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Old 01-06-2011, 06:40 AM   #1
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Default Farrior concedes 18-game sacrifices will be made

Farrior concedes 18-game sacrifices will be made
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By Mark Kaboly
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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Although James Farrior doesn't particularly like the idea of the NFL adding two regular-season games, the veteran linebacker knows that the change is inevitable.

Reacting to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's mass e-mail to five million fans Monday stating that the impending lockout can be avoided if a couple key issues can be resolved, including a restructuring of their current 20-game schedule (four preseason and 16 regular-season games), Farrior wasn't particularly surprised by Goodell's mode of operation.

"Yeah, he was making his pitch to the fans," Farrior said. "You have to make it look like you are not the bad guy. We understand what's going on. We know it is going to be a sticky situation. Hopefully, we will have a season next year, if not, we have to stay strong."

Still, Farrior believes that the players are going to have to sign off on the proposed 18-game regular-season schedule being pushed by the owners and the NFL to get a new collective bargaining agreement in place for next season to exist.

"They want 18 games, and I know it is going to happen one way or the other," Farrior said. "There is nothing we really can do about that. We can fight it all we want to, but it is going to happen."

For the 18-game schedule to be approved, the players would demand an increase in roster size and game day actives with the biggest sticking point being benefits.

"I think our benefits should be a lot better than what they are," Farrior said. "Those guys really don't want to pay for our benefits after we are done. If you look at any job that you go on and you get injured on your job, you have to take care of that. The NFL doesn't seem to want to do that all the time."

Even if the NFL agrees to all the stipulations, it still doesn't mean the players will embrace the 18-game schedule.

"We are never going to be happy with the 18 games," Farrior said. "It is something that we are going to have to learn to live with it."

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"I know the intensity is probably going to go up, but at the same time, it is still going to be the same people I played against last week and the week before. The talent level isn't going to change. The talent level isn't going to go up. The focus level is just going to go up."

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Old 01-06-2011, 08:08 AM   #2
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18 game season is a HUGE huge mistake. More players will suffer from injury. Bad decision...wish the union would put this one the "absolutely non-negotiable" list
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Screams of hypocrisy coming from Bad-dell's mouth!
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how long can goodell stay in term?

and whats his life expectency
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im all for the 18 games. obviously they will need larger game day rosters so players can take more breaks but i like the idea of 18 games. the only reason i dont like it is for the past records. Marino's passing record would be broke the 1st season. every major yearly record would be shattered immediatly
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As a fan, you have to like the 18 game season. I'd rather pay for tickets for an extra real game than a pre season game. Plus it's 2 extra weeks of Steelers football. I love Sunday mornings when there is a Steeler game that afternoon. 2 more week of that is a good thing in my book.
I know it's about money, and I hate giving Goodell and the owners what they want. But, if the players can get proper compensation it's a win-win.
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I am 100% opposed to an 18 game schedule.

It waters down the play and opens us up to even more injuries.


Tell Lord Goodell to shove it.
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I am 100% opposed to an 18 game schedule.

It waters down the play and opens us up to even more injuries.


Tell Lord Goodell to shove it.
come on these guys make millions of dollars to play 11min or something per week. yes its very tough but come on. there are people working 12 hour shifts 7 days a week in a coal mine and your worried about a football player. what about military or construction workers busting there ass 7 days a week outside for a minute fraction of what a football player makes? i definatly dont feel sorry for them because they have to work 2 extra days
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come on these guys make millions of dollars to play 11min or something per week. yes its very tough but come on. there are people working 12 hour shifts 7 days a week in a coal mine and your worried about a football player. what about military or construction workers busting there ass 7 days a week outside for a minute fraction of what a football player makes? i definatly dont feel sorry for them because they have to work 2 extra days
THIS ^^^^

Although, I do believe that the NFL needs to take care of the "old guard." Those guys are suffering from injuries incurred prior to all the concussion/brain research & they have no health care from the league. Most of them aren't wealthy like today's players unless they hit it big in other areas of employment. The league needs to take care of them.
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come on these guys make millions of dollars to play 11min or something per week. yes its very tough but come on. there are people working 12 hour shifts 7 days a week in a coal mine and your worried about a football player. what about military or construction workers busting there ass 7 days a week outside for a minute fraction of what a football player makes? i definatly dont feel sorry for them because they have to work 2 extra days
What the hell does that gibberish have to do with Steelers football?


You want Charlie Batch running your team when Ben gets hurt?

Troy would never make it though either.

I want to bubble wrap our playmakers now, having scrubs play half the year would really suck.
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