Me­di­a­tion can­di­dates

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Well, it looks like we will have pro­fes­sional foot­ball this year and I don’t mean at Ohio State or the Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

The NFL play­ers and own­ers have fi­nally reached an agree­ment thereby in­sur­ing the up­com­ing sea­son will be played.

The last few months of snip­ping and whin­ing and fin­ger point­ing be­ing re­ported by the me­dia were al­most com­i­cal, es­pe­cially when the so-called ex­perts kept mum­bling and slob­ber­ing about the pos­si­bil­ity of the sea­son be­ing can­celed.

In truth that was never go­ing to hap­pen. The par­ties in­volved may be ar­ro­gant, greedy and crazy but they are not stupid. For both sides to be mak­ing money the games had to be played and fans needed to be fill­ing the sta­di­ums. The bot­tom line was, half of $9 bil­lion is a lot bet­ter than none of $9 bil­lion so de­spite the blather and rhetoric the idea of can­cel­ing the sea­son was never more than a very slim pos­si­bil­ity.

But per­haps the best thing about the set­tle­ment be­tween own­ers and play­ers in­volved in se­ri­ous ne­go­ti­a­tions is that it might set a prece­dent and pro­vide mo­ti­va­tion for the folks in Wash­ing­ton to do like­wise in their big game. Of course, in Wash­ing­ton they are play­ing with our money so the in­cen­tive may not be there for them.

Given the on again­off again na­ture of the ne­go­ti­a­tions per­haps it is time for them to go to me­di­a­tion. It seems to work in other places so per­haps Speaker John Boehner and Pres­i­dent Obama can get a non­par­ti­san be­tween them and ham­mer out the fi­nal de­tails of the bud­get-debt is­sue. The key, of course, will be find­ing the right per­son.

You would need some­one ac­cus­tomed to deal­ing with big money and un­der­stands things don’t al­ways work out the way you want.

The ideal per­son would have been the late Steve Ir­win. The Croc­o­dile Hunter was ac­cus­tomed to deal­ing with rep­tiles so sitting down with the folks in Wash­ing­ton would have been nor­mal. Alas, Ir- win is not avail­able.

John Schuer­holz might be ideal. The for­mer Braves gen­eral man­ager was al­ways wheel­ing and deal­ing so he might get the sides to come to­gether. It come down to two spend­ing cuts this year for a tax in­crease and ride on Air Force One next year.

Tiger Woods could be a pos­si­bil­ity since he’s not do­ing any­thing else right now. Tiger has skill in lin­ing things up and ap­par­ently un­der­stands the world of youget-what-you-pay-for, which could at least be a new ap­proach in Wash­ing­ton.

Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger could do the job be­cause he is not viewed as a real Repub­li­can, he’s out of work and he can’t run for pres­i­dent. He is also ac­cus­tomed to deal­ing with big money, but like Tiger Woods, he is not deal­ing with as much of it now as he was a few months ago.

Lind­sey Lo­han. She must have pretty good ne­go­ti­at­ing skills or she would have been in jail for the last five years.

Pey­ton Man­ning. He’s the best sig­nal caller in the NFL so he should be able to get peo­ple to run down the field with­out col­lid­ing, al­though he is ac­cus­tomed to work­ing with pro­fes­sion­als and may have trou­ble deal­ing with Wash­ing­ton per­son­nel.

Sean Con­nery. Look, when 007 tells you to shut up and lis­ten to rea­son you had bet­ter shut up and lis­ten to rea­son.

Those in the NFL had a profit driven rea­son to set­tle their dif­fer­ences while some in Wash­ing­ton are only con­cerned about get­ting power and find­ing a way to keep it, re­gard­less of the cost or ex­pense to the peo­ple they are sup­pos­edly serv­ing.

You want to be­lieve the par­ties in Wash­ing­ton will come to­gether and not let per­sonal feel­ings, pri­vate agen­das and pure ig­no­rant ar­ro­gance em­bar­rass and dam­age the coun­try.

Un­for­tu­nately, per­sonal feel­ings, pri­vate agen­das and pure ig­no­rant ar­ro­gance seem to be stan­dard is­sue for far too many peo­ple cur­rently serv­ing in elected of­fice. When the sides come to­gether - and they will even­tu­ally come to­gether in some man­ner—the re­sult will be some­thing that will make you shake your head won­der­ing why it took so long.

Oh well, at least we will have foot­ball.

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