Opined Sotomayor: "That's what unions do every day -- protect people in the union from those not in the union. Why is this case different?''
It wasn't. Clarett lost the case. He was drafted in the third round the next year by the Broncos in what turned out to be a ridiculously bad pick, a total waste by then Denver coach
I've reached this point in thinking about what
Think of Hester in his first two years in the NFL: 173 touches, 12 touchdowns. He was the most dangerous weapon in the NFL over the 2006 and 2007 seasons. I don't know if Vick can be the same kind of force in the return game, but maybe he doesn't have to be. Maybe he becomes a guy who touches the ball six to eight times a game, 100 to 120 times the entire 2009 season, as he works his way back to an expanded role in 2010 and beyond. He could be a Wildcat quarterback for four snaps, a slot receiver one or two, or a running back taking a pitch. Imagine if the Saints put Vick and
"The league changes so much, not just from year to year, but over four- and five-game stretches,'' said Detroit coach
No one knows what kind of player Vick will be after a three-year hiatus. Schwartz thinks the layoff will affect him, but doesn't know -- how can he? -- exactly how much. "This is a game played by the best athletes in the world,'' he said. "And we can't know about Michael Vick until we see him again.''
Now onto your e-mail from a very, very busy week in the NFL:
My thought is I hate it. I think it's wrong, and I think Giants Stadium was not outmoded enough after 33 years with a recent luxury-box overhaul to demand a new facility. But I also understand it. The Giants, in particular, are in an arms race. The Giants and Jets sit in a corridor where every team -- Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New England -- has built new stadiums with massive box and club seat revenue since 1997. These four facilities have between 80 and 280 suites, and between 6,000 and 15,044 club seats. The current Giants Stadium has 142 club seats and 118 suites. The new stadium will have 222 suites and 9,300 club seats.
Because public stadium financing has become so difficult in the last few years, the Giants and Jets knew that to increase the amount of luxury seating to keep pace with the rest of the league (including, for the Giants, NFC East rival Dallas, which will have about 200 luxury suites and 15,000 club seats in the new stadium opening in Arlington this fall), they were going to have to build this new sports palace on their own. If the Giants and Jets were going to build a new stadium in this economy without funding from fans,
As I said earlier, I don't like it, but that's the thought process the Giants and Jets went through.
I don't see it, Eric. And while I agree the NFL has some culpability in this case, the NFL's contention is this product, and those like it, have been used as masking agents to hide performance-enhancing drugs. If they reduce the suspensions, the precedent would be set that anyone who fights the NFL and presents a reasonable argument should have the suspension reduced. Not saying it wouldn't be right or fair in this case, but the NFL would be opening a Pandora's box it does not want to open.
I read what Mike wrote, and he did a tremendous job. The most interesting point in this case, which the Minnesota court hears on June 15, is whether an NFL player who plays in Minnesota can have his personal conduct disciplined by laws of the state or by the rules of the league in which he plays. The standard NFL player contract says, of course, that players are subject to the drug-testing and disciplinary rules imposed by the league.
As Florio writes, state law in Minnesota says an employee in the state can't have discipline enacted because of one positive drug test. Imagine if the state court wins this one; players leaguewide would scurry to find out how state laws differ from NFL edicts. It'll be an interesting case with major ramifications, obviously. I find it hard to believe that an NFL player's contract could be, in essence, overruled by a state court. We'll see how it goes.
My understanding is Favre has been told that he'll be able to throw the ball without restriction or pain a month or so after surgery. All I can go by is what medical sources tell me.
Well, lots of reasons. The biggest: Kobe Bryant was found innocent of sexual-assault charges a few years ago (the victim refused to testify). Vick was found guilty in his case. We all need perspective when we compare one case to another. Vick's offense was very, very serious. My feeling is he should be allowed to resume his career, but we'll see how