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Thoughts and Musings

What a crazy weekend. Decertification. Lockout. Chaos. Welcome to the Jungle, folks.

-I really don’t know what’s going to happen. I wish I did, so I could tell y’all. There will be lawsuits (and, if any reader has a law degree, hit me up! I would love to get a legal take on all of this). There will be finger pointing. My hope is this: Free agency can occur. I would hope that it can occur. Draft will occur. And the players and owners will come to their senses.

-Really good breakdown of all the legal stuff coming from PFT.

-It really is frustrating. We’re fans. We’re all fans. Fans of the game, fans of the Giants, fans of the sport. We don’t necessarily care about the money issues. We don’t care about who gets what percentage of the revenue. We really don’t. We care about the game. We care about watching the game. Talking about the game. Obsessing over the game. Turning the TV on on Sundays and watching football. That’s what we care about. I don’t know the specifics of what happened in the negotiating rooms. I don’t know what was said. I don’t know what was going on in the heads of De Smith, Roger Goodell, etc. I don’t know. But, I want to know how much greed played a part in this. How much they really care about the fans. Because, based on the outcome, it doesn’t seem like they care about the same things we do. And without us, without the fans, there isn’t football.

-As some of you may know, I’m a huge hockey fan. So, I’ve been through a lockout recently. It sucks. It really does. That was a full season lockout. Now, I would argue that the game is better because of the lockout. But, it was a tough year. We rely on sports, rightly or wrongly. We rely on sports. We use it as a release, for entertainment. We need it. Football is huge. And, now it’s gone.

-I hate to sound so melodramatic, but it’s the way people feel. Everyone is angry. And y’all should be. We just want to watch football.

-Luckily, we can still talk football. The draft is happening. So, study up, folks, because that’s going to dominate the site.

-Birthday interlude: My birthday was on Thursday. It was lovely (besides, of course, the rain). Family and friends, a nice dinner, a new pair of Dr. Dre Beats headphones. Seriously, these things are great.

-We do have some lock out plans for the site. They are:

  • Prospect Profiles, of course, will continue
  • Mocks, both for the Giants, and for the league
  • Playbook diagrams (and lots of it!)
  • Project Lockout: A new series about fans, like you and me, trying to survive the lockout. It’s going to be great.

-Anything you really want to see during lockout time, let us know, we’d love to hear.
-Would guys like to do a GiantsGab March Madness pool like last year?


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7 Responses to “Thoughts and Musings”

  1. Infamous Richards says:

    Count me in if you do a march madness pool

  2. PATRICK says:

    THIS IS THE PITS!OWNERS PAY THE PLAYERS WHAT THEY WANT I DONT WATCH THIS GAME TO SEE JERRY JONES ON THE SIDELINE WITH A BAD FACELIFT!DO YOU REALLY THINK KRAFT IS GOING TO FEEL THE HEAT OF A LOCKOUT. ALL THESE OWNERS ARE RICH THE PLAYERS PAY THE PRICE IN THE END!

  3. Chris says:

    The ROOT cause of all this is the government. They created antitrust in the late 1800’s and this has created havoc ever since. In a complete free market, the owner employs players and there is no interference from government. You don’t want to play, don’t sign the contract. I teach college history and government and have studied economics for 22 years, so I know what I’m talking about. Also, six key pieces of legislation in the 1930’s tipped the scales in favor of the unions (in their negotiations/relationship with ownership). Thanks again, big government, for ruining yet one more part of the economy. (Giants fan since ’70)

    • Erik says:

      You do realize that the reason you are able to watch football games on Sundays (rather than working an 8-hour shift in the asbestos mine for $1.75 an hour) is because of that same governmental anti-trust interference, right? And that not a single one of the owners, whose side you have taken without the barest hint of analysis, is worth less than a billion dollars?

      You must be a peach to take government courses with.

      • Chris says:

        Sorry Erik, you’re giving me the conventional wisdom, which is false. Malcolm Forbes said: “Conventional wisdom, seldom is.” The textbook version is revisionist history. Go to mises.org, fee.org, or fff.org and do a little research. Frienly advice from one Giant fan to another.

  4. Adam Y says:

    if there is a lock out it looks like im getting some college football season tickets, its not the same but its something. GO GIANTS/UCONN!!!

  5. Joe says:

    Happy Birthday.

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