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No matter how you look at it, when you finally decide to go out a find that new
family dog (puppy), on average, within 14 or so years, that dog will be
dead. What I'm saying here is that there is no way to stop the earth from
revolving around the sun. When I peer deeply into the eyes of my little
pooch, which is now 4 years old, the probability is quite high that I'll be
around to experience the pain of his demise. This is a fact. There
is absolutely nothing that I can do to prevent it.
In the best case scenario, a NFL career is allot like the life span of a
dog. In the upcoming season, a player might think that due to the pending
lockout or work stoppage, that because he didn't play 4, 6 or 10 games in the
upcoming season that this time off can be looked at as if it were a bonus.
That this time would somehow get added onto the end of his career. The
ugly truth is a completely opposite reality. When I think of all the
factors stacked against the players, it becomes too overwhelming to even think
about & consider.
If we were to completely disregard the voracious needs of the fans base in this
argument, the only loser in this lock out or work stoppage will be the
players. There is no other loser in this ordeal. Yeah! You'll
hear words but that's exactly what they are ... words.
In 1987, the year of scab ball, players crossed that line. Someone like
Lawrence Taylor had such a large discrepancy in salary versus the average Joe
NFL player that the pressure to play & get paid was just too
overwhelming. You might be wondering Why? Because the earth only
revolves so many times on a career before it's dead. Was there a whole
bunch of pissed off players ... yeah, but everyone has the right to earn a
living ... and by the way, who is now in the Hall of Fame?
You're going to hear that both the owners & the union are going to get hurt
in this deal & blah, blah, blah, but neither are out there taking that
punch. In fact, the fat kids that never got the chance to play & were
made fun of are the ones that reap from your blood, sweat & tears. See
the movie Eight Men Out.
If you're a player, you might be wondering why you're holding onto the losing
hand. It's because you are not apart of a public union which can prevent
& obstruct the operations of government until the union demands are
met. You cannot bring the paralysis of government by using those that have
sworn to support it. To do the unthinkable & the intolerable.
Will the union get the owners numbers? Please ... they made that mistake
once ... its not going to happen again. The union has no real
leverage. The union is a sieve. Will the owners get paid for putting
product (scabs) on the field. You Betcha. In fact, the fans will be
voracious over it as in 1987 the Redskins won three (3) scab games that gave
them home field advantage & the right to hoist a Super Bowl Trophy.
The precedent has been set. Old salts like this idiot will feed that
Do I have an answer for you? No! I just know that Oswald said that he was
a patsy. What will you say?
I've written many many things in this column & I've rarely held back.
In short, I've blasted away with reckless abandon. Someone once said on a
talk show program that a player or a coach might take the criticism
personally. Here is my response to that statement.
So many have said that the upcoming 2011 season is going to be a disaster for
the Vikings organization. To be direct, the coaching changes are very
unsettling however the way I look at it, the upcoming season is actually the
Vikings greatest opportunity.
Within these words, you can find that answer. Never shoot the
The Viking Ghost
Date: February 18, 2011