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NFL Reneges On The Lockout

Submitted by on May 1, 2011 – 12:07 pmOne Comment

Just when you thought it was safe to renew your subscription to The NFL Network, buy a jersey or two and start planning that trip to the nearest NFL arena to see your team play, the league has chosen to put an abrupt halt to all of our plans. Of course, in doing so, those in charge have stoked the anger and fear of men (especially married ones) all over the country that there really might not be a season—or at least not a full-length one—next year.

To make matters worse, the dirty bastards league officials held the draft anyway earlier this week after the lockout was lifted, meaning they teased us and left us high and dry in the worst way. Folks love to watch the draft and see what new talent their teams have chosen and what it will mean for the next season. Now that we’re back to square one about having a season, there was no point in watching a draft that saw NFL commissioner Roger Goodell heckled and jeered by audiences who would stop at nothing to get their point across. It’s been an exasperating week for professional football fans, to say the least. Amy Winehouse describes what we’re feeling best in her song “Me and Mr. Jones.”

“What kind of f*ckery is this?”

The order lifting the lockout, made by U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson, was temporarily stayed by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, allowing the NFL to reinstate the lockout. Here’s the coldest part. Players went back to work Friday morning, got playbooks, worked out, met with coaches, and began the business of finally getting back into the swing of things after too long a hiatus—just to be told Friday night that all bets were off. Even plans to begin camps and so on, some of them set to begin as early as next week, are now suspended indefinitely. The new draftees have gotten only one day worth of team orientation.

As it stands now, we may be in for a much sloppier game of football than we’re used to seeing due to less practice, less time for camp, and less time to get back in shape. This will hurt the league as well. We want them to get this deal done. September is months away, but the preparation that goes into a football season means time is of the essence right now.

Besides, without the NFL, divorce and crime rates may go up as we, the testosterone-driven men of America will have nothing to distract or entertain us and that’s a scary thought.

Source: Yahoo Sports
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