All but one club approved the NFL's proposed agreement for a settlement to the lockout, and can anyone guess who abstained? If you said the Oakland Raiders, go to the head of the class.
Of course, it was the Oakland Raiders. It's always the Oakland Raiders. If there was anything that was normal about Thursday, it was that the Raiders refused to sign off on the deal ... and now we know why. Because we asked team CEO Amy Trask.
"(Because of) profound philosophical differences, of both a football and economical nature," she said. "We have consistently expressed those views to the league. We're not reluctant to share our views, and we're also not reluctant to vote in the manner that we believe is in the best interests of the National Football League and to vote the courage of our convictions."
Trask could not be more specific, saying that the differences were "of a football and economic nature -- systemic issues in both regards," and, no, I don't know what that means, either. But I do know why the Raiders voted to abstain instead of oppose the proposed deal ... again, because we asked.
"We voted in the manner that we believe is appropriate," she said. "Look, we want football. This is not about not wanting the football season to start. Of course, we want football. And our organization has a tremendous, tremendous track record of the manner in which it has related to and taken care of players."