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  1. My biggest concern is the league will continue to look for how to get more of the fan's money. I am more concerned about all of us that aren't millionaires or billionaires. As the players make more the league will push more of that cost onto consumers. Owners aren't just going to share more of their money with players. If they agreed to not increase the cost on consumers I would be fine with adjusting the revenue distribution. I just don't think that is reality. I could be wrong.
  2. They are only getting Crack back by Ray Lewis or Leonard because they choose to. I am not for the players or the owners. I think the whole thing is way too expensive and they all just want more. But the players and their union agreed to certain rules in the collective bargaining agreement and then the players sign their individual contracts. So these guys are willing to break two contracts if they don't get what they want. I can tell you I don't go to games, don't buy merchandise, don't pay much attention to commercials during games. I love football, but I hate the big business. That is just me. If you want to pay for all of this stuff to support the millionaires and billionaires that is your choice.
  3. So do you think that the owners just keep that 52% or just maybe are there all sorts of other operational costs that come out of that 52%? What is the real income for the owners? Now I'm not saying that is right either - but it is the agreement the players union made.
  4. Did I say the players' actions are a crime? Are you just as concerned for a factory worker who gets injured for life or a coal miner suffering from black lung disease? Did I say a player should be shamed for standing for higher wages? But as a player when your union signs off on the collective bargaining agreement and then you break that agreement there are consequences. And for the record - I have never asked for a pay raise. 20 years in the military - you don't ask for pay raises. And now 19 years working for 2 large companies as an IT professional and I have gotten good pay raises based on my performance. I make good money and I also know that money isn't everything. Sometimes chasing the almighty dollar will make you less happy rather than more happy. I'm not saying they shouldn't try to maximize their earning potential but I will tell you I can afford to go to a game but I wouldn't because the entire thing (the NFL) is just too expensive. And the player's greed is a part of that as much as the owner's greed. Sign a contract - live by it.
  5. First - these guys choose to play football. I would never tell them to "put their life on the line." My brother is a fireman and actually does put his life on the line. I don't hear anyone here saying they should be allowed to hold out for more money. I spent 20 years in the military. Hold out for more money? Are you kidding? Second - these guys are protected by a union and have the ability to negotiate a contract that is merit based. I don't know many employees that have the luxury of union protections and individual negotiations. The union can always work to improve the situation for player contracts. Third - Every situation is different. I do feel like players are entitled to be paid well for what they do. We are talking about the best of the best in their fields and it is big money entertainment. I disagree with what happened to Earl Thomas. I felt a little uncomfortable with what we did to Peyton. But in the end I don't feel sorry for a guy who makes millions to play a game for a few years.
  6. Trying to equate character issues to "Alpha Male" is apples and oranges. The alpha male is the leader of the pack. Or in our sports world - the leader of the team. Being an alpha male is not in itself bad. It is similar to equating arrogant and cocky guys to confident guys. You can be very confident and not be cocky and arrogant. But we have gotten to a point where we equate these things together and then rationalize the ridiculous behavior. I have seen it on this board before where people say players need to be confident and "x" behavior is just confidence coming out when that is not the case at all. So back to the alpha male - the leader of the team. Not better than the team, not an "all me" kind of a guy. There are so many guys that are more concerned about themselves - they are the character problems on a team.
  7. SOOOOOOO. Tell us what you really think!
  8. Yes - it's pretty funny when you report out that you have nothing to report. We probably could have figured that out from silence.
  9. I heard he went to Europe for treatment!!!!!!!!!
  10. Frog Legs! I have a story. Growing up in Indy my Dad used to take us camping and fishing at some gravel pits just off of Dandy Trail. There was the Dandy Trail Bait Shop and behind the bait shop were the gravel pits. They sit between Crawfordsville Rd and I-74 and are now fully developed. Unrecognizable to me. But back it the day my Dad would take us out at night in the canoe, me paddling, and my Dad with the flashlight an gig to get those frogs. As the night continued the canoe bottom would be covered with these poor frogs still trying to hop around. Trying not to get too graphic! In the morning my Dad would make eggs and frog legs. I still don’t like frog legs. Good times!
  11. True - but we haven't sniffed a SB lately either. This isn't a team that's at that level yet. IMO they need the practice. I would like to have home field advantage in the playoffs - at least the first week off - so every game matters. There are no throw away games.
  12. Just because he plays opening day doesn't mean the team will be ready to play with him. Luck playing on opening day isn't the goal in my mind - it is winning opening day. My biggest concern is the offense all working together and you can't get that unless your QB is out there in practices. I actually don't even care if he plays in any preseason games. The timing and trust it takes for players to get used to each other comes through lots of reps, and they - especially our new receivers we are so excited about - are not getting that. So we might lose some games early in the season that we could have won with the proper practice sessions with Luck on the field. Is it the end of the world - no. But it is a concern.
  13. Luck hurting and not practicing doesn't have much impact on one preseason game. Did you think if he was practicing he would have been out there for 2 quarters? Your concerns about Luck are valid but the fact that we didn't look great wouldn't have changed if Luck was practicing since he wouldn't have played anyway.
  14. Well - I guess the season is over. Might as well plan what we are going to do with that number one pick. I actually think it would be better if nobody watched preseason games. They are for the fans but getting people to watch just brings in more money.
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