The Eleventh Hour

Today or tomorrow, the Appellate Court in Denver will give us one of two scenarios: the injunction is stayed or it is allowed.

If it is stayed, there will be no football events or news until sometime in July. If it is allowed, there will be an immediate frenzy of free agent signings, a smattering of trades, and OTAs will be scheduled just like this was a normal year. We’ll even get to meet our rookie draft class and ignore a hand-wringer Lowell Cohn character analysis profile of each one of them.

In reality, the fate of the 49ers 2011 season is pretty much on the line here. Gulp.

The same three man Court will rule again in July whether or not to overturn Judge Nelson’s injunction ruling completely, instead of just temporarily. If her ruling is reversed, the lights will go out in the NFL and the season will be one of those bastardized affairs like 1982 an 1987. The preparedness of any particular team for the eventual start of the season will depend on the players themselves — staying in shape and working out together on their own. The players’ decertification scam will have been defeated.

If Nelson’s ruling is upheld in July, the 2011 season will be off and running like a normal season. Training camps will open near the end of July and no games will be in jeopardy. The owners’ lockout strategy will have been defeated.

OTAs aren’t super vital to teams with established coaches, players, and systems. But that is not the case in San Francisco. These OTAs will be critical to Jim Harbaugh’s ability to install his offense and Vic Fangio’s defense. The current players, the first three draftees, and one unsigned QB fellow presumably have their play books at this point, so last week’s mini-lifting of the lockout was incredibly important for the 49ers. Baby steps.

But without the OTAs to teach the playbook to the players, the team will have little chance of being competitive this coming season. We’ll still put on our game faces and hope for the best, but we’ll also have to be praying for a miracle to avoid yet another losing season by the Bay.

The ijits could sign a new CBA at any time, putting an end to this lunacy, but neither side seems inclined to do so until the July appellate court ruling has been issued. Assholes.

Time to light the votive candles. Please, football gods, open the NFL doors — at least until July. After that, the Niners would have the same chance, more or less, as any other team. It’s only fair.

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14 comments on “The Eleventh Hour
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Whatever side wins this ruling, the other side will feel bushwhacked.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    If the players win, the owners will just have to sigh and reluctantly have a season and make millions of dollars. Same as always.
    If the owners win, the fans are screwed and the players will panic and eventually cave in.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The players went to court, rather than negotiate an agreement. Their bad.
    The owners took away football from everyone. Their bad.
    Who can root for either side? Serious jerks, one and all.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Here is the way I see it. I have to root for the owners because the players are the ones that walked away from the bargaining table. More so, if the owners win the league will be stronger in the end and as a football fan I want the league as strong as possible to make for a stronger future. Plus DeMaurice Smith is saying he is going after the draft as an anti-trust violation. I don’t think he can win that arguement after the explanation from the Supreme Court on the American Needle case. But either way, this argument will go on for uyears. If the owners win it will be done this year. So we might lose a few games but the league will be stronger through the years because it is the owners that put on the show, the players just act it out.

    On the other hand, I have to root for the players so we can get back to football ASAP and have uninterrupted football this fall. And besides, who roots for the guys that put on the show, it is the actors we root for.

    I’m to the point of apathy about the lockout/walkout. So what if we miss a few games, that would allow for some camping week-ends in September.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I saw last week that PFT did a poll to see which side the fans are on. The owners received a little over 36% of the vote, the players, a little under 33% and the remaining 31% went to neither. That surprised the heck out of me, I thought the players would win in a land slide.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, Berg, that was one of the more favorable ratings the players got. One had them as low as 24%. It’s a bit telling that fans have not bought into DeMaurice Smith’s all out go-to-court strategy.

  7. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    If either side gets too strong, it’s to the detriment of the whole thing. The owners for years had all the power, and the players were pretty much cattle that had no rights at all, and, when hurt, were tossed aside like so much trash.
    The AFL, and then free agency gave the players much better money, and later health benefits, etc. and some of their own leverage.
    At the beginning, the players were favored in this. When they decided to walk away from the negotiating table, then they lost their mojo.
    Both sides look like posturing fools now. It looks like they will have a decision forced upon them, e.g, the players win. Either that, or the NFL wins, and this season is a wash, and the players eventually cave in. Which was the owners strategy from day one. Deeper pockets mean greater leverage.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe if there is no NFL football this fall we could all be more epigamic on Sundays?

  9. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Pne more day to break out the dirt bike, anyway . . .

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’d be all for that anytime the weather is decent. Maybe I could earn another scar somewhere on by body!

  11. robNo Gravatar says:

    delmardennis , just to add some more sunshine to your day i’ll share this with you . my friend nereida just showed me an e-mail from her in-box ! it says , and i’m not kidding , that there was a recent hip replacement surgery re-call ! yes you read it right , they’re re-calling hip replacement parts , so we can only hope you don’t have to give back that hip you just got !
    hey some guys have all the luck right !

  12. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    No Rob, they’ll repo Dennis’ hip before it fails . . .

  13. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis, yer younger than me. You had to replace a hip already? I guess you should be happy they didn’t just shoot you . . .

    Or was it a hip(ness) replacement?

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Does this make Del a “Hippy”?

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