The NFL lockout ends. What the heck was THAT all about?

"Can't somebody lock us out another week? (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

"Can't somebody lock us out again?" (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

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

66 comments Add your comment

Raider 1990

July 25th, 2011
12:33 pm

Can’t be first, I read the whole thing.


July 25th, 2011
12:34 pm

Mark Bradley

July 25th, 2011
12:35 pm

Believe it, Raider. Kudos.


July 25th, 2011
12:42 pm

Geez MB… I don’t know what to make of this post. Amusing I guess, though I must confess I don’t share your sentiments. :)


July 25th, 2011
12:49 pm

The answer to your question Bradley what was that all about? Pure and Simple GREED! The fans need to sit their butts out this season and not pay their 9 billion in revenue. Football is like a drug….its the gift that keeps on giving:)


July 25th, 2011
12:51 pm

Whut….come on…missing a regular off season stunk…glad it is over. I get where you are coming from, but that is a from a writer’s view…as a fan, I want football and routine. I didn’t want to see missed games and a season with an * attached to it, especailly when the birds have a shot to make some real noise in the playoffs.


July 25th, 2011
1:00 pm

Not even amusing. I’m assuming there’s sarcasm here but it’s misused.

“Ha! Made you look!” What was THAT all about?


July 25th, 2011
1:02 pm

Bradley is immature. Sorry I had to comment on this today. I didn’t even read your article. Scrolled right down to the bottom so I could write. I’ve seen enough. I wish this paper was better.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 25th, 2011
1:02 pm

MB this is just the set up to the next work stoppage in three or four years. The players agreeing to a 10 year deal? I believe it also includes no opt out so at some point soon the “next” labor stoppage will be the “Big One”.


July 25th, 2011
1:03 pm

Are you a comedian or a writer? You should focus on one and not the other. You stink at both.

drmaryb (*_-)

July 25th, 2011
1:04 pm

The boys are back in town, and, boy, are they BIG!!!

Welcome back, BEEFCAKES!!!


July 25th, 2011
1:08 pm

Just couldn’t help yourself, could you Mark

Looking Forward to Freddy

July 25th, 2011
1:12 pm

Don’t worry Mark. You still have the NBA lockout….


July 25th, 2011
1:18 pm

Methinks you guys are missing the point of the article.

For all the press, posturing & worrying. For all the staff jobs lost.

The season goes on as normal. A ton of people gave doomsday scenarios about a shortened season, or possibly no season. But there will be no change.

There’s no definitive winner between the players and owners.

There’s no 18 game schedule.

Was at all for naught? Perhaps…but that the question posed.

Me thinks his wit is just too sharp for the masses.


July 25th, 2011
1:26 pm

I don’t understand this column. What would possibly be good or interesting about missing games?

Take heart though Mark, if you’re an NBA fan, you are going to miss that season.


July 25th, 2011
1:28 pm

How long before college football starts?


July 25th, 2011
1:34 pm

Liver…thanks for pointing out the obvious. Sorry MB, I think the fans are just a little weary…

Bronko Nagurski

July 25th, 2011
1:36 pm

I’m ready for football!

BTW, if you guys hate MB’s article that much, do us all a favor and don’t read it.

Fan of the Game

July 25th, 2011
1:44 pm

Is it true that the fans are going to vote today at 5:00 whether to have a lockout? I heard that rumor. I heard it is about 80% sure there may be a lockout.


July 25th, 2011
1:51 pm

Too bad. I was hoping they’d move some college games to Sunday…do that and I wouldn’t even know the NFL had consumed itself.

Denver Dawg

July 25th, 2011
1:51 pm

this is a BLOG, people! ease up! it’s SUPPOSED to be informal and off-the-cuff. Bradley doesn’t have to write a novel-length Sunday feature for you every hour or so!


July 25th, 2011
1:56 pm

The Fan Reps have already voted and the lock-out is on, at least, until the first beer and pre-season game come together.

Fan of the Game

July 25th, 2011
1:58 pm

BC – I heard that. My rep voted for the lockout but then he realized he had season tickets right in front of the Falcon cheerleaders and he also got a new grill for his birthday and can’t wait to try it out. He voted no lockout!

Dr. Don

July 25th, 2011
1:59 pm

Whit – call the cops if that guy puts a gun to your head to make you read the AJC. If you already know what’s coming in a story, why read it? Why bother us with your problems. Go read the dictionary. Oh, that’s right. You can probably tell what’s coming next in that too.


July 25th, 2011
2:10 pm

It’s to make the TV executives sweat. Nothing like a lockout to hurt those tv rating. It’s the goose with the golden eggs. Without games shown on tv, you could fold this good cop- bad cop routine of the owners and players. Ticket holders could not afford to attend with what they would have to pay too maintain the weatlth the owners and players receive.

Darth Hater

July 25th, 2011
2:18 pm

I was hoping (against hope) the NFL would go out of business FOREVER so that we could all go back to being better people and spending that football watching time with loved ones.


July 25th, 2011
2:19 pm

OK, so my first two questions are, How fat did Michael Turner get and how soon will Jerious Norwood re-injure himself?


July 25th, 2011
2:33 pm

Bradley, normally entertaining, but you are a real tool for writing that.


July 25th, 2011
2:36 pm

So who are the Birds are going after in free agency? And Darth, you still have a choice.

drmaryb (*_-)

July 25th, 2011
2:39 pm

OMG, I was SO jealous when Mr. Kraft got that BIG hug from that BEEFCAKE, Mr. Saturday!!! I just want him to hold me like that!!!


July 25th, 2011
2:41 pm

Mark, I get the feeling that when some of these bloggers visit their analyst, your name comes up.


July 25th, 2011
2:45 pm

It isn’t 3 3/4 too long for those trying to make the team. And since those players can impact regular season it isn’t 3 3/4 too long for me.

Joe Tess Fish House

July 25th, 2011
3:02 pm

Joe Tess Fish House

July 25th, 2011
3:04 pm

OK…..I typed that I was first a long time ago. Sumtin wrong with the AJC today.


July 25th, 2011
3:09 pm

Different alex from above,love the sarcasm. Boring sport, stupid and self absorbed. Loud ,obnoxious fans..Way too many commercials..For all you football morons-read a book,keep those STUPID team jerseys off your back and get a life…

Sonny Clusters

July 25th, 2011
3:10 pm

That picture of Arthur Blank giving Mike Smith some sugar is making us sick. Can you please have it removed? We wouldn’t mind having Arthur Blank shake our hand but kissing is out of the question. Should be for Mike Smith, too.


July 25th, 2011
3:29 pm

Thank God the SeenThisB4 is still on Shultzies blog…That guy is a douche!

Glad we are back on for some football!!

Manny Sanguillen Is Not A Korean

July 25th, 2011
3:35 pm

It’ll be nice to hear football analysts talking about football again. I already sat through 3 years of law school and the past several months have nearly driven me to the edge.


July 25th, 2011
3:40 pm

The Falcons are irrelevant! Go Braves!

Coach Saban = King

July 25th, 2011
3:43 pm

Arthur Blank’s Atlanta Falcons couldn’t beat Coach Saban and The Crimson Tide!

Roll, Tide, Roll!!!!!!!

Pig Farmers Local 42

July 25th, 2011
3:44 pm

Its all academic, we will win division barely, then get thump[ed in second round AGAIN by Packers because we have no defense. Falcons and Braves are becoming too predictable.

markie mark

July 25th, 2011
3:51 pm

after reading these comments, Mark is somewhere drinking a cold one and laughing his ass off….(hey, he’s got to go stand on that hot field, too, or get scooped by DLed)

Cohutta Dawgman

July 25th, 2011
3:54 pm

Millionaires fighting with Billionaires. I’ll bet the new agreement doesn’t include lower ticket prices for the average fan can attend. Nobody is looking out for the fans so we are the ones that should be protesting.

lady falcon

July 25th, 2011
4:03 pm

I agree, Cohutta, we spend a forture every game w/ parking, food, drinks, etc. It is over the top expensive!

The Dude

July 25th, 2011
4:08 pm

Cohutta and Lady Falcon – Protesting is easy, just don’t go.

Fan of the Game

July 25th, 2011
4:23 pm

Hot dog the lockout is over. I am going to get me another tattoo to go with my NFL buddies. I tried to call Ray Lewis and tell him that it looks like the crime rate will not go up like he predicted.


July 25th, 2011
4:31 pm

well, at least hockey is gone and the NBA is locked out. we’ll have to settle for that.


July 25th, 2011
4:32 pm

Now if we can just get the debt ceiling raised, our country will once again be the land of plenty.


July 25th, 2011
4:45 pm

Let’s just hope they got it out of their system for the next 10 years so we can get back to football.


July 25th, 2011
4:46 pm