A Word on Tim Tebow.

People that follow the National Football League and the fans of the University of Florida are going to have to accept the facts: the Heisman Trophy quarterback who led the Gators to a National Championship is not going to make it as a quarterback in the NFL. We can confidently predict that he will never again start a game in the NFL. All the negatives said about him – the throwing motion, can’t read defenses, not accurate enough, not enough arm strength, etc, will forever keep this guy from starting. He won’t play for Denver, New Orleans, Washington or anyone else in the NFL.

We 100% guarantee it.


Because Danny Wuerffel has moved on.

After five NFL seasons that can only be described as lackluster, Wuerffel was released from the Washington Redskins following the 2002 season and in a blink of an eye, his days as a quarterback on a football field were over.

Wuerffel now runs a Christian ministry named “Desire Street Ministries” in the (in)famous Ninth Ward in New Orleans. Far from the one hundred thousand fans that often greeted him on Saturdays while a Gator, Wuerffel deals with the physical, emotional and spiritual poverty of the people in New Orleans. We are sure that when he left the NFL, Wuerffel could have looked back and been bitter. Instead, he relied on his Christian faith and looked forward.

This past June, Wuerffel was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. The body literally attacks itself. According to the National Institute of Health,

The first symptoms of this disorder include varying degrees of weakness or tingling sensations in the legs. In many instances, the weakness and abnormal sensations spread to the arms and upper body. These symptoms can increase in intensity until the muscles cannot be used at all and the patient is almost totally paralyzed. In these cases, the disorder is life-threatening and is considered a medical emergency. The patient is often put on a ventilator to assist with breathing.

Due to an early diagnosis, Wuerffel is expected to fully recover, but the road back is going to be a long one, possibly taking years.

How does all this relate to Tim Tebow?

Those Who Can, Can. Those Who Can’t, Join a Union.

Despite what you see to the left – the NFL logo with a rusted lock and chain to signify the NFL lockout – this post is going to be about unions. The case study of “Unions Gone Wild” is going to be the NFL Player’s Association. (The union that doesn’t exist except for the fact the union head is in charge of negotiating for the player’s non-union. More on that in a minute.) It is also going to be a post on forum shopping, and the power of the government to strip people of one of the most cherished rights: the right of people to own property and to control the direction and dispensation of that property.

For those who have been hibernating and have only now come out of their caves since Easter, the NFL as a company and the owners have been involved in a labor dispute with NFL players bargaining under the union known as the NFL Players Association. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the union and the owners, the owners announced that they were legally going to opt out of the CBA and wanted to negotiate a new agreement. This was announce several years ago. When the actual dissolution of the CBA occurred neither party was surprised. The owners had negotiated agreements with other other providers of services (namely the television networks) to have a war chest with which to sustain what might be a lengthy negotiation. The union started a fund to help players to weather the labor impasse as well as offering financial advice to players.

What’s Wrong With Unions

There is a big union / management fight taking place in the US right now and if you look at it closely, this fight exemplifies what is wrong with unions today.

I’m not talking about the union fight with the teachers and public sector workers in Wisconsin. I am not talking about the teacher’s union’s fight with Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey. I am not talking about the public workers unions’ fight in Ohio.

I am talking about the NFL and negotiations between the team owners and the NFL Players Association.

There is little doubt that the National Football League is the most watched sport in America. It is more popular than the “national pastime,” Major League Baseball. It isn’t even close. The reason I mention this is because the popularity of the NFL translates into money. Lots of money. The NFL’s 9 billion dollar a year revenue is greater than the GNP of 63 countries in the world.

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