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Texans_Chick
02-15-2011, 06:37 PM
This is what DB said in another thread:

The fans need to unite and lock out the NFL to show them who is really boss, Egyptian street revolution style. It's never going to happen, but a man can dream, can't I?...

I'm not sure that anything can shame the NFL out of their course of action. However, as Animal House's Bluto ranted, "Did we quit when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?" Just as the Delta's disrupted the Faber college parade as a last futile, fun bit of anarchy, I want NFL fans to do the same thing.

I'm working on a blog post for FanHouse. I have a number of ideas but I need more. I want ALL ideas, impractical and practical, using social media or not, of how fans could pressure the NFL into not having a work stoppage. Because these ideas are likely all futile, I want them to be funny.

Basically I want a huge list of fun and serious, likely futile efforts fans could take to put pressure on the NFL. To shame them. I think that collectively, they are without shame. That they can't be shamed.

I will repay you with a rep and my thanks. I feel the need to get my boots out some....

:texans chick:

PapaL
02-15-2011, 06:42 PM
I for one am seriously looking at not renewing my Sunday ticket out of spite. I know it's only a few hundred bucks but it's my voice in the battle of billionaires vs millionaires.

Texans_Chick
02-15-2011, 06:57 PM
I for one am seriously looking at not renewing my Sunday ticket out of spite. I know it's only a few hundred bucks but it's my voice in the battle of billionaires vs millionaires.

Actually, there is a group of people on Twitter talking about striking against Sunday Ticket.

PapaL
02-15-2011, 07:21 PM
Actually, there is a group of people on Twitter talking about striking against Sunday Ticket.

I haven't seen anything about that. Hmm...any links?

Texans_Chick
02-15-2011, 08:11 PM
Dont have a link for that off-hand, but there are a number of articles that talk about the impacts of a lockout to DirecTV.

Joe Texan
02-15-2011, 08:20 PM
Every season ticket holder should withhold renewal untill a new CBA was in Place, IIf every fan with season tickets did not pay till we got a season I gurantee they would not lock out. and a boycott of every advertiser and every entity that suports the NFL

Texan_Bill
02-15-2011, 08:28 PM
Every season ticket holder should withhold renewal untill a new CBA was in Place, IIf every fan with season tickets did not pay till we got a season I gurantee they would not lock out. and a boycott of every advertiser and every entity that suports the NFL

By contract (your PSL agreement), you might be subject to losing your seats. I'd be careful there.....


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My idea is to "bum-rush" the parking lots and tailgate in protest. Blue Crew and others in full force!! :)

Thorn
02-15-2011, 09:08 PM
Nothing speaks louder than lots of fans writing letters. It got the old Star Trek renewed back in the late 60s. I wonder if a mass of emails to the NFL or NFLN or something of that nature would get anyones attention?

Joe Texan
02-15-2011, 10:00 PM
We really do not need to pay till May so we should already pretty much know

GP
02-16-2011, 10:34 AM
Actually, there is a group of people on Twitter talking about striking against Sunday Ticket.

I'll call them today and do it. Had been thinking about doing it for the past two weeks.

This has pushed me over the edge. I'm out.

Will post here, later on, to let you know how it went with the phone rep. I plan on telling them that I am out due to labor talks and I plan on staying out since my team sucks anyways. Added some humor there at the end.

Texans_Chick
02-16-2011, 11:39 AM
I need more ideas. Serious and stupid.

You know, like leaving a flaming bag of poop on Jerry Richardson's doorstep.

I want to mock how out of touch these labor talks are to fans. To drive a deathmobile through the labor situation. I think a funny, mostly futile list would do that. Put your creativity hats on people! I'm hoping to get this out next week.

Texans_Chick
02-16-2011, 11:44 AM
By contract (your PSL agreement), you might be subject to losing your seats. I'd be careful there.....


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My idea is to "bum-rush" the parking lots and tailgate in protest. Blue Crew and others in full force!! :)


If there is a labor stoppage when the draft goes on, I am planning on leading/encouraging a fan strike picket line outside the Texans draft party/wake. I will attempt to get as many Texans players as I can to join us. The Texans probably don't make much money from concession sales, but it would be mostly symbolic.

GP
02-16-2011, 11:52 AM
I need more ideas. Serious and stupid.

You know, like leaving a flaming bag of poop on Jerry Richardson's doorstep.

I want to mock how out of touch these labor talks are to fans. To drive a deathmobile through the labor situation. I think a funny, mostly futile list would do that. Put your creativity hats on people! I'm hoping to get this out next week.

Get people to dress up in 1970s leisure suits, smoking big cigars, with bags of money under each arm. Stand them in front of the NFL facilities as if they are owners. Have them barking like a carnival barker about how they need 'em some more money to get a fancy place like old Jerry Jones has, etc. Have it staged to where you've planted people who ask them questions that have scripted responses by the fake owners to show the absurdity of the real owners' stance on the labor deal. In essence make the owners out to be a Michael Scott who uses arrogance and self-serving tactics to lead his people.

Visual stuff like that. Propaganda stuff. Stuff that makes for a good photo op or a TV story at the end of a nightly news segment. Stuff that could go viral on the Internet. You need a video, and it has to be comedic yet hold lots of cold hard truths.

In addition, coordinate so that there is a billboard featuring those same fake owners with a short link to the video. This is a time where a person could wreak havoc if he had the time and resources to do so.

downtownsb
02-16-2011, 11:59 AM
I say we kidnap Jerry Jones' plastic surgeon. Kills two birds with one stone,

A) I'm pretty sure JJ would be willing to do just about anything to get him back.

B) Gets the person responsible for that face off the street, at least for a little while.


Second idea, project mayhem. I'm pretty sure there are some shady NFL fans of every team. Coordinated attack on every owners property, same day, same time. Sacrifice a few for the good of many. :bat:

chicagotexan2
02-16-2011, 01:05 PM
I think we should all converge on the DC mall and sing the beatles 'give peace a chance' or better yet at the entrance to every nfl stadium. If that doesn't work then hire a Vince Mcmahon look a like and start throwing our money at him.

Dan B.
02-16-2011, 01:30 PM
Get people to dress up in 1970s leisure suits, smoking big cigars, with bags of money under each arm. Stand them in front of the NFL facilities as if they are owners. Have them barking like a carnival barker about how they need 'em some more money to get a fancy place like old Jerry Jones has, etc. Have it staged to where you've planted people who ask them questions that have scripted responses by the fake owners to show the absurdity of the real owners' stance on the labor deal. In essence make the owners out to be a Michael Scott who uses arrogance and self-serving tactics to lead his people.

Visual stuff like that. Propaganda stuff. Stuff that makes for a good photo op or a TV story at the end of a nightly news segment. Stuff that could go viral on the Internet. You need a video, and it has to be comedic yet hold lots of cold hard truths.

In addition, coordinate so that there is a billboard featuring those same fake owners with a short link to the video. This is a time where a person could wreak havoc if he had the time and resources to do so.

Nice. You could also start a viral campaign on YouTube of people throwing away their NFL gear and putting on stuff from another sport (I'm thinking college football would be the big winner). Texans gear in the trash, and a UT, A&M, or UH shirt going on.

Stemp
02-16-2011, 03:26 PM
Have fans collect flyers and business cards for plumbers and RotoRooter services and send them to the NFL owners with a note saying "If you guys have a stoppage, you better get someone to fix it".

Stemp
02-16-2011, 03:27 PM
Better yet, have fans collect old keys that not longer belong to anything and send them to the owners to help with the "lockout".

Texans_Chick
02-16-2011, 03:29 PM
Nice. You could also start a viral campaign on YouTube of people throwing away their NFL gear and putting on stuff from another sport (I'm thinking college football would be the big winner). Texans gear in the trash, and a UT, A&M, or UH shirt going on.

A video contest would be good.

Double Barrel
02-16-2011, 05:59 PM
Thanks for the mention, TC. Obviously my post was rhetorical. We could barely muster up 50 people in Houston to save the Oilers, so I'm not delusional in my idealism enough to think that fans would band together street revolution style. But I like the way you're thinking here!

MMA is one of the fastest growing sports in America. It has become my off-season sport to follow, because the NFL is the only pro sport that interests me outside of UFC.

This CBA situation comes down to one thing: money. And money is where both sides pay attention.

So I'm mixing the two. Perhaps I'll mail some Texans gear back to McNair and replace it with some UFC/MMA stuff. Maybe I'll avoid going to a game or two next season - especially if it's a shortened season that waters down the product - and use those funds to purchase a PPV of UFC (something I've never been compelled to do before now).

That's a start.

Maybe I'll go "art car" with my truck and decorate it. Not sure with what, though. Maybe sprinkles since that seems to be one of my favorite gross metaphors?

I like to shoot things with paintballs. Cool splatter pattern. I might have to paper-mache a head of a certain commish for target practice. People get squeamish about this, though, and I'm certainly not promoting or condoning violent actions against anyone. With that said, maybe my populist attitude will create 33 heads. One for each owner and a commish. Wear a V for Vendetta mask, power to the people and all that jazz. I'll use pink paint, so I can also bring awareness to the breast cancer issue since those particular games might not get played next fall.

I'm reaching here, but nothing like the collectively gripping all NFL fans will experience next September if this thing drags on without resolution. I'll think on it. Maybe a good metal protest song will come out of it. :headbang:

CloakNNNdagger
02-16-2011, 06:29 PM
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Texanmike02
02-16-2011, 06:58 PM
OK. This may sound stupid but I think that every fan should go buy a football put a hole in it and mail it to the league office. It can be one of those $2 balls from target. Kind of like mailing someone a horse head. How would the NFL react to receiving a million useless footballs? What if 1% of the country did it? 3 million useless, cheap footballs that take up space and are a pain to dispose of? Letters get file 5'd pretty quick. Emails go to a junk file. Even 500,000 footballs would be a real pain in the ass to dispose of.

If Egypt can overthrow their government in a matter of weeks with twitter, surely we could organize a trash dump like never before.

Mike

The best would be if all fans could agree to mail them on a certain day. Then they office would be swamped with a few hundred thousand footballs in a matter of 3 or 4 days as the mail came in. Heck, the post office might actually make money for one day this year.

Even better. AFC fans mail them to the league office. NFC fans mail them to the players union. Imagine that. The two sides having to come together to get rid of a million footballs? Maybe with all of that they can get together on a CBA.

drs23
02-16-2011, 07:15 PM
OK. This may sound stupid but I think that every fan should go buy a football put a hole in it and mail it to the league office. It can be one of those $2 balls from target. Kind of like mailing someone a horse head. How would the NFL react to receiving a million useless footballs? What if 1% of the country did it? 3 million useless, cheap footballs that take up space and are a pain to dispose of? Letters get file 5'd pretty quick. Emails go to a junk file. Even 500,000 footballs would be a real pain in the ass to dispose of.Mike

The best would be if all fans could agree to mail them on a certain day. Then they office would be swamped with a few hundred thousand footballs in a matter of 3 or 4 days as the mail came in. Heck, the post office might actually make money for one day this year.

Even better. AFC fans mail them to the league office. NFC fans mail them to the players union. Imagine that. The two sides having to come together to get rid of a million footballs? Maybe with all of that they can get together on a CBA.

That WOULD be a pain in the ass to deal with! Gitter done!:evil:

Texanmike02
02-16-2011, 07:17 PM
That WOULD be a pain in the ass to deal with! Gitter done!:evil:

Actually. I think i'll start a facebook group and see how it goes. When would the lockout start? Mar 3? So everyone mail them out on the 27th? That's 10 days from tomorrow. Anyone wanna help? I'm serious. I'll be back in a few. I need to go to the store.

Mike

Texan_Bill
02-16-2011, 07:51 PM
If there is a labor stoppage when the draft goes on, I am planning on leading/encouraging a fan strike picket line outside the Texans draft party/wake. I will attempt to get as many Texans players as I can to join us. The Texans probably don't make much money from concession sales, but it would be mostly symbolic.

Steph,

Count me in!!

~ Bill

Texanmike02
02-16-2011, 07:56 PM
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_141717002557084#

The group is Blockout the NFL

Mail your football out the 25th of February. That way they get there over the weekend almost no matter where you are.

Mike