To be honest, I’m not really that angry about Monday Night’s Packers – Seahawks game. Of course I believe that the Packers should have won against the Seahawks. I would like to think that even if I was a Seahawks fan, I would have to admit that the Packers should have won the game. People are going to argue about who actually had the ball and how the play should have been called, but one thing that I think all football fans can universally agree on is this isn’t the game that we love.
More than anger, I am greatly saddened by where I see the NFL going. I don’t see parity and fair play. I don’t see the rules of the game being followed. I don’t see sportsmanship on the field.
I sincerely hope that football does not follow the path of boxing; back in the 1950’s boxing was a huge sport in America, but with the discovery of dementia pugilistica and the fall of fair and unbiased judging, boxing has fallen greatly from the spot it once held. Football is on that same precipice; more and more research is already showing the negative physical and mental effects that playing football can cause and letting money get in the way of fair and safe play is a grave mistake. Read more... (503 words + 1 image, estimated 2:01 mins reading time)
That wasn’t so bad now was it?
Yes folks, it is finally over. With the player reps for the soon-to-be-again NFL Players Association unanimously approving a new CBA with slight modifications from the version the owner also unanimously approved recently, the NFL lockout is over and football is back.
Let me repeat: FOOTBALL. IS. BACK.
There are still some issues like the players actually reforming their union, but those matters will be resolved as players report to camp. There were a few casualties on the calendar such as delayed free agency, no organized team activities (OTAs) and no Hall of Fame game but going forward the NFL schedule remains largely intact with free agency scheduled to take place as training camps open.
Players must also ratify the new CBA but there is little no doubt that they will overwhelmingly. Once that happens, players can once again start being paid.
What remains to be determined is any long term damage to the game. Fans will return and cheer for their teams as they have since the league was created. The damage to the legacy of Commissioner Roger Goodell remains to be seen. He never lost any regular season games, but he still presided over the league’s first work stoppage in over 20 years.
There will be debates over who were the big winners and losers of this new deal and the debacle that preceded it. Now is not the time for that, however. Read more... (329 words + 1 image, estimated 1:19 mins reading time)