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Twitter. It is officially the great flattener.

In a response to a tweet where we questioned Baltimore Raven Donté Stallworth’s tweet that the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) will need some time before passing judgment on a new collective bargaining agreement that would effectively end the NFL’s lockout and ensure a 2011-2012 season, Stallworth claimed that we were just falling for the owners’ “propaganda.”

Here is the original tweet sent to him:

Ok, even though we can’t type, within a few minutes, Stallworth posted this to us and our friend @JaimieField:

Ok, first of all, thank you, Donté, for ACTUALLY RESPONDING TO US ON TWITTER. We will give you that.

As for the fact that me and Jaimie are just blind propaganda followers of the NFL owners, we are going to pass on that one.

The fact is the the owners won the PR battle on this one. They went on the attack quickly by announcing that a deal was made (smart move, by the way) and the NFLPA is now backtracking and a bit confused. Your player egos are a bit bruised, and we have no sympathy for it.

This is the problem with the court of public opinion here. THE FANS DON’T CARE ABOUT THE PLAYERS’ INDECISION. THEY WANT FOOTBALL. AND THEY WANT IT NOW.

At a time when people are losing their jobs, having problems paying their mortgage, and trying to stretch their budgets, football gives people comfort and hope.

Instead of sympathizing with your fans — the people who pay the tickets, but the jerseys, buy the concessions, play the fantasy games, and in essence, GIVE NFL PLAYERS THE PRIVILEGE TO PLAY FOR MILLIONS AND MILLIONS — the NFLPA and the player reps like you are trying to equate this labor struggle with any other labor struggle.

Sorry, we aren’t buying it.

You guys are talking about sharing billions and billions of dollars, so you can live in your nicer homes, drive your nicer cars, and live a nicer lifestyle than, say, 99% of the US population.

Charges of “propaganda” won’t fly, Donte. Sorry.

Just say yes and let’s get ready for some football!!!!

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You annoy me. It is because of you that I now have to make a video to denounce my hatred of the NY Yankees. My pal Mike Robles, Emmy-wining comedian, won our bet when the Jets won.

I should like you. You are the first true Latino star of the NFL. Millions of Latinos around the United States feel proud of your accomplishments. My Facebook wall was splattered with posts of praise for your feats. It could be because of the ESPN The Magazine article that makes this mention when you were still at USC:

Sanchez chose USC not just because of the program’s star power, but also because it kept him close to his family in Southern California. He didn’t care that it meant he’d likely sit on the bench for two seasons, maybe three. He didn’t care that, for a while, he’d be as faceless to fans of the program as the Trojans water boy.

Or so he thought.

As he click-clacks through the gate and onto the practice field this summer day, Sanchez sees them before they see him: men in Mexican wrestling masks and serapes, flanked by other fans carrying signs of support. For him. When the crowd finally recognizes him, a cry goes out: “¡VIVA SANCHEZ!”

It is at this moment that Sanchez realizes he is playing for not just himself, his family and his team. Whether he likes it or not, he’s playing for people whose names sound like his; for those from south of the border who work thankless jobs for little pay; for those who are reminded daily that they live in a country that does not know what to do with them. These are the fans who once cheered for Valenzuela and Plunkett and now cheer for Garciaparra and De La Hoya. They are his fans too. On this day, Sanchez has arrived in Los Angeles.

So while you broke my heart last Sunday, I will be following your career and hoping that Latino and NFL can become two words that will fit together nicely.

Now about your coach…

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v5, the exclusive online marketer of FernandoVarela.com, was very proud to have helped the UFL last week in helping to bring fans to the October 22 Florida Tuskers game at the Citrus Bowl. Through a strategy of connecting with football fans in Orlando and as well as Orlando media outlets on Twitter and Facebook, v5’s campaign brought people to the game. We had a blast. Can’t you just tell from the face of @papijulio?

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Here are some pictures of the game and of the section we helped to fill: v5’s UFL Photo Album

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v5, LLC, a premier online marketing and social media company founded by Julio Ricardo Varela and the exclusive online marketer of www.fernandovarela.com, has secured 1,000 free tickets to the October 22 UFL game at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL between the Florida Tuskers and the California Redwoods. Here is information about the game from the UFL’s official site:

 

Game Day Information

In Week 3’s match-up, the number one team in the league, the Florida Tuskers, lead by head coach Jim Haslett, are taking on Dennis Green’s California Redwoods. Last week, Florida’s QB Brooks Bollinger went 26 for 36 with 310 passing yards in Florida’s domination of the Las Vegas Locos. California’s QB Mike McMahon had a good showing in his game against the New York Sentinels, having 157 total yards.  This week, we will see if Haslett’s 2-0 Tuskers will continue their league domination or if Green’s Redwoods will be able to stop them in their place. Tune in to Versus at 7:00 PM ET to see all the great plays.

This game will be televised nationally by Versus. If you are interested in joining us, do the following:

1. Follow us on Twitter at this link: @julito77

or comment on this blog.

2. Send us a direct message saying you are interested in tickets. There is no limit on the tickets you want.

3. We will DM you back with details on how to pick up your free tickets at the WILL CALL booth at the Citrus Bowl.

That’s it. Get your free ticktets now!

 

 

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