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Lockout: Day 120

by Blake Hasenzahl on July 10, 2011

NFL Players Assn. leader DeMaurice Smith and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell have continued to lead negotiations during the lockout. (Associated Press)

When will this end?

This huge cloud over all of our heads. The 10oz filet mignon that is being dangled in front of our faces. The NFL season seems a hop, skip and a jump away, yet it’s not.

We see videos over DeMaurice Smith and posse rolling into the Ritz in trench coats sipping on lattes. For what?

It’s been almost a third of a year that the NFL has been locked out.  In my recent passing at a local sports bar I witnessed nothing but optimism from everyone I spoke to. I myself, a very optimistic person, seem to think that, magically, all the suits will walk out of their fancy meetings holding hands and people running through the streets in celebration.

But it isn’t happening.

“We could see a deal happen by July 15th,” said Michael Lombardi during an interview on NFL Network. That was two weeks ago. What’s happening?

July 15th is the deadline for everything that is on the schedule (Hall of Fame game, etc) to still happen as planned.

Am I that naive to believe that we’ll have a season, that everything will be solved? Again, it’s been a third of a year, can’t they just agree? That’s my ignorance talking.

Like stated, we all seem to be so optimistic that it’s going to happen. It’s the new Casey Anthony trial but we don’t get to watch.  Imagine if we could whose side would we take? Who is keeping this going? Who do we, as fans, point the finger at?

The players? No, they have a valid argument for the most part. The owners? Damn, they do as well.

So who do we throw the blame at? Ourselves? God no. We as fans make the league.

What if they don’t reach an agreement? What now? Am I to seriously watch Arena Football?

Yes, as much as it pains me to say, I have been watching it. But I’d rather watch a minor league baseball game. Nothing against the AFL, but a corner fails 8-of-10 times in coverage, and that’s how it’s supposed to happen. When I saw that, I referred in my head to a conversation I had with a close friend. He hates baseball, due to the fact that if someone fails 7-of-10 times (.300 average) then they’re considered a good hitter.

Well, we still have college football Thursday and Saturday for the most part. High School football on Fridays. And I suppose we can watch baseball on Sundays and Mondays.

However, that just doesn’t sit well with me. I need the NFL. Usually by now I’ve all but conquered my fantasy league in the draft, but for the first time in as long as I can remember, I’m not playing.

I’ll be the first to say it: I know nothing more than the average fan about the lockout. Because it depresses me. I can’t sit and ponder why it’s happening. It’s like I’m a child and Warren Sapp just stole my sucker. I wanted that damned sucker, but obviously, I’m not getting it back.

I want an NFL season, we all do, but there is nothing we can do about it. We can only sit and watch as the fate of our weekends is decided in a hotel meeting room.

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Roland Johnson July 10, 2011 at 8:38 pm

As a fanatic, I wish the parties that be would just agree and allow things to get back to normal. But I feel its much more important that they get a deal done that both sides can agree on that will last beyond just a mere few years. The idea of labor peace for 10-years as being reported by some media outlets would allow for the game to grow even more then it has now.

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