Welp, the NFL Lockout has come to an end…sort of. The owners have ratified the new CBA deal with a vote of 31-0 – but there are 32 teams, you ask? That’s because the Raiders/Walking Dead season 2 star, Al Davis, did not register a vote. Did all forget to take his arm Viagra? Or has he been dead for years and stuck in some kind of Weekend at Bernie’s type scenario? Who knows. But there is still a major hitch in the progress of football in 2011…
Well, the owners did ratify the deal, but they also decided to be real pricks about it, immediately turning around and telling the players that they had a deadline to approve the deal or it was off. Quite the bullsh*t power play and pretty amateur for 31 men and 1 dead guy, who are supposed to be some of the most savvy businessmen in America. Player egos and De Smith immediately flared up worse than Jerry Porter’s herpes and they’re in the “Fine. Make me sign the damn papers.”-mode. It’s all a minor hiccup. It will pass. It will all pass soon, but there’s a lot of money and a lot of ego in the balance, because some people have said some pretty strong stuff in the past few months and no one wants to back down and look like a blow-hard, tough-talking phony who’s really just made of cookie dough. We’re all frustrated, so the best thing is to just tune out all of the ESPN-fueled mayhem they’re trying to squeeze into the final hours.
Deliverance awaits, friends.
– Andrew Hofheimer