Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?

posted at 8:00 pm on July 21, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

The Hall of Fame game may be cancelled, but it looks like the NFL has managed to settle their differences in the dramatic fight between millionaires and billionaires. The lockout is pretty much over and the teams will return to camp this Saturday, July 23. It includes a revenue sharing program for the next ten years, a portion of which will go to player concerns over long term health insurance issues.

The leaders of the two opposing camps are each describing it as a “fair, balanced agreement.” This doesn’t settle the entire fight, sadly, because the union pretty much broke down and they need to reform and re-ratify the charters, but the reps tonight indicated in a press conference that they feel that the full season, including the four pre-season games should be able to proceed apace.

A couple of quotes from the commissioner:

“We’re going to make sure that we continue with the great game of football.”

“Contracts may be in a state of .. sort of suspended animation.. until the beginning of the new league year. All of that depends on how the new ratification process proceeds, which is not under our control.”

The “league year” will begin as soon as Wednesday, with players being ready for the season to come.

It’s important to remember that the players will have to re-certify their union, but if they go along with the leadership, we may just have a season. The owners have agreed to the biggest bone of contention which was revenue sharing, which is certainly a good sign.

In the end, the truly important part is that the next fall and winter can be spent with myself and Ed Morrissey arguing over how he will apologize when the Jets take out the Steelers and go on to win their first Superbowl since I was in short pants. And I think we can all agree that this is a subject which trumps most all political rivalries.

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Thank the Lord for Football!!!!

a Chance to escape the crap of Politics (until OJesus interjects his mug into the game, or those idiotic “LETS MOVE” promos come on).

PappyD61 on July 21, 2011 at 8:04 PM

It’s 100 degree’s in Chicago as I type.

It’s too darn hot to talk about football and prima donna’s.

Knucklehead on July 21, 2011 at 8:04 PM

Scr*w football.
Go Cubbies!
*Fair-weather fan I am NOT! siiigh*

annoyinglittletwerp on July 21, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Now that we got the most important conflict settled in modern times……

chickasaw42 on July 21, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Jets take out the Steelers and go on to win their first Superbowl

Uh Jazz, I have concerns about your sports analysis. What are you saying, that Obama’s a Steelers fan now?

NaCly dog on July 21, 2011 at 8:06 PM

And BOR just tossed the entire Tea Party under the bus.

***face palm***

Knucklehead on July 21, 2011 at 8:07 PM

No.

bridgetown on July 21, 2011 at 8:08 PM

And BOR just tossed the entire Tea Party under the bus.

***face palm***

Knucklehead on July 21, 2011 at 8:07 PM

We are currently boob-tubeless.
What happened?

annoyinglittletwerp on July 21, 2011 at 8:09 PM

When is O’Bambi going to raise the taxes on these filthy rich athletes? Baseball & basketball, too!

Oh, sorry. Too many of them have a skin color similar to his own.

honsy on July 21, 2011 at 8:09 PM

My favorite season, NFL football, but my least favorite pre-season, NFL football. Let’s play two less pre-season games and two more regular season games. With all the mini-camps and year-round fitness, it’s not like the old days where these guys need a six week training camp to get in shape. Let’s play.

PatMac on July 21, 2011 at 8:10 PM

honsy on July 21, 2011 at 8:09 PM

They’re mix-race too?

annoyinglittletwerp on July 21, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Scr*w football.
Go Cubbies!
*Fair-weather fan I am NOT! siiigh*

annoyinglittletwerp on July 21, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Lifelong Phils fan here, and I can attest.

Cubs fans are to be respected and are the opposite of fairweather and bandwagon fans.

Good on ya! Ernie Banks and Ryne Sandberg were my two fav Cubs growing up :-)

Good Lt on July 21, 2011 at 8:13 PM

In the end, the truly important part is that the next fall and winter can be spent with myself and Ed Morrissey arguing over how he will apologize when the Jets take out the Steelers and go on to win their first Superbowl since I was in short pants. And I think we can all agree that this is a subject which trumps most all political rivalries.

Couldn’t agree more…especially about the J! E! T! S!

Thank gawd, don’t think I’d make it without football season.

JetBoy on July 21, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Oh look, the lockout ended just in time and was therefore meaningless. So surprising.

Could not possibly care less about their issues. I wish they’d both lose millions and billions respectively so that they’d quit pulling this BS.

Esthier on July 21, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Strike settled? Slavery analogies and southern plantation metaphors hardest hit.

BigAlSouth on July 21, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Jazz, you were doing so well until the last paragraph. I guess you and Ed didn’t get the memo; this is THE year of the Giants!

simkeith on July 21, 2011 at 8:18 PM

in the dramatic fight between millionaires and billionaires

Millionaires with no financial skin in the game who routinely get arrested, do illegal substances, and beat their girlfriends versus billionaires who make the NFL possible.

Yeah, I’m not feeling overly generous to the players.

Their reward for screwing around is that I’ve dropped my NFL Sunday Ticket. College football here I come!

Y-not on July 21, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Ahhh it got settled before Obama could step in and save the day. You know he wanted to.

Maybe he can save the NBA

gophergirl on July 21, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Good Lt on July 21, 2011 at 8:13 PM

i live deep in Ranger Territory.
Since I despise the Sux, the Rangers fans are fine w/ me and my…Cubbyness.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 21, 2011 at 8:21 PM

GO COWBOYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

txag92 on July 21, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Packers take the Super Bowl again folks. We’re the only team that will be ready and able to do it.

psychocyber on July 21, 2011 at 8:21 PM

This is great news! For a while there it looked like the ‘Boys would be denied yet another Super Bowl victory by conspiring NFL owners.

BobMbx on July 21, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Yay! Something for me to gamble on during the long, cold winter of discontent.

MJBrutus on July 21, 2011 at 8:22 PM

JetBoy on July 21, 2011 at 8:13 PM

And just where the HADES have YOU been ‘young man’?!!
*Peers over glasses and gives scathing mom look*

annoyinglittletwerp on July 21, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Hail To The Redskins!

ieplaya on July 21, 2011 at 8:23 PM

I love football, but hate this pro crapola. Gimme college ball any day.

john1schn on July 21, 2011 at 8:24 PM

You guys might want to check your excitement at the door. De Smith has already come out to say there is no agreement.

slug on July 21, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Packers take the Super Bowl again folks. We’re the only team that will be ready and able to do it.

psychocyber on July 21, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Well you certainly aren’t going to be challenged by the Vikings that’s for sure.

Vikings are going to suck for a long long long long long time.

Go Gophers!

gophergirl on July 21, 2011 at 8:25 PM

john1schn on July 21, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Go Red Raiders…unless they’re playing Northern Illinois(Husband’s alma mater) or any Iowa team.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 21, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Nothing like another year of having the Jags pump me up and let me down.

Southernblogger on July 21, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Go Gophers!

gophergirl on July 21, 2011 at 8:25 PM

What team has Gophers?

annoyinglittletwerp on July 21, 2011 at 8:26 PM

What team has Gophers?

annoyinglittletwerp on July 21, 2011 at 8:26 PM

University of Minnesota – hence my nickname – I’m an alum

gophergirl on July 21, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Packers take the Super Bowl again folks. We’re the only team that will be ready and able to do it.

psychocyber on July 21, 2011 at 8:21 PM

We’ll probably lose Jenkins and Barnett and that’s it. Leaving a lot of room under the cap to pick someone up for the D-line. Personnel wise we’re scary good.

lowandslow on July 21, 2011 at 8:28 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 21, 2011 at 8:23 PM

lol…been a tad bit busy…and dealing with drama…

JetBoy on July 21, 2011 at 8:29 PM

This shows that Obama and Boehner aren’t involved in the talks.

BobMbx on July 21, 2011 at 8:30 PM

University of Minnesota – hence my nickname – I’m an alum

gophergirl on July 21, 2011 at 8:28 PM

If I can get my lazy butt back in school I can someday be an alum of Texas Tech…someday. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on July 21, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Management regrets to announce the cancellation of comment accounts for all non-Jets fans, but the bandwidth is limited. I’m sure you understand.

Jazz Shaw on July 21, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Go Gophers!

Good luck with that. Minnesota’s so bad they’ll have to play above their potential to win enough games to end up ahead of Indiana for last place in the Big Ten.

lowandslow on July 21, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Our mission is to take out the J-E-T-S this season. Payback will be a beatch! And Brady will lead the way…

PATRIOT NATION

shanimal on July 21, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Millionaires with no financial skin in the game who routinely get arrested, do illegal substances, and beat their girlfriends versus billionaires who make the NFL possible.

Y-not on July 21, 2011 at 8:19 PM

They have no financial skin in the game, but they do have actual skin in the game, and without them the NFL still wouldn’t be possible either.

I don’t feel sorry for the players, but this is just inaccurate.

Esthier on July 21, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Jazz Shaw on July 21, 2011 at 8:32 PM

So just you and Jet then?

Esthier on July 21, 2011 at 8:37 PM

The ‘millionaires vs. billionaires’ thing isn’t the issue. The issue is, this is what a business vs. union battle is supposed to look like. Two sides that beat each other up to reach an agreement that works but that no one really likes, either. This is what’s missing in the public sector union debates in places like Wisconsin. A union that gets whatever it wants, unopposed, causes the public sector money problems we’re seeing across the U.S. Anyway, go Giants…

joejm65 on July 21, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Pack for a repeat!

stvnscott on July 21, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Hey gophergirl: I mentioned your handle to my husband and he responded with….well… this.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 21, 2011 at 8:40 PM

So just you and Jet then?

Esthier on July 21, 2011 at 8:37 PM

lol…and Jerome Horowitz.

But at least NE Cheatriots fans should be banned just for shirts and giggles.

JetBoy on July 21, 2011 at 8:41 PM

And speaking of the Big Ten, with Ohio State being short staffed for five games and Wisconsin not having a reliable QB, Nebraska will probably walk away with the Big Ten title their first year in it.

lowandslow on July 21, 2011 at 8:42 PM

JetBoy on July 21, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Glad to have you back, JetBoy. My hats off to you. :-)

NaCly dog on July 21, 2011 at 8:49 PM

lol…been a tad bit busy…and dealing with drama…

JetBoy on July 21, 2011 at 8:29 PM

So you have a teenager too, huh?
///

annoyinglittletwerp on July 21, 2011 at 8:52 PM

And speaking of the Big Ten, with Ohio State being short staffed for five games and Wisconsin not having a reliable QB, Nebraska will probably walk away with the Big Ten title their first year in it.

lowandslow on July 21, 2011 at 8:42 PM

After that jackwagon Nebraska coach tosses another season in the dumpster, he’ll probably slit his own wrists.

Yeah. I hate Nebraska.

john1schn on July 21, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Packers take the Super Bowl again folks. We’re the only team that will be ready and able to do it.

psychocyber on July 21, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Amen.

GO PACK GO!

Steve Eggleston on July 21, 2011 at 9:11 PM

But at least NE Cheatriots fans should be banned just for shirts and giggles.

JetBoy on July 21, 2011 at 8:41 PM

I like your turn on the phrase. Makes me think you’re literally taking their shirts.

Aren’t the Patriots fans the Yankee fans of the NFL?

I’m from Houston, so I don’t talk much about football. We kicked out one horrible team to replace it with one that’s a ton worse.

But I live in DFW, so go Mavs!

Esthier on July 21, 2011 at 9:22 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 21, 2011 at 8:52 PM

I do not envy you.

Esthier on July 21, 2011 at 9:24 PM

PATRIOT NATION

shanimal on July 21, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Wrong blog . Go to SIKIDs.

CW on July 21, 2011 at 9:25 PM

I do not envy you.

Esthier on July 21, 2011 at 9:24 PM

He lives with his dad and just left after a two week visit.
Carpe Jugulum. *bangs head*

annoyinglittletwerp on July 21, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Hey gophergirl: I mentioned your handle to my husband and he responded with….well… this.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 21, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Grrrrrrr ;)

gophergirl on July 21, 2011 at 9:31 PM

I really don’t care. I will probably skip the whole season.

roux on July 21, 2011 at 9:31 PM

no.. not ready for football

amend2 on July 21, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Grrrrrrr ;)

gophergirl on July 21, 2011 at 9:31 PM

I’d offer to slap him for you but he’d probably enjoy it.
What? LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on July 21, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Actually I changed my mind.

Yea sure: if you want to bring you sorry ass up here Rockland Maine and take on the Tigers I’d like to see that.

Or I can just meet you on the field for some 1 on 1.

until then…

amend2 on July 21, 2011 at 9:58 PM

The football season actually started earlier this week when the gang of six played Lucy, jerking the ball away from the House (Charlie Brown) on the CCB.

But since my MLB team, the Astros, are sleeping with the fishes, I’m ready for some football!

TXUS on July 21, 2011 at 10:03 PM

But since my MLB team, the Astros, are sleeping with the fishes, I’m ready for some football!

TXUS on July 21, 2011 at 10:03 PM

I’m a Cubs fan-and I sooo feel your pain.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 21, 2011 at 10:11 PM

I wouldn’t have noticed. When does the puck drop?

Greek Fire on July 21, 2011 at 10:17 PM

We’re only halfway there, dude. The players have to agree to the terms of the CBA and we have no idea what’s in it. But I’ll bet one thing that’s NOT in it is the owners opening their books.
This late in the game, the players probably have more to lose by not agreeing, but we’ve seen stupider things lately…

RMCS_USN on July 21, 2011 at 10:24 PM

I’m a Cubs fan-and I sooo feel your pain.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 21, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Well, the ‘stros and the cubbies will be playing tomorrow afternoon and the weekend, so as the great country song says, Let’s Fall to Pieces Together.

TXUS on July 21, 2011 at 10:27 PM

Well, the ‘stros and the cubbies will be playing tomorrow afternoon and the weekend, so as the great country song says, Let’s Fall to Pieces Together.

TXUS on July 21, 2011 at 10:27 PM

It’s the battle for the bottom. loL

annoyinglittletwerp on July 21, 2011 at 10:46 PM

They have no financial skin in the game, but they do have actual skin in the game, and without them the NFL still wouldn’t be possible either.

I don’t feel sorry for the players, but this is just inaccurate.

Esthier on July 21, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Sorry, but you’re just wrong.

How many college kids are waiting for one slot in the pros? Lots, that’s how many.

The owners – and cities and fans – make the NFL product possible. The players are role players.

Y-not on July 21, 2011 at 10:48 PM

It’s the battle for the bottom. loL

annoyinglittletwerp on July 21, 2011 at 10:46 PM

No, it’s the battle of the floor, in baseball terms. The battle for the bottom is, well, something guys deal with throughout our lives. ;-)

TXUS on July 21, 2011 at 11:22 PM

PATRIOT NATION

shanimal on July 21, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Wrong blog . Go to SIKIDs.

CW on July 21, 2011 at 9:25 PM

“I’m not convinced he was even behind the attacks. We have really seen no evidence to prove it other than the government telling us.”

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall

Del Dolemonte on July 21, 2011 at 11:49 PM

But at least NE Cheatriots fans should be banned just for shirts and giggles.

JetBoy on July 21, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Utterly classless remark, considering that tomorrow is NE Patriots Matriarch Myra Kraft’s funeral.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myra_Kraft

Del Dolemonte on July 21, 2011 at 11:53 PM

Excellent! GO PATS!

dogsoldier on July 22, 2011 at 8:49 AM

We knew that the Bread and Circuses would have to go on. Without a football season to distract the masses, they might notice what their ‘betters’ in the government are doing to them.
Have hated all professional sports since they became shakedown artists. “Give us a new stadium or we will move our team. Oh, and we want all parking and concessions revenue from this little venture”
Hopefully the NFLPA screws this deal up.

Nathan_OH on July 22, 2011 at 9:08 AM

The player’s union have shown their true colors. They submitted a plan to the owners, in hopes of ending the lockout. The owners took their proposal and voted on it. It was passed 31-0, with Al Davis not voting. Now, the player’s are saying they didn’t agree to that and want to vote on it again. Why would the players offer a deal that they knew could be a potential fight? Are they trying to find out how far the owners will go and then demand more from them?
You can use this example as what is happening with the country. The Senate hasn’t written down anything or passed anything through the Senate. If a compromise comes along, there is no certainty that it will pass both chambers of Congress. It’s just a waste of time, but makes for good MSM TV.

djaymick on July 22, 2011 at 10:32 AM

There was never a threat for college football to shut down, so was never concerned.

Odie1941 on July 22, 2011 at 1:04 PM