Solidarity? Don’t remind us


Before Thursday’s Saints/Vikings game that unfortunately ended in an ATS push, precluding me from 2 days of bragging to Julian, an unexpected thing happened.

Right before the start of the game the Saints stood together on the field holding up their fingers in a stance of “Solidarity,” although it was eerily similar to a championship celebration.  Foreshadowing or a mere reminder?

The Saints did this in their stance regarding the Players vs. Owners quarrel (over money, of course) that could possibly lead to no 2010-2011 season.  And if you aren’t familiar with what you thought you just read, you heard correctly, there could be no 2010-2011 season! I know, it sucks.

The act was somewhat of a surprise and (correct me if I’m mistaken) the reaction from the fans seemed to be a mix between puzzled and indifferent.

When seeing it I initially believed the gesture to be a bit gaudy and impertinent, an act that, preceding the same matchup as the most exciting game of LAST year, was unnecessary.  Why not, if anything, before the season started?  Or before this year’s Pro Bowl when everyone could finally worry about next year after they’ve soaked up all the excitement from this one?

The perfect take on this story is from a guy that I have, since before time, constantly hated and ignored.  A guy whose show –Rome is Burning– is a light, very light lead-in to ESPN’s best show, Around the Horn.  I do, though, vehemently, yet reluctantly, completely and fully agree with his take on the Saints.

Jim Rome (aside from his fan-deprecating introduction, we get it, Jim, you get paid to talk about sports) has, in almost perfect wit, summarized the feelings of the NFL fan and why the players should have refrained:

I understood the players show of solidarity on the field before the game. Just don’t expect the fans to, because most of them don’t. The players were looking to send a message to the owners, we’re unified, we’re strong, we’re focused, we’re informed and we’re ready to battle. They were also looking to let the fans know, there’s a problem here, but we’re not it. We’re not looking to strike; they’re want to lock us out and break us down. Good idea. Too bad it backfired.

You can be “Right” but in the fans eyes, you’re almost always wrong. They don’t want to know the issues. They don’t care about the issues. In fact, there’s nothing they hate more than Millionaires v. Billionaires fighting over something they themselves will never see in a million lifetimes. They want to know one thing that after another crummy week, punching the clock, having their boss and their better halves ride them that they can settle in for few pops on Sunday and enjoy the game. And after grinding through the entire offseason, the last thing they want is for you to remind them, on the field, in the first game of the year, of what they’re about to get ripped from them next year. The players may think the fans should care, but they don’t. I don’t begrudge the players what they make, if I could do what they do, I’d want mine too, and trust me so would every single one of you listening. But that’s the problem; the fans can’t do what the players can do, which is causing the resentment. And the only thing they hate more that what the players make is thinking the players are complaining they don’t make enough. Bottom line; fight for what you think is right; just don’t expect the fans to understand, because they don’t. And never will. (

Good job, Jimmy.  Now, if only you didn’t host guys like Steven A. Smith, and, instead, frequently had people like Petros Papadakis, you might actually have a decent ATH introduction.

It begins,



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