Earlier this week I wondered whether the two sides in the labor dispute might be dialing back their rhetoric and moving closer toward a deal. Apparently that wasn't the case. Giants owner John Mara published an open letter on his teams' website blasting the players and claiming the moral high ground for the owners.
Nothing he said was new, so it just seems needless, especially given the NFL's impending victory in the antitrust case. He again blamed the players for the initial negotiations breaking down, claimed they wanted to get rid of the draft/cap/vet minimum etc... Basically everything Goodell said in his Wall Street Journal piece. But none of that is going to happen because the NFL now basically knows it's going to win that case. So other than to paint the players as the bad guy, what is the point of rehashing it?
Mara's personal twist was came at the end when he talks about how he used to be a labor lawyer and how great the idea of collective bargaining is. That was almost as funny as when he concluded saying,
Right now, fans are caught in the middle listening to rhetoric and legalese they don't want to hear.
Does he really not get the irony of saying that at the end of a letter full rhetoric and legalese?
This really isn't about Mara or the Giants, he's just acting on behalf of the owners... but I just don't get why? He admits at the end that fans are sick of it and yet shovels some more rhetoric our way.
The players do this as well. In every public comment they make, they feel the need to remind us how annoyed we are at them. Stop doing that. We don't need you to tell us how sick we are of you. We know. You telling us is making it worse.