The Associated Press is reporting that the NFL lockout is over, and I believe I speak for the masses when I say …
Lockout? There was a lockout?
I have to admit I’m a little disappointed. If you’re going to stage a work stoppage, you should at least stop some meaningful work. (Yes, I’m a slacker at heart.) The only NFL game that will be skipped is the annual exhibition in Canton, Ohio, which is no big deal for anyone outside of Canton, Ohio.
There’s still going to be free agency. (Breaking news! The Falcons just signed Bubba Smith! Ha, made you look!) There’s still going to be a training camp. There will still be four preseason games for all teams, which are 3 3/4 too many.
Mike Smith still won’t say anything very interesting. (This by design.) Thomas Dimitroff will still say many interesting things. (Can’t help himself.) Arthur Blank will shake many hands. (Can’t help himself.) Mike Mularkey will still call for Michael Turner to run outside on second-and-9. (Ditto.) Business will, in sum, go on as usual.
And I guess that’s a good thing. But I’m kind of a contrarian: I enjoy the occasional break in routine. You don’t have to go so far as canceling a World Series or staging games with replacement players, but it’s kind of nice to see something skipped. Instead a lockout has just ended without anyone even working up a good fit of pique. In my view, that’s unacceptable.
I suggest all concerned try again next year. And at least make the stoppage last into August. Ever stood on the field during training camp? It’s hot out there.
By Mark Bradley