That is the NFL

The two sides met for more than eight hours before U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan, the fifth day of mediation but the first since April 20. Neither side would elaborate on the discussions, citing the judge’s confidentiality order. Michael Hausfeld, an attorney for the retired players who joined the antitrust lawsuit against the league, said the players were reviewing a new proposal from the owners.

So it’s lockouts and court rulings. Hey it won’t hurt the NFL long term, it’s not like we live in a world with a million different types of entertainment available for people.

At least the players have an excuse for this idiocy, they get repeatedly hit in the head for a living, The owners have no such excuse but maybe they could use a collective whack upside the head.

I don’t really care, after all it not like it’s something that matters….like Baseball.

It’s nice of the Red Sox to make my show more valuable:

Fenway Park was not even half full when Adrian Gonzalez walked to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning last night. Raw, rainy weather and a six-run deficit against the Orioles had sent most of the fans scurrying for the streets.

The reason Baseball is and always will be superior to Hockey, Football and Basketball is that it’s that as Yogi said. It’s ain’t over till it’s over. You have to get those 27 outs and all the clock stalling isn’t going to cut it. You have to play the entire game.

The Red Sox have a huge payroll and should be fielding a great team and it’s a very long season. I wouldn’t bet them.

BTW did you notice every team in the east except for the O’s are over 500?

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College basketball fans in Massachusetts following the NIT tournament were delighted when Boston College the #1 seed advanced winning their first round game 82-64 over McNeese State.

That victory moves them to a 2nd round game against the 4th Seed Northwestern tomorrow at 11 a.m.

Which puts them right on top of my 2nd hour. Meaning that DaTechGuy on DaRadio will be a cut down version running from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. tomorrow, with my guest Susannah Fleetwood editor of The Minority Report and blogger extraordinaire.

We will be talking about The Minority Report, Libya, Israel and if we can fit it in the Wisconsin Ruling.

Make sure your station is tuned to WCRN all morning tomorrow and EVERY saturday starting at 6 a.m. as we bring you the best of conservative talk The Wesley & Weston Review ( 6 a.m.) Conservatively Speaking ( 7 a.m.) , Carol Ann Brown ( 9 a.m. ) and DaTechGuy on DaRadio (10 a.m.) followed by BC Basketball!

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If you are one of the people I’ve visited door to door and you are wondering if you should advertise on DaTechGuy on DaRadio here is a bit of news that should help your decision.

I was down at the station to record some ads and just got the word that WCRN is picking up the Red Sox this year.

If you are familiar with baseball you will know that Red Sox home games on Saturday are usually at 1 p.m with the pregame starting at 12:30.

So not only will you be buying time on the station that carries THE New England Sports institution but Your ads will be there on a show leading into the Red Sox.

If that’s not a reason to sign up or renew for 13 weeks I’d like to know what is? Rates are here.

…but I prefer to play basketball rather than watch it. That being said These multi player trades always struck me as odd.

The Post, citing a league source, said the Knicks would send Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first-round draft pick to the Nuggets, who would get additional picks and cash.

Along with Anthony, New York would acquire Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman, according to the Post.

A Basketball team’s roster is what 13 players. And these teams are trading 4 guys each? That would be like the Red Sox sending 7-8 players with the Cubs. If you’re going to do that why not just switch teams and be done with it.

Being that football isn’t baseball I have very little interest or coinage involved if they bother to play a season or not next year, but I was rather surprised to read this story:

The NFL and its players’ union agreed to federal mediation Thursday in an effort to help settle the labor dispute that is threatening to lead to a lockout of players in as little as two weeks.

This is such a wise and sensible move that I’m totally shocked that the players and owners managed to do it. The amount of revenue generated by football is incredible and there is no reason why these two sides can agree to an acceptable split that keeps them both rich.

I assumed the NFL would do something stupid to threaten the money pot, it might still happen but for now they just might have figured out that quibbling over millions while people are hurting is bad PR.

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This weekends NFL games are an excellent metaphor on the more tragic events of this past weekend.


Looking at the Wild card games
3 times out of 4 the home team (the actual division winner) lost. The one exception was when the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks, after a week of breast beating concerning their presence in the postseason , defeated the defending Superbowl champion New Orleans Saints.

All of the predictions and punditry meant nothing, when the actual game was played the only things relevant were the facts on the ground. (Fans of teams like New England should take this to heart)

Likewise in the last election cycle. People claimed that opposition to the health care plan would not work, that opposing a president who was wildly popular would hurt Republicans. That conservatives needed to compromise. As the polls failed to back up those views pundits instead talked about how the John Stewart Rally, the Coffee Party and the idea that the president’s healthcare plan were not as unpopular as people claimed yet when the dust had settled a net gain of 63 seats in the house was the result.

One again prognostications were useless when compared to the actual facts on the ground.

Now we see the violence in Arizona and once again we see an incredible array of pundits making statements concerning the motivations of the shooter. It’s Palin’s fault because of a map icon, it’s the tea party’s fault because of their support of the 2nd amendment, On twitter this morning (1 a.m EST) an incredible array of people are trying to blame Andrew Breitbart.

All of these have in common a complete lack of evidence or objective facts to support their claims, in fact as time progresses the facts tend to show exactly the opposite.

As Glenn Reynolds has pointed out the narrative has been written long before this event and no quantity of facts on the ground is going to change it.

For example an Arizona state senator when faced with the anger and objections of supporters of the US Military after falsely stating the shooter was an Afghan vet (when in fact the Army rejected him) rather than retracting and apologizing (an easy thing, it was early and all the facts weren’t in) instead removed her contact information from her site.

This morning I suspect we will see the usual suspects continue this narrative, unfortunately unlike a football game or an election this isn’t a question of an actual result that is scored. This is all about massaging the ground for political gain. The goal is to influence those who normally don’t pay attention in the hopes that they will dismiss any arguments to the contrary.

With the race card gone the way of the dodo the violent tea party card is about to be played, facts be damned.

It will be up to the American people to decide if this rhetoric will be rewarded or not.

After taping our Christmas show yesterday (yes it won’t be live but you won’t want to miss it) James and I stopped at Linguini’s and had the pleasure of being introduced to Togo Palazzi late of Holy Cross, The Boston Celtics and the NBA.

NBA star Togo Pallozi and Theology scholar James Marley at Linguini's

We spent a very pleasant hour in conversation over pizza and Italian. He kindly consented to talk on camera:

I didn’t want to make it long but I missed his comments on the current Celtics, he called Ray Allen a throwback to his era and had very high praise for Garnett and Paul Pierce. He is also a person devoted to God and a gentleman. It was a pleasure to meet him.

Update: My old College friend Steve catches me in a misspelling thanks muchly