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Mystery Picture: May 13, 2011

Mystery Picture Remains a Mystery

We always enjoy it when a mystery picture goes unidentified. The answers next week should make for good reading.

But loyal mystery picture reader Billy Minicozzi made a gallant guess, “A wooden fence in Bayville.” On a sports note, he said, “Hopefully there is no NFL lockout, it started and stopped and it is on again. The NFL is looking to keep it permanent for now but the players’ union is trying to get it lifted.

In a very timely fashion it is about money and healthcare. The NFL owners have set up contracts so that even with no games this season, they will make money from their media outlets. The players want better healthcare. It sounds familiar, doesn’t it – in the greater scheme of things.

According to an NFL Lockout site, during a lockout, the NFL would not continue active player healthcare. “The average NFL career is only 3.6 years. It takes 3 accredited years to get just 5 years of post career healthcare.” Additionally, the owners are hoping to add more games to the season. According to the site, “The addition of 2 more games would hinder a player’s ability to get post career healthcare,” states the site.

It is interesting that football is involved in the same subjects as are the hottest topics in the national press – National Health Care; and the cost of union benefits.

Will all the discussion about healthcare make a National Health Care bill more acceptable to the public? We will see.

And isn’t the mystery picture a wonderful wide open venue.