The NFLPA has decertified, and now the conflict between the players and owners will be decided in the courts. This is a disappointing day, but not by any means the NFL's End of Days or anything. Numerous observers expect Judge David Doty to issue an injunction stopping the owners from imposing a lockout, which means the league year would start (hopefully with Free Agency preceding the Draft) under the rules of the previous CBA. Bottom line? It is still HIGHLY likely that we'll end up with a relatively normal off-season this year, and a full NFL season starting this fall.
In the meantime, a few general statements-
1. I unabashedly support the players in this fight. If you are looking for a pro-ownership perspective, or some lazy false equivalence between the two sides, this isn't the blog you should be reading.
2. You won't hear me bad mouth anyone in the Seahawks organization during this conflict, and that includes Paul Allen. Yes, he's part of the group that I think is responsible for the mess we are in, but at the end of the day, I'm a Twelve first. Whenever this gets resolved, he's still our owner, and he's still the one who is going to someday lead us to a World Championship.
3. As best as I can, I'm going to try to ignore the rhetoric spewing from both sides over the coming weeks, and I suggest y'all do the same. The most important thing is getting the league year started ASAP, and that's up to Judge Doty now... What the players and owners say to sway public opinion has no effect on that.
4. Take a step back from this, and go to a movie, read a book, get ready for baseball season, etc. I'll still be here blogging about the Seahawks (and other stuff)... But we all need to clear our heads, I think.
We WILL have Seahawks football this fall, and it'll be the real players. We'll get there. Hang in there, Twelves.