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Old 05-01-2011   #1
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...........will actually only become truly apparent as to intensity the longer the lockout continues. The anger has been blunted so far by fans having to look forward to a specific time/event........the NFL Draft. There is no tangible time now to look forward to. Initially, the anger may be more concentrated on the owners for calling the lockout. But this will quickly change if/as the lockout becomes extended. The anger of the fans will be equally borne by the owners and the players..............there will be no favorites.
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I don't know...

I think that a lot of fans will be pissed at the owners because they got they have fought so hard to keep the lock-out going...
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I don't know...

I think that a lot of fans will be pissed at the owners because they got they have fought so hard to keep the lock-out going...
This is where I am, I think. At the end of the day, the players want to work while they negotiate behind the scenes. The owners are the ones putting a halt to things and ensuring everything happens in the media. Millionaire players that are too stupid with money to live off their millions but want to work > billionaire jackasses that make their billions off the backs of taxpayers paying for the stadium and TV deals.
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...........will actually only become truly apparent as to intensity the longer the lockout continues. The anger has been blunted so far by fans having to look forward to a specific time/event........the NFL Draft. There is no tangible time now to look forward to. Initially, the anger may be more concentrated on the owners for calling the lockout. But this will quickly change if/as the lockout becomes extended. The anger of the fans will be equally borne by the owners and the players..............there will be no favorites.
I don't think there will be a lot of anger until August. Most fans don't really follow OTAs anyway. Fans are used to showing interest in August when training camp and the preseason games start up. They usually begin to get excited about the team around then. While diehard football fans care about the draft, FA, OTAs, etc, most football fans tune out after the superbowl until August.
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I don't know...

I think that a lot of fans will be pissed at the owners because they got they have fought so hard to keep the lock-out going...

I think that fans at one point will feel that if the players really wanted to end the stalemate, they would find some compromise that would satisfy the owners. In the end this will happen anyway. Right now the players have been in many ways fanning the flames. I stand on the fact that the longer there is no football (no OTAs, TCs, preseason games or regular season games to give us something to talk about and "debate) and the longer the impasse is not lifted, you will see fans solidly chanting, "A pox on both of your houses."
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They need to at least make an exception for UDFAs. Because coming up is the UFL draft, and it will hurt the NFL if they get their hands on the top undrafted prospects.
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They need to at least make an exception for UDFAs. Because coming up is the UFL draft, and it will hurt the NFL if they get their hands on the top undrafted prospects.
I believe that any player signed to a UFL contract (including an UDFA), the UFL must void that contract if the player is offered a contract with the NFL.
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I believe that any player signed to a UFL contract (including an UDFA), the UFL must void that contract if the player is offered a contract with the NFL.
Ah, that makes some sense. Thanks for that.
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If we can get a month for trades and free agency signings, I'd be okay. I think both are being greedy but the owners already get one billion dollars off top before any profit sharing with players and want another. Sheesh. Eric Winston said players just wanted to keep the percentage they get now. I think McNair feels the owners gave up way too much last CBA and he might be right but getting something back you already gave is tough. Ask Ford, GM, Chrysler and many young women.
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If we can get a month for trades and free agency signings, I'd be okay. I think both are being greedy but the owners already get one billion dollars off top before any profit sharing with players and want another. Sheesh. Eric Winston said players just wanted to keep the percentage they get now. I think McNair feels the owners gave up way too much last CBA and he might be right but getting something back you already gave is tough. Ask Ford, GM, Chrysler and many young women.
One month sounds like a long time. But it is not all that long to shop, haggle and sign...........especially since there's been no opportunity to have signed those still desireable to be resigned (eg., Vonta), reassess performance of existing players or draftees (which would not have been signed either), or assess system (which has not been installed yet) needs in real time.

The Texans are very likely to suffer more than other teams the longer the players and coaches are not allowed to familiarize themselves with the new system.
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One month sounds like a long time. But it is not all that long to shop, haggle and sign...........especially since there's been no opportunity to have signed those still desireable to be resigned (eg., Vonta), reassess performance of existing players or draftees (which would not have been signed either), or assess system (which has not been installed yet) needs in real time.

The Texans are very likely to suffer more than other teams the longer the players and coaches are not allowed to familiarize themselves with the new system.
I'd prefer two weeks as it would force owners and player to get with it. Players would not have as much time to play GMs against each other and owners would have to get down & dirty & bring the best offer to table quickly.
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