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The Daily Shoutout

Posted on: July 12, 2011 6:54 am
Edited on: July 12, 2011 7:16 am
FORGIVE AND FORGET? The lockout is almost over. You can smell it. Smells like victory. Which brings us to a question: will fans automatically come back? Will they forgive the owners and players for holding their sport hostage for months?

During the lockout numerous fans expressed considerable and understandable anger. They vowed to make the NFL pay for its arrogance. Well, that time is almost here, and I get the feeling fans will run back to their addiction, no questions asked, once the football needle is available again. The minute football is back all the trash talking fans who said they'd hold off on buying their team's merchandise or tickets or would boycott a televised game will return to the sport as fast as possible. They'll start tearing through their fantasy football stats like Ellen Ripley through a pack of slimy aliens. Because that's what addicts do.

Football has us by the gonads and Hoo Ha. And the NFL knows it does which is why they have lockouts and strikes in the first place. They know we'll get angry, throw our tantrums, rip out our hair, but in the end, we'll come back. Because that's what addicts do.

So to all of you, many hundreds, if not thousands, who emailed me claiming that when football came back, you'd boycott, well, you're going to get your chance soon. But you're not going to boycott anything, are you? Because you're a football addict and you have to watch.

And you will.

TALKS RESUME: Commissioner Roger Goodell, owners and playars will resume talks on Wednesday, I've confirmed with multiple sources. We're still on track for a handshake agreement soon though remember the phrase cautious optimism.

See you Wednesday.
Category: NFL

Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: July 13, 2011 7:13 am

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I'm a football fanatic.  I can't wait for it to start and I hate when it ends.  I play fantasty football and I stay connected in the offseason.  But this offfseason their has not been anything to talk about except the lockout.  I don't know how players are doing as far as injuries are concern and I can't evaluate any players because they are not doing anything significant.  The lockout has locked me out of my fantasy world.  Now I will have to cram 4 months of homework into 3 or 4 weeks that is what really sucks.Laughing

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 1:59 am

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I think the lockout... dare I say it... has been good for the NFL.  Think about it.  February after the Super Bowl to April in the draft how much do you think about the NFL?  Not on the forefront of your mind to be sure, probably not even a daily thought.  The draft happens, people talk about who their team picked up for a week and then hibernation mode.  How often do you think about it after the draft, April to August/September when games start happening.  Only the tiny blips of "I heard a player got hurt during OTAs" and "[Insert Team] was the team to sign [Insert Player] to a huge contracten".  Why is that?  It's not exciting.  Football is exciting when it's happening.  Things that will effect how your team does, yeah, we all care.  But even then, that's only because you'll get to see him on the field wearing your colors. 

So, moving forward, this year.  February to April, talk was going on in the media, and there was more in "football news" about this upcoming and then in March "holy-crap-it-happened" lockout.  Then the draft happened.  And the next 2-3 days the media talked about it.  And here's why I say this lockout benifits the NFL.  Because football isn't on the minds of the majority of people during the offseason, the media doesn't talk about it as much.  How often did any sports broadcasting newssource give us "news" on what was happening in the NFL in May of last year.  June?  July?  How often did people pay attention to those broadcasts, articles, etc.?  This year, I know plenty of people (myself included) who think about it and check in almost daily.  The NFL is getting almost as much coverage as baseball right now.  It's publicity, and making fans feel like we haven't had the NFL for the last 6 and a half or so months and to use the over used drug analogy: we're already feeling our withdrawal symtoms, and we haven't even really missed anything.  And that first relapse always does feel reeeeal good if you've been missing something.  

All at once, the lockout is making fans miss the NFL, and will make fans fall harder for as soon as it's resolved, because there "hasn't been football" in so long.   

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 1:04 am

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Nope, I'm not going to bother. I'm not a football addict, I'm a hockey addict. Plus, my NFL team happens to be better off if they stay locked out. Given the choice of a 4-12 Cardinals team or no football in 2011, I'm picking no football. It'll save me some trouble.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2011 9:48 pm

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rudy: Bravo, well put. That pretty much says it all.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: July 12, 2011 9:47 pm

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It has been 10 years since I've gone to an NFL game and as much as the league has ventured into fashion wear, I never had urge to lay out my dough for sake of plugging their product.   I do watch games on TV but after 50 seasons I'm finding myself dozing off more and enjoying it less.  Keeping awake has been especially tough they've cut down on the game to expand time for commercials.  In recent seasons, unless it is the local team playing, I try not to tune in before halftime.  With our local team last year though I was mostly tuned out by half-time, if not asleep.  Oh, I also don't like the rule change that I guess will pretty much eliminated the kickoff return - which was probably the most exciting play in the game.  I think it is safe to say that this lockout will further advance my drifting away from being a fan of the game.  And if the Bills or Vikings abandon their fans and head off to L.A., well, that sure won't help matters either,       

Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 9:07 pm

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Most have said that they don't care about the current lockout and I just can't believe how these fans can be so naive. Surely any sensible family man affected by our terrible economy would agree that billionaires and millionaires complaining about who gets more is just sickening. There are many hard working families who can't find work and are doing their best to survive yet there are many fanatic football fans who do not understand the meaning of empathy. Too many people are losing their homes and jobs. Our national debt is more important than any one football game. Yes football is great entertainment yet I can't help but wonder how these owners and players continue to complain about how much they should be entitled to make while the entire world is for the most part on an austerity budget. The greed that exists in all professional sports is what I detest and many fans who feel like me are rebelling simply by boycotting professional sports and finding more rewarding interests. I for one no longer have the same passion as in years past and perhaps it is because in the bigger game of life football is just a game and how anybody can feel any differently astounds me for how can I have any respect for these spoiled owners and players while our country fights for its survival.    &n

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2011 7:53 pm

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Not me.  I'm pissed.  I wish they would skip the preseason games and refund me my money for them.  As long as they are on the field for GAME 1.  Not PREASON GAME 1.  Full price for games that I don't go to.  I only went to one preseason game, and that was the first game of the first season the Browns came back.  Why don't you take the preseason games overseas.  They will be willing to pay for them.  It's the only chance they will have to see NFL live.  They can charge double or triple to see rookies and 3rd-4th string players.  We the fans can save 20% without costing the owners a dime.  Sounds like a win win.  Then when the next CBA is up they can argue on what percent they get from all that extra money.  Hell the owners can give that extra cash to the players and retired players for health benifits after football.  Solves alot of problems, and expands the sport even more.  Hell they can start more NFL network television in other countries and bring in more revenue.  Just guit wasting my money.

Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: July 12, 2011 6:10 pm

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I agree with still4greenbay. Why get mad about a lockout that happened in the offseason and led to no games missed? If games are missed, that would be a different story but if they play a full season, who cares about an offseason labor dispute?

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2011 5:33 pm

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This actually turned out to be a terrible article.  Has this lockout affected us (fans) at all besides monopolizing NFL programming during the offseason?  No games will be missed, the preseason will go on, and even training camps will most likely convene on time.  Of course it's annoying to see greedy millionaires and billionaires arguing over more money than any of us will ever see, but it in no way affects us unless NFL football simply goes away.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: July 12, 2011 5:25 pm

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Speaking for myself, I will not boycott at all.  I can understand why people are upset and why they will do their thing, but remember it is a game many of us played for fun and they play for a living.  Life goes on afterward and that how I look at it.  So, they do not play, we get mad and go on.  Many might not return due to finding something else to do, but for most of us, we will be back supporting our teams believing we are the difference between them winnng and losing.

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