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Open Letter to NFL Players – Put Your Fingers Down!

Dear NFL Players,

Put your fingers down!

Okay. You’ve made your opening statement to the world. In front of a huge, national television audience, the Saints and the Vikings gave a”touching” gesture pointing their #1 finger in the air to proclaim their “oneness” as a players union in the face of a collective bargaining negotiation that could end in a lockout of the 2012 season. Good for you. Now put your fingers back where they belong and just play football.

In the face of one of the worst (if not the worst) recessions in American history; where jobs have been lost; companies have gone under; unrest and anxiety reign; and uncertainty still exists; 1500 of the richest individuals on the planet want to make a statement about their job. Ugh!

I understand that at one time, a union may have been needed. Today, that is over. The NFL makes kabillions of dollars for itself and its players. In fact, this is a players league! When Sam Bradford can make the coin he does when he hasn’t even played a down, there’s no doubt that the pendulum has swung from the 1950’s. There is no need for a union when the large majority of its members of that association are millionaires.

When teachers unions go on strike, are you out there with your brothers and sisters holding picket signs? I don’t think so. When the airlines workers went on strike, were you out there in force to support them, or did it just mess up your travel plans?

Listen – you are all supposedly college graduates (or at least had it paid for unlike most of your union pals). Get smart. This is not the time to demand more money, more benefits, or a sweeter deal. I saw a piece on ESPN where Osi Umenyiora of the New York Giants said something to the effect that the players don’t want to upset the fans, but they have to do what they have to do; it’s a business. Well, Osi take a gander at your brethren in the NBA, NHL, and MLB. They all have had recent player strikes or lockouts (baseball was over a decade ago) and they have never fully recovered. Those were all in GOOD economic times!

NFL players – you’ve got it made. You are America’s new pastime, but don’t take that for granted. The fans that love you and your teams are hard working folks who don’t live in the same world you do. Even those in unions see through your call for “solidarity.” We understand it’s a business, however it’s a corporate one. You all individually are your own corporate entities. Fight for your own contracts as you must. That’s business. But do the right thing and use your players association for good, not evil.

I may only be one fan’s voice. But, my guess is that there is more solidarity with my voice among my “peeps” than there is among yours.

Last piece of advice. Put down your fingers before the fans stick a different one up at you.

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Monday Morning QB

1 – The Vikings are the better team than the Saints. To go into OT on the road after fumbling, bumbling, and throwing the ball away is incredible.  The defense was stellar in the second half against a great offensive team.  The reality is you can’t beat anyone with turnovers and mistakes.  My guess is the Vikings would have given the Colts a better game in the Super Bowl, but they couldn’t take care of business in the NFC Championship game.

2 – I think Brett Favre is finally done.  Looking at him at the end of the game, he looks it.  I can’t imagine a 41-year old body can endure the pounding and rigors of another NFL season.

3 – Pete Carroll continues to make smart moves on his coaching staff.  It’s sprinkled with diversity from his previous gig at USC and veteran NFL coaches like Alex Gibbs, Jerry Gray, and Sherman Smith. There’s a good mix of youth and “maturity.”  I am actually getting excited for mini-camp.

4 – After sweeping the Bay Area schools last weekend at home, I had high hopes for a Husky hoops resurgence.  The weekend in LA ended hopes of any repeat of last year.  The malaise has even hit the improving women’s program who have now lost 4 straight.  The loss of Jon Brockman as a player and leader has been real.

Dan

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Monday Morning QB

1 – Rex Ryan is quite a salesman.  He came out at the beginning of the playoffs and said his New York Jets should be favored through the playoffs.  That drew chuckles and smirks from the pundits, realizing Ryan was trying to inspire confidence in his players.  It worked.  The Jets are playing spectacularly winning two road games with a rookie quarterback, the last being against the hottest team in the league who had just won 11 straight games.  They may not get past the Colts, but if you ask Rex Ryan, an Indy win would be an upset.

2 – I love the Minnesota – New Orleans match-up this weekend for the NFC Championship.  New Orleans has never gone the the Super Bowl and the Vikings haven’t been since they were led by Fran Tarkenton and the Purple People Eaters.  Both teams stomped their worthy opponents and are riding in high.  I think this is a tight game and just feel the home-field will give the Saints the edge.  My early line is New Orleans 31 – Minnesota 28.

3 – The Dawgs bark back.  After a woeful stretch of games, the Husky men’s hoops team climbed right back into the race by blistering the Bay Area schools.  Stanford may not be a huge threat, but Cal is the odds on favorite to win the conference.  Neither game was close.  Perhaps the silver lining of those three straight losses will be an inspired Husky team that carries this momentum through the rest of the season.

4 – Pete Carroll is making wise choices.  Yes, he’s brought in a few of his assistants from USC. However, his offensive coordinator, Jeremy Bates has NFL experience with Mike Shanahan.  His new line coach, Alex Gibbs, is highly respected in the NFL and was just pried away from Houston.  And now it sounds like they are talking to former Redskins defensive backs coach, Jerry Gray.  He was the coach given the “interview” to satisfy the Rooney Rule by Washington prior to hiring Shanahan.  Bringing in savvy and seasoned coaches will make the transition that much quicker and smoother.

Dan