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Lockout's tipping point may come Friday

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08:05 AM ET 06.02 | St. Louis and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals will host what could be a most important legal milestone in the lockout. Through a lawyer, each side will have 30 minutes to present its argument during a hearing Friday morning downtown at the Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse. If, as expected, the 8th Circuit decides to keep the lockout in place, the players may be more motivated to resume earnest negotiations. ... Of course, if the 8th Circuit rules in favor of the players, the lockout will be lifted, official league business will resume, and that will likely lead to the official return of NFL football, on schedule, for 2011. This is all about leverage. Either way, the court's decision should be a tipping point.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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June 2, 2011  08:13 AM ET

More likely the battles will just be prolonged. Even if the circuit court lifts the lockout, the owners will appeal. More of the same.

June 2, 2011  08:20 AM ET

30 minutes each? Should take about 5 seconds each.
Owners- "We want more money than they are willing to give up."
Players- "We want more money than they are willing to give up."
Court- "Thanks for coming. We'll get back to you in three months."

June 2, 2011  08:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

30 minutes each? Should take about 5 seconds each.
Owners- "We want more money than they are willing to give up."
Players- "We want more money than they are willing to give up."
Court- "Thanks for coming. We'll get back to you in three months."

Couldn't have said it better!

June 2, 2011  08:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Couldn't have said it better!

Except that the phrase "greedy ****" was missing ...

June 2, 2011  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Except that the phrase "greedy ****" was missing ...

Except that the phrase "greedy b*a*s*t*a*r*d*s" was missing ...

June 2, 2011  08:29 AM ET

How about pistols at 20 paces- Godell and Smith winner take all

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June 2, 2011  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

How about pistols at 20 paces- Godell and Smith winner take all

Hand grenades at 2 paces. Mutual Assured Destruction. That's what we need here.

June 2, 2011  08:49 AM ET

F-THEM!

June 2, 2011  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

How about pistols at 20 paces- Godell and Smith winner take all

Nice. Best to have it down to just those two. If you tried to utilize both sides, the owners wouldn't be there because they'd hire mercenaries. The players? That would be a mixed bag. You arm the Raiders and they'd miss the show since they'd be looting and pillaging downtown Oakland. The Bills? Their squad would stand in a circle and shoot towards the center. It just goes downhill from there.

June 2, 2011  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Nice. Best to have it down to just those two. If you tried to utilize both sides, the owners wouldn't be there because they'd hire mercenaries. The players? That would be a mixed bag. You arm the Raiders and they'd miss the show since they'd be looting and pillaging downtown Oakland. The Bills? Their squad would stand in a circle and shoot towards the center. It just goes downhill from there.

I picture Al the Impaler, striding across the bloody battlefield, spear in hand....

June 2, 2011  08:54 AM ET
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I picture Al the Impaler, striding across the bloody battlefield, spear in hand....

You gotta admit....'striding' in a walker might be an impressive sight! :-)

June 2, 2011  09:07 AM ET
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You gotta admit....'striding' in a walker might be an impressive sight! :-)

I was thinking of Al as a younger man, like he was back in the 13th century.

June 2, 2011  10:07 AM ET

The tipping point already came. Get the deal done!

June 2, 2011  10:20 AM ET

sure as hel* hope so..someone has to have a clear advantage before the train rolls out of the station.

June 2, 2011  10:54 AM ET
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How about pistols at 20 paces- Godell and Smith winner take all

They'd manage to miss and shoot a family to death.

June 2, 2011  10:58 AM ET

It would probably be easier and quicker to find the storage locker with all the XFL equipment in it and get that fired back up.

June 2, 2011  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

How about pistols at 20 paces- Godell and Smith winner take all

Just have them flip a coin at midfield.

June 2, 2011  11:08 AM ET

I'm with Wawa-we-wa on this one.

 
June 2, 2011  11:17 AM ET

Enough is enough already. Get 'er done!

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