NFL Lockout?! No problem for some

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NFL Lockout?! No problem for some

By Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

With the NFLs current Collective Bargaining Agreement sent to expire Thursday March 3rd and no indication players and owners are any closer to a new agreement, a lockout seems like a reasonable possibility.

That basically means that come July when hockey and basketball are done, instead of thinking about heading down to Foxboro to watch Patriots mini-camps, youll be watching baseball and thinking about how bored you are.

Fear not, citizens! If a lock out does indeed happen and your favorite NFL players are not playing football every week, youll still be able to see them if you look in the right places.

Several players already have agreements in place that would see them either star in movies, promote products they love or just get their face seen around town. We managed to dig up a couple of these potential deals just for you! Enjoy!

Tom Brady has decided to embrace his awful decision and just become an official spokesperson for Uggs.

Since Peyton Manning endorses every product ever made in the history of man, he decided to get his brother in on the fun and the two have agreed to become the new Double Mint Twins.

With Tiger Woods in trouble and quite frankly stinking up any golf course he plays on, EA needed a new face for their successful golf video game so they turned to a man who has plenty of practice not playing important games and working on his golf swing.

Chad Henne looked into his future and decided to get a head start. Hes an awful quarterback.

Ray Lewis agreed to take a part in an upcoming movie if theres a lock out. Thanks to those terrible Old Spice commercials, some Hollywood executives thought hed be perfect as Dr. Dolittle.

Antonio Cromartie has a deal in place with a popular company as a shining example of what happens when you say we dont have to use one this one time! Except he said that about 12 times. Whoops.

Everyones favorite chatty coach Bill Belichick has a potential agreement to be a spokesperson for Dragon Naturally Speaking Software. Should help reporters get easy cliff notes of his press conferences.

Ben Roethlisberger will be. You know what? Hes just too easy.

Market for Encarnacion is shrinking, yet Red Sox still don't seem interested

Market for Encarnacion is shrinking, yet Red Sox still don't seem interested

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- As the annual winter meetings get underway today, the market for arguably the best free-agent hitter may be -- against all logic -- lessening.

Edwin Encarnacion, who has averaged 39 homers a year over the last five seasons, should be a player in demand.

But in quick succession, the Houston Astros and New York Yankees, two teams thought to be in the market for Encarnacion, opted to go with older hitters who required shorter deals -- Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday.

Further, the Toronto Blue Jays' signing of Steve Pearce to a two-year deal Monday, coupled with their earlier acquisition of Kendrys Morales, closes the door on a potential return to Toronto for Encarnacion.

Seemingly, all of that would position the Red Sox, in search of a DH to replace the retired David Ortiz, to swoop in and land Encarnacion for far less than they could have imagined only weeks ago.

And yet, it appears as though things would have to change considerably for the Red Sox to reach agreement with Encarnacion.

While the first baseman-DH is known to be Ortiz's first choice as his replacement, for now, the economics don't work for the Sox -- even as Enacarnacion's leverage drops.

Encarnacion is expecting a deal of at least four years, with an average annual value around $20 million.

The Red Sox, industry sources indicate, are very much mindful of the luxury tax threshold. The Sox have, however modestly, gone over the threshold in each of the last two seasons, and even with a bump due to last week's new CBA, the Sox are dangerously close to the 2018 limit of $195 million.

Should the Sox go over for a third straight year, their tax would similarly ratchet up.

That, and the fact that Encarnacion would cost the Sox their first-round pick next June -- for this offseason, compensation for players given a qualifying offer comes under the old CBA rules -- represents two huge disincentives.

It's far more likely that the Sox will seek a cheaper option at DH from among a group that includes Pedro Alvarez and Mike Napoli. Neither is in Encarnacion's class, but then again, neither would cost a draft pick in return, or the long-term investment that Encarnacion is said to be seeking.

Rajon Rondo suspended by Bulls for 'heated exchange'

Rajon Rondo suspended by Bulls for 'heated exchange'

Former Celtics and current Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo is up to his old tricks, apparently.

The Bulls have suspended Rondo for Monday’s game due to conduct detrimental to the team, with Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical saying that the suspension is the result of a “heated exchange” the 30-year-old had with a Bulls assistant during or after the team’s 107-82 loss to the Mavericks Saturday. 

Rondo clashing with others is nothing new. He once shattered a television on which the Celtics were showing him game footage to critique him and had to be carried out kicking and screaming by Kevin Garnett. Chris Sheridan reported in 2013 that Doc Rivers had an “intense dislike” for Rondo and that the two almost fought.

After being traded out of Boston, Rondo was suspended for a game by the Mavericks after a shouting match with Rick Carlisle. Last December, he was suspended for calling referee Bill Kennedy a homophobic slur, leading to Kennedy coming out as gay. 

Interestingly enough, there's something of a pattern of Rondo's bigger infractions occuring in games against former teams. The Kennedy incident came in a game against the Celtics, while this recent one was against Dallas. 

This is the first season of a two-year, $28 million Rondo signed with the Bulls in the offseason. He is averaging 8.2 points per game, 7.2 assists per game and 6.7 rebounds a night.