November 27, 2011
BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND
The news as I see it and the views as I want them.
November 27 is … Pins And Needles Day
Is President Obama a Christian? I am just on pins and needles waiting to find out. During the President’s annual Thanksgiving speech he failed to thank God. He did not mention God. At least he did not thank Allah.
In the does anybody really cares drawer is this meaningless tidbit. NBA owners and players resumed talks Friday aimed at ending the 148-day lockout in time to save the league's Christmas Day schedule.
That deadline has created a sense of urgency because the Dec. 25 schedule is traditionally a showcase for the league. This season's three-game slate was to include Miami at Dallas in an NBA finals rematch, plus MVP Derrick Rose leading Chicago into Los Angeles to face Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.
After a secret meeting earlier this week, the sides returned to the table for more than nine hours of discussions. Commissioner David Stern has said the league needs about 30 days from an agreement to when games could be played.
Now, since the NBA might be losing a big media attention day, the labor unrest will be dealt with. It was not that pressing of a deal when only the fans and the arena workers were being screwed but the NBA cannot have the league lose face…or money.
After I wrote the above, the following came off the wires. At long last—after 149 days, in fact—the NBA and the players who populate the league have gotten themselves to the brink a settlement that will end the lockout and get the 2011-’12 season underway. The season will start late but everyone will still make money. It has been a contentious and rhetoric-packed battle, and it will take some time for the details to be sorted out. But it sure looks like pro basketball will back this season.
Commissioner David Stern has said that the league would need 30 days to get up and running, which means that by doing a full-court press on the preseason, we will have NBA games on the league’s most treasured early season day—Christmas.
It is all about money. It always is about money in every labor stoppage, strike or lockout. The principals always lie and say it is not about money but it always is. If the NBA gets back to business, once again pro athletes that have little education, can barely speak intelligible English, oftentimes are criminals, have few morals, have no class and are pampered prima donnas will start playing a game that someone, some time ago decided if you could play the game at the highest level for two years you never have to work again. Many people that contribute more to society have short careers but they merely get another job in another field. Why do athletes get the free ride in life?
Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too or at least think about.
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