By Josh Kramer
We just witnessed the best NFL weekend of the year by far. College Football was also very exciting. And we are hitting the end of September, which means the end of the MLB regular season. There is so much going on and so much to talk about. Here are the main items that have caught my attention.
Is no news good news?
I have always been a firm believer in the expression, “No news is good news.” Generally, when one stays out of the news, one is staying out of trouble. People thirst to read and hear about controversy. Bad news is what normally engulfs the news in our society.
Well today is the 89th day of the NBA lockout. And I must say that the second professional sports lockout of the year has been far more quiet than the first. As you are all more than aware, the NFL experienced the longest lockout in the history of the League, spanning over 136 days. And for nearly all 136 of the days, there was immense coverage by all of the sporting networks. That has been far from the case regarding the NBA lockout. Mainly we have just been hearing about players looking to lock down lavish contracts overseas. Has all hope been lost on the 2011/2012 NBA season?
In regards to the two lockouts, the core issue that everybody can understand deals with that of the revenue split. How will the revenue be split between the players and coaches? In the NFL, the old deal was a 50/50 split with a billion off the top going to the owners. The owners demanded the players take a little less than 50%. Nothing to substantial. After 136 days, a solution came to fruition. No harm no foul. Only one exhibition game missed.
The NBA on the other hand has a much more monumental problem at its core sadly. The last CBA split the revenues in heavy favor of the players. Kobe, LeBron, and the gain received 57% of the revenues while the owners received a meager 43%. Considering the owners are claiming that they lost 300 million dollars last season, the old and recently expired deal is no longer going to fly (I would love to see evidence of this gigantic loss to be honest). Recently, the owners proposed a deal where they receive 54% of the revenues and the players receive 46%. This proposal was comical to Derek Fisher and the NBA players. They claim that they will not settle for anything less than 54%. The NBA players want a scant 3% drop in their share of the revenues similar to the NFL guys. The owners are asking for at least an 11% decrease in the players’ share of the revenue. Good luck solving this fiasco.
As the minimal coverage continues from the majority of the major sporting networks regarding the current NBA labor situation, I will assume that in this case, “No news is not good news.”
Let the Andrew Luck sweepstakes begin
With the announcement regarding Peyton Manning yesterday, it appears Indianapolis is all in for the Andrew Luck sweepstakes. It sounds as if Peyton Manning is done for the year, and though the 0 and 3 Colts showed some life on Sunday night, there is not a whole lot of hope in Indy this year. The string of nine consecutive playoff appearances already is all but over and most are looking towards next year.
Well coincidentally, the year that Indianapolis appears to have a chance at nabbing the number one draft pick, the best quarterback prospect since dare I say Peyton Manning should be available. Manning is now 35-years-old. He has played 13 full years in the League, plus 11 postseason appearances (227 total games). I am sure Peyton has a few more good years left in the tank, but it may be time to start thinking about the future in Indianapolis.
Now I realize that the Brett Favre/Aaron Rodgers transition was not the smoothest by any means in terms of off-field controversy. But you better believe that Rodgers has turned into one of the elite QBs in the game, and I am sure his years behind Favre helped him out. In addition, Steve Young spent time as Joe Montana’s backup for a good four years. I think he ended up having a pretty decent career.
Do the right thing
Michael Vick obviously does not have the greatest past. Nearly everyone in the world is aware of some of his prior transgressions. He has made a fantastic comeback though and not only has become one of the elite players in the NFL again, but he has been a real stand up citizen since his return.
Sunday though, he lashed out a bit following a frustrating loss to the rival Giants. Vick was not happy with the officiating and made it known. Now I will make it clear that I do not agree with Vick’s argument regarding that he has to take more hits than other quarterbacks in the League. The officiating for him is not any different from other players in the League. He gets hit, because he leaves the pocket more than pretty much any QB in NFL history. Secondly, I never really stand behind players for whining about officiating. Blown calls happen, but champions never make excuses.
Vick though came back on Monday and apologized. He was a man about the whole situation. The way he has handled this situation is another instance where he has proven that he is a changed man. Since his return from prison, Michael Vick continues to do the right thing. And I applaud him for that.
Just some “Food for Thought.”
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