Players 2, Owners 0: But the NFL Still Isn't Back to Normal Business Hours

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Was talking to Cowboys' long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur yesterday when the news broke: "Judge Susan Nelson rules for players. Lockout to be lifted."

Him: "What does that mean? We're back to work tomorrow?"

Me: "Um, I'm not sure."

At the time -- as usual -- I felt like an uninformed dork, clueless to the confusing ramifications of the complex legal ruling. But this morning I'm not so embarrassed, because apparently nobody knows the exact state of the NFL.

Said ESPN's Adam Scheffter this morning, Welcome to the wild west.

Upon Nelon's 89-page ruling that immediately ended the 45-day lockout, the NFL was back in some stage of business. (Remember, a judge also made a significant ruling against the owners back in early March.) But with the owners immediately appealing, now Nelson has to rule again, at which point the owners will take their appeal to the 8th Circuit Court.

That process could take place in the next couple days, possibly with a ruling coming down during Thursday's -- oh, by the way -- NFL Draft.

For now, it appears players are showing up to team facilities but aren't working out in weight rooms, holding contract negotiations or being even allowed to interact with team personnel.

A couple of Cowboys -- including quarterback Stephen McGee and offensive linemen Sam Young and Phil Costa -- arrived at Valley Ranch this morning and were allowed in the complex without incident. With six-figure workout bonuses in the balance, there will surely be more to follow.

The Twitterverse is alive, but also a tad confused by yesterday's ruling.

Says Orlando Scandrick:

"Wish I was in Dallas so I could show up to valley ranch bright an early tomorrow shirt tucked in ready to work lol,"

Wrote Martellus Bennett:

"Sorry to tell y'all this but the owners are gonna appeal the ruling and there will still be a lockout. Only makes sense. But we shall see."

The lockout didn't seem to have any particular effect on Dez Bryant, who at 1:18 this morning Tweeted:

"At ihop"

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Scott
Scott

What is the point of "going to work at Valley Ranch" if you can't talk to anyone or workout? If only Kergo were still around to comment on these boards ......

thefncrow
thefncrow

Two reasons:1) If no one shows up, then there's no way to show that the NFL isn't actually operating in a business as usual fashion. By showing up, and having the clubs deny access to team representatives and workout facilities, the NFL's actions prove they're not abiding by the injunction.2) If you don't show up, the NFL may later try to claim that there was a workout on that day that you missed. This is important because many of these players have bonuses for attending x% of workouts, and if the NFL can create "workouts" on these days and claim you missed them, that puts you closer to missing your workout bonus.

antiarmen
antiarmen

Reading Kerg's music list, I'll bet there's not one of those that Richie likes, or appreciates! Gotta give the nod to Kergs, tho not really a Dead fan. Yeah. I really do think a Greggo and Kergo show should get worked out.

Kergo
Kergo

Top 5 things that will clog your mother-in-laws toilet (which the Kerg's did this past weekend!):

burritostaco's BBQjambalayathe Italian Feast

BTW, nothing makes me giggle with unadorned abandon like cloggin' someones American Standard. I consider it a merit of success.

Kergie Out!

ps-the proper Italian Feast Includes:

wilted saladparm-both veal and chickpasta fagoleeggplantpizza ala Priazzo (trust me)meatballsstuffing ballssquashrigatoni with Alfredo and red sauceItalian Sausage

a nap....them start over again!

Sturm's Bloody Rectum
Sturm's Bloody Rectum

your Cowboys GM/etc press conference Q&A:

media member "Will Valley Ranch be open to the players immediately?"jerra "as a article in the US Today states, 'NFL facilities could take 2-4 days to be readyfor the players' "

my interpetation, holly shit the owner/etc is quoting a newspaper and doesn't know the state of his own facility, or is he just BS'n? Jerry needing to say something instead of just saying, pass.

PSL
PSL

So Stephen Jones comes on RAGE and states that there's a 99.9% chance that the season starts on time.We are in Late April and both sides are relying on an appeals court ruling to settle differences at this point in time.The two sides are apparently still miles apart with no indication of compromise and RAGE gives Jones an "I dunno, I guess he might know what he's talking about".

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Of course he is 99.9% sure, he's 99.9% sure that you are going to pay for season tickets regardless of when the season might start and you better do it now. he has to say that...although everyone else pretty much agrees the season aint starting on time.

thefncrow
thefncrow

There's a much better chance that the season starts on time with this ruling in place. Nelson's ruling basically decimates every argument the NFL put forward, and if she doesn't give them a stay (which is highly unlikely based on this ruling), the NFL will have a difficult time getting one from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Without a stay, there's a very real chance that we could have football starting on time, and once we get there, I think we'll have the entire season play out. I mean, the owners lockout was unpopular enough, can you imagine how unpopular it would be if after week 4 the 8th Circuit were to rule that the lockout was allowed, and the NFL were to say "Hey, glad you enjoyed those 4 weeks of football, now we're shutting down the league until the players agree to our demands"?

Sturm's Bloody Rectum
Sturm's Bloody Rectum

No way, I thought after a ground breaking come to Jesus meeting between Romo, Dez and Brooking, I was gonna read that Choce Crawford was the first to show up at Valley Ranch and show his leadership.

You can count on Romo showing up after a month of chasing a Nationwide Tour cut. But on the good side, he brought his play book........Pebble Beach greens break towards that big blue wet thing.

kergo
kergo

Football! But don't get excited, ESPN reports:

The NFL has filed a notice of appeal questioning whether Nelson exceeded her jurisdiction, seeking relief from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis. It also wants Nelson to put her ruling on hold to let the appeals process play out.

I fear this thing ain't over. I did get a wee bit jazzed though. Football! The idea of sitting here in fall with no football, drives me frickin' nuts. No cold bera, no Romo, no Brady, no Wes Welker, no grilled brats? My wife was ECSTATIC when I informed her of the looming lockout last year. ECSTATIC. And, what's wrong with a whole Sunday of football? Huh? She figures it means more quality shopping time, with me dropping her off at every mall/boutique in the northeast quadrant.

Kergie Out!

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Good to see Dez is keeping it real..Monday night after 1am, at the IHOP..oh yeah, this is gonna end well for him. He better hope he's the next Jerry Rice, cause he's gonna need to play for 18 more years to pay off his bills.

MoronDog
MoronDog

I am not sure which is less interesting.....this filler garbage post from RW or the front page article on SlutWalk.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I saw robem/fake kergo in the Slutwalk article. He really wore that purple bustier, hope his momma didn't miss it while she was at Wallyworld.

kergo
kergo

So, wow, very interesting posts yesterday. Uhhhhhhm, methinks on my 16 hour journey yesterday I surely didn't stop down and post that surly junk; seeing as I didn't stop for ANYTHING! It seems like a real ugly scene. I appreciate some of you all fighting to keep the blog "free" and "clear" of rubbish. I'll register w/disqus this week.

BTW, I bought a car microwave at one of those truckstops on 380, and man o man it can make some good grubbage.....when it decides it wants to work.

Best Traveling Music:

1100 SpringsJayhawks Grateful Dead-Workin Man's DeadYardbirds (the Beck years)Robert JohnsonHankBeatlesEverly'sWhite StripesMatsUncle TupeloChicago (1968-72, not the overtly queenlike Chicago from 1976-85)Los LobosSoundgardenS.Pistols (Bullocks)John Denver (Colorado Rocky Mountain High)Willie

Kergie out!

Nevada California
Nevada California

Jayhawks (1989-1995, not the overtly queenlike Jayhawks from 1996-2003)

kergo
kergo

ahhh, one of the greatest albums ever-HOLLYWOOD TOWN HALL. Best Gram Parsons impression ever also. Ever! Waiting for the Sun is folk rock genius. Two Angels. Take Me w/You Whe You Go (two seering solo's by Louris). Sister Cry (hear any R.Stones in this song?). Then Nevada Cali-WOW.

Don't forget Blue Earth-totally raw; I especially like:

-Sioux City, that guitar work is what the Burrito's were going for had Hillman and Parson not been totally stoned.-Two Angels, this version is BETTER than the HTH version.-Dead End Angel, the only song not recrded with Louris? Car accident. The guitar work by Dan Gaarder is some of the best on the Jay's albums.

The JH's from 96-03 were just bad, overly commercial junk.

Mishon
Mishon

It only takes a few minutes to register...just do it now. Please. I can't take anymore of the fakes.

Kergo
Kergo

First!

kergo
kergo

Thanks for making me LEGEND.

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