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Oh what a dealing | August 21, 2011

Pure Potential

By GJ McRae

Free enterprise a spirit of self-promotion not in the board rooms in strip clubs
and college campuses, passionate college sports supporter showing love
for a job well done with a night out. This glimpse into footballs glory road has a route
called broken dreams, every investigation leads to a financial bomb TV revenue, blue chip recruits,
scholarships, enrollment, and academic funding lost. College is about memories
and good times how you make them within the scope of the rules is your business
what happens off campus stays of campus. Should a University face death for minor violations what is considered great or minor depends on the school and the players, USC know as bankroll U
has new allegations of pay for play and faced lesser sanctions when caught
while Miami is looking at death for lesser.

The NFL is capitalizing on this farm system we watch these players every Saturday then on Sunday
to see them excel to pro greatness, is there a resolve for such a thing having roundtables with individuals with careers couldn’t fathom the temptations, violations only come out when someone makes a mistake or defaults on a promise. If the lockout loomed the NCAA would have stepped up their efforts for power with Sunday games and Monday battles, college teams with solo networks are minimizing the revenue for the NCAA.

Potential we all have it to be greater with the economy in a spiral with no answer to many questions where is the potential in government will they form their own network dare to be different try a new approach let a
little go to get more.


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  1. The NFL simply capitalizes on greed ! That was the only reason for the lockout as it had nothing at all to do with a labor issue !

    Speaking of which how are is the NFL e going to deal with the ailing veterans that they’ve long overlooked ?

    John Mackey dies like a drooling vegetable in a hospice not long before his benefits were about to be curtailed . Forrest Blue also met a similar fate . The NFL care about those guys in the same way the Klan is said to love minorities !

    Speaking of jobs being well done ……… how ’bout them Canes ? Donna Shala , Shawn Eichorst , David Reed and the staff are now making the USC Trojans look resplendent when it comes to integrity !

    tophatal …………

    Comment by tophatal — August 21, 2011 @ 4:14 pm

    • Sad to say but when your career is over and your not in the booth or coaching life becomes difficult, nothing god came from this lockout but a few trades and some suprise signings.

      Comment by gjmcrae — August 21, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

      • GJ Mcrae

        But if it wasn’t for the old timers this game wouldn’t be what it is today and the league has given them little credit for that ! Not even the union itself as epitomized by Upshaw’s own words as the former executive director of the NFLPA ……… ” it’s not my problem to care about the players of the past my issue is to get the best deal possible for the players now currently in the league ”

        The NFL much like the Congress …. is all about image and not much else . They’ve no integrity or damn substance !

        So don’t hype up these as#holes as if they actually care because in reality they simply don’t give a sh#t !

        Comment by tophatal — August 22, 2011 @ 8:57 am

      • Yeslike everything there is progress and the pioneers are always forgotten, but this new deal is nothing different the next generation will get there cut of the pie when the time comes.

        Comment by gjmcrae — August 23, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

  2. What next generation will get a cut of the piece of the pie ? This deal was a bad one for the owners but Goodell is way too dumb to realize it ! The NFLPA ran over both the league hierarchy and owners like they were ……. road kill !

    tophatal …………

    Comment by tophatal — August 23, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

    • The deal was not the best number wise, if you look at some of the deals they are a min of 5 years as normal. But if you out perform your contract it leaves you stuck in your deal like a few players. The johnson situation could turn very ugly since fitzgerald has resigned the market price could get a new celling every year now. looking down the road the players could have held out for something better and contiued there law suit against the league.

      Comment by gjmcrae — August 23, 2011 @ 6:25 pm

      • So in terms of the Fitzgerald deal ( 8yr $120 million of which $50 million is guaranteed ) why’d you say that deal was done ? To keep the player happy and keep him Arizona ? Because you look at this team with Kolb at the helm they well have the pedigree to win but it won’t be the Superbowl .

        Remember the process undergone wasn’t a trial but a binding mediation arbitration ….. presided over by Federal Court Judge in Arthur Boylan . The league hierarchy and owners couldn’t really risk going to trial and it going into the start of any part of the pre or regular season .

        Goodell simply misjudged his main adversary DeMaurice Smith (a former labor and corporate attorney with DC law firm Patton Boggs LLC ) .

        If this deal hadn’t been done then the league would have to forgo the season and lose hundreds of millions of dollars. Definitely not something the team owners would have wanted .

        tophatal ……..

        Comment by tophatal — August 24, 2011 @ 11:52 am

      • Advantage owners looking at the pre season there is very little to get excited about, the new kick off rule is making the game boring most teams will really have to have a air attack to make up the yards teams with no ground game will really suffer. Seems they just held out for nothing the season is on target to start as usual so this was just a stall out wiith no waves or winners.

        Comment by gjmcrae — August 24, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

  3. gj’

    This preseason has been a joke thus far as it has been in the past ! All it is ….. simply another way for the owners and league to get the fans out … paying for a watered down product . Not only that we’re about to see some really terrible football being played perhaps over the course of the first two or three regular games of the season as players seek to get their timing right . Whoop di do ….. that ought to be real fun !

    The players won out because they got the better of the owners . I mean who in their right mind agrees to a 10 year deal in this economic climate with there being no caveat to review the deal after a specific term ?

    tophatal ……

    Comment by tophatal — August 24, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

    • It is a ten year agreement with contractual loop holes with every paragraph, free agency is suffering in the process, ticket pricess, marketing. Yes this is a big sport in the U S but not really global. There could have been a better short term agreement for the players this is a long lock.

      Comment by gjmcrae — August 24, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

      • Those loopholes do nothing to deal with whatever inclement economic environment is within their midst at all. As for the resonance of the NFL on a global scale it plays second fiddle to the likes of the NBA and MLB .

        And as to the well being of the veterans did you notice how the details of the so called $1 billion set aside was (details) sealed by both the union and league hierarchy ? Somehow Boylan went along with that bull_hit !

        The NFL and NCAA are two of the most corrupt hierarchies on the sports’ landscape with MLB and the NBA not that far behind . In fact those three major sports could teach both Catholic Church , Colombian & Mexican drug cartels about what it’s like to operate on both sides of the law .

        tophatal …………..

        Comment by tophatal — August 24, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

      • Yes there are certain stipulations we don’t know about with this new deal fans are just happy to have the game back, sealing details means one thing this for the future retirees not pioneers. But it will be interesting to see certain deatils come to light when things become tight for the fans.

        Comment by gjmcrae — August 24, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

  4. I think we’ll see a number of preseason and regular season games barely sold out ! And there also being a likelihood of games also being blacked out . It is what it is ! Mindless moronic owners , inept league executives and players who are simply too greedy for their own good . But then try and make their burden resonate with the fans by making rather idiotic statements as to their plight . Much like some of the players in the NBA are now said to be doing .

    Let me know what you think of the following two baseball pieces ?



    Comment by tophatal — August 24, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

  5. Raymond James Stadium has become an elephants’ graveyard in terms of fan attendance for the Bucs’ games during the preseason so far . And I expect more of the same throughout the regular season with several of their games being blacked out .

    This area has been shafted in more ways than one , not only from the political naivete shown but also from an economic standpoint and the condescending attitude of the MLB hierarchy led by Bud Selig.

    Granted, I know nationwide the country is suffering economically ….. unemployment here in the locale is above the national average of 9.2% with it bordering on 9.7% in some municipalities .

    Selig has gone out of his way to lay the boom on the Tampa Bay Rays ever staging an All Star Game while at the same time berating the team owners as well as the local politicians in the area .

    Comment by tophatal — August 24, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

    • I could see the smaller market teams really having good seasons the talent pool is better and more competitive.

      Comment by gjmcrae — August 24, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

      • That may well be the case with the Bucs and Rams but beyond that I just can’t see it ! The Panthers will live and die by the talent shown by Newton this season .

        So no one from within the Colts’ organization wanted to travel down to Hattiesburg to kiss Brett Favre’s a#s ? I wonder why ?

        Let the <a href="http://pro-football-reference.com/players/C/CollKe00/gamelog//&quot;. Kerry Collins' era in Indy begin as of now , no matter how short a period that will be .

        tophatal …………….

        Comment by tophatal — August 25, 2011 @ 9:12 am

      • Newton is the one to watch we have our eyez on him cause it has been a while since we have seen such a physical type player since vick wowed us. Farve has done all he can do coming back would just be padding his stats at this point while kerry collins can be re-energized in indy he has always had a good mind for the game but was not focused early in his career.

        Comment by gjmcrae — August 25, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

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Sports journalist GJ McRae is a writer with deepintosports.com, his column shares views on sports and political topics. The comparison of american sports and government shows the depth of the two.







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