Posted on: July 5, 2011 6:20 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2011 6:33 pm
Posted by Will Brinson
Planking is all the rage these days. And why wouldn't it be? After all, it involves lying down on random objects. (In reality, planks as an exercise form are actually good for your abs. So there's that.)
And it's made its way into football celebrations, naturally. Not an NFL celebration, of course, but that's because it's impossible, what with the NFL locked out.
On the other hand, as Jimmy Traina of Sports Illustrated points out, the lockout will keep us from having to watch a full season of terrible NFL planking celebrations.
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Posted on: March 1, 2011 4:13 pm
Posted by Mike Freeman
If there is a prolonged work stoppage in the NFL several agents said their NFL clients have expressed a desire to practice with either United Football League, Canadian Football League or Arena League teams. Some players, incredibly, are even thinking about playing in games in these leagues should a lengthy lockout or stoppage happen.
Such a move would seem to be incredibly stupid for a young NFL player. The risk of injury in these leagues would be high for comparatively little money.
But the concern some players apparently have is they'd get so far out of football shape that continuing the contact portion of the sport is worth the risk because they'd have an advantage over other NFL players once practices and games started.
Now, let's be clear. We're not going to see Tom Brady playing for the Toronto Argonauts.
But it's very possible some lower tier NFL players go this route.
This is how it would work.
The union decertifies. Owners then say: we're not in business. The battle moves to the courts for months. Basically, under that scenario, players are free agents. They can play wherever they want.
So several low-level players would then go to the CFL, UFL or AFL for playing experience as the lockout droned on. Then once the season starts they'd be more ready than those who weren't playing.
"As long as the player is not under contract with another league, he is allowed to practice with an AFL team," Evan Vladem, spokesman for the AFL, told CBSSports.com. "To practice, the player must be under AFL contract or sign a one-day waiver with the league. With that being said, a free agent could play on an (AFL) team; however, we are very confident that the NFL will play this season. We work well in conjunction with the NFL abd they have supported us and our players greatly."
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Posted on: August 6, 2010 10:10 am
The Canadian Football League, typically, isn't worth watching. No offense, neighbors to the North. It's only really worth checking out when there's some sort of insane highlight.
Or, say, some dude doing an homage to the World Cup in the end zone after scoring a touchdown. Fortunately, that's exactly what the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (seriously?) Dave Stala did last week when he scored on an 11-yard touchdown pass .
Just as some context, if you've ever played soccer, you know that the hardest things to pull off -- at least in terms of intermediate-->advanced skillz -- are the rainbow and the extended juggle.
These are hard to do, mind you, with a ROUND SOCCER BALL. Imagine trying to pull them off with an oblong football, for nearly 10 seconds, with the pressure of tens of thousands of Canadians glaring at you.
Someone in the NFL needs to get a hold of this and make sure that Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens see it before the season starts -- it'll force them to up their game and bring the touchdown celebration heat.
Posted on: July 1, 2010 9:38 am
The CFL will begin having games televised on NFL Network tonight. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk also writes that a new deal with the CFL will limit the way players jump from the Canadian League to the NFL.
As of 1997, when the NFL floated a $4 million loan to the CFL, players had a two-month window in the option years of their contracts to try out for and ultimately sign with NFL teams.
As of 2012, that ability will expire.
It gives CFL players with option years in 2011 and 2012 the chance to leap before their Canadian contracts end. Thereafter, the NFL no longer will be able to pilfer players who are under contract with CFL teams.
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