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John Kasay shows up for work in Carolina, most facilities quiet

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Let the record show that Panthers kicker John Kasay was the first player to show up for work during this purgatory portion of the lockout we’re currently in.

He was allowed in the door like the NFL said, but left ten minutes later.

Mike Cranston of the Associated Press said Kasay mostly declined comment, but did say, “We’re just walking through the process.”

As we’ve mentioned, players aren’t going to work in order to work out.  They are exhibiting their rights and potentially reserving the right to sue later if teams withhold their workout bonus.

We’ve been following the Twitter feeds of reporters in Miami, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., New Jersey, Detroit, Jacksonville, and Minnesota, who are staked out at team facilities to see if players arrive.

Thus far, Kasay is the only player to show up.

While it wouldn’t be a surprise if some players trickle in throughout the day, it doesn’t appear there will be a mass confrontation between players and their teams just yet.

UPDATE: Jets guard Brandon Moore, a player rep, showed up to the Jets facility per Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger.

UPDATE II: Redskins defender Lorenzo Alexander was at work briefly in Washington D.C. but he was told he couldn’t work out and left.

UPDATE III: Jets tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson also showed up to the Jets facility as planned, according to multiple reports.

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25 Responses to “John Kasay shows up for work in Carolina, most facilities quiet”
  1. fanoredsox says: Apr 26, 2011 8:53 AM

    Of all of the players that said that they would be there, why is the kicker the first one in the door? The KICKER! That’s just embarrassing for the rest of the players. The kicker? Really?

  2. southridge23 says: Apr 26, 2011 9:02 AM

    Sooo, they’re not going to workout…they’re basically walking in and walking out just to show that they “present” during workouts and therefore demand workout bonuses…

    umm…if reincarnation exists, please god, put me under the “slave” category for next round…thanks!

  3. nbcwantsitsmoneyback says: Apr 26, 2011 9:07 AM

    Here’s hoping that the players that walk through the door are met with a pink slip..!

  4. hnirobert3 says: Apr 26, 2011 9:08 AM

    Stupid kicker.

  5. sterilizecromartie says: Apr 26, 2011 9:14 AM

    I’ve always said kickers have the best work ethics.

  6. hitdog042 says: Apr 26, 2011 9:22 AM

    Nobody will show in Cincy unless they have a boat. The parking lot is flooded due to the storms and high river.

  7. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 26, 2011 9:31 AM

    In an unrelated totally irrelevant story, the rest of america showed up to work an hour before, and they were not only were allowed to work, but they weren’t even paid a minimum salary of 500K for the honor of doing so. And the one’s who sued about it were fired and replaced in the same motion.

  8. gregjennings85 says: Apr 26, 2011 9:35 AM

    Look at that picture. what did Kasay do, upon arrival?

    My guess? He headed straight for the john.

  9. vetdana says: Apr 26, 2011 9:37 AM

    This latest bench ruling just made a complete mockery of all offseason normal actvities !

    EVERYBODY IS AFRAID TO ACT PENDING A COURT OF APPEALS OR STAY RULING. Everything has become much more complicated and confusing, even for the lawers running the strategy !! I would not get too excited about the prospects of seeing an untainted upcomming season, assuming there is one, which is still highly in doubt!!

  10. moochzilla says: Apr 26, 2011 10:02 AM

    “In an unrelated totally irrelevant story, the rest of america showed up to work an hour before, and they were not only were allowed to work, but they weren’t even paid a minimum salary of 500K for the honor of doing so. And the one’s who sued about it were fired and replaced in the same motion.”

    Well, maybe you should acquire some skills and become one of the top 32 people on planet earth who does what you do.

    You’ll see how things change.

    You just can’t compare your job at the feed store register with even Kasay. He’s in a different league talent-wise, and he is part of a team that makes it’s owner a fortune. He’s what Tony Soprano would call “an earner”.

  11. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 26, 2011 10:43 AM

    @moochzilla – I don’t have a job. I’m a retired professional athlete.
    I have/had these “skills” you are suggesting i require, and I’m not naive enough to claim that there are 120+ college rosters stocked with people who have comparable skills who whould GLADLY step in (and appreciate) the opportunity to “pull up quick to get with” the luxuries and priviliges the owners and players take for granted. The fans produce every single dollar being argued over here, and they are getting nothing but a fat sharft for it.
    So put that in your little blunt and smoke it. You can’t just go telling me what I can and can’t compare myself with. You don’t know me, and it’s hard to see what you know or don’t know from a high horse anyway…

    I usually enjoy your comments though, moochzilla. Keep them up. this one was a little myopic though.

  12. madenatewell says: Apr 26, 2011 10:45 AM

    Yeah! Hardest working kicker in the business baby!!

  13. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 26, 2011 10:54 AM

    I think the comparison between the NFL situation and the situation of the people who supply every red cent the NFL situation is being argued about is pretty important. If more players and owners thought about it that way, we’d have a deal in place already.

  14. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 26, 2011 11:01 AM

    Take moochzilla’s logic and reverse it. Let’s see how things changed if the NFL players skills were no longer blindly rewarded with cash largely from a fan base that has to cut all sorts of corners in their personal lives if they want to be able to afford one ticket to one game. It’s out of hand, no matter what your salary, occupation, skill set is or isn’t. There needs to be a reset. This is a far cry from the league of yesteryear. We were well paid, but the stuborn entitlement to such grand compensation was in the minority. These days, it;s the majority. Sucks.

  15. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 26, 2011 11:06 AM

    Last thing I’m gonna say. If the fans would solidify and unionize/strike/keep their money in their pockets, all for one and one for all, there’d be a solution to this “problem” in 34.6 seconds. That, ofcourse, will never happen; fans love the NFL too much. But imagine if that love/money line wasn’t able to be taken for granted in this greed fest? It isn’t hard to do.

    You may say “you’re a dreamer”…but I’m not the only one.

  16. pantherpride52 says: Apr 26, 2011 11:06 AM

    John Kasay just wanted to stop by and talk with Marty Hurney and give his opinion on Cam Newton.

  17. moochzilla says: Apr 26, 2011 11:13 AM

    Eaglesnoles,

    I’m not sure what point you are making. My take was that you were doing the “because we can’t force the issue like the players can, then they shouldn’t be able to”.

    Was that not it?

  18. moochzilla says: Apr 26, 2011 11:14 AM

    Or, if your point is that maybe these people in powerless 9-5 jobs should be forming strong unions…I’m with you.

  19. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 26, 2011 11:34 AM

    Mooch- yeah man, my point is that this is a 3way situation (NFL, Players, and the everlasting/evergiving money machines (ie: fans), but only 2 of the 3 sides are at the table. The fans would have the only “real” power, but you can’t unionize a fan base of a billion random people out there, so that’s just a utopian idea. No real practical point or call to action here, just thinking about how great it would be if it could happen. Solutions would POUR out of the idea boxes if they though ALL the money would be taken away without a quick resolution.

    So my take is that, sure, both the NFL and the players have the full right to argue over whatever they want, whether or not the general fan base has a say or not. But in a world where the fans could all trust eachother to keep their money in their pockets and present that fate on a deadline day to the league/players, this would be over real quick. We don’t live there though, so this is what we get.

  20. moochzilla says: Apr 26, 2011 12:46 PM

    I got ya. But I have no illusions about my behavior – I will watch the game on TV (which is really all that matters as most of the money comes from TV).

    Will I ever pay for NFL Network? Nope.

    Will I buy NFL merchandise? Nope.

    But that’s about the extent of what I can do. And they know it.

  21. fanoredsox says: Apr 26, 2011 1:26 PM

    moochzilla

    Easy on the whole “there is only 32 people in the world that can perform that job” line. I think they should fire them all. Take all of the college players coming out and in 3 years you will have enough talent in the NFL to make the games fun and interesting, but most importantly though you wouldn’t have greedy, self indulgent, over hyped individuals who believe that it is their birthright to make millions of dollars playing football. I would’ve given anything to have had that talent and have been more than happy making $500,000.00 a year to do it. You can say 3 years wouldn’t be enough time to restock the league, but the players base their need for exorbitant contracts on the idea that the average NFL career is only 3-4 years. So by that notion, basically one college cycle will make everyone forget about the today’s greedy incumbents who could care less about the sacrifices that the typical fan makes to see them play and to enjoy top tier athleticism.

  22. fanoredsox says: Apr 26, 2011 1:33 PM

    Mooch

    I am not saying that you are not right. These guys do have a unique skill set, but if they just let this batch of pros go and start over, then the kids coming in would have more respect for the fans and the privilege of playing a pro sport. Maybe it would get rid of the issues the league has with guys like Pac Man, Haynesworth, Marshall, Talib, Britt and the list goes on!

  23. moochzilla says: Apr 26, 2011 4:25 PM

    fanorredsox, I can be honest about myself, the world, and my fellow man. Why can’t you. We have thousands of years of human behavior that suggests the exact opposite of what you stated.

    If you fire them all, they will all be signed by Dallas or Wahington – probably for more money than they make now. You also open up a rival league taking them and putting the NFL out of business.

    A team of fourth-tier draftees (as no good college player would enter your draft because the pay would be low, opting for the rival league) would not be worth watching for most people. Your TV contract would be slashed, which puts you out of business.

    And if you had the talent to play pro ball, you’d absolutely fight for the maximum you could get. Stop pretending you wouldn’t. You do in real life.

    Like it or not, the NFL is competing in a labor market that has highly specialized people with rare skills. Therefore, teams will compete for that labor by offering lots of money. Look at baseball, Adam Eaton made $8M a year.

    The NFL model is successful. If they were to commit suicide and do what you suggest, a group of wealthy investors would seek to replicate the NFL. They’d buy the talent, get the TV money, and get rich.

    Because it is 100% about the talent, no one will watch scabs or walk-on talent across the board.

  24. moochzilla says: Apr 26, 2011 4:29 PM

    “…but if they just let this batch of pros go and start over, then the kids coming in would have more respect for the fans and the privilege of playing a pro sport.”

    Your sport would never survive. That’s the point. It’s like saying a farmer should take 3 years off from planting crops. He’d starve. Only the hardcore 5% of the fan base would watch those games, your TV deal would get slashed. That’s the ballgame. You lower the salaries, you loser the quality, you lose the revenue. This isn’t Wal-Mart.

    “Maybe it would get rid of the issues the league has with guys like Pac Man, Haynesworth, Marshall, Talib, Britt and the list goes on!”

    Who forced the NFL owner to make these guys rich? No one. They made a decision, now they want a bail-out. Sorry, no dice.

    You want to avoid paying Jemarcus? Don’t pick him. Trade the pick. Do some basic scouting. How about that?

  25. thefiesty1 says: Apr 26, 2011 4:32 PM

    Just fire or release them and start over from scratch. They don’t have a union period. Individually, they can all go to hell.

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