Here's what I do know: it's a headache for the union. A big one. The reason why is who is a part of it. Read these names: Chuck Bednarik, Paul Krause, Lem Barney, Joe DeLamiellure, Willie Wood, Bob Lilly, Elvin Bethea, John Hannah, Ron Yary, Leroy Kelly, Jackie Smith, Charley Taylor, Bob St. Clair, Gino Marchetti, Mel Renfro, Dan Hamptom, Don Maynward, Tommy McDonald, Larry Little, Rayfield Wright, and Kyle Turley.
Some of the names involved are huge. They're Hall of Famers and for that reason they carry a great deal of clout. If they start smacking the union around in the press as this lawsuit continues it could be a massive problem for the union.
If it weren't for the big names few fans would care because most fans hear the word "lawsuit" and "NFL" and want to stab themselves in the face. But the big names bring some interest.
So this one will be interesting to watch and see which of the names will speak out because you know some will. Even if we're all law-suited out.
Chad Ochocinco: Tedy Bruschi did something many people, for so many years, across so many star systems, have wanted to do for a long time. He told Ochocinco to shut the hell up. These quotes, in response to Ochocinco tweeting the Patriots' awesome performance against Miami was, um, awesome, are absolutely delicious.
“Drop the awe factor, OK, Ocho, Chad, drop the awe factor,” Bruschi said to WEEI radio. “You’re not a fan, all right. You’re not someone who’s on another team or watching TV. You’re not an analyst. You’re a part of it. They want you to be a part of it. So get with the program because obviously you’re not getting it and you’re tweeting because you’re saying, ‘It’s amazing to see?' It’s amazing to see because you don’t understand it. You still don’t understand it and it’s amazing to you because you can’t get it.
“Stop tweeting and get in your playbook. Wake up! If you’re just waking up now — I don’t know when this was, six minutes ago? — get out your bed and get to the stadium and watch some film if you still think it’s amazing. If you’re in it and you know what you’re doing and you execute out there you don’t think it’s amazing. You know why? Because it’s what you’re supposed to do. All of a sudden it’s second nature. ‘I know I was supposed do that, yes I went 99 yards, I threw for 517. You know why? Because we’re that good and that’s what we’re supposed to do and that’s what I thought we were gonna do.’ You are still in awe to be a member of the New England Patriots offense. Join the system, buddy.”
I'm going to say this. Bruschi is extremely intelligent. He doesn't do or say things without a purpose. Bruschi is also still closely aligned with the organization and I don't think him going off on Ochocinco is coincidental. My guess is these things are being said within the team and Bruschi has the team's blessing to tee off on Ochocinco.
I've heard for some time how Patriots coaches and players have been disappointed in Ochocinco thus far and Bruschi's comments only further this perception.