NFL Week Two Wrap up: Who's for Real and Who's Not

NFL Week Two Wrap Up: Who's for Real and Who's Not

9/20/11 in NFL   |   BenSullivan   |   96 respect

Because We Didn’t See it Coming: This may be the biggest surprise of the year, and it’s that Dallas receiver Jesse Holley made what was essentially the game winning catch against the 49ers.
In case you didn’t know, or haven’t heard yet, Holley was the winner of a reality TV show hosted by Michael Irvin a few years ago. His prize? An invite to the Dallas Cowboys training camp that summer.
What should have been a short lived fantasy camp experience turned into the opportunity to hang on via the taxi squad for a couple years, then to actually make the active roster this year.
The story is something straight out of a Hollywood movie, and certainly was something that we didn’t see coming.
Because College Was the Most Fun of My Life: This weekend was dubbed road test weekend, mostly by ESPN because it was catchy, but also because we had many of the top 25 teams playing on the road, culminating with #5 Florida State hosting #1 Oklahoma in primetime on Saturday night. The game was good, but what I took away from it was that neither of these two teams is good enough to win the national championship.
Florida State isn’t deep enough, and Oklahoma is like that pretty girl in your office who starts to look like a 10 because there are no real 10’s around her. All I heard leading up to this game was how much talent and speed that Oklahoma had on both sides of the ball, and after watching them I think they would be a middle of the road team in the SEC.
I’ve watched both Alabama and LSU play this year, and both of those teams are more talented and athletic than the Sooners. When Oklahoma plays either one of them in the national championship game, and it’s going to happen because OSU plays a triple A schedule in the now defunct Big 12, it’s going to be like that 10 in your office standing next to a fashion model, all of a sudden all their flaws will become magnified.
Thoughts on Sports Outside of the Football Universe: Let’s take this opportunity to talk about the NBA lockout. What a debacle, and the worst part is you can’t truly blame either the players or the owners.
The players have a good argument that it was the owners themselves who got the league into the mess it’s in now. It was the owners that gave out so many ridiculous contracts, so now that they want to change the system so drastically why should the players back down and give back so much of what they’ve successfully bargained for over the last four decades?
The players may be right that the owners did this to themselves, but they can’t argue the basic premise that the financial system is totally broken.
Not broken for all the owners, but broken for the ones that bought their franchises in the last decade and overpaid for them. These owners took on too much debt to buy their teams, and now they can’t afford to make the payments. The purchases made sense at the time because it didn’t matter how much you paid for the team, it was just going to go up in value. That was the investment, the appreciation of the asset, not the yearly profit.
Now these newer owners are left with assets that aren’t either going up in value or making a profit on a yearly basis, and because of the debt they took on to obtain them they’re now upside down on the investment.
It’s essentially the same thing that has happened in the real estate market these last few years, except instead of talking about families upside down on houses that are worth in the hundreds of thousands we’re talking about really rich men being stuck upside down on pro sports teams worth in the hundreds of millions, and no one feels bad for them.
What we’re left with are players who don’t want to set a precedence of caving into owner demands and enough owners who need real, drastic change to justify continued investment in their teams.
So how does this all end? Well, we have the blueprint. The NHL faced many of the same problems in 2004 and lost an entire season trying to figure it out. Hockey took a hit with the fans, but now that a few years have passed we have a better version of hockey and the league is quickly regaining its popularity.
In the end the NHL players realized that they would rather take a pay cut then face life without an NHL paycheck. Eventually the NBA players will get to the same points, but much like the NHL it will take at least a half season lost, most likely a whole one.
The one wrench that could really throw this whole thing on it’s head? That the NBA players could actually have careers playing overseas. Don’t believe me? Check this out.
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