Today the NFLPA has elected to decertify in an effort to file an anti-trust lawsuit against the NFL. What they should have said, is "Get ready for six months of intensified finger pointing and mindless squabbling, fans!"
Here's the deal, this whole situation reeks of greed, stupidity, and an extreme lack of perspective to the common person.
The fact that we're sitting here, waiting on the news over billionaire owners not wanting to open enough of their books to millionaire players who sit there and say whatever you have opened is not enough, is completely asinine and insulting.
Yeah, that was a run-on sentence. But I'm ticked off right now.
I'm not representing someone who has lived and loved the game of football since I was little. I'm representing every single person who know what the real world is like.
People that know what it is to go paycheck-to-paycheck, who know what it is to have to put off the one bill so you can pay the 'more important one'.
Not these ignorant bastards.
Sure, the life they lived before they got to the NFL may not have been as lavish, and could have entailed exactly what I'm talking about. But shouldn't that give them even MORE of a reason to find reasoning to solve a problem that affects people directly that they don't even know.
If the anti-trust lawsuit spans over the point in time where mini-camps, training camp and the season comes in to play, average people will be negatively affected.
How about the people in the building that isn't involved with the front office? Ticket officers, stadium crews, business people. Think of the cuts that are going to happen to these people.
How about the ones that own restaurants and establishments around the stadium that draw income to surpass their bottom line in their fiscal year?
The fact that these two sides are too stubborn to even extend talks without going directly to court for the common good of every person in America is incredibly infuriating. And because it's a $1 billion dollar pie that they can't decide how to split up evenly, the every day common person like you and me are left wondering why it is we even support the league with alot of our time and energy.
And it coming on the SAME EXACT DAY that a devastating earthquake and tsunami combination ravaged Japan, killing hundreds with even more missing is even worse. Here's an idea for your billion dollars that you can't seem to agree on. How about sending it over there for relief efforts. How about sinking it in to the national debt if you don't like that idea? Anything could be more constructive than what you're doing right now.
[Note to readers from Joe: I apologize if you were offended by the previous paragraph. It was meant to imply how out of touch the owners and players are during all of this lockout garbage, especially in the wake of an international tragedy. I simply noted that the $1 billion dollar pie could be better served in helping the relief efforts in Japan. In no way was I making light of the situation. Thank you.]
I know the NFL is business, and a very successful one at that. They're out to make money. But it's also a game, let's keep that all in mind.
Both sides are trying to win the court of public approval. Hey, NFL and NFLPA, I'll let you in on a little bit of a secret....
YOU'RE BOTH LOSING. BY A LOT.
The NFLPA is trying to trot out their most beloved players and making statements to try and appeal to the "Average Joe." Well, I'm just your average Joe, and I find what they put out there to be completely condescending to anyone with an intelligent bone in their body.
New Orleans QB Drew Brees made this statement early on Friday:
"To our fans - I give you my word that we as players are doing everything we can to negotiate with the NFL towards a fair deal. The NFL brought this fight to us - they want $1 billion back, we just want financial information to back up that request. They refuse to give that information to us. They think we should just trust them. Would you? We have a responsibility to our players - past, present, and future, to advance this league forward, not take 3 steps back"
With all due respect, shut up, Drew. If I may quote Walter Sobchak, "You're out of your element, Donny."
He, and the rest of the players aren't doing themselves any favors to the average fan watching everything that happens. Each one of these statements reek of arrogance, that they 'really know what it's like.'
No, you don't. And a good majority of you can't be bothered enough to respond to the average fan when called upon. Trying to get someone that makes an incredible amount of less money to relate to you is much like trying to get improper benefits in college football controlled.
The league, union and everyone else comes out smelling like they came home to their wife (fans) with the scent of prostitute all over them.
If you follow me on Twitter, you know I already said that. But I liked it so much, I'm using it again.
We all feel used and abused by devoting so much energy if the NFL and NFLPA won't even try to settle this without it getting ugly.
I'm appalled by both of their actions, I really am.
I'm sorry that I lied with my opening statement. I didn't keep it short. But I'll leave you with a short statement to wrap this all up with a pretty little bow.
Although we can’t all agree on certain personnel decisions with our favorite teams, we can unite in the fact that how the NFL and NFLPA are approaching this situation is completely and utterly out of touch.