RTC: Decertification and lockout edition

Reading the coverage …

I know reading about decertification and a lockout is not what you’d prefer to be doing. I know some of you will take a complete pass.

But the intent here is to help make things clearer and more understandable. I read a bunch of good stuff Friday night and Saturday morning, and offer you this menu of choices to make things easier:

“So now the players aren't going to play, and the owners aren't going to pay, and they're both expending plenty of energy trying to convince us that all the fault for this labor predicament should be aimed at the other side. To that I say, blah, blah, blah. Oh, and from here on out, do us a favor and save your breath, please.” Piece of the day from Don Banks.

“For the players, things got personal and stayed that way, and ultimately [DeMaurice] Smith and his members did what proud athletes usually do when they feel they’ve been threatened, disrespected and treated dismissively: They stood tall, puffed out their chests and got ready to rumble.” Michael Silver says business matters became personal for the union and control is at the heart of the fight.

A road map for what happens now, from Michael McCann.

Seven questions fans should ask about the lockout, by Will Brinson.

Andrew Brandt on the day the union died.

With a deal, the union and any optimism gone, so is civility, says Clark Judge.

If you believe either side, you have a zip code in Charlie Sheen-ville, says Pete Prisco.

Arrogance has unnecessarily put the season at risk, says Les Carpenter.

The hatred between the two sides is as intense as ever, says Mike Freeman.

This will only delay free agency, says Jason Cole.

Full access to financial info is the key from the players’ side, says Peter King.

Now it heads to court, says Jim Trotter.

Blame the owners, says Adam Schein.

Blame the players, says Peter Schrager.

Seeking class-action status, Peyton Manning and nine others have now sued the league.