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The bizarre lockout story of the week

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The title of this item shouldn’t be interpreted as an indication that we’ll have a bizarre lockout story of the week for every week of the lockout.  We just couldn’t think of a better way to describe what we’re about to summarize.

Ron Borges of the Boston Herald recently wrote an item arising from something he overheard at the league meetings in New Orleans . . . while using the bathroom.

Borges was sitting in a stall (it’s unknown how wide his stance was) when, per Borges, NFL outside labor counsel Bob Batterman and another league official entered the bathroom.  The man whom Borges believed to be Batterman said, “Now we settle in for the long battle.  I thought we had a chance to avoid it a couple of weeks ago, but it didn’t happen.”

Reached for comment by PFT, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said via e-mail that the league had no response to the report.

The rest of the article contains Borges’ analysis of the situation, tinged with an anti-league perspective with potency similar to the anti-Belichick stance he has adopted over the past decade.  We’ll specifically address only the last paragraph of the article, in which Borges suggests that the league has reneged on a vow never to argue that a decertification of the union was or is a sham.  But it’s far more complicated than that.

Though the players claim that the league has waived the sham defense to dercertification, the league contends that the union opted to shut down too early, so that an antitrust lawsuit could be filed before the labor deal expired — and thus before the termination of a six-month post-CBA waiting period to which the players had agreed.

We don’t know which side will prevail on that point.  But each side has advanced potentially persuasive arguments.  Borges’ presumption that the league has broken its promise reveals what his prior writings have subtly obvious.

He’s in the “tank” for the players.

And that’s fine.  But he should admit it to his audience, so they’ll know where he stands when reading what he is writing — especially when it’s based on something he claims to have overheard while contemplating an upper decker.

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36 Responses to “The bizarre lockout story of the week”
  1. benh999 says: Mar 25, 2011 9:27 AM

    Congratulations, Mike, you’re the first person to read anything written by Borges in years.

  2. knucklebucket says: Mar 25, 2011 9:30 AM

    I can envision Borges scrambling for his note pad from his pocket to “get the scoop” while negotiating the release of the small chocolate hostages! Slow clap….

  3. jamoe17 says: Mar 25, 2011 9:32 AM

    The only thing bizarre about this story, Mark, is that you found it post-worthy.

  4. phinheads says: Mar 25, 2011 9:32 AM

    Borges is a miserable man

  5. pftidiot says: Mar 25, 2011 9:35 AM

    Borges was on the crapper and reported about it? Why does this not surprise me…There are so many things to say…but, but, butt

    I won’t

  6. gdbroker says: Mar 25, 2011 9:37 AM

    Borges is a hack and an admitted plagiarist. I doubt anyone in New England reads anything of his unless they want their fill of biased drivel.

  7. drexelvol says: Mar 25, 2011 9:38 AM

    Well, at least Batterman didn’t walk in and say “Good lord, what died in here?” That would have been embarrassing.

  8. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Mar 25, 2011 9:46 AM

    Come on fellas. Biz 101. When discussing business (deals, negotiations or an employee) ALWAYS check under the stalls. Just common sense.

  9. blackheld says: Mar 25, 2011 9:46 AM

    C’mon, Mike…Borges has been a shill for so long if you look up the word in the dictionary, his picture is next to it. The man writes whatever he thinks his audience will read, and while I’m not a Belichick fan, some of Borges’ commentary on Hoodie borders on high school creative writing.

    Batterman may well have said what he was quoted to say, but if Borges is the person quoting him, the the over/under moves quickly to 3/99.

    But hey, it’s early in the day, and you gotta post something. No harm done, except that putting Borges’ name in any post cheapens the value.

  10. ditkasmustache says: Mar 25, 2011 9:52 AM

    We don’t know which side will prevail on that point. But each side has advanced potentially persuasive arguments. Borges’ presumption that the league has broken its promise reveals what his prior writings have subtly obvious.

    He’s in the “tank” for the players.

    ——————————-

    Thats ok. The owners have Peter King to balance him out…..

  11. aasukisuki says: Mar 25, 2011 10:02 AM

    In this article:

    The website that’s in the tank for the owners bashes a guy who’s in the tank for the players

  12. chapnastier says: Mar 25, 2011 10:22 AM

    “And that’s fine. But he should admit it to his audience, so they’ll know where he stands when reading what he is writing”

    Yeah we won’t hold our breath for you to do the same.

  13. moseszd says: Mar 25, 2011 10:22 AM

    “Now we settle in for the long battle. I thought we had a chance to avoid it a couple of weeks ago, but it didn’t happen.”

    So? The statement is just the obvious truth. The NFL has to settle for the long battle because the players only want upside gains, are not willing to risk downside losses, and don’t care if they turn professional football into the same contracting sports league as the players did for MLB and the NBA.

    And something I think players don’t quite ‘get’ in their strike is that they are replaceable and most fans are TEAM FANS, NOT PLAYER FANS, in their long-term appreciation. Something that is illustrated, year-after-year, decade-after-decade, as the old gridiron heroes fade and the new ones come about.

    Let’s face it, Bart Starr plays golf somewhere. Roger Staubach retired from a real-estate empire. Joe Montana raises horses and has a winery. Troy Aikman is a commentator on TV. Kurt Warner just retied after an arguably HOF career.

    All these people have left and the NFL has continued on….

    Meanwhile Peyton Manning is 35 and appears to be descending. Aaron Rodgers is 27 and ascending. In five years Manning will be retired and Rodgers will (probably) be at his peak. In the mean-time, there’ll be some other hot QB making waves and moving to the top, maybe Sam Bradford. While another even younger QB not even in the NFL right now, maybe Oliver Luck, is showing great promise.

    And all this will happen with an expanding revenue pool, greater salaries and benefits and ever increasing profitability, health and interest. Unless the players destroy it because they’re too greedy for themselves and forget that there are those that will follow them and what makes the game work compettive balance that gives the fans reason to be interested.

    Unlike baseball and basketball where a few rich teams consistently dominate. Like the Yankees that have been in the playoffs 16 of the last 17 seasons because Steinbrenner can buy a competitive roster each year.

  14. dukemarc says: Mar 25, 2011 10:26 AM

    “Now we settle in for the long battle. I thought we had a chance to avoid it a couple of weeks ago, but it didn’t happen.”

    ————————–

    Obviously, Batterman was referencing his impeding “battle” with the porcelain throne and his poorly thought out “all steak” diet from the previous few weeks.

  15. clownburger says: Mar 25, 2011 10:28 AM

    Ron Borges just admitted to the world that he does indeed defecate!

    Gross.

  16. chicosmith says: Mar 25, 2011 10:28 AM

    Borges hasn’t been taken seriously since he argued the Pat’s screwed up by taking Seymour over David Terrell. He got fired for plagerizing at the Globe.

    I wonder how many times he tapped his toes whilst in the can.

  17. fran021 says: Mar 25, 2011 10:31 AM

    He did say something complimentary about Belichick in an article last year. Traffic in Boston stopped for an hour.

  18. theandy59 says: Mar 25, 2011 10:33 AM

    From Ron Borges:

    “On a day when they could have had impact players David Terrell or Koren Robinson or the second-best tackle in the draft in Kenyatta Walker, they took Georgia defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who had 1 sack last season in the pass-happy SEC and is too tall to play tackle at 6-6 and too slow to play defensive end. This genius move was followed by trading out of a spot where they could have gotten the last decent receiver in Robert Ferguson and settled for tackle Matt Light, who will not help any time soon.”

    ‘Nuff said?

  19. voxveritass says: Mar 25, 2011 10:42 AM

    This story doesn’t pass the sniff test.

  20. edgy says: Mar 25, 2011 10:44 AM

    He was probably sitting there with his legs up and writing on the roll of paper and his notes may have gotten a little fuzzy….:)

  21. richm2256 says: Mar 25, 2011 11:04 AM

    Without a doubt, Borges went into that stall to eavesdrop, not to poop, and had his feet lifted high off the ground.. This guy is the sleaziest hack writer to ever have a byline, and his bias is so profound that even his mother doesn’t read his crap.

    The next good piece this guy writes will be his FIRST, and I would take this report – useless as it is – with a bucket full of salt.

    Seriously, who would ever admit to overhearing this conversation while on the john?

    Good quote, theandy59. Wonder if Borges would like a “do-over” on those two?

  22. Mike Shea says: Mar 25, 2011 11:07 AM

    While Borges was there he should have done what the rest of New England does and wiped up with the Herald sports section. Worst of the worst.

  23. sakatak says: Mar 25, 2011 11:08 AM

    Mike you forgot to finish the story,
    Borges was over heard asking Batterman.
    “Can you spare a square”

  24. nunchuckz says: Mar 25, 2011 11:17 AM

    Wrong Borges is a hack, to take anything he says seriously is a waste of brain power. Do yourself a favor and immediately discard anything he says as pure fiction.

    He just wants to publicity, he hasn’t been in the news for a while

  25. CKL says: Mar 25, 2011 11:51 AM

    After the “high journalistic ethics standards” the Herald set with Tomase, were any of us Pats fans surprised that they would just looooooooooove the plagiarizer??? They go from having a guy who writes stuff as fact that isn’t…you know…factual… to a guys who copies others’ work and presents it as his own. For them, it’s a step up.

  26. moggy6actual says: Mar 25, 2011 12:07 PM

    PF Talk is in the tank for the players also.

  27. footballmaven says: Mar 25, 2011 12:14 PM

    Kinda surprised you didn’t work Jeff Feagles’ name in to the story, Mike

  28. thefiesty1 says: Mar 25, 2011 12:24 PM

    Just another MOUTH for the players. How about the players (Manning, Brady) saying something constructive for their side. Never mind, I forgot, they already lawyered up and have been ill-advised not to say anything.

    The players lawyers must be afraid the players will say they had a good deal and are now wishing they had settled.

  29. edgy says: Mar 25, 2011 12:51 PM

    moggy6actual says:

    PF Talk is in the tank for the players also.

    ******************

    You remind me of critics of the local newspaper. Their editor publishes letters from both sides of an issue and the number of letters that he gets from any one side could be split right down the middle but one side or the other accuses him of bias for the other side simply because he publishes ANY letter from the “fringe” of the side.

  30. dannywoodrow says: Mar 25, 2011 1:52 PM

    Ron was squeezing so hard he fainted, hit his head and dreamed up this story. In fact, he is so full of crap, I’ve always thought he never took them.

  31. hobartbaker says: Mar 25, 2011 2:43 PM

    The unique thing about Borges is that even after he leaves the crapper he is still full of it.

  32. redrew says: Mar 25, 2011 3:13 PM

    Borges is a punk that faced disciplinary action for punching out a fellow boxing reporter that happened to be crippled…enough said.

  33. Kave Krew says: Mar 25, 2011 3:49 PM

    That’s funny……Borges reported something he heard while taking a borges…….

    Borges is just the absolute rottenest……

  34. freedomispopular says: Mar 25, 2011 11:57 PM

    @jamoe17
    Who’s Mark??

  35. backindasaddle says: Mar 26, 2011 10:36 AM

    Ron Borges and his opinions are worth less than the package he dropped in the commode.

  36. tunescribe says: Mar 31, 2011 6:50 PM

    Idiot. Borges misfires again. That was ME he quoted, and I was talking about President Obama’s Libya policy.

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