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If You Say It Then You Had Better Have The Balls To Back That Sh#t Up !


If You Say It Then You Had Better Have The Balls To Back That Sh#t Up !

I’m always befuddled when I hear a player stand up and make bold statement even if it is meant to rally the troops as they say ! Well no sooner have we heard one statement made now we have the Detroit Lions’ defensive tackle Ndamokung Suh making the claim that the team is quite capable of going …… 16-0 this season . Unless I’m mistaken it wasn’t that long ago Lions went 0-16 ( 2008) to become the first NFL team in history to lose all of their regular season games since the league went to a 16 game schedule. Suh either believes that highly in this team or he is truly naive to think that a quarterback in Matt Stafford who at best is serviceable but has yet to play a full NFL season is actually capable of leading the team to an unbeaten season.

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The Lions finished last year with a 6-10 record within the NFC North and actually struggled to make their presence felt within the league as a whole . Statistically as a team the Lions struggled in all facets of the game and from a defensive and offensive standpoint the struggles of the Detroit Lions manifested itself in a multiple of ways . I am not so sure that Jim Schwartz and his coaching staff having gotten a spark of life from this team is now capable actually boldly leading them to aware Suh believes that they can be ! As I’ve alluded to before , Matt Stafford is injury prone and from week to week you simply can’t be sure that he can play a full four quarters without getting a hang nail much less turf toe. For all of the hype that surrounded the player upon his entry into the NFL , there has been nothing that he has achieved that would suggest to me that he now is actually capable of leading this Lions’ team past the current Superbowl champions the Green Bay Packers or the other occupants of the NFC North , namely the Minnesota Vikings or Chicago Bears for that matter ! Most notably the Bears and Packers were two of the teams that made the postseason last year .

This season the Detroit Lions will have their hands full within the NFC and in particular over the course of their season as their schedule unfolds . It is incumbent on the Lions that they get off to good start in order to get some semblance of a rhythm going . The season could very well be shortened given the mere fact that the league hierarchy , team owners and NFLPA (union) are at an impasse in resolving the month long NFL lockout . And as cordial as some owners would like to have us believe that these negotiations are going there’s no real light at the end of the tunnel as of yet . NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell whose statements on the existing negotiation process has been minimal at best . New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft believes that only through continuous negotiations between the parties concerned can there be some sort of accord be reached. From my own perspective this has simply been nothing more than an image exercise of which neither party has executed or handled this situation well at all. The NFLPA and league hierarchy (NFL) have simply forgotten that they have alienated the fans but moreover the apparent greed that has set in both on sides has clouded their judgment .

If Suh’s prognostications are to come true then he and in particular his new defensive partner Nick Fairley will have to be fulcrum that holds this defensive line together . The Detroit Lions’ defense as the season progressed were able to shown signs of improvement but their lack of cohesion and inconsistently proved costly when it mattered most. On offense we saw what wide receiver Calvin Johnson was actually capable of alongside his teammate running back Kevin Smith . The two provided a lot of the offense that was produced by the Lions over the course of the season .

Now it goes without saying the Lions will live and die dependent upon the health of Matt Stafford and his overall productivity . And while I’ve no doubt that the player will have his moments t hose moments are liable to be few and far between . The Detroit Lions have remained a conundrum and an engima all rolled into one but the history of the organization and the fact that each Thanksgiving the fans have to endure Lions playing in this traditional seasonal game. And given that this season (week 12) the NFL in its infinite wisdom will make sure that tradition continues in that pairing of the Lions playing the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field , Detroit , with the Dallas Cowboys playing the Miami Dolphins at Texas Stadium , Arlington, Texas . Now don’t get me wrong I am all for tradition where it is warranted but with the apparent idiocy of the NFL hierarcy and their belief that the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions playing their respective opponents on Thanksgiving is the best possible form of entertainment that they could possibly serve up for the fans is akin to asking a vegetarian to become a carnivore because the taste of meat is far better than eating vegetables alone. And that’s with due respect to carnivores and vegetarians out there ! The relevancy of these two teams playing on Thanksgiving each year has lost all meaning for me as an NFL fan as I’d rather view two talented teams actually playing competitive football ! And when I last looked neither the Cowboys or Lions were actually capable of doing that on a consistent basis over the course of a season .

The Lions’ front office led by GM Martin Mayhew has formulated a plan that he and the ownership group led by Bill Ford Jr , as they seek to make this franchise relevant once again. It seems unfortunate to see the Detroit Lions fall so far in the aftermath of the excitement provided by their Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders . And for those of us who have witnessed those lofty days when the Lions actually roared , now if anything they’re like a kitten looking to be fed a plate of milk . Meow , meow !

At this juncture I’d like to say that I hope that Ndamokung Suh isn’t made to eat his words ! It’s one thing to make those bold statements but if you’re simply unable to back it up and the team then becomes an embarrassment on the field of play then once can only hope that the player is prepared to proffer up some form of apology to the fans . God knows, the Detroit Lions simply have done nothing right to indicate they are actually on the road to success , not with the inconsistency of Matt Stafford and a defense that seems to be unsure of itself at any given moment . Suffice to say it will be interesting to see whether or not Suh is made to eat those words .

And speaking of eating words can there be anything more galling than to keep on hearing that the Dallas Cowboys can be viewed as perennial contenders for the Superbowl ? One postseason win in the last decade and an owner in Jerry Jones who still feels that he’s a better general manager than his peers within the league . Chances are Jones on his best day has about as much acumen for spotting college talent bound for the NFL as a blind man could tell you the measurements of aspiring actress Denise Milani . And for those of who’ve viewed the stunning Milani will know that this beauty has the curves in all the right places .

The Dallas Cowboys and Texas Stadium are gigantic as are the egos of half the players on the team . Tony Romo is viewed as a Pro Bowl caliber quarterback but if anything he possesses the spine of a gutless coward . I’ve always maintained that Romo was more a Hollywood ” wannabe” than a NFL player ! And until he applies himself and leads this team by example then the Cowboys will always be considered an also ran or average team at best . This season if anything we will either see Jason Garrett show his real strengths as a coach or we may well see the Cowboys flounder . The NFC East they say is up for grabs this season and if anything the Dallas Cowboys have a chance to prove their worth . Mile Austin , DeMarcus Ware , Jason Witten , Dez Bryant and Romo will certainly have to lay to rest once and for all that they are good enough not only to win the NFC East but also worthy of being viewed as a Superbowl contender . Year in and year out those moronic idiots who provide the NFL analysis at ESPN continue with the hyperbole about the greatness that seems to be the Dallas Cowboys . I sometimes wonder whether or not Jones actually has these as#holes on the Cowboys’ payroll ? Maybe that’s presumptuous of me but then again I may well be wrong !

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If there is an NFL season to be had how do you see both the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions faring ? Simply leave a comment as to your thoughts and as always thanks for the continued support as it is greatly appreciated !

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(1) Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, right, stands next to defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch during a break in practice drills at Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills, Mich., Friday, June 10, 2011. AP Photo/Carlos Osorio ……….

(2) Detroit Lions quarterbacks Matthew Stafford, left, and Shaun Hill, second from right, talk with team president Tom Lewand, right, during the team’s annual golf fundraiser, Tuesday, June 7, 2011, in Dearborn, Mich. AP Photo/Carlos Osorio …..

(3) NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 28: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell poses for a photo with Nick Fairley(1) 13th pick overall pick by the Detriot Lions, during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City. Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images …..

(4) Jim Schwartz, center, head coach of the Detroit Lions poses with General Manager Martin Mayhew, left, and Tom Lewand team president after a press conference to introduce him as the Lions new head coach on January 16, 2009 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Gregory Shamus / Getty North America ……..

(5) Denise Milani and her ample 38″ DD’s . What’s not to like about the curvacious form of this Czech American beauty ?

(6) Care for a peek of Milani’s assets ? There’s always something to like isn’t there ?

(7) Get the feeling that there’s more that Denise has to offer us all ?

(8) Tyron Smith, 9th overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys, holds up a jersey on stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City. Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images ……..

(9) MINNEAPOLIS, MN – APRIL 19: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (L) and NFL owner Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys arrive for court-ordered mediation at the U.S. Courthouse on April 19, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mediation was ordered after a hearing on an antitrust lawsuit filed by NFL players against the NFL owners after labor talks between the two broke down last month. Photo by Hannah Foslien /Getty Images …….

(10) Tony Romo (9) of the Dallas Cowboys looks on against the Philadelphia Eagles on January 2, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 14-13. Getty Images / Jim McIsaac …..

(11) Miles Austin (19) of the Dallas Cowboys scores a third quarter touchdown on a 3 yard pass from Jon Kitna (3) as DeAndre Levy (54) of the Detroit Lions defends during the game at Dallas Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Lions 35-19 . Getty Images /Leon Halip ………
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Better The Devil You Know Than The One You Don’t Or Is It ?


Better The Devil You Know Than The One You Don’t Or Is It ?

Better the devil you know than the one you don’t….. they say and in many ways that might just be true. Given the fact that we’re now seeing a great deal of unrest within the NFL and quite possibly the NBA in its imminent future . I’ve got say that I’m completely surprised with the ease at which MLB is now transitioning itself from Spring Training to the commencement of its regular season on the 31st March , 2011 . I suppose we’ve all got to grateful and thankful for MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and the somewhat smooth transition for the situation ?

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We’ve all seen for ourselves the unrest now taking place between the NFL and the game’s players represented by the NFLPA . And with there now being a league enforced work stoppage and the impending litigation process to take place within the US Federal Court System it has me wondering where are the current leaders of tomorrow for the respective sports that we’ve all in some ways either come to love or hate ? NBA Commissioner David Stern has been in place the NBA’ commissioner for twenty five years and having come from a legal background as a lawyer it’d be only natural to think that any successor to Stern might from within the league’s own hierarchy or a prominent lawyer from inside the beltway with known connections to Stern and quite possibly members up on Capitol Hill. That was most certainly the case with Roger Goodell when he succeeded Paul Tagliabue as NFL Commissioner. Goodell and the league NFL President and present Chief legal counsel Jeff Pash are protege`s of Tagliabue while he was commissioner of the NFL and also when he was first a practicing lawyer with the law firm Covington &Burling LLP . Tagliabue a founding partner in the firm has since returned to his old stomping ground to practice law on a somewhat limited basis with the firm.

Goodell for his part after his initial first two years in office he now seems to have hit a brick wall in his dealings with the union and in doing so he’s coming across as something of a bumbling idiot whereas his opposite number with the NFLPA , Executive Director DeMaurice Smith has been able to articulate the union's points with clear clarification leaving no one with any doubt that they’re not the culprits here but it’s the league and the owners who are trying to paint a very different picture of the stance being taken by the players. Personally I’m not about to take sides on the issue , except to say that the childlike immaturity that has been shown by those sides during the negotiations borders on being downright infantile and totally below anything I’d have expected from either party ! But that’s what tends to happen when you have a bunch of multi-millionaire players and multi-billionaire owners fighting like rabid dogs over the scraps left at the dinner table. Only the scraps isn’t in fact leftovers from a meal but how to split $ 9 billion ($ 9,000,000,000) evenly amongst the two sides . Have you ever seen or heard anything so ridiculous in all of your life ?

Now when it comes to David Stern you either love him or hate him . He’s something of a chameleon as to the way he wants to be perceived by the fans and public alike and when it comes to the photo-op whereby he can even outshine the elite players within the NBA , let’s just say that is when the commissioner is at his very best it’s very difficult to actually ignore him . Twenty five years as commissioner of the league has seen expansion , as to the number of the teams within the NBA and the gross revenues of the league as business concern. And that could not have been done without the ascension of Michael Jordan and his becoming the face of the NBA globally and still being a marketing phenomenon to this day even after his retirement almost a decade ago . The league hierarchy under Stern’s tenure has shaped the league and its brand not just domestically but also on a global scale . And it might just be next to soccer the most popular sport on the planet and that is with due respect to baseball .

From a league whose revenues could be counted in the tens of millions each year____ the NBA is now a $4.5 billion —- $6 billion ($4,500,000,000 —- $6,000,000,000) a year enterprise that is still growing globally but if anything it may well have hit its saturation point within the North American market. And it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that even with introduction of the D League or Development League as it is more commonly known , David Stern has hinted that he’d some day like to see an expansion franchise outside North America , either in Europe or South America. Pardon me , for saying this but as popular as the sport may well be , and the fact that the league though headquartered in New York City , any thought of adding a franchise in either of the two regions mentioned would not only prove costly but somewhat of a gamble on the part of the NBA. Both Europe and South America already have an established presence of professional leagues and teams albeit that the players there see the NBA as their envy and a professional wish to play in the most competitive and athletic league on the planet. But the risks for them don’t outweigh the rewards whereas for the NBA that would clearly be the case in setting up a fledgling franchise anywhere around the globe. And what the NBA hierarchy may not have also taken into account is that soccer as such is very much the predominant pastime of many sport’s fans within the regions mentioned. As I alluded to earlier the risks outweigh the advantages and with there being a great deal at stake monetarily any plan put into operation would have to thought out and enacted.

We saw the death knell given to the NFL’s decade plus long experiment in Europe with NFL Europe, which is said to have cost the league in excess of $100 million and at the end of the day it simply had nothing at all tangible to show for it. Remarkably though the NBA hasn’t set its sights that high but what it has done is to have offices in Europe , the Far East , and in South America, working in conjunction with numerous partners in those regions to get the game more widely accepted and established. Is it any wonder during the Beijing Olympics Team USA was the talk and toast of the town as its litany of NBA stars were accepted by the masses and wherein audiences for their games during the tournament were in front of sold-out crowds ? Albeit that the NBA worked in conjunction with USA Basketball and the association’s director Jerry Colangelo to establish a real presence and resurrect the appeal of the team after their most recent disappointments on the international stage competitively.

Perhaps it’s too early to talk about David Stern stepping down as NBA Commissioner and though he hasn’t stated when he’s likely to step down from the position as the game’s highest ranking official. It has to be said that he hasn’t groomed an heir apparent nor has he suggested who he’d like to see succeed him in that office. I’d dare say that’d be a decision left to the owners within the league who will likely search for someone with a similar vain to succeed Stern at the time he chooses to step down. From my own perspective while I’ve admired David Stern’s business acumen I’ve got admit I do not admire his autocratic style of running the NBA . Granted , he’s made the league a great deal of money over the years but at the same time he’s made a number of mistakes that at one time or another have come back to bite the league in the proverbial ass, much to the annoyance of the fans and the journalists who cover the NBA. His adoption of a code of conduct and dress code was one of the many things he’s done right but at the same time he stooped to the lowest common denominator in trying to make the league on appearance seem ethnic in terms of marketing it to a wider demographic , particularly amongst young African American males and other ethnic minorities. It may well have been one of the biggest faux-pas on Stern’s part during his tenure. And his intransigence in not wanting to adopt a much sterner drug policy within the league while all the while trying to use the league’s selling point that at the time it had one of the sternest testing policies within all of major sports. Players weren’t being tested for marijuana , but were being tested for certain opiates, iliecit narcotics and steroids. Do I need to go any further with this ? Or is it plain to see who held the upper hand with regard to that specific issue ? It …… certainly wasn’t Stern or the owners ! The players obviously balked at that idea and may have made their feelings felt through the their union the NBPA and their Executive Director Billy Hunter

Then you also had the image policy as it related to the players’ conduct. The very fact that David Stern has been so inconsistent there as to the punishment at times meted out , that it certainly had me believing that not unlike the NCAA and its own idiotic policies as it relates to meting out what’s deemed appropriate punishment , here too the NBA picks and chooses who they necessarily want to make an example of as a deterrent to others. And perhaps another of Stern’s biggest flaw is the fact that he believes implicitly in the officials who officiate the games in the regular and NBA postseason. As we’ve all seen over the years their mistakes during and in the postseason have become not merely a talking point amongst the fans but a complete embarrassment to the league when it’s clear that they’ve done an abysmal job of officiating a game. Stern simply cannot accept that they are flawed individuals in terms of their on-court performances and any public criticism of the officials is often followed with a hefty financial punishment of the critic in question. .

Should the NBA commissioner choose to step down in the imminent future then I’d like for the person who succeeds him to use due diligence when it comes to all matters and simply not laud of the league as if it were their own personal fiefdom . That clearly has been the case with David Stern as he ruled the NBA , where from his early days of running the league , as he saw his influence grow and the money that was to be made he certainly made sure nothing stood in his way even if it meant having to turn a once trusted ally into an enemy. There may well be a number people around the league who’ve a great deal of admiration for the commissioner and many of them may well have some very flattering and reverential things to say about him . But I can only assume that neither Mark Cuban or Stan Van Gundy would be atop of that list in their view of Stern as an executive who’s said to be impartial.

Of all the high ranking officials within the four major sports I don’t know if anyone has alienated and has been more disliked by the fans than Bud Selig. From interim commissioner to now having held the position full time , Selig has managed to assume the role of class clown and idiot without ever having to bar an eyelid . It was if he were in character right from the start. And the very fact that he was once a team owner before succeeding Faye Vincent has me believing that the owners didn’t really cast their net all that far or wide in looking for a successor . All they seemingly wanted was someone who’d be at their beck and call as and when needed _ and who would try to put the Players’ Union (MLBPA) in its place. Which is akin to saying that we’ll hand a child a box of matches and see what happens next . You simply know that no good can from those actions.

As many of you know I think that Bud Selig is to baseball what the Congress , Senate and present administration are to the economic health of this country ……….. a complete and utter failure when it comes to dealing with its most inherent and acute issues. Selig for his part along with league hierarchy , owners and the union were complicit in covering up the steroid issue , and that’s even light of the statements made by Jose Canseco and the subsequent book published by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams (co authors of Book of Shadows) . As I said at the time when those 105 names came up on the list of then alleged steroid users and the fact that the union and hierarchy were under the impression that the list once in their possession would be destroyed as they were essentially were the ones who requested the testing of the players. Instead they chose to retain those records and when supoenaed by the Justice Department cried foul as the agency used that information to try and make its still ongoing case against Barry Bonds . At what point does the idiocy stop with Bud Selig and the game’s hierarchy and common sense begin to set in and prevail ?

Beyond the steroid issue and the very fact that as a financial concern the game of baseball has some major imbalances that it seemingly doesn’t know how to handle or that they may well choose not to out of sheer ignorance. It’s extremely hard to envisage how the MLB commissioner can repeatedly state that the game is in a very healthy state when for years it has had to assist many of its small market teams merely stay afloat from a financial standpoint . In his almost two decades of holding the game’s highest executive position Bud Selig has brought being a simpleton and an idiot to an art form that could be only admired by the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton were they alive !

Not only content with that issue Selig also looks to enforce his will on a team such as the Tampa Bay Rays by suggesting that they will never be able to stage an MLB All Star Game unless they have a new stadium built . But at no time has he or anyone within the game’s hierarchy come to their assistance in dealing with the politicians within the community at the municipal or state level to provide any type of input that would be of benefit to the organization and its owner Stuart Sternberg . Not only that Selig has also made a point of now pushing the issue to where it has now become something of an all consuming battle between the city of St Petersburg where the team resides at Tropicana Field and the organization (front office) itself. There seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel on this issue but and Selig continues to keep fanning the flames that has provided the discontent between the two factions on the matter.

What might be even more surprising in the midst of this all , while many teams within the league are suffering financially , the commissioner has been so well compensated over the last four years that he’d prove to be the envy of any senior banking executive on Wall Street. From 2006 to 2009 , Bud Selig earned in excess of $65 million accumulative in that span and it begs the question if he’s earning that much then why all the furor by St Louis Cardinals’ manager Tony La Russa belly aching over the team’s slugger Albert Pujols wanting to be well compensated for his productivity and what he means to the team and organization ?

It’s from the sublime to the ridiculous in all things related to Bud Selig and the game of baseball . Many have suggested that by initiating the wildcard system within the game it made it all the more suspenseful in terms of the postseason. And with the added incentive that whomever won the All Star Game between the AL and NL would gain home-field advantage throughout the postseason . True enough , that has been the case but all of that pales into comparison with Bud Selig’s inconsistencies and decision making on so many levels in terms where has gone wrong with many issues concerning the game . The negatives have far outweighed the positives in my belief and will continue to do so until he actually steps down from his role as commissioner.

The decision making as and when it starts prior to Bud Selig’s departure as to the list of candidates quite possibly interviewing for the position and then assuming the role may well be not necessarily a large one . But I’d like to think that whoever is chosen will be a vast improvement upon the present incumbent .

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At the time of either Bud Selig and David Stern stepping down from their respective positions do you believe that of their legacies will be well respected in terms of their overall achievements ? Or do you feel that the sooner their departure the better off both sports will be , no matter who assumes their roles as the respective commissioners of MLB and the NBA ? Merely leave a comment as to your thoughts on the topics raised in this piece.

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(1) Commissioners Of Major Sport Leagues Attend Hearing On Capitol Hill L-R) National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman, National Football League Players Association Executive Director Gene Upshaw,(now deceased – succeeded by DeMaurice Smith) National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell, National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern, Major League Baseball Player Association Executive Director Donald Fehr (who now holds a similar position with the NHLPA ) and Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig testify before the US House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection about the use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs in professional sports on Capitol Hill February 27, 2008 in Washington, DC. The subcommittee also heard testimony from officials from the US Olympic Committee, National Thoroughbred Racing and the US Anti-Doping Agency. Chip Smodoville /Getty Images North America ……….

(2) Team representative Tommy Losorda of the Los Angeles Dodgers and MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speak during the MLB First Year Player Draft on June 7, 2010 held in Studio 42 at the MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey. Mike Stobe /Getty Images North America ……

(3) John Wall of Kentucky stands with NBA Commissioner David Stern after being drafted with the first pick by the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden on June 24, 2010 in New York City. Al Bello /Getty Images ………..

(4) (L-R) Sports Illustrated Group Editor Terry McDonell, Sports Illustrated Writer Tom Verducci and Commissioner of Major League Baseball Bud Selig attend the 2009 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Celebration at The IAC Building on December 1, 2009 in New York City. Theo Wargo / Getty Images North America ……………

(5) Stern presents Michael Jordan with the 1991-92 MVP award in Chicago, MJ’s third of the five league MVP awards he’d win over the course of his career . Nathaniel S Butler Getty Images ……….

(6) Jeff Pash (background), NFL Executive Vice President and General Counsel, left, and Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner, leave after negotiations with the NFL Players Association involving a federal mediator in Washington, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. AP Photo/ Alex Brandon …..

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The Image of The NFL Is Like Fecal Matter On The Sole Of One’s Shoe You Simply Want To Wipe It Away Because The Stench Is Vile !


The Image of    The  NFL   Is  Like   Fecal  Matter  On  The   Sole  Of  One’s   Shoe       You   Simply  Want   To   Wipe   It    Away  Because   The  Stench  Is  Vile  

Roger Goodell has   no  head   for   business   nor    does  he  have  a sense  of   moral  obligation as to  the  image  of  the  league.  All  he  ever  prefers to do  is  to  make  the  most   inane  of   sound bytes  and  then readily make  excuses  for  the  behavior of  the   players within the  NFL .Not to be  left  out  of  this at  all  is  the  apparent  lack  of  action  by  the  NFLPA under the   leadership  of  Executive  Director  DeMaurice Smith and union  President Kevin Mawae.  The   latter   have   yet  to  comment  on  the    apparent  behavior  of their  members   during  their   tenure.

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Once  again another  player   readily  steps  behind  the  wheel  of   vehicle  inebriated,  a danger  to  himself  and  others who  are on  the  road.  If   it’s  not enough to know  that  we  also have players  running  afoul of  the  law  for   various  misdemeanors    and  in  some  cases  felony  charges  ranging  from  sexual   assault sexual battery theft to   the  possession  of  illicit   narcotics  and   opiates.   This time  around  New  York  Jets’ wide  receiver  Braylon Edwards saw fit  to  get  behind the wheel  of his   vehicle and  drive. Then having  been  stopped  by the   police   the  player  failed a  field sobriety test and  then  recorded  a  .166 in   his   BAC (blood alcohol content) level which  is over  twice the  legal  limit  within  the  state of  New  York.   And given the  player’s  previous  troubles  in  Cleveland    with the  Cleveland  Browns is  there   any  wonder why  it  is  that  the  player   has  never  been a  calming   influence   wherever his  NFL  career has  taken  him ?   Now  we  have  Jets’  owner  Woody  Johnson stating  that  until  all of  the  legal  avenues   have  been dealt  with  no  internal  action   will be  taken.

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Jets Coach Ryan Says Team’s Embarrassments Must End After Edwards Arrest

By Eric Matuszewski

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan said he held a team meeting and told players he’s tired of dealing with off-field embarrassments, a day after receiver Braylon Edwards was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Edwards’s blood-alcohol level was almost twice the legal level in New York when he was stopped by police early yesterday morning in Manhattan.

The arrest came four days after the National Football League issued a statement saying Jets coaches and players exhibited “unprofessional conduct” toward a female television reporter.

“I’m tired dealing with some of these issues,” Ryan said during a news conference today at the team’s training facility in Florham Park, New Jersey. “I’m tired of the embarrassment to our owner and this organization. I said, ‘Let’s just end it.’ We don’t need to be that team. This team works too hard at everything else to be looked at in this light.”

The Jets said yesterday that Edwards, 27, won’t start their Sept. 26 game against the Miami Dolphins.

Ryan said today that he hasn’t decided how much playing time Edwards will get this week. Edwards caught five passes for 45 yards and a touchdown in last week’s 28-14 victory against the New England Patriots.

“None of us know the facts 100 percent,” Ryan said. “I’m not going to tell you that Braylon is going to miss X amount of the game because I’m not ready to do that now. When it’s the right time, I’ll make that decision.”

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On  the  league’s  part   no action  has  been  yet   taken  but   given  the  fact that  the  league   has it within  their   right  to  suspend the  player ______ the commissioner   does  have  it  within  his  right  to  suspend  a  player for  “conduct  detrimental”  to  the  image of  the  NFL .  Now  while   one   has  the   presumption  of   innocence  until  proven   guilty.  The  fact of  the  matter  is  that   Edwards’   conduct  here  is   questionable   from  the  start . What  idiot   gets  behind  the  wheel  of  a  vehicle  having   drank   excessively and where   their    bac  is   found  to  be   twice the  legal  limit  ?   Isn’t  enough  that  we’ve    seen the  idiocy  with  the  behavior  of  Leonard  Little Ben Roethlisberger and  Donte’ Stallworth ?   In  each   case   alcohol  played  a  part  in  the  problems  in the instance  where  their   legal  problems   and  the  aftermath   in  what  transpired.   Time  and   time  again  I’ve   heard  it said that  the  players’ concerns  isn’t  that  of  the  fans.   I  beg  to   differ ,   because  when  the  fan  is   going  out  there  and  spending  their   hard earned  cash  to  purchase  tickets to  attend   games   or   memorabilia . And think  about it   in  doing   so  this   adds  to  the   players’   pockets  in  terms  of  their  wealth  by way  of   residuals    garnered  by  way  of  the  sales of  NFL  licensed merchandise.

Explain  to  me  what  it  is  that  these  players simply don’t  understand  ?   Had Edwards  killed a  pedestrian would  he  have   offered   the   atypical    statement   apologizing  to  the   victim’s  family ? Or   would  there  be  a   lawyer   representing   the  player  and  stating  that  this  was  nothing  more   than a  tragic accident ?   I’m sick   and   tired  of  the   fucking   excuses   made  by   asinine   fans  out  there  continuing to  placate  these   players   for  their   excesses  and  behavior  !    It’s  almost  as  if    there’s   no   intelligent  thought   coming  from these   individuals whatsoever .  It’s  bad  enough  that  many  of them   can’t  well  think  for  themselves when  they  have  to   fall  into  place   like   sheep  and   believe  the  bullshit that’s  foisted upon  them  by  the  idiotic  political  pundits on  air.   Which  of  them   have   you  known  them to  actually  come  out  with  any   common  sense  on  any   topic  that  is   of  grave  consequence  to   the  country  ?   In  the  same  way we  have  the   league  and  in particular  the    union,  owners  and  league   hierarchy   dealing  with  this   particular  issue  with  “kid  gloves”.

Goodell  and   his  predecessor  Paul Tagliabue have   been  a  complete  joke   and  it’s  the   same   with  press  and  how they   deal  with  this    matter.   No   doubt  the   very  opinionated  Jason  Whitlock will   jump unto his   charge  and  make  the   most   inane  of statements  stating  that  this   is  just  another  player  being   victimized  because  he’s  an  African  American  who’s  fallen  afoul of  the  law.    Has there  ever  been a  time  when Whitlock has  come   out  and  berated these  players  for their   actions  ?  I  can’t  think  of   an  incident  where  he  has   but  if   I’m  wrong  then   so  be  it.  His   body  of  work    to  my  mind  merits about as  much notice  as   that  of   Paris  Hilton’s escapades  in public  when  they’re  covered by  the  paparazzi.  It’s  not  a  page  turner   but  the  print  used  to  place  it  there   is  merely  a  waste of  time.


And  speaking  of  waste   how  is   it  that   at the   start  of the  season there   seems  to be   a  dearth  of  teams   whose  quarterbacks are  showing  about as  much  presence as   a   headless    chicken   on    its  last  legs  before  its  death  ?   The  performances of   Kevin  Kolb , Jason  Campbell ,__  Jake  Delhomme and    David  Garrard have  been  utterly   pitiful !  And  for  those   still  of the   belief  that Tony  Romo has  what  it  takes  to  lead  the  Dallas  Cowboys to  the   promise  land     then  simply  take  a  look   at  the   quarterback’s   play   and  his   leadership  of  this  team  ?  Not   to be  left   out of this    melange’   of  mediocrity   has  to  be   Brett  Favre …..  a  ‘one   trick  pony’ that’d   be   better off  being  sent  to  the   glue   factory!    Sorry  to  say  this    but   Favre  is  now   looking  his   age   as  he’s   beginning  to make  the  members   of  a   geriatric    home  seem   all  too  athletic.   OK  so  Brett’s  legacy   has  been the   records  attained   and  the  fact  that  he’s  thought of  as  a  deity  within  the   annals  of the  game.   Granted,  he’s  been a  great   ambassador  for  the  game   but  of  late he’s  been  like  a  petulant  crying  because he  seemingly  can’t   get  his  own way.   He  may  well be   respected  by  his   teammates  but   I  for  once  sincerely  doubt  that  he’s   as   liked   as   some  within  that  locker   room  claim   that  he  is.    If   you  shovel   enough    shit  on  top  of  more   shit    you  can’t   make  it smell  like  a   rose   garden  and  that’s the  image  that  the  Minnesota  Vikings are   trying to  create .    There’s   said  to be  no  internal  turmoil  at  present  within  the   locker   room.   But  who  amongst  you really  believe  that   ?

The   Vikings  are   at  present   are  0-2 within  their  division (NFC North)and   are   looking  up  at  the  Chicago  Bears, Detroit  Lions and   Green  Bay  Packers.  This  upcoming   Sunday   their   task  on paper may  well  seem   easier  as  they  face  the  Detroit  Lions in  a   divisional  home  game  that  will  go  a  long  way  in  determining  their  season .   A  loss   or  an   unbalanced  performance   and   questions  will  once  again  be  raised   as  to  whether  or   not   Favre  and  in  particular  Brad  Childress has this team going  in  the  right  direction.  This   much I   do  believe,   the   Vikings  are   a  good  team  but  they’re   not  a  great   team.   Their   body   of  work   thus  far  with   Favre  at  the  helm  proves  nothing.  Simply  because  they  made it  to  last  season’s  NFC   championship  game  where    Favre’s   performance   at  best  was  average.   But  the   fault   doesn’t   just   lie  with  the   fact  that  he  had  a  poor  game  by  his  own  lofty  standards  but  it  was  a   collective   effort that  led  to  the  team’s  demise  against the  New  Orleans  Saints.   The   idiocy  of  those   analysts  with  their   post-game   gripe  that the  better team   had  lost    was   like   stating  that  the  Germans shouldn’t  have   lost  World War II because they  were  ill  equipped  in  the   dying  days  of  the  war.   Well   excuses  can’t   hide  the   fact that  this  team  was …….. still  is  vastly  overrated  and  will  continue to  be .  I  liken  this  premise   as  to  the  fact  that  Jerry  Jones anointed the …Dallas  Cowboys are  America’s   team.    I  beg  to   differ  because  what   have  the Cowboys   achieved   over  the  last  decade  ?

Big  money  players,  a  lackluster   effort  and    an  owner  whose   narcissistic   behavior   borders  on   hegemony. Sooner  or  later  Jones’   antics  will   catch  up with  him in more ways than  one. Head   coach    Wade Phillips and  his  offensive  coordinator  Jason  Garrett had  better  keep a   watchful  eye as  the   owner  hovers    around   like  a  vulture  looking  to  pick  at  the  carcass  of a  dead animal.  In  this  case   he  won’t   just  be   picking  at  their   carcass   should  the  team’s  season   go  awry   but  he  could well  choose  to  show  them  the   door.

It’s still   early   yet  in  the  season  and  there’s  still  a   long  way  to  go  but  at  midpoint  we   could  well  know a  great  deal  about   how  a  number  of teams   will  fare.   Chances  are  the   pretenders will  have   fallen   out  of   contention   and    the   real   contenders  will   start  to   forge their  way   to  the  top  of  the  pile.  As  they  say  cream  always   rises  to  the   top   and  within  the  NFL  it’s  no   different.

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Picture gallery for your perusal .

Do   you  believe that   how  Goodell   has  dealt  with   players’  conduct  has  been   appropriate ?  Or  do  you  feel  that  he   ought  to  be  far  more    tougher  when  dealing   with these  issues   of   player  misconduct  ?  And what thoughts  if  any  do  you  have   concerning  the  apparent   merry-go-round  that  appears  to  happening    with  regard  to  the   quarterbacks  mentioned  within this   piece   ?    Chime  in  with a comment  as    you  see  fit 

NB: Woody Johnson had instigated a policy for the team wherein any player could simply call upon a limousine service to ferry them home from a private function at the club’s expense. It is something that has been adopted by several teams around the NFL in order to stave off such incidents where a player drives under the influence.

Alan   aka   tophatal 🙂 _ 🙂

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Freida Pinto

Actress Freida Pinto co-star of the Oscar winning hit movie “Slumdog Millionaire”.

If You Can’t Beat ’em Join ’em ……As In Keepin’ Up With The Joneses …… The NBA Had Better Keep Themselves In Check …………..


If You Can’t Beat ’em Join ’em ……As In Keepin’ Up With The Joneses …… The NBA Had Better Keep Themselves In Check …………..

As many of you are no doubt aware the NFL has its growing labor problems with the NFLPA . And at this moment in time coming, of a monumentally success of Superbowl (SBXLIV) and the fact the event was the most watched televised event television history. One would’ve thought this would be enough an indication , wherein NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and his counterpart, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith would be on the same when it came to negotiating a renewed and improved collective bargaining agreement ? Well, the chasm between the two sides and the acrimony that exists would lead one to believe that there would be a better chance of a negotiated ‘peace agreement’ between the Palestinians and the Israeli’s.

Now it appears that the chasm between the two and their respective parties is now beyond any conceivable acknowledgment where the two can come to some accord. And with a March 5th deadline approaching for an agreement to be reached. Failure to do so will either lead to a work stoppage or the mere fact the upcoming season will go ahead but without there being the NFL mandated salary cap under which all of the teams operate under. I’ll leave it up for you to decide the sort of mayhem envisaged were that scenario to take place !

NBA  Commissoner <strong> David  Stern </strong>  is  seen  here  seated  beside     NBPA  Executive  Director <strong>  Billy  Hunter  </strong>  at   last   season's   NBA  All   Star   Weekend.   The  two  answered  questions   posed to  them  by  the  convened  press  and  surrounding media.   photo  appears  courtesy  of   <strong>  NBAE/Getty Images/</strong>  Bill  Baptiste  ....................
NBA Commissoner David Stern is seen here seated beside NBPA Executive Director Billy Hunter at last season's NBA All Star Weekend. The two answered questions posed to them by the convened press and surrounding media. photo appears courtesy of NBAE/Getty Images/ Bill Baptiste ....................

Now comes word that the NBA and its hierarchy are said to be facing the very same dilemma with its union counterpart, in the form of the NBPA (NBA Players’ Union) and their wish to renegotiate the terms under which their present collective bargaining agreement has been set up. NBA Commissioner David Stern and his union counterpart NBPA Executive Director Billy Hunter , while having something of a cordial relationship. Both sides are known to be wide apart as to what each views as equitable as to how they can reach an amicable accord to an agreement. Chances are that both sides are prepared to play ‘hard ball’ while at the same time showing their intransigence at the acuteness of the situation. The gravities of which , would be compounded were there to be a labor stoppage and lockout, initiated by the owners and that of the NBA hierarchy.

Courtesy of SB Nation

NBA Labor Negotiations : Praying A Lockout Doesn’t Happen

Feb 8, 2010 – We’re still over a year away from the expiration of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, but the fireworks have already started.

In a nutshell, here’s the problem: with declining attendance numbers, the bad economy and escalating player salaries, owners are losing a lot of money under the current model. To get some of that money back, they’ll fight for a redistribution of what’s known as “Basketball Related Income,” i.e. whatever revenue comes in. They want a larger slice of the pie, to put it simply. They also want to roll back salaries and potentially change to a salary-cap system that more closely mirrors football’s hard cap

The players understand all of that, but while they’d likely accept a slight decline in player salaries, they’d like to keep the system pretty much the way it is. That means no fundamental changes, only minor ones.

They probably won’t like the owners’ first proposal, then, which will be presented to NBA player representatives during next week’s All-Star weekend. Ric Bucher of ESPN reports:

The proposal, a source familiar with talks said, includes rollbacks that could reduce maximum guaranteed salaries, both for veterans such as Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, as well as up-and-comers like Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose, to almost a third of what they would have been eligible for under the current agreement.

Perhaps the biggest shocker: The owners’ proposal includes a provision that would require any pre-existing deals to be revised to conform to the new deal’s limits.

The value of a maximum contract would fall from $120 million plus to $60 million (and $50 million for those signing their first extensions of their rookie contracts). But that’s not all. The owners are also pushing for the abolishment of all cap exceptions, which thereby creates a hard cap like we have in football. To make matters worse, the owners want less than half of every long-term deal to be guaranteed, which would allow teams to just cut players after a certain number of years if they like.

Jeez. Why not ban agents while you’re at it?

Predictably, the players who have spoken out are less than thrilled. Adonal Foyle, who is the vice president of the Players Association, called the proposal “ludicrous,” “rash” and “unfair.”

“A system like [the new proposal] would be too restrictive, and it doesn’t jibe with what we think the league is. We have been willing to negotiate a guarantee that we don’t get over a certain threshold, and no other businesses do that. We hold back 9 percent of our income so that the owners can make sure they are covered on the back end. We have given up a lot of stuff, and they have given up a lot of stuff, so I think to start off a negotiation in this rash a term, I think it’s unfair,” Foyle said.

In an interview with SB Nation’s Phoenix Suns blog Bright Side of the Sun, Louis Amundson, Phoenix’s player representative, agreed, though he seemed a bit more willing to compromise.

“I think the main thing, we don’t want to see an NBA where there’s no guaranteed contracts like the NFL and where they reduce the number of years for guaranteed contracts. Because then it just makes it so hard for the guys coming in and the draft pics. That’s a stiatuion I think we are going to stay firm on. But there’s other issues that I think are a little more grayer that I think that the union is a little more willing to compromise on. So we’ll see. It’s early and there’s still a whole lot of issues to cover.”

Amundson also talked about the issue of public perception.

“You don’t want to turn off any of the fans and I think in this economy I think both sides ideally are going to have to compromise a bit with the dollar figures. We make a lot of money and so do they but it’s a good business so there’s a lot of money involved so that’s part of it. That’s part of the biz.”

That strikes me as the key issue here. During the last contentious CBA negotiations in 1999, the players were ultimately forced to make several concessions because they could not get the public on their side. They complained too much about being underpaid and “fighting for their survival,” which isn’t exactly what the average Joe making 1/20th of your salary wants to hear.

It’ll be interesting to see how they approach things this year.The owners’ initial proposal, which is so incredibly drastic, was put in place with that in mind. The owners likely feel they can lowball the players because they have superior public relations and know the players will suffer more if they strike. The key for the players this time is crafting a better PR strategy and making sure they can create leverage among the public.

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And while neither Hunter or Stern have been forthcoming, with a formal public statement on the issue. There have been rumblings of discontent from both sides, without there being any open accusations being directed from one party against the other. But it’s clear that once that impasse has grown wider then the gloves will come off. And then things for all sense and purpose could become extremely dirty and somewhat unsavory. While there’s no denying that a lockout would hurt the NBA irrevocably . One has to now wonder what the mindset happens to be amongst the parties concerned and in particular whether or not they might happen to care what the ‘NBA fans’ might think of this all ? Clearly those concerns have yet to manifest itself with anything responsible that has been forthcoming from either party. As I’ve alluded to earlier , neither side has yet to respond with a public statement to media. So selective and secretive have been both David Stern and Billy Hunter on this issue. That you would probably have to hire a soothsayer to find out what either of the two are said to be thinking on this very matter at this moment in time.

Guaranteed salaries in imminent new contracts for LeBron James and Kobe Bryant would be reduced under an owners proposal to almost a third of what they would have been eligible for currently.
Guaranteed salaries in imminent new contracts for LeBron James and Kobe Bryant would be reduced under an owners proposal to almost a third of what they would have been eligible for currently. photo appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Andrew D. Bernstein .................

Courtesy of ESPN.com

Proposed CBA would limit LeBron deal

By Ric Bucher ESPN The Magazine

The NBA will put its marquee players on display in next weekend’s All-Star Game in Dallas, but the party-like atmosphere is sure to be chilled when the stars learn the details of the collective bargaining agreement offer presented at the end of January by commissioner David Stern to players’ union director Billy Hunter.

The proposal, a source familiar with talks said, includes rollbacks that could reduce maximum guaranteed salaries, both for veterans such as Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, as well as up-and-comers like Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose, to almost a third of what they would have been eligible for under the current agreement.

Perhaps the biggest shocker: The owners’ proposal includes a provision that would require any pre-existing deals to be revised to conform to the new deal’s limits.

The current deal is set to expire as of July 1, 2011. The league’s owners have the option to extend it one more year, but they’ve already made it clear they don’t intend to.

“The league has to be careful,” said one agent who requested anonymity. “If the top players are united against David, that’s going to make for a tough fight. It could get very ugly.”

Presenting a new proposal nearly 18 months in advance of the current deal’s anticipated expiration is unprecedented, several sources said. Doing so right before All-Star Weekend also seems odd, particularly since Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, the weekend’s host owner, has crowed about the event drawing a record 100,000 fans and a surrounding spectacle dwarfing that of the NFL’s Super Bowl XLIV.

“It’s the most dire economic time, so they want to take advantage of that and scare the players now,” the agent said. “It is a negotiation. This is what you do.”

The total value for a veteran maximum deal would be well under $60 million and for players currently on rookie salary-scale deals well under $50 million, the source familiar with the proposal said. Fully guaranteed maximum deals also could be a thing of the past, with the proposal allowing for less than half of any contract to be guaranteed.

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The greed that exists within professional sports is no different from that of Wall St or for that matter another other large corporate enterprise that seeks to get bigger. The real problem becomes an issue when greed is then supplanted by deceit, lies and a great deal of corrupt practices and actions from both sides. Though neither party would be willing to confess that they are prepared to stoop that low in order to get an advantage over the other. But the real problem however, lies in the fact that the only person who tends to get hurt in the end , is the consumer , as in the most ardent of NBA fans. These are the ones who spend a great deal of money to attend the games and see a bunch overpaid high priced stars display their extensive and vast array of skills. But who for the latter part couldn’t much less about the fans or what they might indeed think. And the same too can be said of the NBA’s hierarchy and that of the owners as well. Where in large part ,the greed of all of the parties concerned , seems to have no boundaries whatsoever !

The NBA can ill afford to meander down the same path as that of the NFL and without deference to anyone. But it appears that they too much like their counterparts are willing to act in the same extraordinary fashion . As I’d alluded to in an earlier article entitled …..”Calmer Heads Ought To Prevail ……..But We’re Talking About The NFL and The NFLPA (Players’ Union) Here …….. So What Gives ? (Click on the link herein to read the piece in its entirety) Greed in no matter what form it takes , it has a tendency to bring out the darker side in us all and that’s without exception. And for the likes of the NBA, its hierarchy and that of the NBPA , that now appears to be the case ! It’d appear that they are unwilling to keep themselves in check , in order to give the impression that they do indeed care about the game. In all honesty ,that care only goes as far as to where they view the origin of the next almighty dollar !

‘Money’ by Pink Floyd .

Alan Parkins aka tophatal …………

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Budding  actress  and   model <strong> Naureen Zaim </strong> seen  here   posing  for <strong>  Maxim  Magazine</strong>.     Young  Naureen  has  let  it be  known  that  she wants  to  be  taken  seriously   in  every  facet of her  career.  And   looking  at  this  picture I can  understand  why  !
Budding actress and model Naureen Zaim seen here posing for Maxim Magazine. Young Naureen has let it be known that she wants to be taken seriously in every facet of her career. And looking at this picture I can understand why !

All We’re Asking For Is Accountability ………The Fans That Is …… !


 
 
 
 

All We’re Asking  For  Is Accountability  ……….. The  Fans  That  Is

 

 

 

 

Well  the  NFLPA  has  a  new   Executive  Director  and   it is   his   intention   he  states  to   have   an   amicable   relationship  with  Roger Goodell   the  Commissioner  of the  NFL.

 

 

NFL Commissioner  Roger  Goodell  ..........
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Phil Massey ....................

 

 

 

In  making  their   choice   of  choosing   DeMaurice  Smith  the  Players’  Association  and  have   broken  with  tradition   by  naming  an  outsider to  lead  their  union.  Smith  who’s  a  lawyer   by  profession   brings   with  him  a  great   deal   of  knowledge   but  primarily  in  the  field  of  corporate   litigation.  So  it’d  be   wise  to  presume  that   he  possesses  all   of  the   communicative   skills   one   would   expect  of a  trial  lawyer.  That   being   said   the   union   and   how  its   members   are  now   being   perceived   by  the  public   may    be  of   greater  issue  and   concern   for  Smith  .  Rather  than  the  cordial    relationship   that  he  for  one   states  that    he’d    like   to  maintain  with  Goodell.

 

 

DeMaurice   Smith  the  new Executive  Director  of  the  NFLPA .  Smith  takes  over  from the  late   Gene  Upshaw.   Smith  is   a  partner  in  the  DC law   firm   Patton Boggs.
DeMaurice Smith seen here in his office of the DC law firm Patton Boggs. Smith is the new Executive Director of the NFLPA. He assumes the position from the late Gene Upshaw. picture appears courtesy of afp/ Todd Daniels .................

  

 

With  the  collective   bargaining   agreement   about  to  be  opted   out of  at  the     behest   of  the owners    not   being  prepared  to   play  ball  with  union.  One   can   well  understand  that  things  could    become   very   contentious   between   the  two  parties.   It  won’t  be  so   much  that   the  agreement  itself    can’t   be  dealt   with   in  the  appropriate  manner.   But   with  the   now  acute  economic   climate  the  players  aren’t   prepared   to    make   any  sort  of   concession   to   the  owners  that’d  weaken  their   position   overall.  They’d  rather   be   in  the   driver’s  seat  and   not  a  passenger.    And   in  a  business   where   it’s  gross   revenues   is   in  excess   of  $7.8bn .   That’s  a  great   deal   of   money   that    the  union  sees  that   ought   to be   placed   within  their   own   coffers   by  way  of  the   agreement   in   place.   The   combined  value   of  all   32   teams   is   in  excess  of $20 bn.   And   their   television  package   alone  annually   is  in   the  range of     $900m.   The    contract   is   set  to   expire    in   2010.   But   this   plays   only  a  marginal   part  in   terms  of   the   gross   revenues   that   the   league    garners   each  year.   When   one   takes  into   account   the  sales  and  merchandizing    domestically  as  well  as   internationally.   You  can   see  why  it  is  that   the  NFL  is  in such   an  enviable   position.   It  has   turned   owners   who  came   into  the  league   as  millionaires   into   billionaires.  And  multi  millionaires   into   multi  billionaires.   

 

 

Cowboys'  owner   and  GM  Jerry  Jones  ............
Cowboys' owner and GM Jerry Jones. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Matt Waters ...............

 

  

 

All   of  the   franchises  within  the  NFL   have  seen  their   values   appreciate  greatly   over   the  past  five  years.  And it   certainly   hasn’t  exactly   been  a  blight  to   the  owners  concerned.  And   now   within  the  midst   of  an   economic    downturn .  We’ve    not  exactly  seen  a   tightening   of  the  belts   of  many  of  the  teams.   Though   it can   be  said   that   some    teams   have   taken   note.   The  NFL itself   has   laid   off   workers   within   its    head   office    in New  York.  Some   teams   have   followed   suite    but   by   laying   off   ancillary   staff   that  it   deems  not   needed or necessary.   But    yet   the   wage  demands  of the   players    are  still  at a disproportionately   high  level .  Where   one   might deem  it   to   be  overly   opportunistic.   So  much   so  that   we’re   now  starting   to see   outrageous   demands   being   met    by   teams   who   in  all   reality   have   either   lost  their   minds.  Or   the   mere   fact  that  in  their   overzealousness   to    chase   the   immediacy   of   success   warrants   the   spending   of   the  vast   sums.  They   deem  that   whatever   it  will   take   will  be   worth  it   in  the  long  run.   At   this   juncture   there aren’t   exactly   any   guarantees  that   the  success   envisaged  will    follow.

 

 

Wahsington  Redskins'  owner  Daniel  Snyder  seen  here speaking  at a  new conference  honoring  former  Redskins'  greats  Darrell  Green  and  Art  Monk.
Washington Redskins' owner Daniel Snyder seen here speaking at a news conference to honor former Redskins' greats Darrell Green and Art Monk . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Marcus Landry .................

 

 

 

Teams   such   as  the  Dallas  Cowboys  and  Washington  Redskins  with  their   deep   pockets   and   known   for their  overspending.   They  haven’t   been  the  bastions of  success   over  the  last   couple   of  years.  If   anything   they’ve   become  all   too   well  known   for  their   mediocrity    on  the   field   of   play.   And   the   outsized   ego’s   of  their   owners   and   the  off  the  field   antics    of  some  of  their   players.  Jerry Jones   and   Daniel  Snyder  respectively   have   become   the  embodiment   of  what  the  all   power   hungry   NFL  owner    has  become  all  about. In  their   zeal    to   win  at all   costs   ,  it  appears   whatever  it  takes    does    take   a  back  seat   sound  judgment . They’ve   been   known   for   more  hits   and  misses  when  it    comes to  the  conducting  of  their  operations .  But  then   if  they’re  still  making    money   it  doesn’t   really matter  to  them  at  the  end  of  the   day.    But    for   their    long   suffering    fans   they   may  well  see it  differently.  Especially   when   it comes  time   to   the   renewal   of  the  season   tickets.    Those   increases    along   with that  of  the  general  admission   prices  do   tend   to  take   a  bite    of   a   fans’ discretionary  spending.  But   yet   the   owners  are   of  the   opinion    that  the  fans   are   only    all  too  willing   to endure  this. 

 

 

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