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Examiner
  • Brown: Some things shouldn’t be compared

  • In the movie “Gladiator” Proximo told Maximus to win the crowd so that he’d earn his freedom.

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  • In the movie “Gladiator” Proximo told Maximus to win the crowd so that he’d earn his freedom.
    Kansas City isn’t Rome, but Arrowhead is a coliseum. Fans fill it to watch the Chiefs do battle. The Chiefs haven’t always been the best, but Kansas City fans are loyal. They love their teams, but that’s the message. It’s the memo that both sides need to get, because while the owners and players negotiate, it’s the most important score.
    Win public opinion and walk away with the victory, but say something stupid and millions will be ready with a thumbs down.
    Initially players held the high ground, but things change, especially over recent comments by Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson. What made it worse was Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall defending Peterson’s modern-day slavery quote.
    Mendenhall told fans they lack knowledge, and that they don’t understand the inner workings of the NFL. He later dissected his comments on Twitter by giving a short lesson on the word parallel and what that means. He then signed off by saying he could break it down further, but that would take an amount of ideology and big words that a lot of fans wouldn’t understand.
    How do we interpret that? Is it arrogance, greed or just plain bullying by the NFLPA? Do the players truly have a gripe?
    The owners have money, took the risk and own the team, but after Peterson’s “slavery” comment fans didn’t like it. The NFLPA strong arming college players into avoiding the podium on draft day has the look of Al Capone.
    I never put the players into the category of Boy Scout, but when it came to victim status, they had the more popular support. To be fair several NFL players didn’t agree with Peterson, but words put to the public can’t be taken back.
    Before the union deadline, I hoped things would settle with a new CBA, but it didn’t look promising. I’m still hopeful, but like many fans I’m getting tired.
    It drives me nuts when folks fall back to something as awful as slavery and other things in history where people truly suffered ... making a comparison where there isn’t one. Adrian Peterson is billions of dollars away from the CBA and the NFL being the same thing as slavery.
    The first difference is the players have a choice about playing football in the NFL.
    Did the 1987 lockout take it to this extreme? Did it spill over into the draft as well? In my eyes, right away, the players are looking like bullies.
    If you owned a company, how far is too far before the employee takes it to the extreme? Who’s in charge? The officer or the enlisted guy? I’m not saying an employee shouldn’t be paid fair, work safe and be given vacation time, but some demands can cross the line.
    Page 2 of 2 - Have the players and the NFLPA taken it to that point?
    Peterson who puts the NFL into the same category as a plantation owner is set to make $10.72 million in base salary for 2011. In 2009 Peterson claimed that he spent $200,000 on shoes. It doesn’t take much insight for fans to see how silly this is.
    One fan said to players quit the NFL, get a normal job, work eight to 10 and join us if it’s that bad in the NFL. The players union is losing its relevance because of words and tactics we’ve seen lately.
    I could go on, but players crying foul when they pay thousands for items we get at Payless doesn’t convince me. Fans understand basic math.
    Matt Cassel brought up the idea of the team picking some place to practice even during a lockout. They should, and it should be open to the fan. Have it and practice like when it was fun before money blurred it all.
    We need that back in sports – the fun part, because the foolish stuff I refuse to understand.
    Good day, Chief fans.
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