Following the NFL over the last few months has been like sitting in between two junior high girls while they fight over Justin Beiber tickets. We’ve been right in the middle of a fight between millionaires and billionaires over sums of money that 99.9% of us are unable to conceptualize. And, most of us don’t care either. At a time when most of the country is still trying to pull itself out of a severe economic depression, the squabbles of a bunch of rich men isn’t really something most people have any time for. For the most part, all we want is football to watch on Sunday afternoons.
I’m so tired of De Smith and Roger Goodell. Now that this is done, I hope I won’t have to see either man for a long time. Of course, that will be impossible in Goodell’s case, but at least he’ll now be talking about something different. Still, that guy has some bridges he needs to build, both with the players and the fans that make all of this money possible.
However, even with all of the disgusting greed and bickering, I’m willing to forgive. In fact, I’m basically over it. In the end, all we lost was an off-season. And, yeah, it would’ve been nice to have had free agency in March, mini-camps, and all the other stuff that comes with the NFL offseason, but we still didn’t miss anything that truly matters. Plus, these next few weeks will more than make up for missing all that stuff. The simple truth is that in a short time, this labor strife will be a distant memory. All any of us will care about is beating the loathsome Redskins, Eagles, and Giants, among others.
The other thing that should be mentioned is that this was actually a small price to pay for a decade of labor peace. And, that’s exactly what we are getting. For the next ten years, we will hear very little of De Smith, the NFLPA, and the CBA. Parameters will be clearly defined and money will flow. It’s remarkable that this was achieved without a single game being missed. None of the other major professional sports leagues can make that claim. Baseball had their infamous strike of 1994 and we all know what happened with the NHL. Also there is no telling when the NBA will take the court again. All the NFL missed was an off-season. Meanwhile, I’m just excited that my weekly fall ritual will not be missed.
America’s Game has returned and I’m as happy as Billy Ray Valentine after he discovered that he could still see and walk.