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[Socialist] Union complaints prompt cancellation of Raiders workouts
Yahoo! Sports ^ | 15 June 2007 | AP (Unattributed)

Posted on 06/16/2007 2:04:00 AM PDT by GOP_Raider

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders canceled the final week of their offseason training program Friday after complaints from the NFL players' union about the intensity of the practices.

In a brief statement, coach Lane Kiffin said the players' union believes the Raiders' offseason program violated league rules on practice standards.

"The union has complained about the high level of intensity, player aggressiveness and fast pace of our practices and, as a result, has taken away the final week of our offseason program," said Kiffin, the NFL's youngest and least experienced head coach.

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KEYWORDS: nfl; oaklandraiders; raiders; unions; wimps

1 posted on 06/16/2007 2:04:07 AM PDT by GOP_Raider
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To: GOP_Raider

Jeez, only unions would complain about something like this.


2 posted on 06/16/2007 2:04:36 AM PDT by GOP_Raider (FReepmail me to join the FR Idaho Ping List.)
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To: GOP_Raider
So much for Raider Nation...

In the meantime this is a good indication of why college coaches experience so little succes when they go to the pros.

3 posted on 06/16/2007 2:08:23 AM PDT by Positive (Nothing is sadder than to see a beautiful theory murdered by a gang of brutal facts.)
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To: Positive

Wheres Kiffin from?


4 posted on 06/16/2007 2:10:47 AM PDT by neb52
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To: GOP_Raider; Jersey Republican Biker Chick; CounterCounterCulture; fredhead; marajade; ...
Imagine what would have happened if we'd hired non-union labor. Then there'd be hell to pay!
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5 posted on 06/16/2007 2:11:34 AM PDT by GOP_Raider (FReepmail me to join the FR Idaho Ping List.)
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To: mainepatsfan

NFL Ping consideration.

(BTW, your Red Sox put on a clinic last night against my Giants. Now we know what $120 million or so can buy someone—Barry Zito, for better or worse. :( ).


6 posted on 06/16/2007 2:13:49 AM PDT by GOP_Raider (FReepmail me to join the FR Idaho Ping List.)
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To: GOP_Raider
Bring back the days of the Snake. This guy must make ole man Monte real proud!
7 posted on 06/16/2007 2:14:17 AM PDT by Use It Or Lose It (Jon Bruning for U.S. Senate! It's time to CHUCK Hagel.)
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To: GOP_Raider
Let me see, you want me to pay you guys millions of dollars to play football, but the work is too hard?
Now we are going to have girlie boy football players? Amen.
8 posted on 06/16/2007 2:23:04 AM PDT by gakrak ("A wise man's heart is his right hand, But a fool's heart is at his left" Eccl 10:2)
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To: GOP_Raider
Thank God!

Finally!

I no longer have to worry about not knowing all their stats...
I don't even have to remember their names,
their current standings,
where they are from this week,
(I start to lose track after El Segundo)...

It's all just too intense.

9 posted on 06/16/2007 2:35:28 AM PDT by norton
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To: GOP_Raider

If were the coach I would look at cutting the whiners. If they do not want to practice hard then they probably do not want to play hard.

Go Pats!!!!!


10 posted on 06/16/2007 2:37:50 AM PDT by Hydroshock (Duncan Hunter For President, checkout gohunter08.com.)
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To: Hydroshock

Reading the Raiders board I frequent about this topic, a few posters seem to believe that it’s entirely possible some slack ass on the roster ran to the player’s union to complain. Others have blamed the drive-by media in the Bay Area because they were the ones that found this out initially.

At any rate, if it were up to me, I would make it a point that anyone that did whine about it to send their resumes to In N Out burger by the close of business on Monday.


11 posted on 06/16/2007 2:43:44 AM PDT by GOP_Raider (FReepmail me to join the FR Idaho Ping List.)
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To: GOP_Raider

“Jeez, only unions would complain about something like this.”

Why is it so important to you, that you had to whine about it here on FR?

Do you so enjoy hearing reports of professional athletes, in practice, inflicting injuries on their own team members, or on themselves, that you now feel deprived of your pleasure?


12 posted on 06/16/2007 3:34:45 AM PDT by gas0linealley (.good fences make good neighbors)
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To: gas0linealley
Why is it so important to you, that you had to whine about it here on FR?

Why did you post a reply?

13 posted on 06/16/2007 3:38:58 AM PDT by GOP_Raider (FReepmail me to join the FR Idaho Ping List.)
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To: GOP_Raider

I’m a union member, and your pointed anti-union bias is offensive.

What is your interest in this matter? The well being of the players doesn’t seem to be on your agenda.


14 posted on 06/16/2007 3:50:32 AM PDT by gas0linealley (.good fences make good neighbors)
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To: GOP_Raider
...Oakland wrapped up a voluntary minicamp on Wednesday...

Somebody took exception to volunteers getting 'extra credit'?

15 posted on 06/16/2007 3:54:14 AM PDT by elli1
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To: GOP_Raider
It does not seem prudent to risk a carrier ending injury, for a spring time workout. It is in no ones best interest.
16 posted on 06/16/2007 4:25:04 AM PDT by Mark was here (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?)
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To: GOP_Raider
Said NFL Players union head and ex-Raider, Gene Upshaw:

"We(they) no longer will be wearing helmets or pads. The game of football has become too brutal and we will be replacing said equipment with dresses and flags. No longer will we(they) have to practice, but instead we'll bring in a fashion expert to dress our players in the most stylish mid calf dresses. In keeping with this new and friendlier play, practices are canceled, unless it is an air conditioned confine. Sweating will not be allowed!"

Aren't unions great?

17 posted on 06/16/2007 5:00:07 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Soon to be Fredbacker1)
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To: GOP_Raider

The union leaders need to be tied down and forced to watch the movie “North Dallas 40”. Football the way it was meant to be.

“Now poot, don’t you pee in my whirlpool bath... don’t do it”!

LLS


18 posted on 06/16/2007 5:01:18 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Support America, Kill terrorists, Destroy dims!)
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To: gas0linealley; GOP_Raider
I’m a union member, and your pointed anti-union bias is offensive.

That's a rather ironic statement to read here on FR.

19 posted on 06/16/2007 5:23:35 AM PDT by MarineBrat (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccination that the Church offers.)
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To: GOP_Raider

If you look around on youtube, you can find video of Nick Saban making an NFL player cry in training camp.


20 posted on 06/16/2007 5:45:19 AM PDT by cdcdawg
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To: GOP_Raider

I believe the NFLPA has every reason to complain about this. These off-season workouts are supposed to be “voluntary” under players’ contracts, but they’ve ppretty much become “mandatory” for most teams. This has long been a bone of contention between teams and the NFLPA, and will probably get resolved only when the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement is updated.


21 posted on 06/16/2007 5:59:09 AM PDT by Alberta's Child (I'm out on the outskirts of nowhere . . . with ghosts on my trail, chasing me there.)
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To: GOP_Raider

bookmark


22 posted on 06/16/2007 6:39:28 AM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: GOP_Raider
Don't enter into these agreements if you do not expect to be held to the contracts language.

Simple really.

23 posted on 06/16/2007 7:34:41 AM PDT by vikzilla
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To: neb52
Oh I don't know...

My comment is only relevant in that when a college coach accepts a 5 million a year salary to go to the pros, then gets to "boss" guys making 2 or 3 times as much as he is and who are somewhat older than the "student athletes" and less "bossable," it proves difficult...

24 posted on 06/16/2007 7:57:12 AM PDT by Positive (Nothing is sadder than to see a beautiful theory murdered by a gang of brutal facts.)
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To: GOP_Raider

It reminds me of a video clip I saw in the mid 1980’s after the Raiders moved to L.A. It showed Marcus Allen and Frank Hawkins in a fancy salon getting a manicure.


25 posted on 06/16/2007 9:15:06 AM PDT by 04-Bravo
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To: GOP_Raider
This is a farce.

This story is a bogus sham to make Upshaw look good, there is no doubt whatsoever that the raiders are cooperating in a scam story that BS to help Upshaw.

I guess favors do get repaid in raider nation.

26 posted on 06/16/2007 10:38:03 AM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: GOP_Raider

What a bunch of pansies.


27 posted on 06/16/2007 10:59:05 AM PDT by darkangel82 (Socialism is NOT an American value.)
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To: darkangel82

I guess a rookie head coach should learn to stay within league rules. But if players on a 2-14 team think a mini-camp is too hard, imagine how they’ll feel during the regular season when they meet a playoff-caliber team.


28 posted on 06/16/2007 12:45:58 PM PDT by 04-Bravo
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To: 04-Bravo

Poor babies.


29 posted on 06/16/2007 12:52:55 PM PDT by darkangel82 (Socialism is NOT an American value.)
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To: gas0linealley

As a former union member for over 20 years I am offended by unions. They work hard to make the mediocre equal to the exceptional. Unions are a sore on the back of hard working Americans. I am also bias.


30 posted on 06/18/2007 9:22:23 AM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: showme_the_Glory

“I am also bias.”

Yup, and, I think, also sour grape.


31 posted on 06/19/2007 4:53:34 AM PDT by gas0linealley (.good fences make good neighbors)
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