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.

Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

It’s not the craziest thing someone has said on Twitter, but Evan Turner tweeted Monday that the Celtics should retire his number. 

It was a joke, of course, as the former Celtic was reacting to news that Isaiah Thomas had said he liked the No. 11 and would change his jersey number if so many people in Boston hadn’t already purchased his No. 4 jersey. 

After Turner joked that No. 11 was going to be retired, Thomas joked back that he would wear No. 11 as a tribute to the current Trail Blazer. 

Prior to being traded to Boston, Thomas wore No. 22 for Sacramento and No. 3 for Phoenix. 

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

For weeks the speculation regarding Josh McDaniels wasn't a matter of "if" but "when."

But while national media had McDaniels signed, sealed and delivered to multiple landing spots, the proposition that he'd leave at all was never a likelihood. 

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The Rams weren't attractive to him from the outset. Jacksonville didn't excite him, either. And on Monday, he passed on the 49ers opportunity. 

The lure of a blank slate in San Fran at quarterback and GM didn't outpace the uncertainty of going cross-country to work for a seemingly dysfunctional franchise that's cycled rapidly through coaches and has an unrealistic sense that it's a long, long way removed from its glory days, the only remnant remaining from that being perhaps the logo on the helmet. 

With four kids and a job McDaniels considers one of the 10 best on coaching -- head man or no -- he will stay on as the Patriots' offensive coordinator.

"I was really impressed with (Niners owner) Jed York and (team executive) Paraag Marathe . . . and the people that came from the 49ers organization," McDaniels said on a conference call this morning. "They did a great job with their presentation. Humbled to be included in that process. At this time it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

The same faulty speculative reasoning that had McDaniels as good as gone from the Patriots will move on undeterred today and surmise that McDaniels is staying with the Patriots because he knows, or has been promised, that he'll receive the head coaching job when Bill Belichick steps aside. 

While the Kraft family certainly thinks highly of McDaniels and that could come to pass, anyone tapping their foot and checking their watch waiting for Belichick to step down is in for a long wait. He's showing no signs of wrapping it up and, while I haven't been told directly McDaniels isn't the automatic successor, he wouldn't be taking interviews at all if he were assured that. 

What will be interesting to see is whether interest remains high in him for other jobs or the perception that he's never going to leave means teams don't bother to ask. San Fran obviously had its heart set on McDaniels. Even though Nick Caserio passed on the chance to interview with the Niners for their open GM job, the team did talk to Louis Riddick about the spot. He and McDaniels have high regard for each other. 

Between McDaniels, Caserio and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, the people closest to Belichick on the coaching flow chart all had chances to go somewhere else and all passed on the chance. It's another example of not why the Patriots are good but why they remain good. Stability.