I'm not quite sure what to make of this…it sounds totally fucked up. The only way I can think of that this makes any sense is that…somehow…the league quietly discouraged all the teams from doing…whatever Jones & Synder…did in the uncapped year to warrant this penalty. Somehow, those two donks were the ONLY TWO who didn't get the memo…
To make it worse, they take that $$$ FROM the Skins/Pukes cap & ADD it to all the other teams. WTF??!!! Mr. Goddell, you're seriously worried about a team that hasn't done squat in 20 years gaining an unfair advantage???
It sure it a pisser! You'd think we'd be allowed one day in the Sun to ponder the positives of the potential of the RG3 trade. Nope….not no way…not no how!
February 26, 2009
I'd imagine Snyder and Jones have teams of lawyers working some overtime right now. This goes beyond football, this is an issue of flat out collusion and illegal business practices. The Skins and Boys not only have a very winnable lawsuit against the league, but a winnable lawsuit against the 28 other teams who stand to profit from this, hence the collusion aspect. I really don't believe that this will stand. It may take the full year for this to play out in court, but in the end, should the two owners file suit, I can't possibly see them losing, even against the all powerful NFL. John Mara, who serves as the head of the NFL management committee, and is owner of the Giants, not only will lose his seat as that headpiece, but he may serve time in a whitecollar prison should Danny and Jerry take it as far as it can be taken. That is a longshot, but a possibilty. Here is a great article on this debacle:
This is the angriest I have been as a sports fan in a while, becasue this is real world shit. I always make fun of guys who are WAY to into their sports teams, but this story invloves both the emotional fanboy aspect, and unlawful business practices. Thirty-six million dollars is not a drop in the hat as far as any NFL salary cap goes. This along with RG3 has really reinvigorated my excitement for the Skins which was dwindling year by year.
February 26, 2009
Here is a great post by local blogger, HomerMcfanboy that sums up the emotional fan aspect of this:
I'll be curious to see if the 'Skins brain-trust continues to talk tough about a law suit when the NFL Competition Committee (lol…which reminds me greatly of Orwell's Ministry of Truth) stops ratifying ALL of their FA contracts. I'm no attorney*…but I know a little of such matters…it seems to me they have a case. But, if both sides go "scorched earth" this could be worse than when Crazy Al sued for the right to move the Raiders. It's been a while but, as I recall, that went all the way to the Supreme Court.
When stuff like this pops up…I can't help but hear the voice of the dearly departed Ken "Bye Now!" Beatrice. Yes, the 32 owners are, allegedly, business partners. But, don't ever think that they're GOOD partners. The reason they have things like a commissioner & salary caps is that they can't be trusted not to stab each other in the back at every opportunity. They need Godell & the rules (written & unspoken) to save them from themselves.
As much as I hate Sally Jenkins, I do think she got it right in her WP column this morning…this was a straight up knee-capping. The other owners are furious with Synder. They wanted draft-picks taken away as well. What I can't figure out is why they're not pissed at – say – the Bears…who seem to have done much the same thing with the Peppers contract.
* Certainly not nearly as accomplished as John-Paul "What's a 'TRO?'" Flaim, Esquire….what a donk!!
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