Harry Potter glasses
Bittersweet… Â At 12:01 am Friday, I took my son to watch what was the finale in the Harry Potter series, The Deathly Hallows Part 2. Â Ups and downs, epic battles between heroes andÂ villains, and sacrifices made for the greater good. Â Sound familiar?
J.K. Rowling has cast her magic for over a decade and with this final installment she closes this chapter of Harry’s story. Â Maybe we can close out our own saga called the lockout this week as well.
“Bloody hell, it’s about time!” Â That’s what Ron Weasley would say if he were a fan of the NFL.
1) I think it’s fitting the NFL lockout will finally meet it’s doom this week. Â This wizard’s chess match will see its conclusion and we can get back to what we all love most –
quiddich football. Â I predict the timeline for the next week: Agreement in principle will be made Tuesday, July 19, with the owners vote in Atlanta on July 21, and free agency starting the following about a week from that.
2) I think even though we whined like Moaning Myrtle over how long it actually took both sides to come to an agreement it’s better to get a CBA drawn up in proper order than to rush for the sake of not losing money. Â Get it right the first time around, gentlemen. Â We don’t want to revisit this ugliness again anytime soon. Â I’m hearing this new CBA should be good for the next 10 years or so depending on the opt out clauses.
3) I think I owe DeMaurice Smith an apology owl. Â In what can only be called a stunning turn of events De SmithÂ conjuredÂ up secret spell only a few outside of the Players’ executive committee knew about – Secureus lockoutis insuransum. Â Maybe he possess the gift of Divination like Professor Trelawny and saw thisÂ impasseÂ coming. Â He saved the spell for a moment like this. Â His flick of the wrist could have been the turning point in these negotiations. Â *tips Fedora hat.
4) I think I may also owe Steven Jackson an apology. Â I got on his case earlier in the summer when he didn’t show up (despite being in town) for player organized workouts. Â He explains his absence in an interview with Bryan Burwell:
One: Just because a particular person doesn’t show up for the workouts doesn’t mean he’s bucking the system or he’s not a team player. Two: I’m a father of two now, and we have no insurance to cover us in case of an injury in those organized workouts. So I put myself in a difficult situation if I do that. And finally, I think I have earned the trust of my teammates who know I’m going to do my job.
I understand where he’s coming from, I do. Â And I don’t blame him – especially about not having the insurance. Â But there’s still a part of me wishes he could have been there to help the younger players. Â Guess that’s just the Molly Weasley nuturer in me.
5) I think it’s unfortunate the new Rams regime went and fired equipment manager Todd Hewitt. Â I’m not sure we’ll ever really find out the real reason. Â Or maybe we will since Hewitt filed an age discrimination lawsuit against the Rams. Â Will Spags’ micromanaging personality, a la Dolores Umbridge, come back to bite him in the bum this time? Â As long as the team wins these sort of things will be overlooked and reluctantly swept under the rug. Â Calling Mr. Filch!
6) I think to be fair the league shouldn’t force playersÂ serve time in the NFL detention chamber. Specifically free agents, who have had off-the-field issues with the law. Â Technically, if they are not under contract with a team how can the league expect them to abide by team and league rules? Â Unless there’s some general “I am a player of the NFL” contract that I’m not aware of they should be exempt. Â That’s good news for you, Cedric Benson. Â Ahem.
7) I think the news about the Rams new season tickets sales doubling despite the lockout is not surprising. Â They are riding the Bradford Express gravy train as far as Sam’s arm and intellect will take them. Â We’re all hoping that the last stop will be right to the Super Bowl and the Lombardi Trophy. Â Although the TriWizard CupÂ is pretty bad ass, too.
.8) I think James Harrison should do the Steelers and himself a favor by installing some sort of thought filter. Â I agree with his football comments about the safety, discipline, and fines. Â And people should lend an ear. Â But the rest of the smack could have saved for a howler. Â There’s a fine line between an individual’s right to free speech and talking like an donkey rear. Â He (we) all need to remember he’s representing not only himself but his family and the Steelers organization – lockout or otherwise. Â Like it or not it’s a full time job.
9) Is anyone else wondering what’s in the beer in Northern Ireland? Â Within a 14 month span three who call N. Ireland their home have won a major PGA tournament. Â Graeme McDowell (2010 US Open), Rory McIlroy (2011 US Open), and yesterday Darren Clarke at the 2011 British Open. Â Do they have a supply of Felix Felicis somewhere???
10) And last but not least a shout out to the US Women’s National Soccer Team. Â It was one helluva ride. Â Who said drama was limited to men’s sports? Â Thank you ladies and hope you qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.
Football is near. Â I can almost smell it, can’t you?