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NFL Shutdown So My Sundays Just Opened Up

Original post made by Ex-Football Fan, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Mar 13, 2011

First, I have been a tried and true NFL football fan for a long time. It was the game of life and I truly respected the athletes that played the game ... that is until the last few years.

Slowly, ever so slowly, the athletes have become spoiled kids flaunting their millions and basically becoming anti-heroes to our kids. Owners built lavish stadiums and racked up the prices so high that going to a game just got out of reach for an average (yet not poor) guy like me. Now this, the NFL debacle of greed. I'm sorry, but this reminds me of the banking crisis where trillions of our tax dollars bailed out our financial institutions and greedy executives scooped multi-million dollar bonuses from the till with no regard for the situation at hand.

I am appalled and sickened by the avarice and pure greed of the players, the owners and the supporting cast who create this situation. What's my solution. Well, my wife always told me that Sunday afternoons were a perfect time to go out and smell the roses, take a walk in the park, visit a friend, hold hands down Main Street over brunch. You know what? She might be right. And the more I think about it, it doesn't sound that bad.

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Posted by Vienna
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Mar 13, 2011 at 11:09 am

Sorry but trading the hard knocks of football for handholding and quiet walks after brunch does not make you a romantic partner.

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Posted by good riddance
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2011 at 1:24 pm

When people like Michael Vick, Barry Bonds and Tiger Woods become hero figures to our kids then things have gone too far. Pro sports pays so well for these people that they have ceased to have any redeeming human qualities. I say good riddance to the sport. Get some of the couch potatoes off their butts and we might make a dent in our morbid obesity problems too.

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Posted by Interesting
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I just think it's funny that more people aren't complaining about the football players. This site has so many people who are unsupportive of the teachers union and yet there hasn't been much said about the players union.

Tells a lot about Pleasanton.

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Posted by comment
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Here's my solution. 20% pay cut across the board. If that doesn't work, fire them all. Welcome to the real economy football players. We have all had pay cuts and/or lost our jobs and homes. It is time you felt just a little bit of what everyone else has in this recession.

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Posted by mellow fellow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2011 at 10:41 pm

I agree with resident about the 20% cuts. But I would take it one step further. I would make Vienna (who said it wasn't romantic holding hands with her husband with his new found freedom from Sunday football) and make HER play QB for the Raiders. that way her husband can share Sundays with her and still get a small tasted of the demise of football in our modern culture .... now THAT'S ROMANTIC!!!!

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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 14, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Mellow - sadly, she may be an improvement at the QB position.

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Posted by Robin
a resident of Foothill High School
on Mar 15, 2011 at 9:14 am

What the players and owners are argueing over is the billions in revenue that is produced from advertisements, endorsements, etc.
My opinion, cut the ticket prices and bring back more fans. Then there will be more fans to buy the gear, etc., creating more revenue...

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