Open Letter Thursday…

Dear NFL players and owners,

Do you guys watch the news?  Because I do…and this morning they did a story about how thousands of people are losing their jobs this week…being laid off from Cisco and Borders and Boeing.  They showed a video of people standing in line, waiting to sign up for unemployment benefits.  It was a VERY long line.

The very next story was about the NFL lockout and for that story they had video of you guys getting out of your fancy cars in your custom-made suits and heading into a meeting.  They said there was some hope that you all might be able to reach an agreement sometime today. 

After hearing about people losing their jobs and filing for unemployment benefits, I found it really hard to muster up any sympathy for you guys and your disagreements on how you are going to split your millions and millions of dollars. 

So players…I would like to remind you of something that I think you might have forgotten…you play a game for a living.  And a good number of you earn millions of dollars to do it.  I’m not saying it’s easy and I’m sure you all work really hard at it…but you are PLAYING A GAME!!!  You are not sitting in an office or working in a factory, taking orders from some asshole and making minimum wage for your efforts. 

And owners…please don’t expect any sympathy from me either.  I know how much season tickets cost because we recently paid our bill.  You guys are making a pretty penny off that…and you don’t even have do anything, but collect your money!

Personally, I will live if there is no football season.  I can think of far better ways to spend my Sundays than sitting and freezing my ass off only to watch the Giants play badly.  But J will be very disappointed.  He loves football season… and looks forward to it all year.  It’s the perfect way to end his week and to relax before another crappy five (or six) days at work.  I’m sure there are a lot of people who feel the same way.

So boys…get your shit together and get this deal done.  This nonsense has gone on far too long.  Everyone needs to stop being so greedy and remember how lucky you all are, not only to be employed, but to be doing something you absolutely love.  Most of the rest of us aren’t quite so lucky.  So get the deal done and get your asses to camp already.  Some of you really need the practice (I’m looking at you, Eli).

Thanks for your attention to this matter.

Shana

PS – Stop by From The Sidelines today to find out just when I started caring so much about sports.

Comments

  1. You know what I find particularly offensive? NFL teams don’t even need to sell a single ticket to be profitable. That’s how much they get from T.V. revenue and licensing. And they can’t figure out how to split the dumptrucks full of cash they vacuum from the average Joe’s pocket??
    Bickering about your billions and expecting sympathy from $40,000/year working stiffs? Seriously.

  2. It’s all so preposterous ain’t it. I don’t even care about football and I’m like, just get your isht together already. I have no sympathy for either of the parties involved. Figure out how to divvy up your bazillion dollars and get back to playing games.

  3. Amen, sister. It really is disgusting. They’re overpaid and trying to gain sympathy with additional whining? Ugh.

    I don’t much care about sports in general, but things like this definitely grind my gears.

  4. *CLAPPING LOUDLY* AMEN! Perfectly stated and I couldn’t agree more!!!

    I wish I could do something fun for a living like that… all day long! And for all that money… they have NOTHING to complain about. CRY ME A RIVER DUDES.

  5. P.S. I also think it’s a crock of SSSSHIZZZ that the cheerleaders are paid NOTHING for their efforts. They purely do it for the fun and fans. They aren’t paid but do get free tanning, nails and salon visits which is a great perk but in the end they spend tons of time practicing and get no pay in return. Takes a strong woman who wants a hobby and to be oogled.. I was never that strong although I contemplated trying out years ago.

  6. This one’s tough for me. I don’t give two shits about the players, that I agree with. BUT the money they want essentially goes to the owners and San Francisco is trying to build a stadium in Santa Clara (which I don’t want because Santa Clara is not San Francisco, there is no bay, or even a body of water in Santa Clara). I’m afraid the new ownership monies would seal the fate of the stadium I dont want. So yes, I’m being almost as selfish as the players.

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