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Are You Up For That ?

Are You Up For That ?

Ah get a litany of lawyers in a room to try and draw up an agreement between two parties as part of the resolution process in a negotiation is like extracting several teeth without the use of a pain killer . Neither side will be truly happy at all even when you’ve been told that a compromise has been reached . Inasmuch as the NFL negotiations have been going on for what appears to be in an indeterminable period of time. It’s hard to believe that the owners , league hierarchy and players represented by their union NFLPA are actually any closer to a real compromise . Granted , ESPN has made it their sole purpose of keeping us abreast of each and every whiff any move that that has taken place . But for me, this whole episode has been one complete and utter bore ! So much so , that with the NFL having already alienated much of their fan-base I seriously doubt why it is that these arrogant and pompous assholes would actually create the perception that at any time they have actually cared what the fans think !


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If as is to be believed that the league and all parties concerned will have an agreement in place by the 15th July at the latest then what can the NFL offer the fans this season . A slew of preseason games as usual where in large part we will see the new draftees try to show us why it is that the teams went out and drafted them in the first place . At the same time we may well get to see none other than Terrelle Pryor try and make believers out of us that he has in fact changed and is ready for the rigors of the NFL and all that it brings . Fast cars , loose women and plenty of money . Oh I forgot, Pryor was already use to that with his days served under Jim Tressel at Ohio State . So what will be new for the player ? Well first out having signed with agent Drew Rosenhaus as a client you can be sure that the ubiquitous agent will be doing his utter best to hype up his client as if he were the second coming of Joe Montana . But then again when hasn’t Rosenhaus never not been known to do that for any of his clients ? In the right environment the agent could sell oil to the Arabs right from their very own wells at a reasonable price and they would still feel happy about the transaction .

With Pryor having left Ohio State and having declared himself eligible for the NFL’s Supplemental Draft it will be interesting to see if there are any teams out there interested in acquiring the player . I am sure that there will be but as to who they might be remains to be seen .

Well the NBA Draft is almost upon us and environment is rife with a great deal of speculation as to will be the top pick in the draft . With the Cleveland Cavaliers having the privilege of that pick along with another in the top ten it will be interesting to see how Cavaliers GM Chris Grant goes about rebuilding the roster in the aftermath of LeBron James’ departure and their rather lackluster season within the Eastern Conference . From my own standpoint I do believe that Bryon Scott as the team’s coach has a monumental task to undertake as the Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be a team without a sense of real purpose . The fans within the city may well have had the last laugh in seeing the player and his team the Miami Heat succumb to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals . But that asides it has to be said that the situation while on the face of it may well appear to bleak it could well be a number of years before we can actually view the franchise as a legitimate threat to win an NBA title .

Being an avid San Antonio Spurs’ fan I’ve read a number of blogs within this medium suggesting that GM R C Burford may well seek to trade Tony Parker or use the player as bait in moving up in the order of the NBA Draft. While on the face of it seems a reasonable thing to do . I would point to the fact that the player throughout much of the regular season was the team’s most productive player by far in terms of their offensive output . But what might be even more asinine would be for Burford to actually believe it feasible to acquire an aging Vince Carter to add to this team. The team doesn’t need to get older but simply more athletic with the younger players on this squad actually stepping up their game and actually contributing more . But given the sheer ineptitude shown by the Spurs this postseason I for one am not so sure that the fans won’t be in for more of the same should they make the playoffs this upcoming season . As great a coach as I know Gregg Popovich to be if these players aren’t motivated to get the job done then their ass ought to be kicked to the curb . And yes that includes veteran player Tim Duncan as well !

I don’t know if at this time of the season any team can really afford an injury to one of their most prominent players on their roster . In baseball this seems to be the anomaly that repeatedly tends to either add an incentive to the rest of the players or simply saps them of all of their confidence . This could very well be the case with the St Louis Cardinals and the loss of their All Star slugger and first baseman Albert Pujols for what we’re led to believe could be a minimum of six weeks due to a fractured right arm/wrist . Given the player’s productivity and what it means to the team over the course of the season any loss of this magnitude has to be profound for the organization

The St Louis Cardinals now appear to be in a tenuous dog fight in terms of seeking dominance within the NL Central . While trying to fend off the resurgent Milwaukee Brewers they also have to deal with a Cincinnati Reds team that would like to show the fans that their appearance in last season’s standings and their appearance in the postseason were by no means a fluke .

If the Cardinals are to have any chance of the team even winning the division much less obtaining the wildcard berth as the NL representative then the likes of Matt Holliday , Coby Rasmus , Ryan Theriot and Lance Berkman in particular will have to raise the level of their play over the ensuing weeks while Pujols remains on the DL . If the Cardinals can weather that storm and stay at least within two games of the division leaders then the loss of Albert Pujols mightn’t be as grave as one would have first thought . It will be however down to Tony La Russa to have his players believing that they’re still in with a fighting chance and that the loss of Pujols is not in vain .

And here was I thinking that the idiocy of the NFL labor negotiations had become a real farce ! Now I’m being proven wrong by the sheer ineptitude now being shown by the NBA team owners , league hierarchy and the NPBA (union) . Were it not for the asinine behavior continually being shown by the Obama administration of the government , the House and Senate I could have sworn that this wasn’t indeed the US but some third world country on the African continent ! Somewhere or should I say somehow , the NBA and the union seems to have found themselves in a total divergence when it comes to an according concerning their collective bargaining agreement that is due to expire at midnight on the 30th June. Suffice to say, that if an agreement of some kind is not reached then in all likelihood the fans of the NBA could see a lockout of the players . Bring on the dark days of Summer I say ! Can anything else go wrong that already hasn’t when it comes to the world of professional and collegiate sports ? I’ll leave that for you all to decide !

Courtesy of AP & Yahoo Sports

Union: Owners still demand too much in NBA talks

By Brian Mahoney , AP Basketball Writer

NEW YORK (AP )—Union officials said Wednesday that NBA players and owners are about $7 billion apart over a 10-year span in their most recent proposals, a significant gap to close to avoid a work stoppage.

So far apart in negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement that union president Derek Fisher(notes) said when players are briefed on the state of the talks, they are in “total disbelief” and ask why they even bother having meetings.

“When we put our spreadsheets up, we put it on the board, we lay it out, everybody’s at a loss for how to even begin to close this gap,” the Lakers’ guard said.

They have only until June 30, when the current CBA expires, and they’ll take another crack at it during another session Friday.

But as they continue to disagree over issues relating to the salary cap as well as the enormous gap in economics, it becomes clear how difficult it will be to avoid a lockout.

“Their demand is gargantuan and we just can’t meet it,” executive director Billy Hunter said.

Hunter and Fisher decided to meet with reporters after being caught off guard Tuesday when NBA Commissioner David Stern revealed details of the league’s latest proposal during a press conference after a bargaining session. Both sides had largely kept specifics from the media during the negotiations.

Yet Stern and Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver laid out their proposal for what they called a “flex cap,” in which teams would be targeted to spend $62 million in salary, but could exceed that number through the use of exceptions to an unspecified level before the ceiling kicked in.


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If what we’re being led to believe is that the two sides are so far apart , as in trying to alleviate this issue with both parties aren’t able to come to an agreement , wherein they can successfully reach an accord as to how best to equally split a projected revenue stream of $ 7 billion over the next decade then there’s something seriously wrong with the thinking of parties . Not unlike the idiocy we’re now seeing concerning Democrats , GOP and the President as they try to rein in the runaway spending and an ever deepening deficit and national debt . Can I get a what , what here ?

I’ve never really been enamored with David Stern as the commissioner of the NBA and I simply do not trust anything that has been set forth by NBPA Executive Director Billy Hunter or anyone from the union’s executive committee led by union President Derek Fisher . Both sides at present would rather have a pissing contest , seeing who best can actually write their name in the sand . Can any of these bumbling oafs actually see the forest but for the trees ? Then one has to consider that should a labor stoppage now begin in earnest where does it leave the players now awaiting the commencement of tonight’s NBA Draft ?

Now as we head on into the dank dark days of summer no doubt hoping to enjoy a season of fun in terms of what sporting offers there are to be had . I’m not so sure that we are all expecting will actually be that satisfactory to begin with . I mean simply look across the collegiate landscape to see the machinations that have taken place there ? I’m sure that Jim Tressel if he had it to do all over again would have preferred to have had a tattoo on the end of his member, asking all those who view it, to pull ! But instead, it was left to Prior and several of his now former teammates to blow that bitch asunder for us to actually know that collegiate athletics has always been a complete joke to begin with ! Needless to say those devout fans of USC would like to tell us otherwise .


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What thoughts if any do you have concerning the points raised within this piece ? Simply leave a comment as you would deem fit and thanks as always for the continued support as it is greatly appreciated !

Alan aka tophatal …….

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(1) Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, left, hugs his wife, Candice Romo at his annual football fundamentals camp at Burlington High School, Wednesday, June 22, 2011, in Burlington, Wis. They were married May 28. Romo graduated from the school. The two-day camp is for athletes entering grades 7-12. AP Photo/Journal Times, Mark Hertzberg …

(2) Woody Johnson, left, owner of the New York Jets, talks with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft at the NFL football owners meetings in Rosemont, Ill., Tuesday, June 21, 2011. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh ……

(3) Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, second from right, and others grab a bite to eat during the NFL football owners meetings in Rosemont, Ill., Tuesday, June 21, 2011. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh …..

(4) NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference at the NFL football owners meetings in Rosemont, Ill., Tuesday, June 21, 2011. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh ….

(5) Terrelle Pryor ended his silence Tuesday — for exactly 97 seconds. Pryor (right) is seen here with his agent Drew Rosenhaus and Rosenhaus associate Robert Bailey (left). AP Photo / Michael Croft ……

(6) FILE – This April 29, 2011 , file photo shows San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, right, talking with guard Tony Parker, of France, during the first half of Game 6 against the Memphis Grizzlies , in a first-round NBA basketball playoff game, in Memphis, Tenn. Parker is backing off earlier comments to French media that San Antonio realistically has no more chances to win another championship. The comments came a few weeks after the 61-win Spurs were upset in the first round by eighth-seeded Memphis. AP Photo/Mark Humphrey ……

(7) ST. LOUIS, MO – JUNE 22: Lance Berkman (12 ) of the St. Louis Cardinals double up Ryan Howard (6) of the Philadelphia Phillies at Busch Stadium on June 22, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Phillies would go on to defeat the Caridnals 4-0 . Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images …..

(8) Starter Cliff Lee(33) and Carlos Ruiz (51) both of the Philadelphia Phillies congratulate each other after beating the St. Louis Cardinals at Cardinals at Busch Stadium on June 22, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images ……

(9) St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols stands in the dugout with his left arm in a soft cast during the Cardinals’ baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies pm Tuesday, June 21, 2011, in St. Louis. Pujols will be out 4-6 weeks after being injured on a play during a game against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. AP Photo/Jeff Roberson …

(10) NBA Commissioner David Stern, left, gestures as he sits next to Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver , following a meeting between team owners and the NBA players’ union on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, in New York. Both sides made new proposals in a 3 1/2-hour meeting on what Stern said was an important day in the league’s labor talks. The collective bargaining agreement expires June 30. AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews ……

(11) Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Derek Fisher holds a press briefing following a meeting between team owners and the NBA player’s union on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 in New York . AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews …..

(12) Billy Hunter, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, holds a press briefing following a meeting between team owners and the NBA player’s union on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 in New York. AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews …..

(13) These recent handouts provided by their respective schools or overseas team, show 2011 NBA basketball draft prospects. Top from left are Nolan Smith, Duke; Malcolm Thomas, San Diego State; Trey Thompkins, Georgia; Klay Thompson, Washington State; Tristan Thompson, Texas, and Jeremy Tyler, Tokyo Apache. Bottom from left are Jonas Valanciunas, Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania); Jan Vesely, Partizan Belgrade (Serbia); Nikola Vicevic, Southern Cal; Kemba Walker, Connecticut, Derrick Williams, Arizona, and Jordan Williams, Maryland. AP Photo / File …….

(14) Toronto Raptors new head coach Dwane Casey , left, and general manager Bryan Colangelo pose following a basketball conference in Toronto on Tuesday, June 21, 2011. Casey was hired as coach of the Raptors on Tuesday, nine days after the Dallas assistant helped the Mavericks win an NBA title. AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young ……


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21 thoughts on “Are You Up For That ?

  1. Romo is married ? Woo a deep shock to the system ! I guess Simpson and he in terms of their collective measured IQ was way below the norm ?

    Tony call me ? Jess

    What part of fu#k you don’t you seem to understand David ?

    Plaxico any truth to the rumor that you and Ben are going to put out a CD of your greatest hits or misses as the case maybe ?

    There’s a damn good chance of Plax and myself will once again be partying like rock stars and smashin’ like porn stars !

  2. As if MLB didn’t have enough problems now this ?

    Two women sue Cubs owner Ricketts

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP)

    Two Nebraska women are suing the founder of online brokerage TD Ameritrade and owner of the Chicago Cubs, claiming he fired them from his Omaha-based charity after they accused its chief operating officer of sexual harassment.

    Patricia Davis and Patricia Duncan filed a federal lawsuit against Joe Ricketts and the Opportunity Education Foundation, which provides educational opportunities to .children in developing nations. Ricketts’ family owns the major league baseball team.

    The lawsuit alleges that the COO often discussed his own sex life and made inappropriate comments about women’s physical appearance. He often commented about Davis’ legs and cleavage, and once putted a golf ball into Duncan’s office and said ”I’m trying to get into your hole,” according to the lawsuit.

    Both women were fired within weeks of discussing their complaints with Ricketts and the foundation’s executive director in August 2009. Click here to read in its entirety .

  3. Yeah the coverage of the NFL lockout is getting annoying. Even Peyton has time for crap like this…

    The draft should be interesting. Already one trade in the books for the Kings. Beno for Salmons isn’t a bad move for them!

    1. chappy 81

      I’ve simply gotten use to the fact that if the NFL schedule doesn’t start on time then I can always watch either College Football ! As for the NBA well it’s almost certain that they’re heading towards a lockout . Fisher said it best ….. ‘we’ve no intention of acceding to the league when they themselves aren’t prepared to be straightforward and show even greater transparency’ . I guess that says it all ?

      In the first round of the NBA Draft I don’t believe that they were really any big surprises other than the wheeling and dealing of certain teams .

  4. I’m glad the Spurs hasn’t traded Tony Parker yet. He’s the only player on our team that’s consistent, and has the abilities to get anywhere on the court whenever he wants. With how weak this draft class is, trading him away for a high lottery pick isn’t worth it imo. I wouldn’t mind shipping George Hill for a late lottery pick tho. As much as I like the guy, hes not a true PG and hes undersized at the two guard. Either way, we have to rebuild some how.

    I liked the Bucks trade, getting Stephen Jackson. I always wished that dude was still in Black and Silver.

    As for the Kings, there’s no hope for them……

    As for my sleepers in the draft…it would be….Marshon Brooks (dude will be an allstar) and Darius Morris.

    1. jgome

      Parker averaged 19.7 ppg over the course of the season for the Spurs and he was their only player on the team in the top 25 for scoring in the league . What does that tell you as to how asinine that the talk was about trading him ? I sometimes wonder where some of these Spurs’ fans are actually coming from ! What they need to do is get rid of the dead weight such as Jefferson and McDyess !

      The Bucks are a team that’s on the way up and it bodes well for the organization as a whole . . Scott Skiles is an under appreciated coach and he’s got a great bunch of assistants that can get the best out of these players . And their GM John Hammond seems to know his stuff .

      1. jgome

        Parker average 17.9 ppg over the course of the season for the Spurs and he was their only player on the team in the top 25 for scoring in the league . What does that tell you as to how asinine that the talk was about trading him ? I sometimes wonder where some of these Spurs’ fans are actually coming from ! What they need to do is get rid of the dead weight such as Jefferson and McDyess !

        The Bucks are a team that’s on the way up and it bodes well for the organization as a whole . . Scott Skiles is an under appreciated coach and he’s got a great bunch of assistants that can get the best out of these players . And their GM John Hammond seems to know his stuff .

        I think with the Kings it’s the cheapness of the Maloofs and the mere fact that they’d rather look after their other business interests rather than the team and organization as a whole .

        From top to bottom that whole organization is a complete mess ! They’ve fu#ked over the fans as well as the city of Sacramento . Is it any wonder that Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson ( former NBA player ) doesn’t trust anyone within the organization ! A one year reprieve to stay in Sacramento means shit when you simply know that they will be leaving in year if not sooner .

    1. jgome

      Well now that Artest will be changing his name to “Metta World Peace” that’ll be one move that they’ll have to make in changing his jersey . LOL,LOL,LOL !!! . The other would be to trade both Lamar and Khloe Odom to some team in the NBA D League !

      Smile Lamar , my biological clock is ticking ……. cuckoo .

      I’m sure that there’ll be a sex tape out there at some time in the future so it can prolong her (Kim Kardashian) 15 minutes of fame . Unfortunately for Kris Humphries he’s got to make do playing for those sorry assed New Jersey Nets !

  5. The NFL will play football. It is a done deal. ESPN is full of crap. St. Louis is struggling big time. The Bums (Phillies) look good but they have a habit of scrwing up a wet dream. The NFL has forgotten it roots. It is now a rich man’s game. We the common man have to go into hock just to attend a game.

    1. Bobby Gee

      Not until the league hierarchy and the NFLPA have inked a deal am I liable to believe that the season will in fact start on time much less there being a schedule at all to speak of . The owners simply want to lull the fans into that fall sense that the end is at hand .

      The NFL had no real roots to speak of because they simply manifested themselves into another totally corrupt business practice along the lines of the Mafia and South American drug cartels . They may not be as blood thirstily violent as the Mafia or drug cartels but they’re just malevolent and devious when it comes to their business practices . And it’s the same too with the hierarchy of MLB .

  6. Speaking of lawyers, do you know why lawyers wear tight ties?
    So their foreskin doesn’t creep up and cover their face.
    Happy weekend brother!

    1. aero

      Some of the lawyers within the criminal , tax , family , civil litigation and corporate divisions here I can only surmise are circumcised given the fact that their last names end in either ‘stein , schilds or levinsky . The foreskin remains but it’s tighter than usual .

      So Plaxico wants to somehow how reunite with Roethlisberger ? That’s a marriage that one could surmise has all the makings of imminent success or a monumental disaster dependent upon your point of view .

  7. Ahh…billionares fighting with millionares…same ol shit.
    Fans won’t, but should boycott every damn game for the whole friggin season

  8. With all the crap that’s been going on in college football these days, I’m wondering if former NFL head coaches like Gruden, will ever want to even considering coaching in the college ranks again.

    It’s sounding more and more like a babysitter’s job.

    1. Chris Humpherys

      Why would Gruden even want to think about going to coach at the college level when he can have his pick of at least 27 of the 30 jobs in the NFL ?

      How’d you feel about dating white women Terrelle ? Do you believe that all girls believe in oral sex on the first date ? Pryor is a fuc#ing douche bag !

      He wants the power that he can be availed of within the NFL as that’s simply what he’s been about as a coach and an outright narcissist ! Gruden wouldn’t want it any other way !

      tophatal …………

  9. I was prepared to leave an insightful and pithy comment but for some reason it has slipped my mind. I’m not sure but it may have something to do with the posterior of one Sofia Vergara staring at me as I type this. Oh my….

    1. Drew

      There is something beguiling about Vergara’s butt isn’t there ! I’d tap that ass given the chance as well as Vida Guerra’s !

      Vida’s got that happening ass ! Boo ya !

      tophatal …………..

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