Oh, hey AofG. What's up. I've been blocked from GMail, Zuckerbook, and all the other popular websites at work, so it may be time to get back into this whole typing words thing. I doubt it will hold as I'm lazy and was kinda liking the brevity offered by FB status lines, but we'll see. A playa can't be on them spreadsheets all day without a little break, naw-mean?
Anyway, as you may have heard, the NFL's got some labor strife going on right now. And it's the kind of strife that we care about, not that stupid stuff going on over on top of Africa. That ain't gonna affect the Super Bowl. Ohhhhh, Khadafi's a dictator. He's killing his own people. Too bad...the National Guard has already been deployed because the BRONCOS ARE KILLING THE PATRIOTS!
So, in preparation for the possible (and now actual) lockout, the NFLPA (while it existed) created a lockout fund with the dues it collected from its players. Or something like that. It came out to about $60,000 per player, which is crazy because damn thems be some serious dues. There had to be something else there, too. Maybe they had Antonio Cromartie donate sperm on the side.
Anyway, now the time has come to pay out from that lockout fund. And a rich motherfucker by the name of Demarcus Ware, he of a fresh $79 million contract ($20 mil of that in one chunk for the signing bonus) has decided that he doesn't need this pittance and maybe it should go to some of the lesser ballin' players who took their $50,000 bonus and immediate bought Range Rovers (and it looks like the money came from withheld licensing fees as well...cool). From that article:
Other players who have cashed in — including the three big-name quarterbacks whose names have been attached to the antritrust lawsuit that goes to mediation today — should donate that money to help younger players who truly need the money.
So Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning took their money. Tom Brady, a guy who took less than he could get on the open market to allow the Patriots to build around him (a foreign stance to Mr. Manning), really has a use for this money? Sure, they've earned it because they contributed to it, but...why? These young role players (and Dez Bryant) are going to be broke in about three months. How are you gonna hold strong against a lockout when your entire kickoff team can barely afford to eat? What's Brandon Marshall going to do with $60K? How many laywers does Big Ben still need to pay off that this money's gonna find good use?
These guys need to be team players (e.g. communists) or there's no way that they're gonna last. Hell, Dez was broke even when he was getting paid. Then again, maybe some starve-time's just what he needs.