Wake Up With Whitty – 8/19/2017

Good morning and welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty.  We’re heading into weekend number two of the NFL preseason, which is generally your best chance to see some extended playing time from the starting units on each team.  We’re also just one short week away from the start of the college football season.  As a fan of a sub-par MLB team, it’s a been a painfully long summer from a sports standpoint, but the wait is finally almost over.  To get mentally prepared I’ve gathered a collection of old remotes to practice throwing at the TV in anger during tonight’s Bengals/Chiefs matchup.  It’s preseason for the fans too you know, so study up on your favorite team’s roster and start practicing your obscenities that you’ll be screaming at its players on Saturdays/Sundays.  And once you’ve gotten that out of your system, come back here and leave some positive, uplifting comments about how great this week’s Wake Up With Whitty was.

2021 NFL Season in Jeopardy

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said in an interview this week that a lockout or strike in 2021 is almost a certainty at this point.  The league’s current collective bargaining agreement began in 2011 and still has four seasons left until the players and owners head back to the negotiating table, but the NFLPA is already preparing for the worst.  One of the main points of contention between the two sides in recent years has been the way the league has handled player discipline.  I also wouldn’t be surprised if the pre-season/off-season schedules get brought up during the next round of negotiations.

This whole situation gives me anxiety.  I find the whole notion of a lockout/strike extremely selfish of the players who sacrifice their bodies to make a living playing the sport and the owners who put millions of dollars to run a team.  Why doesn’t anyone  ever think of the fans in these situations, who also sacrifice their bodies for the sport by consuming massive amounts of beer and chicken wings?  Or the fans who put their hard earned money into the game by buying the cheapest tickets they can find on StubHub 6 hours before kickoff 1-2 times a year or by making the occasional/weekly ill-advised bet on the outcome of the game?  We’re just supposed to sit here and deal with the possibility of maybe not having as many weeks of fantasy football four years from now?  Who thinks that far in advance anyways?  I’ve barely given any thought to what I’m goin to do when I finish writing this article.

This is exactly why I love college football so much more than the NFL.  You don’t have all these greedy players trying to make sure they have enough money to support their families while preserving their health so they can lead meaningful lives after they retire.  You don’t have money-loving owners trying to run their business in a profitable, financially-sound manner.  It’s just a bunch of kids playing for the love of the game who have no negotiating power over the NCAA who does all it can to make millions off of the players while doing everything in its power to prevent the student athletes from profiting off of the whole ordeal.  You know, the way football was meant to be played.

KD Debates Lebron’s Future on Twitter

Kevin Durant got into a debate of sorts with American rapper and comedian (per his Wikipedia page) Lil Dicky on Twitter this week.  The subject of that debate?  Should the Cavs trade Lebron. I’ll be honest, I have no idea who Lil Dicky is, or why he would be engaged with KD in a debate regarding Lebron’s future in Cleveland.  He did seem to make some valid points though.  His point was that with Lebron’s 2018 departure an almost certainty, the Cavs would be best off trading him now so they can actually get some value in return for him.  KD’s argument was mostly that it’s Lebron, and you don’t trade someone of that caliber.  While to a certain extent I can see KD’s point as well, if you know he’s gone then you have to try and get as much out of him as you can.

The bigger question here is why is KD even getting involved in a discussion like this?  He certainly didn’t say anything offensive or negative towards Lebron, but it still just seems weird to me.  I guess that’s the social media era we live in, though.  Everyone has an opinion and they have numerous platforms to share that opinion with the world whenever, and however, they want.  KD is fairly active on Twitter and isn’t afraid to express his thoughts/feelings.  He also took to Twitter this week to call out ESPN’s ridiculous fantasy auction draft skit and to express his displeasure in a “Don’t Be Like KD” handout a middle school teacher distributed to his students.  While I don’t think there’s anything wrong with KD’s social media use, and at times even find it entertaining, I still think debating what a rival team should do with its star player is an odd move.  That would be like me debating whether or not a rival blog site should get rid of one of its bloggers. Not that there are any other sites on the same level as Milliron Sports that could be considered a “rival”. After all, the bug vs. the windshield can hardly be considered a rivalry.

Forbidden Chicken

The Falcons brand new stadium will feature a Chick-Fil-A, which has to be up there at the top of the list of potential stadium vendors you could have.  If I were a Falcon’s fan, I would be pumped for this.  I love me some Chick-Fil-A, and it makes sense to have one at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, considering the fact that it’s located in Atlanta, where Chick-Fil-A is headquartered. There’s just one problem. Chick-Fil-A is closed on Sundays, when the Falcons play 7 of their 8 home games this season. Obviously the stadium will host other events, so the Chick-Fil-A will get plenty of use, but it still sucks for football fans. This had better be something that the players/owners bring to the table during the 2021 collective bargaining agreement discussions. Otherwise, what are we even doing here?

Parting Thoughts

Thank you for joining me once again for Wake Up With Whitty. If you liked what you saw, be sure to leave a comment and let me know and don’t forget to hit the like button. Check out the rest of the site and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest in Milliron Sports. And subscribe to the Nati Boys Podcast on iTunes for all of the latest episodes. See you next weekend.

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