With no real football to discuss even by offseason standards I wonder how low we will sink in scratching for things to talk about. Does anybody really think we would be talking about Cam Newton working out with Brett Favre or even hit the play button on a video of Newton singing a Justin Beiber song (very badly I might add).
We've got both sides pretending like they care about the fans which I linked up late last night. There is no end in sight for the ridiculousness that is this lock out, in both the silly things we will talk about as well as players predicting stupid things as a result of the lock out. Case in point, Ray Lewis predicting that without an NFL season crime will spike across the country:
"Do this research if we don't have a season -- watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game," Lewis told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio.
That's because, Lewis said, the NFL lockout affects "way more than us" -- the owners and the players.
"There's too many people that live through us, people live through us," he said. "Yeah, walk in the streets, the way I walk the streets, and I'm not talking about the people you see all the time."
Maybe crime will spike in your neighborhood Ray but those of us around here will simply find another sport to watch. It would seem to be common sense that someone who is going to commit a crime instead of watch football will probably still commit a crime after the game is over. Duh! I could make a few more snide remarks about Mr. Lewis and possibility his posse might directly increase the crime level all to themselves but I'll resist ;). We'll look at a few more comments from Ray after the jump...
As silly as his lead-in comment was I have to give him props from nailing one of the issues no one is really addressing from the players standpoint and I think this one hits NFLPA negotiator DeMaurice Smith (the trial lawyer) right on the head:
"It's simple, we really got to remove pride. Seriously," he said.
"There's no other reason the issue is going on," he said. "That's why I don't get into words and all that other stuff, because it takes away from life ... itself. There's people who are really struggling for real. There's real struggles out there."
Smith acts like a man who won't strike a deal out of pride because he's made all these promises to his union that he's determined to keep. I do think the Smith is the most willing guy in all this to lose a season simply to say he got what he promised for the players. I truly don't think the owners want to lose even a single game even though they may be prepared for it.
I dogged Jeff Pash last night to a degree but he was right about one thing, the previous CBA did favor the players union from a straight percent of the revenue perspective. Yet they can't ask for all these other perks and not expect to give up some of the revenue share. By perks I mean lifetime healthcare, more money to retired players, less working hours etc...
But I digress, the point of this post was to point out how silly things have become in both the statements this lock out is generating from the two sides as well as the stupid topics we subsequently will discuss with no real football news to discuss. But I do appreciate all CSR members that continue to come over and hope we get that breaking news we are oh so not patiently waiting for. In the meantime we'll recap the 2010 season and continue our fandome as best we can.