As a football fan (Packers specifically) living outside America, I am having a bit of a chuckle at the union leaders and the National Football League Players Association, whatever they choose to try to call their questionable conglomerate, thinking they are ahead in the bargaining game.
So far ahead, they reason, that the general public will make sure these millionaires from a game are not replaceable. Folly, sheer folly in its most arrogant and ridiculous form.
What these guys need to understand is—the Golden Rule—the ones with the Gold make the rules! The owners distribute to the pieces they put onto the field the money that comes from the people who really pay their exorbitant incomes, the fans!
They joined a league, operated for generations before them, owned and propagated by owners who went through much to build the league to where it is. The players are simply commodities and should be.
Have any of them built a telecommunications, oilfield, automotive or any other form of industry? Every single owner, other than our own dear publicly owned Packers, are owned by billionaires whom have made, and continue to make, money contributing to society in worthwhile manners.
The Packers are a bit unique in that they are fighting over our money! We the fans are the owners and we are part of paying them…lots more than we make!
The players? Not so much. When one looks at the hard cold facts, probably 50 percent would never have even been admitted to college if they were not phenomenal physical specimens.
How many would have careers that the taxpayer, yes, the taxpayers, pay for if they were not gifted athletes?
If they actually deserved to be auditing the books of the people who pay them, perhaps they would have alternate careers already lined up and not be so horrified at losing the only jobs they are qualified to perform.
Just what did our taxpayer money on scholarships pay for? A group of arrogant folks with nothing but physical skills to contribute to society, that is what our tax dollars and our investments are paying for!
The liberal press is 100 percent more or less behind the players. There are minor dissenters, a few who say both sides are unreasonable. Why? Those interviews and the soundbites or column inches pay their salaries.
If the press darlings disappear so do they, with their vested interest in the players. Thus do not believe much of what you hear or read in the press or on the networks is not biased.
Only a few, such as Peter King at SI, have expressed the disgust fans are beginning to feel towards the players.
For Packer fans, this lockout is a double-edged sword. Nobody can take the Super Bowl away until they play again. Looking at all the team's situations entering this mess, probably no-one can take it away next season if and when they do play.
With the depth, balance and continuity on the Packers, the longer this mess lasts, the greater their odds of repeating.
As a minuscule owner, and a fan, I want the players to get back to work! Even if getting back soon gives other teams a chance to narrow the gap.
As a very, very, very, very, very, very—enough already—tiny owner of the Packers, you and every other fan should be absolutely appalled by the behavior of the players. They have access to jobs that precious few can even contemplate.
They make money that only the top three percent of American society can fathom. Quick thought, at league minimum for three seasons, the lowest of the low paid National Football League players will make more than 90 percent of the "fans" will make in a 25-year career. Most make more than winning the Lotto!
Using a personal example, I am a very reasonably paid oilfield engineer. In my 35 years, I may have grossed the value of the first year of many second contracts, or about the where the 20th draft pick makes before he plays a single down in that elite league.
The top 10 picks are paid more than I will ever dream of making before they enter their very first training camp.
I have worked for years to keep the lights on and the send my kids to University successfully. I have never had a felony conviction and at this stage of my life, it seems highly unlikely.
From over here in the Middle East, where it was necessary for me to go to make an above-average income, my thought is this. The lack of an NFL will really not affect my life that much.
In North America, there are a very minor few who will really be affected...just the little people in the organizations that the players are screaming the owners are wasting money on!
As to the NFL in general, bad luck to be in the entertainment business, a very overcrowded entertainment business.
If the NFL does not happen at all in 2011, or even 2012, how many fans will have their livelihoods threatened? The greed of the players does not seem to take this into account.
What these spoiled overpaid athletes need to realize is that they have very specialized skills which could be evaporated by their own belief in their infallibility. They cannot get jobs like they have elsewhere.
The owners, by and large, are not personally screwed if the NFL dies. The players have zero shot at setting up a competitive alternative, because if they have the remotest dream that their litigation can actually cause financial hardship on enough owners to create a crack, they are on crack.
Like it or not the players, screwed the pooch. If the ownership screws them until this bunch of prima donnas are replaced by kids in high school when the owners still have lots of money to set up an new league, so be it—they brought it on themselves.
De Smith and the hardliners do not understand the most basic of tenets. Do not bite the hand that feeds you.
They bit the hand that feeds them, and going back to the very top of the article, the golden rule. These guys do not have the gold, they do not make the rules and really, the world does not need the NFL.
And it certainly does not need this bunch of greedy players who are only giving lip service to the players of the past whom were the people whom set up their incredible earning power, and they are trying to take away from the guys just entering the league…and they call the owners greedy!
The owners make the league possible and TV can and will fill the spots. The players are commodities and it is not a seller’s market. If they throw away what they had, and all is cancelled, and the owners de-certify the league?
The only real losers will be the current players and their hardline leaders who think they are smarter than the world.
These are the guys who have had their moment in the sun on Draft Day telling this year's class to forgo their opportunity. These are the guys that are delaying any negotiations with these kids to try to get their first paycheque.
These are the guys that the first thing they threw to the negotiation was cutting the amount that rookies earn. Does this not smack of the ultimate form of selfishness and greed to you?
Does this not reek even worse than the claims they are protecting the good of these with that 'brother knows best' condescension?
When they are representing players (this is you, Adrian Peterson) who earn more in a season than EVERY BLACK MAN IN AMERICA COMBINED prior to 1900 and he calls the system slavery, any credibility they might have had is shattered!
Every single day I get more angry at the silliness and pettiness coming out of the various players' mouths, twitters etc.
It is time for the people who pay these spoiled brats, we the fans to start VERY vocally to tell these players enough already, get back to work.
At least let someone make a reasonable comment on what the owners have put on the table...instead of simply whining "it's not what we asked for."
This group of players and their leadership has no concept of the backlash that is coming. They are the donkeys that pull the cart, they are not the owners who feed the donkeys.
So what if the owners and investors are getting a bigger slice than you think they should? The real focus should be on the fact that this group of players has s a glorious opportunity to make more than you can ever make anywhere else…ever!
Kind of looks to me like the NFLPA already won the Lotto…and are trying to complain the Lotto is not big enough!
Note: Much of this article was previously posted to the NFL site in general and had no readership!