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Really AP, really?

Fri, Mar 18th, 2011
Posted in Sports

In case you missed it, Adrian Peterson opened his mouth, and quite firmly, planted his foot down his throat. During an interview with Doug Farrar of Yahoo's Shutdown Corner, AP labeled the NFL as "Modern-day slavery." This unfortunate slip has been bombarded with comments from players, coaches, and fans. Almost everyone is in agreement, and the resounded response is, why? Why would a man who is scheduled to make $10.72 million dollars this year, claim his boss is running "modern-day slavery?"

Clearly, the NFL lockout is going to bring strange happenings, very few people want to hear millionaires, and billionaires fight about money. But, there has to be a line somewhere, and slavery is a good place for it. The average salary for players in 2010 was about $800,000. This, if my math is correct, is $800,000 more than slaves will be receiving for work in 2010.

Many professional football players, have never had a regular 9-5 job, they have never had to live paycheck to paycheck. They simply played football in high school, college, and then the NFL. AP explained his comments were in response to the owners asking for a bigger piece of the $9 billion dollar NFL pie, without showing the players their financials. I suggest to the readers, the next time you ask the owner for a raise, and he/she says, "no we aren't making enough money" (if he/she says yes, congratulations!), ask to see his/her complete financial record and see how far that gets you. The average household income in the United States is $42,148. The minimum salary in the NFL is more than ten times that.

Players, have every right to want more money, everyone does. The trouble is when a multi-millionaire, or billionaire for that matter, is willing to stand in front of a microphone and tell people they aren't making enough money. It is disgusting.

In other NFL news, the Competition Committee is still meeting as planned despite the NFL lockout. This committee sets and changes the rules for the NFL. They have been tasked with making rules that enhance the players' safety. This year they are considering moving the kick-off up to the 35 yard line, and allowing touchbacks to be brought out to the 25. This will all but end kick-off returns. The NF,L despite wholesale rule changes to kick-off coverage last year, still had a rash of injuries. The Competition Committee is also defining what makes a player "defenseless." And their findings are sure to change the game forever. Defenseless players include: "quarterbacks in the act of throwing, a receiver trying to catch a pass, a runner in the grasp of tacklers and his forward progress stopped, a player fielding a punt or kick-off, a quarterback anytime after a change of possession (turnover), a receiver who receives a blind side block, and a player already on the ground." Defenses will become non-existent, and points will be scored almost at will. Players are expected to receive suspensions and bigger fines for breaking the rules this year. One thing is for sure, this will not be the same football I grew up watching. Let's all hope it will be worth watching at all.

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