Strikes and Lockouts

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    Five Observations From The First Texans-Falcons Joint Practice

    The 2011 lockout gave us some sensible things. The rookie wage scale that brought first round picks' salaries and signing bonuses into proper calibration with the players' inexperience and lack of any NFL resume was a positive. Gone were the days of $40 million guaranteed for JaMarcus Russell. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    NCAA Must Be Worried College Football Players Won Bid to Unionize

    After decades of exploiting football players as highly inexpensive labor, the clock may be officially ticking on the NCAA. Last year, it was the class action lawsuit settled out of court between college football players (past and present) and EA Sports for video game royalties. The Ed O'Bannon law ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2014

    HEB Might Be A Little Aggressive On Its Matt Schaub T-Shirt Pricing

    If you want a very subtle indicator of what a team thinks of a certain player, a lot of truth can be parsed from the price of that player's merchandise in team stores and distributors in the area. This dawned on me a couple years ago during the NFL lockout, when I took my kids to Cowboys Stadium fo ... More >>

  • News

    January 12, 2012

    NBA Purgatory

    Neither the best nor the worst, the Rockets remain stuck in professional basketball's great midsection.

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    NBA Lockout Could End or Season Could Be Canceled This Weekend

    David Stern has it.​The continuing NBA lockout may be coming to a head this weekend as talks between representatives for the players and owners resume on Friday. Training camps around the league have been canceled as have some preseason games, and if talks were to break off this weekend with n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    NBA Training Camps Canceled -- Five Things Players Can Do During This Time Off

    Eat enough and NBA players could look like this!​The NBA officially canceled all training camps and portions of the preseason due to the continuing lockout imposed by owners. While there have been a few rumblings over the past week or so that there might be some cause for optimism with behind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    College Realignment Talk Is The New NFL Lockout Talk

    More a-holery from Ken Starr​During this past summer of sports talk radio, our insatiable appetite for any topic football-related, our perennial need to talk about minutiae at all times, and the usual summer content-related radio doldrums met at a tedious midpoint -- a no man's land that left ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Five Reasons To Watch The Texans Tonight

    It's another big night for you, Matt Leinart​I don't know that there was ever any point during the NFL lockout where I was fearful that we wouldn't have football this season. Still, the specter of the work stoppage that loomed over us throughout thus summer made us at least ponder life without ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Texans RB Arian Foster, ESPY Nominee, Is Chilling by Reading Paulo Coelho and Digging Egyptian Culture

    ​Yao Ming retired today, the Astros are in the midst of their worst season ever and the NFL lockout continues. But at least there's one glimmer of hope in Houston's pro sports scene. Texans running back Arian Foster is nominated for three ESPYs tomorrow night, ESPN's fan-chosen accolades. Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    The NBA Lockout X-Factor: Turkey (The Country, Not The Meat)

    I mean listen, we're sitting here talking about Turkey​On the surface, the NFL and NBA lockouts are the same thing -- owners are closing the doors on their own leagues so they can negotiate a more beneficial collective bargaining agreement with the respective players unions. However, as most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Kareem Jackson -- First Cockfighting and Now....

    Kareem Jackson: Filling the empty hours.​While the NFL's work stoppage has fans (and several players needing a cash influx) a little bit nervous that we may not see football start on time this fall, there has been a silver lining in players' being banned from the teams' facilities. The work s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Ray Lewis Predicts Crime-ageddon If There's No NFL

    This is what society looks like without the NFL.​"Do this research if we don't have a season -- watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game." -- Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio Well, that's a new one. I've ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    NFL Lockout: It's All But Official, Texans Torture Will Be at Least Delayed

    Always look on the bright side of life​Get ready for a total shutdown of the NFL: The player's union has decertified, meaning the labor dispute will now move to the (always swift-moving) federal court system. It's all but certain that football fans will endure a work stoppage for the first ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    400-Pound Shoplifting Woman Tased (My NFL/NBA Lockout Practice Post)

    We're gonna need some bigger handcuffs.......​The potential for a lockout in both the NFL and the NBA is starting to feel very real. With news that NFL collective bargaining talks started off contentiously and then earlier this week were unceremoniously broken off, it looks like labor peace is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Six Things To Do if the NFL and NBA Have Lockouts Next Year

    Don't let a potential lockout piss you off.​There's been a lot of talk of a lockout in both the NFL and the NBA next year. There's no way to know whether stadiums and arenas will sit quiet and empty or if they'll go with replacement players and still sit quiet and empty. With all this uncerta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    The French Soccer Team: Five Movies That Would Have Ended Differently With Les Bleus In Them

    When the going gets tough....​France is in an uproar over their soccer team, which has not only sucked to an incredible degree in the World Cup but which has also gone on strike -- IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WORLD CUP -- because their feelings were hurt.Why did they strike? One of the players criticized ... More >>