There’s a Light Up Above

The football world exhaled gratefully Monday as the 8th Circuit Appellate Court, virtually out of the blue, derailed the NFLPA’s judicial train that was hell bent on destroying the 2011 NFL season by giving the NFL owners no save face option left but to shut down the league for as long as it took to get the players to understand that signing a new CBA was the only way they were ever going to play football for pay again.


This legal train hit the tracks as soon as the players elected a lawyer as their union leader, instead of a negotiator. The decision Monday was for a temporary stay of Judge Susan Nelson’s injunction, pending the outcome of their ruling on the full matter beginning on June 3rd. But the judges left very little doubt that their ruling then would be the same as now.

The players can appeal this eventual three judge ruling and ask that the case be ruled on by the full panel of Appellate judges, which the owners would no doubt have done had they lost. But this tactic will not help the players because it takes the final ruling into September, when player paychecks will start being flushed down the drain each and every week.

In the short term, the lockout continues and fans are unhappy. In the long term, the chances of a new CBA and a full NFL season just got a huge boost.

This site frowns on lampooning the various entities in this sordid labor dispute, except in extreme cases — like every single day, including this one. Monday, DeMaurice Smith got his lunch handed to him, as well as Judge Susan Nelson, the newest member of the pro-player Minnesota court system. The entire bucket of B.S. Smith sold to the players as a CBA strategy just sprung a leak all down this guy’s pants. This also was Judge Nelson’s first high profile case, and she was basically laughed out of the room.

This is not a pro-owner rant. It’s a pro-2011 season cheer. The owners are no white hat fellows here. As a practical fan matter, however, the owners control the light switch, not the players. There was no way that light switch was going to be turned on without a new CBA, more friendly to the owners than the 2006 CBA. The players never understood that power and DeMaurice fed that clueless illusion.

What we will be watching in the coming days is the crumbling of player belief in the leadership of DeMaurice Smith. The Brady anti-trust lawsuit will be withdrawn as part of a new CBA and relegated to the complete failure pile. Smith’s combative response to the labor problem has now actually weakened the players position, not emboldened it.

Mr. Smith, you are a bustola, baby. Now get out of the way and let the labor talks proceed to conclusion.

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40 comments on “There’s a Light Up Above
  1. robNo Gravatar says:

    the prime mover for the owners is jerry jones ! need i say more !

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The connubial relationship between the greedy lawyer and testosterone filled players could get tested here. That look of fear in DeSmith’s eyes was emanating from his wallet. His congratulatory statement was bizarre. Yet, the owner’s haven’t won anything yet, this was only a temporary victory but the one paragraph I copied for yesterday’s “Outsiders” blog makes the owners look to be in good shape come 6-3.
    I have to agree with Skeebers that this is good news for the fans. This should force the players back to the bargaining table, except this time they will probably actually try to bargain instead of just trying to make it look like they are being earnest.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The players are doing nothing but trying to fake us fans out, so far, and the interesting thing is the fan polls seem to show that the fans understand this. From what I read the players have a new proposal in hand and should be preparing a counter offer today instead of walking out again. We shall see.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, Rob, Jerry Jones is one of the owners who are rumored to not mind it at all if the league disbands as an entity and each team is allowed to run its own business independent of the other teams. Like baseball, where the rich teams can just buy the best players like Debartolo did in the ’80s.

  5. robNo Gravatar says:

    ah , i love this quote !

    ” would you consider playing one last time if the band was voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ”

    ” I wouldn’t consider playing with them although I haven’t really thought about it. As far as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame goes there are too many people that have been voted in there that have absolutely nothing to do with Rock and Roll for it to mean anything to me. Besides it’s too pretentious. “

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob- Was that a Jerry Jones quote? What band was he in?

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It was a quote from FlyingV about performing again with the Trailer Park Boys.

  8. robNo Gravatar says:

    lol !

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Thered is a band called The Trailer Park Troubadors and they aren’t too bad. They have a song called ‘It Ain’t Home Until the Wheels are Off’, or something close to that.

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Without being quoted, Alex said he was most likely coming back in 2012. Does this mean Del is no longer a 49er fan?

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Del has quit being a 49er fan more often than Cher’s had face lifts.

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    He says he means it this time and he is not going to root for them one iota. IMO, it will come down to wins and losses.

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Once a fan, always a fan. It’s not a rational process. I quit rooting for the Browns forty years ago, but every time I find myself watching one of their games against anybody but the Niners, I end up pulling for them. Even if I don’t even know any of the players on the team. Being a fan is probably some sort of as yet undiagnosed sickness.

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    One of the gay girls around the corner is a big Browns fan. Every time the 49ers and Browns play we end up on the phone cussing each other out and then after the game we get together and drink beer.

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Rooting for the Browns gave me my first teams that I hated, since they were rivals: Packers, Giants, and Colts. I still hate them to this day, especially the Packers. Green Bay has been a thorn in my foot for practically my whole life.

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    For me it was the Rams. When they moved to StL it was hard to hate them as much as I did when they were from LA. We need a team in LA to see if I can hate them as much as I did the Rams. Today, it is the Dodgers, they have taken the place of the Rams, that will probably never change. I drop a Lasorda off at the lake every day.

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Hating the Dodgers has been a constant in my life, too. I hated them when they were in Brooklyn and kept right on hating them when they moved to L.A. In fact, I hate all L.A. teams, even the college ones.

  18. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I liked the Angels for awhile, I admit. They sucked so bad it was okay. Plus, my uncle played for the Yankees and then the Athletics and gave me free lower deck tickets when his team came to town. I even got an autographed Yankee ball with Mickey Mantle’s signature for the pathetic 1967 team. Like an idiot, I played with the ball instead of preserving it. It’s all scuffed up, but I still have it.

  19. robNo Gravatar says:

    just a point of interest speaking of likes and dislikes ! one of the reasons i became a niners fan some 40 years ago was because of the bad vibe the cowboys were giving me ! so it can be said dallas was my most hated team even before i became all niners !

    BERGER thanks for turning me on to bonamassa , he’s way simpatico with my favs …
    ” The titles of Don Airey’s
    ( purple’s current organ player )new CD has been announced, called All Out. As previously noted it features a guest performance by Joe Bonamassa, who is also working with Glenn Hughes in Black Country Communion.”
    lots of cool stuff happening !

  20. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    So which team should I root for this year? I’m open for suggestions. Just one little stipulation: the team must have a real NFL caliber quarterback at the helm. Unlike the 49ers who’ll be trotting out the same goddamn piece of shit for the seventh consecutive year.

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- Pariots, they currently win and have your favorite QB on the team which makes it a great match. We’ll send post cards from 49erville.

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    They choke in the playoffs, though. Not good enough for Del “My horse finished 11th in the Derby” Mar.

  23. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Finishing 11th is a whole helluva lot better than what the 7-yr 49er QB can say. He doesn’t even get to start in the big race. He’s too busy giving the little kiddies a ride down at Old Excuses Farm.

  24. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    You know who else thinks your QB can flourish in the NFL? That’s right, none other than Big Al Davis himself. That ought to make you guys feel extra secure going into next year having Big Al thinking you have a winner at QB. Chew on that while I go give my buddy Tom up in NE a call. We’re tight.

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I heard that Tom Brady and Alex Smith were fungible. What say you Mr Del?

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When you look at the two, they are both married, both are fathers, both are QBs in the NFL, both are starting QBs in the NFL, both are tall, both are veterans. Seems the big differences between the two is Brady has long hair and Alex has short hair and Brady has had one coach while Alex is with the turnstile coaching system. They could be twins! If it weren’t for the hair, how could you tell these fungibles apart?

  27. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    If Brady had been drafted by the Niners in 2005, his career would be no better to date than Smith’s – maybe worse, since he is less mobile.

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- I believe that, but it is hard to also believe that Alex would’ve done as well as Brady did in his situation. We will have some questions answered with Harbaugh, at least I hope so.
    I called Del to brace him for my post. I told him I was being his Ed McMahon. He should have a field day today.

  29. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers, that is the most idiotic thing you’ve said in awhile. And that’s saying something. Unbelievable.

  30. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Using A*** S**** and Tom Brady in the same sentence should be punishable by $250,000 fine and up to 20 years in a state penitentiary. Check that. Make that up to 20 years in a recognized long-term state psychiatric facility.

  31. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    If Tom Brady had been drafted by the Niners, he would have gotten out of town as fast as he could.
    He wouldn’t have come back again (and again). Lather, rinse, repeat.
    Same with Aaron Rodgers. In what parallel universe do the Niners draft Rodgers, McCarthy stays with the Niners as OC, takes the head coaching job in 08, while Nolan gets the GM spot and relinquishes coaching duties?
    Speaking of idiotic . . .

  32. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    But it could have worked out that way.

  33. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When I saw fungible as the WOTD I laughed thinking of the possibilities!

  34. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, A*** S**** and Tom Brady are as much like twins just as Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger were in the movie of the same title. Twins? Ha! Hey, speaking of the former Governator…looks like he spent his years in office schtüping the housekeeper and fathering a bastard child. B-U-T-FULL. No wonder California is going to hell in a hand basket.

  35. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Every time I’ve seen Brady under defensive pressure, which has been rare behind that NE O-line, he cracks wide open. Behind the O-line that’s been here, forget it.

  36. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Just like Chuck said, if TB would have been a part of this mess he would have had the common sense to get the hell outta Dodge. A*** S****? Oh no, he wants more of the same. “I’ve sucked here for six years, what’s another year or two gonna hurt?” Harbaugh rings the bell to come on back and enjoy more of the same and the dog, literally the dog, comes back wagging its tail. Unbelievable. Like they say, misery loves company.
    I sure hope this labor dispute gets settled soon so I can resume watching Tom Brady and my Patriots.

  37. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Many of you might have already seen this. If not, it’s a WCO playbook chock full of terminology, coverages, formations, you name it. I remember seeing one similar many moons ago, but since we’ve been running the Fred Flintsone and Barney Rubble offense these past years there hasn’t been a need to brush up on the West Coast Offense. Now, if we only had a quarterback to run it…

  38. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    It’s not ‘misery loves company’ . . .
    It’s ‘the company loves misery’

  39. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Company also loves limos. Berger just got a call that my friends have lined up a limo to take me to see the Hendrix Experience for my B-Day later this month. They had already bought me tickets but I screwed the hole thing up by buying tickets on my own. What do you expect, they didn’t tell me about the surprise. So instead, they got a limo. Yeehaw! I was going drive and not drink. Things have changed.

  40. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    If the 49ers had Tom Brady replacing Garcia, we likely would never have seen Nolan here at all. I say Mooch survives and prospers with a decent QB who isn’t old and beat to hell.

    If Nolan had drafted Rodgers… Rodgers would have walked when the whole injury fiasco went down. Agreed there’s no way he would have stayed.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17