John Hogan - Disability Attorney

The Associated Press reports this morning that 20 current and former NFL players headed to Capitol Hill to lobby members of Congress to help avoid a lockout in 2011 if a new CBA is not reached. (Read that article by Frederick Frommer HERE.) De Smith told reporters that the players would remind Congress about the “gifts” Congress bestows on the league, such as an antitrust exemption for broadcasting contracts. (You can also read the story on ESPN HERE.)

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Bob Grant

Bob Grant

It seems as if there’s always someone ready to jump in to lead us and tell us what to do. You know – as if we were mindless, voiceless kids. We finally rid ourselves of Gene Upshaw and now here comes the so-called “New Alumni.” This is America and you and I are free to dash out and join the YMCA or PETA, the Taliban or Reverend Jim Jones – or any other group or individual – who advertise themselves as being “the way to the promised land.” That certainly doesn’t mean that we have to do so however; I personally believe we should be thinking independently and consciously considering all of our options before “signing on” with anyone.

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Show Us the Money!

13 July 2009

Show Me the Money!

We keep getting inquiries and comments on an almost daily basis asking about when the retired players will finally be receiving their Players Inc. settlement money. Since the settlement was first announced with great fanfare in early June at a well-covered press conference that included NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, plaintiffs’ attorney Ron Katz and plaintiff Herb Adderley, few details have been available on how, what, when, where and why. We need a Jerry Maguire to remind the NFLPA/Players Inc. to Show Us the Money!

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NFLPA's Revolving Door

NFLPA's Revolving Door

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You Want What?!!

29 June 2009

Last week, Dave received a note and a packet of paperwork from Eden Haladay at the NFL Player Care Foundation. Dave had no idea why they were even sending him something like this but we took some time to look over the paperwork and the process involved.

Keep in mind that over the years, Dave’s experiences with the various “programs” have generally resulted in a lot of skepticism and made cynics out of most of us who have followed these things for a while. The best recent example was Dave’s experience with the Hip Replacement program (read about some of that in a recent post HERE). continue reading »

Roger the Hutt and Princess Jane

Roger the Hutt and Princess Jane

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Roger the Hutt and Princess Jane

Roger the Hutt and Princess Jane (click to enlarge)

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Kids today have lots of short acronyms they use for text-messaging. One of our favorites is ROTFLMAO: Rolling on the Floor Laughing My A** Off! That’s what came to mind the minute we heard this one earlier today. We just had to share it with everyone.

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Maybe we should be thanking DeMaurice Smith. After all, he signed the 2008 LM-2 even though he didn’t step into office until this Spring. Some of these items seem to be listed out in more detail than last year and there are other details that weren’t disclosed in the 2007 LM-2. continue reading »

Remember Gene Upshaw’s Truth Squad that was going to tell-all and expose all those awful claims those nasty retired players like Dave Pear were saying about him and the NFLPA. (You can read Dave’s post from back in April 2008 by clicking HERE.) We decided to take that trip back down Memory Lane and see what happened to The Truth Squad. Lo and behold, we were shocked to see they still have a Truth Squad page up (under the News section). So we checked it out:

NFLPATruthSquad

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First the press release that just hit the AP newswire today:

NFL Starts Spinal Program for Players

The NFL is starting a spinal treatment program for retired players.

The league will make specialists available at five hospitals across the United States to evaluate and treat retirees with spinal injuries.

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Mr. D Smith Goes to Washington

Mr. D Smith Goes to Washington

If there was ever a story that probably comes close to describing NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith’s journey to his new office, it would have to be the old movie classic, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (read about it on IMDb HERE). IMDb summarizes it this way: A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the US Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn’t back down.” And if you’ve never seen the movie, this is one classic well worth watching. (Click on the poster to enlarge it for better viewing and printing.)

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While the cat’s away, the mice will play. There seem to be lots of conflicting public comments floating around these days. Since when did Miki Yaras-Davis become a spokesperson or advocate for retired players benefits and rights?

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NFLPA Math

8 June 2009

bad math

We’re always astounded with the creative accounting that comes out of the NFLPA. Now that the 2008 LM-2 (see the earlier post and full LM-2 HERE) has been finally released, there’s going to be a lot of articles and commentary on what different people find when reading this 810-page tree killer. Daniel Kaplan and Liz Mullen from Sports Business Journal pointed out a couple of their favorite tidbits this morning (read the entire piece HERE). Among the gems in the Journal article was the fact that Gene Upshaw’s widow received her husband’s deferred compensation probably in excess of $10 million.

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Bob Grant

Wow!

We already have guys like Mike Florio starting to work toward dividing the Players who were recognized in the suit. Seems to me that there are always those who want to pit players against one another like Pit Bull Dogs. Why didn’t Mike mention that the Man who initiated the suit and provided the early financing is not even a member of the Class and isn’t even getting paid. (Click HERE to read that post from Mike Florio on ProFootballTalk).

I think that folks should just calm down a bit and give both Parrish and Smith time to gather their thoughts and we can hear how they see it all in thirty days or so. I just hope that all of the boys who do get paid will kick in the $1,000.00 to the war chest that Bernie has requested for the legal actions that we have planned so that ALL retired players can get a few bucks next time.

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