Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2013 Goal: $400.00 - To Date: $00.00 (00.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > Steelers Football > Pittsburgh Steelers


Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Steelers Steelers - Referees    Browns

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 03-16-2011, 07:54 PM   #1
mesaSteeler
A Son of Martha
Supporter
 

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Posts: 7,976
Gender: Male
Member Number: 10438
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default On the Lockout and PR Battle

On the Lockout and PR Battle
Posted on March 16, 2011 by adam
http://www.steelerslounge.com/2011/0...out-pr-battle/

Even before the lockout started the NFL Players Association was putting on the full court press when it came to trying to win the PR battle. Whether it be inviting fans and media types (us included!) to events like the One Team Tailgate, or filling our in-boxes with the now infamous ďLet Us PlayĒ campaign, the players have been trying to get the public on their side. And yet, every single time one of these guys opens their mouth they seem to Plaxico Burress themselves in the leg and do a disservice to their message ó whatever it is ó and shift support away from them.

On Tuesday, Doug Farrar at Yahoo! Sports Shutdown Corner blog posted an interview with Vikings running back Adrian Peterson ó arguably the best running back in the league Ė where he uttered the following quote:

Itís modern-day slavery, you know? People kind of laugh at that, but there are people working at regular jobs who get treated the same way, too. With all the money Ö the owners are trying to get a different percentage, and bring in more money. I understand that; these are business-minded people. Of course this is what they are going to want to do. I understand that; itís how they got to where they are now. But as players, we have to stand our ground and say, ĎHey ó without us, thereís no football.í There are so many different perspectives from different players, and obviously weíre not all on the same page ó I donít know. I donít really see this going to where weíll be without football for a long time; thereís too much money lost for the owners. Eventually, I feel that weíll get something done.

(Modern day slavery!!!! Utterly absurd comparison. Hey Peterson, Give me your salary for one year and I be very happy to be a modern day "slave". Peterson is completely out of touch with reality and pay of the average American worker. - mesa)

The first sentence is obviously the PR dagger. Adrian Petersonís 2011 salary, it should be pointed out, is scheduled to be $10.72 million. Modern day slavery, indeed. You donít need me to tell you everything that is wrong with that comparison (he chooses to play football, he gets paid to be there, etc. etc. etc.)

Fortunately, Petersonís comments donít represent the opinion of all the players (Packers running back Ryan Grant, for example, took issue with Petersonís analogy. Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall, however, did agree with Peterson.) but itís the one thatís going to get talked about the most and get all of the attention, for obvious reasons. And itís not going to win any sympathy for their cause, especially given Petersonís status as one of the highest paid players in the league.

After Petersonís comments hit the news cycle, Steelers safety Ryan Clark made some waves of his own by taking a shot at heredity owners (you know, like the guys that own the Steelers). Via CBS Eye on FootballÖ

ďThe difference between us and the owners is, my daddy didnít give me this job. . . . When I leave this game, I canít give my jersey to [son] Jordan and tell him to play,Ē he said. ďThere are going to be [the Giantsí] Maras and Rooneys and all these guys forever who own these teams.Ē

He then referred to NFL lead negotiator Jeff Pash as an ďobviously deceitful manĒ and then told fans, ďIf thereís a way we can play football and not be a victim of robbery, weíll be out there.Ē

Bah.

Hereís the thing. I donít begrudge any player for trying to get all the money he can while he can, whether it be as an individual in free agency, or as a group in collective bargaining. These guys have short careers, destroy their bodies for our amusement and not all of them are making $10 million a year. Get the money while itís there. I would. Most people would.

If Ike Taylor leaves as a free agent and signs with the Washington Redskins for $12 million a year, good for him. I certainly wonít hold it against him or boo him when he makes his return to Heinz Field in a different uniform. Thatís the way the system is set up, and Taylor (or any other player in his position) has earned the right to use it to his advantage.

But these guys have to realize that the fans arenít going to feel sympathy for them when they compare themselves to $10 million dollar per year slaves, or in the case of Ryan Clark, get robbed by making $14 million over four years. The loyalty of most fans doesnít rest with the players. They donít pay money to see the Minnesota Adrian Petersonís play the Pittsburgh Ryan Clarkís. Their loyalty is with the city, team name, logo and colors, because thatís the constant. Players come and go and are, for lack of a better word, replaceable. The guys that are on the team today werenít on the team eight years ago, and the players that are on the team today wonít be on the team eight years from now. Theyíve replaced other players and will be replaced by more.

Ryan Clark is correct that he wasnít handed his job by his dad. Quite the opposite, actually. He had to work his way up as an undrafted free agent and play for a couple of different teams before he hit his big pay day and became a regular starter in the NFL. But donít sit there and pretend like he hasnít been handed things in life. The reason he was even signed into the NFL was because of his four years at LSU where he was, most likely, handed a free college education, or at least some sort of scholarship, simply because he was a great athlete.

Maybe Jeff Pash is a terrible person and is doing a horrible job with the negotiations. The owners certainly arenít without blame in this mess. Roger Goodell and company, along with DeMaurice Smith and the players, had one job to do this offseason, and so far have failed miserably at it. Theyíre both to blame for that. Jerry Jones certainly didnít help things if this report from Sports IllustratedĎs Jim Trotter is true. But the players arenít helping themselves in the eyes of the fans with comments like the ones from Peterson, Mendenhall and Clark.

I donít know about anybody else, but Iím tired of hearing Drew Brees apologize.

Stop telling me what you want to see happen, and start doing it and get a ****ing deal done so we can get back to worrying about important football-related shit: like how the Steelers are going to replace Ike Taylor.
mesaSteeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2011, 09:24 PM   #2
BigRick
Bench Warmer
 
BigRick's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Indiana
Posts: 321
Gender: Male
Member Number: 16392
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: On the Lockout and PR Battle

Good post. Have to agree the players situation is nothing like slavery. If A. P. wants he can quit anytime he wants. Don't believe slaves had that option.
BigRick is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:48 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts