That is the name of the antitrust lawsuit filed on behalf of NFL players last night. Brady’s name comes first alphabetically, but isn’t that awesome? The league’s most famous current player suing it. I kinda love it. The other players listed as plaintiffs: Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Vincent Jackson, Ben Leber, Brian Robison, Logan Mankins, Osi Umenyiora, Mike Vrabel and draft prospect Von Miller.
So where does your support lie? Last night, we officially sided with the owners (noting, though, that we despise both at the present time) and several readers were dismayed.
Until recently, the players had significantly more support than the owners, primarily because people broadly looked at the situation and picked the less rich party. Most of them were duped by prominent writers such as Bill Simmons, Rick Reilly and Michael Silver, all of whom pummeled the owners in columns that ignored many of the details required to properly form an opinion on this debate.
Anyhow, things have changed drastically in the last 24 hours, forcing many followers to reconsider who to hate the most.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter posted a poll on his Facebook page. The results prove that people generally don’t know what they’re talking about. Somehow, the NFL is really bad but Roger Goodell is okay, while the NFLPA is OK but DeMaurice Smith is really bad. Makes no sense:
But while fewer than 1,300 took part in Schefter’s experiment, almost 17,000 have cast votes in a ProFootballTalk poll posted earlier this morning. The results support our argument that the blame has shifted from owners to players/both parties:
One more poll, this one from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, also favours the owners: