I said this in the Bores, Vikes post game thread, "I believe the players have taken the season off". Of course a certain someone (Infadel) took that to as a comment only directed towards the Vikes players, when in fact, I was aluding to the whole fricken league.
Not sure how many of you are like me.....Addicted to the game....and watch every game I can, but if you are, I'm sure your seeing stuff like Rice is pulling, going on all over, with almost every team.
a. Lots of OT games.
b. Teams loosing one week to a "Nobody" team only to win the next week against a "Powerhouse" team.
c. Rash of injuries.
d. Lack of effort on the field.
Long story short, worst year for watching the game that I can remember in a long time. My guess, its because about 1/3 of the players, that don't have long term contracts because of this whole CBA issue, are protecting themselves, just as Rice is.
Almost as bad as the baseball strike year. Not quite, but getting close.
I feel for the coaching staffs that are getting raped over the coals by the "Press/Analysts" who can't see the obvious, or see it and refuse to report on it.
LOL, kindof funny when you think about it though. Almost all the fans are convinced these jokers play the game cause they love it and aren't in it for the money.
1: I agree the Players are in it for the money...they found a VERY lucrative job that doesn't require them to ride a desk or bore themselves to tears on a factory assembly line...and aside from being skilled physically, many of them have no actual marketable skills. In short, many of them couldn't survive in OUR world...and their lifestyle would be no where close. So, yes, on one hand they do it for the money.
2: But this is where you and I diverge. I don't see teams lying down and dying. I don't think the Patriots loss to Cleveland was due to New England quitting on the season...I think Cleveland just showed up and played...and New England did the following week.
I don't see a wide spread conspiracy to "protect yourself" because of the lack of long term contracts...I see a wide spread lack of success by certain individuals...which happens. Are you trying to tell me that Jared Allen isn't giving it 100%? I don't buy that. He's just not getting it DONE.
That said, I see Sydney Rice as another victim of Rosenfucker. He has the 2009 stats to lean on - despite the fact that I believe they are artificially inflated by Favre and my doubts that he will ever produce at that level again. Syd has very little reason to come out and play now...and he can use the hip as an excuse to ride the pine.
If he does, cut his ass. THAT is a cancer. THAT is unacceptable. For a player to be so "me-centric" that he refuses even to take the field.
Syd has been paid for this season...if he refuses to play...dump him. Like I said above, I'm not convinced he's really THAT good. He's GOOD...but he's not GREAT. And franchising him is a waste of cash. He'll be like Nate Burleson - over paid and over rated...then cut and looking for a team to take him in at teh minimum.
"Hey, Nate!! How's Detroit?"