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Mike Ditka on a lockout: "I just can’t believe anybody is that stupid"

Mike Ditka understands the labor side of things as a longtime NFL tight end, and he understands the management side of things as a former head coach. And he says he can’t fathom how labor and management can’t reach a deal to make sure there’s football in 2011 and beyond.

“I hear that [lockout] talk and I just can’t believe anybody is that stupid,” Ditka said Thursday on ESPN Radio in Chicago. “If the owners or the players are that stupid that they are going to shoot this golden goose . . . I mean it’s laying golden eggs. It’s a multibillion dollar business. It’s the most popular sport in this country, don’t kill it.”

Ditka, who was the Bears’ head coach during the players’ strikes of 1982 and 1987, says he thinks the union and the owners just need to be willing to find some common ground.

“I think right now you have power struggles,” Ditka said. “They say, ‘Well, we’re not going to give in to them,’ and ‘We’re not going to give in to them.’ Timeout. Somewhere along the way you come to a happy medium. You get to the middle and there’s a little give and take on both sides. For the good of the game . . . what happened to that statement? For the good of the game we continue to play, everybody continues to prosper, nobody gets cheated out of anything.”

One of the reasons for the rancor between the players and the owners is that they can’t necessarily agree about what constitutes “the good of the game.” But Ditka no doubt speaks for many fans when he says the idea of shutting down the NFL in 2011 is stupid.

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40 Responses to “Mike Ditka on a lockout: "I just can’t believe anybody is that stupid"”
  1. Flyingelvislogosucksbringbackpatpatriot says: Jul 23, 2010 9:43 AM

    Wow, someone as stupid as Mike Ditka calling other people stupid, what a stupid thing to do.

  2. headrush4you says: Jul 23, 2010 9:52 AM

    If the NFL slips up, Europe will be more than happy to slide right in.

  3. Ollie says: Jul 23, 2010 9:53 AM

    I agree with Mike. It is all about greed. Its never enough money. Thats the same way with corporate America. Greed is what destroys everything.

  4. seals says: Jul 23, 2010 9:54 AM

    Guess what, the owners and players don’t care about the fans. The fans are the rubes at the fair that line up to dump $85 on $2 stuffed animal. I appreciate Mike’s passion but they don’t care about him either. The NFL is starting to remind me of the NBA with the way people are acting.

  5. StarrToDowler says: Jul 23, 2010 9:56 AM

    Hmmm… I’d like to be stupid enough to have three Super Bowl rings.
    And as a Packer fan who watched Ditka make some pretty good plays against us both as a player and as a coach, I have no problem admitting that he’s right regarding a lockout. I can’t believe anybody would be that stupid.

  6. CaptainManhattan says: Jul 23, 2010 9:56 AM

    I can’t even imagine what a lookout will do to this site. It’s already scraping at the bottom of the barrel for stories.

  7. ThePlainTruth says: Jul 23, 2010 9:57 AM

    Damn, stupid Ditka actually makes some sense.

  8. Chapnasty. says: Jul 23, 2010 9:58 AM

    “One of the reasons for the rancor between the players and the owners is that they can’t necessarily agree about what constitutes “the good of the game.”
    Quite wrong, the problem is the owners not willing to give in to the greed of the players and the union.

  9. funi says: Jul 23, 2010 9:59 AM

    Stupid is trading all your draft picks for Ricky Williams!
    Stupid is not giving ball to Walter Payton in Super Bowl but giving it to Fridge instead!
    Stupid is winning only 1 Super Bowl with that defense!
    No wonder Ditka works at the 4 letter network!

  10. Florio Splorio says: Jul 23, 2010 10:02 AM

    “Let me ask you… If it were Ditka vs. a hurricane, who’d win.”
    ” Ditka.”
    But what if the hurricane were named Hurricane Ditka?

  11. Citizen Strange says: Jul 23, 2010 10:16 AM

    Lesson number one: Don’t underestimate the other guy’s greed! — Frank Lopez

  12. bayou says: Jul 23, 2010 10:17 AM

    When that mustache wiggles, people listen to what comes out of the hole underneath it. Just ask Tom Benson. ” We have to run the football and play defense.” Way too coin that term you captain obvious idiot. The Who Dat Nation still can not believe what you did to our team. It took us too many years to get over that Williams deal, BUT WE FINALLY DID.

  13. Realfan says: Jul 23, 2010 10:20 AM

    MIKE DITKA your are on point!!

  14. Nate is Gay for Brady says: Jul 23, 2010 10:21 AM

    MIKE DITKA FOR NFLPA PRESIDENT!!!

  15. The Real Shuxion says: Jul 23, 2010 10:23 AM

    He told everyone this while trying to find the second item in his package.

  16. RBrooks19 says: Jul 23, 2010 10:25 AM

    The League and Union don’t care because they know the fans will gladly eat shit if they serve it to us. A lockout will only fire people up for the return of football.

  17. Norseman says: Jul 23, 2010 10:26 AM

    It’s nothing but a Dick Contest with the owners and their limp little wienies and bags of money on one side and the players with their schlongs on the other.
    Money always wins over size.

  18. ericmetcalf says: Jul 23, 2010 10:26 AM

    I won’t lose any sleep if the NFL shuts down, in fact my life would become infinitely more pleasant (no more Browns) and productive (no more fantasy football).
    Ditka is just saying what everyone on both sides is already thinking. This is all posturing and theatrics, there is no way there will ever be an NFL lockout.

  19. Chiefs2010 says: Jul 23, 2010 10:29 AM

    Ditka’s a meathead..
    His ’85 Bears won because of Buddy Ryan..

  20. numberfour says: Jul 23, 2010 10:30 AM

    the threat of a lockout will bring the players to the table.
    cause ya cant eat bling.

  21. MrHumble says: Jul 23, 2010 10:30 AM

    The NFL and NFLPA are thus far really flaunting their arrogance as to how powerful each side is in these “negotiations”. They both better research history and see how “America’s game” baseball, lost it’s standing as America’s game. MLB is doing “well” but they have never recovered their standing since the baseball strike, thinking it was just the owners and players who were involved in the negotiations and that the fans would forgive and forget. The NFL and NFLPA would be well served to remember that the fans are what drives the game of football.

  22. Marc2k6 says: Jul 23, 2010 10:56 AM

    Is this coming from the same guy that traded all of his draft picks for Ricky Williams? Mike Ditka is the king of stupid for that trade and they say it takes one to know one!

  23. zappa says: Jul 23, 2010 10:59 AM

    @ StarrtoDowler
    Stop posting, your old!

  24. MBurkett says: Jul 23, 2010 11:00 AM

    NFL lockout would lead to scab football and as every triple A baseball fan knows, players playing the game for the ‘Love’ of the game instead of untold riches brings a new appreciation and prospective to the game of football. Besides, the NFL and NFLPA behavior is creating room for America’s new favorite sport – soccer (LOL). Who is this DeMaurice Smith?

  25. CaptainFantastik says: Jul 23, 2010 11:02 AM

    I hope there is a lockout, just so Favre is finally forced out the door with a big boot in his ass.

  26. brownsfn19 says: Jul 23, 2010 11:14 AM

    The kind of stupid that trades a WHOLE draft for Rickey Williams?!?!?!?

  27. rooster75 says: Jul 23, 2010 11:39 AM

    Ditka’s comments are clearly self-serving. In the event of a lockout, The Mouse would be forced to cancel some programming and lay off some NFL analysts to save money. Without access to the ESPN cafeteria for his 3 squares a day, Ditka would be forced to eat at one of his own restaurants.
    Facing those bleak prospects, who wouldn’t advocate loudly for labor peace?!

  28. CookieFlash says: Jul 23, 2010 11:43 AM

    seals says:
    July 23, 2010 9:54 AM
    Guess what, the owners and players don’t care about the fans. The fans are the rubes at the fair that line up to dump $85 on $2 stuffed animal. I appreciate Mike’s passion but they don’t care about him either. The NFL is starting to remind me of the NBA with the way people are acting.
    I’ve been trying to figure out how to explain the whole damn thing and this is easily the closest I can find.

  29. east96street. says: Jul 23, 2010 11:44 AM

    Chapnasty. says:
    “Quite wrong, the problem is the owners not willing to give in to the greed of the players and the union.”
    So, you have access to the books of the other 31 teams and know for a fact that they are losing money and a billion dollar concession is needed and fair? Wow! You should step in and resolve this for everyone since you have information that isn’t available to anyone else! How about the greed of an owner that has face lifts, botox, and hair transplants and then hires a group of monkeys to put up a practice bubble in a tornado zone that collapsed and crippled a man and packed his stadium beyond capacity creating such a public health threat that a Dallas fire marshall told him that he could never have that many people in the stadium again? If human life is endangered, you’re okay with that kind of greed. But if the vast majority of NFL players that play for three years and are done, don’t want to make a billion dollar concession unless they are convinced it’s necessary, don’t immediatedly roll over for Jerruh and his boys, you’re indignant. Brilliant.

  30. CKL says: Jul 23, 2010 12:00 PM

    MrHumble says: July 23, 2010 10:30 AM
    The NFL and NFLPA are thus far really flaunting their arrogance as to how powerful each side is in these “negotiations”.
    _____________________________
    This.
    Neither side publicly to date is all about what’s good for the GAME, the SPORT overall. They need BIG PICTURE thinkers to step forward.
    18 games and eliminating 2 preseason games is NOT good for the quality of the GAME.
    Players getting 60% of the revenue for the cap is not good for the quality of the GAME.
    Playing games and the SB and having team(s) in Europe is not good for the quality of the GAME.
    ETC.

  31. getagrip says: Jul 23, 2010 12:05 PM

    To be honest, I’m looking forward to scab football.

  32. jbraider says: Jul 23, 2010 12:44 PM

    CaptainManhattan says:
    July 23, 2010 9:56 AM
    I can’t even imagine what a lookout will do to this site. It’s already scraping at the bottom of the barrel for stories.
    =============
    Unfortunately, Florio would write a dozen stories a day about the intricacies of contract / labor law

  33. jbraider says: Jul 23, 2010 12:45 PM

    Unfortunately, no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public

  34. WhoDeySood5 says: Jul 23, 2010 12:52 PM

    who wins….
    Ditka or a hurricane?
    Ditka or God?

  35. robert ethen says: Jul 23, 2010 1:24 PM

    Ditka’s words carry a lot of weight. After all he played against Terry Bradshaw at one point in his career.

  36. Bob Nelson says: Jul 23, 2010 2:18 PM

    You have a militant communist as head of the union. Commies only destroy.
    The union head also only sees the job as a springboard to a bigger job.
    The union head has never been a player, doesn’t understand the issues, and lies to the players he represents.
    He will embarrass the union with a huge loss if he keeps his idiotic no compromise stance.
    In the end there will be no compromise only surrender.

  37. numberfour says: Jul 23, 2010 2:21 PM

    interesting how a long post i submitted was cut out.
    there is no media. only shills. even here.

  38. jon evans says: Jul 23, 2010 7:23 PM

    bayou says:
    July 23, 2010 10:17 AM
    When that mustache wiggles, people listen to what comes out of the hole underneath it. Just ask Tom Benson. ” We have to run the football and play defense.” Way too coin that term you captain obvious idiot. The Who Dat Nation still can not believe what you did to our team. It took us too many years to get over that Williams deal, BUT WE FINALLY DID.
    ________________________________
    Yeah, because you had such a rich history, and tradition of winning before Ditka came in and destroyed that winning formula, LMFAO

  39. StevenM says: Jul 23, 2010 9:50 PM

    If there is once lost down to a labor issue, CYA! I will not watch any more NFL, college only.

  40. SmackDaPack says: Jul 27, 2010 6:58 PM

    @Flyingelvislogosucksbringbackpatpatriot -First, your screen name is more stupid than anything Ditka ever came up with. Second, it must suck when a stupid person makes your favorite team his bitch in the Super Bowl. I am sure you remember 46-10.

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