because it was the players that walked out of the negotiations. I would think if the owners won this April 6th case it would force the players back to the bargaining table. Question is, how many appeals would there need to be first?

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Tony, good to see you checking in.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That’s the flaw in the players’ ointment: THEY walked out. They also decertified BEFORE the CBA expired. They had to because the old 1993/4 agreement required a six month waiting period after a CBA expiration in order for them to legally decertify. No way they could wait that long. It’s an obvious fake situation to circumvent the ’93/4 agreement. Judges don’t always make obvious rulings, though. People might think if something’s obvious, who needs judges? It’s in a judge’s self-interest to be technical and obtuse.

  6. robNo Gravatar says:

    i just looked into marcel dareus ! wow , he looks like just the ticket for us if he lasts until 7 !!!

  7. robNo Gravatar says:

    the way i hear it , the owners were locking the players out no matter what so they had no choice but to decertify ! this allows them to play this year so i’m leaning towards the players’ pov !

  8. robNo Gravatar says:

    tried to post this on chuck’s but the easy anonymous option wasn’t there ! here it is for dennis and the boys over there !
    (regarding the QB situation)
    it’s too just our luck that andrew decided to stay in school ! maybe we should draft players to finish out our team and throw all the games to go 0-16 and get the number one pick next year !
    imo it would be best to wait until rd three or four , if at all , to draft dalton !
    i like ponder in rd. two !
    stanzi might be worth a shot in 4/5 , and maybe enderle in five / six

  9. robNo Gravatar says:

    guys , this could really happen !
    CAROLINA ; GABBERT
    DENVER ; FAIRLEY
    BILLS ; NEWTON
    BUNGLES ; BOWERS
    TARDS ; VON MILLER
    CLOWNS ; AJ GREEN
    imo there’s a good chance pat peterson and or marcel dareus will fall to us at seven !

  10. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry, Rob. I had to remove the ‘posting anonymous’ feature from my blog because of V’s abuses.

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