Blood In Blood , Blood Out ……..

Blood In , Blood Out ………….

By tophatal

We’re constantly being told that the NFL is more a business than anything else and the brand itself as a form of entertainment is solely a way for the respective parties to derive their revenues and a profit . The league hierarchy in conjunction with the team owners and union (NFLPA) in conjunction with one another , all have a common interest in making sure that the league is a smooth running , viable and profitable business concern . This being a $ 7 billion a year industry that has now seen its tentacles spread not just across North America but now into burgeoning markets within Europe , the continent of Africa and the Pan Pacific basin . And with the league now scheduling not only preseason games but also regular season games abroad , I would dare say that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is now seeking world domination , in line with the sport of soccer !

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Now while the NFL has returned to full action after a near five month layoff due to the hierarchy enforced stoppage not all of the major problems that we were seemingly told had met with an equitable agreement has been mutually beneficial for all. For the retired veterans of the league in particual those who retired during the late eighties and prior are now having a hard time dealing with many of the issues that the league itself and the union tried to suggest was always on their radar. It is clear when veterans such as Dave Duerson and Mike Webster die under such needless circumstances wherein they have had to go into debt merely to pay for their medical necessities it is a clear indication that the NFL and union have and are still letting their players down . But then again anyone who would profess to the fact that the league or union has actually cared for the retired veterans would be naive . It is the furthest thing from the truth and it this can be candidly proven by the statements attributed directly former NFLPA Executive Director Gene Upshaw who once had the temerity to suggest ….. that his only concern at the time was with the well being of the players now currently playing in the league rather than those who had retired years before . A clear slap in the face to many of the former NFL great’s peers . Upshaw’s successor DeMaurice Smith has said little about what he and his executive committee’s intentions are concerning many of the issues raised by retired veterans such as Carl Eller and other who are being denied certain benefits rightfully due to them . But the very fact that in the waning moments of the collective bargaining agreement deliberations and negotiation somehow $1 billion was set aside in a now sealed document as part of the deal has me now wondering what the league and union are not only hiding from the fans but also from the retired veterans , themselves !

US Federal Court Judge Arthur Boylan who presided over the hearings between the NFL and NFLPA sided with the league rather than the retired veterans on the issue of the details being sealed but somehow the so called NFL writers who cover the league saw nothing dubious or surreptitious in this arrangement . But such has been the machinations of all of the parties concerned it is only reasonable to presume that the league would rather not only continue to keep the fans in the dark but also many of the very individuals from the past who in essence made the NFL what it is today . Perhaps the league , the union and owners aren’t overly concerned as to the plight of these former NFL veterans ?

Monday night will pit the Chicago Bears (4-3) against the slowly resurgent Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) in a game that could very well in part ultimately give us an indication as to the direction that both teams appear to be heading in . The Bears and Eagles now find themselves adrift within their respective divisions with the Green Bay Packers (7-0) running away with the NFC North , while the New York Giants (5-2) are having one of their better seasonal starts under their coach Tom Coughlin within the NFC East .

Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania will be the setting for this clash between these two NFC teams . At this juncture it would be safe to say that after the Eagles’ annihilation of the Dallas Cowboys —- 34-7 the fans are perhaps no longer calling for the head of coach , Andy Reid . The players and the coaching staff still know that they have a steep hill to climb if they are to fare well over the remainder of their season . And it goes without saying that all eyes will be upon the team’s quarterback Michael Vick , because as he goes , then so does this team .

For the Chicago Bears their season has been engulfed with the continued deliberations as to whether or not the team’s running back Matt Forte is due a big payday . He has been the team’s most productive offensive weapon since being drafted by the team in 2008 . And this season has proven to be no different for the young running back as he looks to make himself invaluable to the team and the organization as a whole . Certainly , GM Jerry Angelo and senior managing partner Ted Phillips know that they can ill afford to mistreat the team’s most prized asset and not run the risk of making the player feel aggrieved and perhaps demand a trade. For the moment Forte has simply stated that he’s there to be a team player but I am now beginning to wonder how long that will last ! Especially in light of the fact he’s now seeing players such as Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson being richly rewarded for their productivity . And needless to say with the Eagles’ LeSean McCoy simply running amok around the league it’d be safe to say also , that he too will be looking for a contract that is commensurate with his talent .

It is clear that if the Bears are to be successful they will need to be at their very best if they’re to have any chance within their division but much of the team’s aspirations will rest squarely on the shoulders of Jay Cutler . We know that the defense of this Bears’ team can be very good when they set their minds to the task at hand . And I am thoroughly convinced that Andy Reid’s offense will be looking to test that much vaunted defense of the Chicago Bears . .

As I alluded to earlier it will be interesting to see what moves may well be made by the Bears’ front office as it concerns Matt Forte . Does Jerry Angelo reward the player or simply look to use the franchise tag once again simply to underscore Forte’s undoubted talent , and at the same time deny him market value in terms of his true worth ? Clearly, this use of the ” tag “, simply as a ploy that benefits the teams rather than it simply being about being a bargaining chip that has some altruistic benefit for a player .

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What thoughts if any do you as it concerns Matt Forte and his impending contract negotiations ? And how do you view Chicago Bears as quite possibly a legitimate NFC contender this postseason ? As to the NFL lockout as a fan are you wholly satisfied by the negotiations that took place and the way that both the league and unions conducted themselves during their deliberations ? Simply chime in with a comment as you deem fit .

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(1) Lovie Smith head coach of Chicago Bears talks to officials during the NFL International Series match between Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium on October 23, 2011 in London, England. This is the fifth occasion where a regular season NFL match has been played in London. The Bears defeated the Buccaneers 24-18 . Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images …

(2) Johnny Knox (13) of the Chicago Bears is tackled by Corey Lynch (41) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Aqib Talib (25) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the NFL International Series match between Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium on October 23, 2011 in London, England. This is the fifth occasion where a regular season NFL match has been played in London. Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images ….

(3) A general view of play during the NFL International Series match between Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium on October 23, 2011 in London, England. This is the fifth occasion where a regular season NFL match has been played in London. Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images …..

(4) Matt Forte (22) of the Chicago Bears attempts to gain ground during the NFL International Series match between Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium on October 23, 2011 in London, England. This is the fifth occasion where a regular season NFL match has been played in London. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images …..

(5) Matt Forte (22) of the Chicago Bears runs with the ball during the NFL International Series match between Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium on October 23, 2011 in London, England. This is the fifth occasion where a regular season NFL match has been played in London. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images ….

(6) LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 23: Quarterback Jay Cutler(6) of the Chicago Bears in action during the NFL International Series match between Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium on October 23, 2011 in London, England. This is the fifth occasion where a regular season NFL match has been played in London. Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images ……

(7) DeSean Jackson (7) of the Philadelphia Eagles stiff arms Orlando Scandrick (32) the Dallas Cowboys during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 30, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Cowboys 34-7 . Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images ……

(8) LeSean McCoy (25) of the Philadelphia Eagles crosses the goal line as he scores a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on October 30, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Cowboys 34-7. Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images ….

(9) Michael Vick (7) of the Philadelphia Eagles shakes hands with head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys after the Eagles defeated the Cowboys 34-7 at Lincoln Financial Field on October 30, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images …..
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16 thoughts on “Blood In Blood , Blood Out ……..”

  1. If Bears’ GM Jerry Angelo has any sense he’d start contract negotiations now with Matt Forte rather than let any discontent build up between the player and the organization .

    J Angelo/

    “If Matt Forte’s d_ck were this big I still wouldn’t pay him what he wants ” ! Bears’ GM Jerry Angelo

    Matt-Forte/

    “I’m being stomped on by “the man” …. this ni_ga’ wants to be paid …… you heard me ” ! Matt Forte

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    1. Chris Humpherys (@SportsChump)

      Well it’s good that the NFL season is back and in sync but the real inherent issues still remain. Simply look at the situation with Forte and the Bears’ front office ? The player says he’s prepared to stand by the team for the season but come the offseason he and his agent Adisa Bakari will sit down and talk numbers . Forte’s salary in comparison to players at the position within the NFL is extraordinarily low . And if anything the Bears should be thinking about rewarding the player rather than treating him like an indentured slave .

      For the 2011 season Forte is due to earn $938,250 including incentives .

      The Bears could seek to franchise tag the player this year and next , should they choose to but I feel that if they do so it could force the player to demand a trade !.

      As far as the NBA season goes those idiots are well on the way of seeing their image being completely sullied and tarnished and that’s all down to the ego of David Stern and the entire executive committee of the NBPA (union) .

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    1. chappy 81

      Can you imagine what might have happened had the NFL stoppage been still going on alongside the NBA lockout ? Hell , marriages across the country would be in tatters .

      If Bears’ GM Jerry Angelo had any damn sense he’d pay —- Matt Forte rather than let the kid hang in the wind like a tattered and torn flag

      Forte will make a miserly $555,000 ( base salary ) not including incentives ($383,250) this season whereas Adrian Peterson will make close to $11 million this season as part of his 7yr $96 million contract .

      Link to list of highest paid RB’s in the NFL . Here are the top 10 as of this year .

      1
      Adrian Peterson at Running Back $10,720,000
      2
      Steven Jackson at Running Back $7,200,000
      3
      Darren McFadden at Running Back $7,055,000
      4
      Michael Turner at Running Back $5,000,000
      5
      Frank Gore at Running Back $4,900,000
      6
      Maurice Jones-Drew at Running Back $4,050,000
      7
      Jamaal Charles at Running Back $3,350,000
      9
      Ovie Mughelli at Running Back $3,000,000
      8
      Cedric Benson at Running Back $3,000,000

      NFL running back stats for the 2011 season

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    2. chappy

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  2. The bears kicked ass and took name sagainst philly. Stick a fork in the Eagles. The NFl is very popular world wide now. Yes, it is getting as big as Futebol.

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    1. Bobby Gee

      Andy Reid’s testicles are now firmly being held in a vice like grip by Eagles’ President Joe Banner . A couple more losses on their schedule and at the end of the season they ( front office ) will cut of not only his balls but also his penis and feed it all to the fans in Philadelphia . I am sure that they would be appreciative of that !

      The NFL may well be popular but on the global front it is soccer and basketball (specifically the NBA ) that holds sway with the international public along with rugby and baseball .

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  3. Nice post! As a Bears fan, I can’t even begin to say how outraged I am that Matt Forte is not getting paid. He is an NFL Megastar, and has the salary of a rookie 2nd round pick. PAY THE MAN!!!!

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  4. What? Me worry? to quote the Mad cover dude.

    Like everything else….once settled for current people the retirees are forgotten….just like out Vets

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  5. I don’t know the full picture of the Bears’ payroll situation but if you aren’t going to make Matt Forte happy, you might as well prepare for some long, cold winters in Chicago with the team always depending on Jay Cutler to throw on every down. Then again, maybe that’s what their offensive coordinator wants…

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