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Hug It Out; The NFL Lockout Ends

Yesterday the NFL and its players association reached an agreement to stop the madness. The great NFL lockout of 2011 is over.

The best moment to come from all of this was at the presser announcing the agreement. In fact, it might be the only positive moment. “A special thanks to Myra Kraft, who even in her weakest moment allowed Mr. Kraft to come and fight this out,” player rep Jeff Saturday said. “Without him, this deal does not get done.” Saturday then hugged a partially unshaven Robert Kraft. Mr. Kraft quickly stated during the embrace that it “means a lot” to him.

I first heard just the audio yesterday afternoon. That was touching. However, once you get the images to go along with it — my heavens. The back story makes these events even more indelible. As you know, Bob Kraft’s wife, Myra, passed away last week. Both sides took Friday off to observe her memory. As Kraft became an integral part of the negotiations, for both sides not simply the owners, everyone seemed to deeply feel the heartache of the Kraft family. This was never more clear than in yesterday’s press conference.

Even during trying times, Kraft kept it all in perspective, “I hope we gave a little lesson to the people in Washington, because the debt crisis is a lot easier to fix than this deal was,” he snidely remarked towards Democrats and Republics in D.C.

Even with all that has been going on with the Kraft family, he was able to help broker this deal while tending to the needs of his family. The image above might be the sports photograph of the year thus far.

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Logan Mankins, Vincent Jackson Make Demands That Could Delay The New CBA

Everyone wanted a bad guy in the great lockout of 2011 — someone to hate. Someone to blame, basically. As outsiders, we had to choose. Were you on the side of the millionaires, or were you on the side of the billionaires? The debate has raged on for months now. Really, there was no correct answer. Was anyone 100% right? Probably not. However, I think we have found a pair of people who are in the wrong.

Both Mankins and Jackson feel that they have been taken advantage of by the free agent system currently in place. As you can recall, both players were only given restricted tenders in the 2010 uncapped year when unrestricted free agent status was pushed to six years of service. And both players had tender offers taken off the table when they didn’t report to their respective teams.

According to reports the two players are now asking to be made unrestricted free agents, or be given $10 million, to settle the Brady v. NFL case. Remember they are named as plaintiffs on the filing — two of the ten. According to Andrew Brandt, the founder of NationalFootballPost.com, Mankins and Jackson can opt out of the class-action lawsuit, but can’t completely stop the entire settlement process.

These reports have been confirmed by the NFL. That source had this to say;

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From The Bleachers 3.17.11

As the end of the week approaches, a pair of OWS contributors banter about some of the important (and not so important) news items of the week.

What happens in the bleachers, says in the bleachers!

…biggest losers in this post-NFL apocalypse.

I say it’s Chad Ochocinco. Without his distracting football career, I think people might catch on to the fact that he’s not really all that interesting or entertaining. Really, I need an app to look at pictures of Ochocinco trying on earrings?

Speaking of media moguls — the biggest losers are Les Moonves and CBS. They really like to shove there Monday night comedy line-up down our throats on Sunday. How am I going to know when CSI: Stillwater is on?