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Players: be careful

Posted on: July 17, 2011 1:30 pm
Edited on: July 17, 2011 1:47 pm
 

When this lockout is over the NFL's players, as a whole, will be wealthier than perhaps all of the past legions of players combined. This deal, when it's reached -- and it will be soon -- will provide them with immense money, a safer sport, and better benefits. All deserved since they are the ones who do the hitting and tackling and bleeding. And, when this is over, DeMaurice Smith will be hailed as a victor among the players. As he should be.

But this is still a tenuous time and I get the feeling that views like this one are accurate.The players are pushing hard to get more. Nothing wrong with that either. Nothing wrong with asking and negotiating. But they have to be careful about going too far, so far that the deal is delayed, or worse, totally screwed up. A final power play, a last minute punch to guts of owners, would be ill-advised, mainly, because the players have gotten almost everything they wanted.

I know from speaking with management sources there is mild concern that some on the player side would push and push in this final week, demand more and more, until the talks fell apart.

The saving grace is I think Smith recognizes some of this and knows that the owners have actually already given up a great deal. Smith won't allow anyone to wreck the talks.

As I've said before he is often the smartest man in the room and he's proving it again.

Just be careful players. You're close to the golden goose. Thisclose.

Category: NFL
Tags: Lockout
 
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Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2011 6:17 pm
 

Players: be careful

Just be careful players. You're close to the golden goose. Thisclose.
Nice job spacing your words. Is that a new word you made up or did you steal that from someone else as well?


will be wealthier
 Pathetic. In any negotiation with any union, the agreement can be spinned that way. Typical Freeman.


I know from speaking with management sources there is mild concern that some on the player side would push and push in this final week, demand more and more, until the talks fell apart
 Waste management doesn't count.


As I've said before he is often the smartest man in the room and he's proving it again.
 Unless he's in the room with you, Ratto, Dodd, Knobler or Prisco, no. He was totally rebuked by the judge and now the union is recertifying. His ruse failed. That's what happens when you put all your eggs in one basket. Too often you wind up with yoke of your face. DeMaurice's face looks like it just spent an hour in the hen house.


What's pathetic is Freeman shilled( and openly rooted as well) for the players and union and that is utterly unprofessional. He once again proves he's a biased, racist, ill-informed hack.



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: July 18, 2011 4:45 pm
 

Players: be careful

Am u the only person who sees this is a blog...... Not a "piece"??????


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Since: Feb 17, 2010
Posted on: July 18, 2011 4:16 pm
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Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2011 9:39 am
 

Players: be careful

Anyone know if there is a setting a can manipulate to block all Mike Freeman content posted on this site? This piece was obviously taken right out of ass and is addled with his own presumptions and opinions. He doesn't know shit, never has, never will. He is not respected by his peers or the subjects he covers. I would not be surprised to find out he was writing all of his "work" from his parents basement and copying his content on the conjugation of stories from multiple sports media outlets.



Since: Sep 2, 2009
Posted on: July 18, 2011 9:36 am
 

Players: be careful

As I've said before he is often the smartest man in the room and he's proving it again.

Just be careful players. You're close to the golden goose. Thisclose.

You're a joke and a fraud Freemen. You've got to be kidding. You've spent the entire off-season talking, in detail,  about how the players are getting shafted. Now, with the lock-out almost over, and the players looking like they will accept an offer that is roughly on par with the very first offer put on the table by the owners, you are saying they got a good deal? You're a freaking joke.

The Players were bent over - and rightly so - by the owners. No amount of lipstick can change that pig. No amount of Freeman mind games can change the fact that this agreement will fall far far shy of what the players had before this all went down.

The players didn't have a leg to stand on to begin with and still don't. Demaurice Smith is an idiot. He sent the players down a bad path and many are now on crime sprees and financial hard times because of him. Free agents are still stuck in limbo. Many players have not worked out or practiced and will be risking injury because they won't be able to get in game-shape in time.

In short, Smith screwed over the people he was supposed to be representing.

He's only the smartest guy in the room when he's the only guy in the room, or you're the other guy in there with him, Freeman.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: July 17, 2011 11:56 pm
 

Players: be careful

The saving grace is I think Smith recognizes some of this and knows that the owners have actually already given up a great deal. Smith won't allow anyone to wreck the talks.
DeMaurice Smith loses in court and basically gets buddy-buddy with Goodell to save his job and he wins? He's the smartest guy in the room? Maybe if only the players are in the room with him. Goodell made him look bad. He's the real adult here.

As for Jason Whitlock...

I don't always agree with him, but he's incredibly fair. He's written some of the greatest sports articles on race and unlike the racist plagiarist Freeman he's been incredibly even-handed. Read his take on the Rutgers women. Read his take on Al Sharpton. Some wouls be surprised on his positions. Whitlock is light-years better than anyone who writes on this site(sans Doyel and Miller).



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 17, 2011 10:01 pm
 

Players: be careful

DeMaurice Smith will be hailed as a victor among the players. As he should be.
Maybe he will be hailed as a victor--it's not uncommon for the losing side in a war or battle to declare victory--but why "should" he be?  This dispute could have been settled earlier, and perhaps on more-favorable terms for the players, if not for Smith's failed strategy of decertifying the union and trying to win in court rather than, say, before the NLRB--a strategy that has been slapped down by the courts, depriving the players of some leverage they might otherwise have retained.  Did the players pay Smith to guess wrong?



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2011 6:43 pm
 

Players: be careful

Are you sure about this Mr.Freeman? Base on this article, you're saying that the owners basically gave up and let the players get almost what they wanted and possibly more? Somehow you seem to be as clueless as the jurors in the Casey Anthony's murder trial. So now it's also all up to Mr.Smith and he is the genius behind all this? What if the players decided they don't like the deal and refuse to sign it? We're back to square one right? Do not count the chickens before it hatch.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2011 6:40 pm
 

Players: be careful

Freeman idolizes the players and wishes he was one. that is why all his articles sound like they were written by players. he thinks if he writes like one then they will view him as one, poor guy is probably getting laughed at behind his back.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: July 17, 2011 6:11 pm
 

Players: be careful

Wait - now I am confused. So the owners opted out of CBA in 2008 or 2009 to give the players more money and reduce their workload for more money. That does not make sense. What sort of business is that? What did the owners gain out of this whole thing. The palyers did not opt out of the old CBA - the owners did because they wanted more and reduce the players share. But everywhere I am reading that the players will get more money under the new agreement for less work. 

Someone please explain to me how that works/worked?
Same thing for me.  I can only surmise it is one of the following two things:

1)  The players did not actually get as good a deal as is being claimed, and whoever is saying they did is mistaken; or

2)  The owners made a mistake and it backfired completely.




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