Some Sports: NFL, Winnipeg Jets, Copa América


It’s been an fun few days of sports news.

First off, Hockey the NHL is out in Atlanta and in in Winnipeg.. The Thrashers are now the Winnipeg Jets. I’ve got nothing against at Atlanta, it’s just that no one cares about hockey there. IN Winnipeg, Hockey is religion

Second, the NFL Labor strife is over, and the CBA seems like a fair agreement for both sides. Ray Lewis can rest easy, evil will not spread because De Smith and Roger Goodell were able to broker a 10 year CBA with no take backs. Salaries for team employees will be restored. I hope any folks who were laid off will be rehired. The best news? A $620M to $1B will be set aside for benefits for NFL players who retired before 1993 over the next 10 years. This “Legacy Fund” will be funded by money that used to go to the rookie pool:

Will my favorite player from the sixties still be left to his own devices in a nursing home somewhere? Pension funds and health benefits for retired players are increased under the new agreement, with some money that formely went to paying rookies now reassigned to former professional players. N.F.L.P.A. executive director DeMaurice Smith has included former players in the negotiations.

via The Sporting Scene: The N.F.L. Deal: A Fan’s Guide : The New Yorker

Third, Yesterday, Uruguay beat Paruguay 3-0 to win Copa América 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Brazil’s play in this tournament was sub par and underwhelming. That federation is looking to remake the team. Host team Argentina led by Messi genius could not prevail as his side faltered in the Quaterfinals vs. Uruguay. While Uruguay is the smallest country in the 12 nation tournament, Diego Forlan, who scored two goals, is football royalty at home and around the world. He is relentless in attack and is an exciting goal scorer.

Fourth, rumors of Favre to the Eagles are being firmly smacked down. I refuse to link to anything about that stupid rumor.