"Before he cleans out his office," Gumbel said. "Have Paul Tagliabue show you where he keeps Gene Upshaw's leash. By making the docile head of the players union his personal pet, your predecessor has kept the peace without giving players the kind of guarantees other pros take for granted. Try to make sure no one competent ever replaces Upshaw on your watch."
I've been wondering for years why Upshaw is always lock and step with the NFL owners. It always seems like when it comes to what the owners want they get without much of a fight from the NFLPA and the players seem to get the short end of the stick in the NFL. Why is it that NFL players make less and don’t have the same guarantees that athletes in other sports? Never understood this one, but Gumbel's theory might have something to it.
No matter, the fact that the NFLPA kept agreeing to push back that drop dead deadline date this spring was fishy at the time and still fishy today. But why should we be surprised, the NFL after all, is probably the most crooked sport in
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