How about an infuriating tidbit for the evening? Pro Football Talk is reporting that a couple of rogue lawyers are trying to convince players to hold out in their antitrust suit against the league.
Holding out any more would of course torpedo the 2011 NFL season. Owners showed their hand with a reluctance to surrender the preseason cash grab, but the players would be the ones to really take a hit when they start to miss game checks. The reality is that holding out any more could very easily hand the owners a win.
If true, the whole idea is a stupid, stupid notion. Though the players maximum percentage of total revenues is less than it was under the last CBA, the owners made a big give with the stipulation that teams have salary cap, a cash cap floor in excess of 90 percent. Oh, and there's also the PR nightmare.
Compromise. Nobody wins, nobody loses.
Of course, the lawyers would be the real winners, reaping enough cash per hour in the ongoing fight to approximate Albert Haynesworth's last contract...for about the same level of productivity too. The lawyers supposedly gaming this little move are Jeffery Kessler, who is also representing the NBA player association, and Jim Quinn.
In case you weren't convinced that getting the lawyers out of the room would produce more fruitful talks, exhibit A.