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Down the rabbit hole

Well this just gets curiouser and curiouser, as they say.

Let me at least attempt to get it all straight ...

* A judge rules that the NFL's lockout be lifted, but the NFL decrees that players will still not be allowed to use team facilities. And this is not contempt of court how, exactly?

* Players showed up yesterday anyway, were let inside, then in most cases turned right back around and went home because (again) the NFL decreed that they wouldn't be allowed to work out. So you've got players who want to go to work, but aren't allowed to by the teams that are paying them to work. Huh?

* Final thought: In some cases, the players in question have mandatory workout incentives in their contracts. If they're not allowed to work out, will the teams then turn around and declare they don't have pay those incentives?

Let me answer that question with another question: Would you put it past them, at this point?

Ben Smith's blog.