It was foolish and unfortunate for NFL union chief DeMaurice Smith to describe negotiations with NFL owners as "war."
War is what you get when you risk your life for your country and your ideals. The war analogies the less creative among us insist on applying to sports are always overblown.
Also overblown is Smith's rhetoric. The labor negotiations are simple. The NFL gave the players too much during the last round of negotiations. The owners wanted peace. They also wanted to send then commissioner Paul Tagliabue out on a peaceful note.
They did. And they're paying for it. And they want to stop.
Owners are asking players to return some of what they were given and restore order to the financial model. Owners are asking a lot. It's like losing money in a poker game and asking for it back.
Smith's fiery words might excite player representatives and players, but they accomplish nothing. This isn't war. This is business.
Treat it as business, and maybe players and owners can put themselves in position to reach an agreement.
That's the idea, right?
Or is the idea to see who can make the most noise and attract the most attention?