Well folks, we may be close to the end of our long national nightmare. The egos involved in this will not allow for compromise, so both sides are rolling the dice and letting the judge announce a decision this week.
I say good – let the judge handle it – and let both sides sweat it out! But beware, the law of unintended consequences is about to kick in when the judge rules:
The owners have the most to lose, yet are rolling the dice because if the judge rules against the sheriff, they pretty much lose their power base and will have even less leverage during the next round of CBA negotiations, not to mention that the inmates will run the asylum for the forseeable future and the Police Blotter will just get worse because they know that the justice system will ignore them and the NFL will do even less.
But then again, if the NFL discipline is neutralized, maybe the local justice systems might just do their jobs because these fools lawyers can’t go back and say that “the NFL will handle it.”
The players are rolling the dice because they’re flat combative and see an opening to rebel against the Sheriff. But if the judge rules against Brady, that will only embolden the Sheriff and make things ten times worse. Translated: Enjoy court because you will see legal challenges from here to Kingdom Come if the judge rules in favor of the Sheriff. Discipline will come to a standstill and the bad boy issues will spike.
As far as I’m concerned, the owners are the ones who need to be proactive here:
- They need to rein in the Sheriff and force him to be more logical in how he handles discipline.
- They need to strip some power and hire an independent arbitor for discipline issues.
- They need to extend an olive branch to the players union and jointly come out with distinct and unmistakeable guidelines for punishment that make sense.
But while I believe that, I also believe this with regards to the players and the union:
- It’s time for the players to start being a part of the solution rather than constantly challenging the Sheriff.
- It’s time for them to meet the owners half-way and drop the hammer on these repeated idiots. It’s time for them to stop fighting on behalf of stupid morons and save their fights for legitimate issues such as oh, I don’t know, concussions.
- It’s time for the veterans leaders in each locker room to clean it up, and maybe it’s time for “locker room justice” to deal with these idiots who just can’t act right.
It is absolutely silly that we have gotten to this point and the NFL, the owners, the union, and the players should be ashamed of themselves. It’s now about to get much, much worse because neither side knows the meaning of the word “COMPROMISE.”
We’re now in uncharted waters…