ESPN’s Adam Schefter gave me the idea for this morning’s post…not that the subject has been far from any football fan’s mind.
100 days until the scheduled opener for the 2011 NFL regular season. September 8th. Saints-Packers. A nice round number to look forward to, except in the last few days…
Saints QB Drew Brees commenting “the owners saw blood in the water” when the former head of the players union (Gene Upshaw) passed away.
Dolphins Owner Steve Ross commenting “there should be no sympathy in the labor movement in America for these ballplayers.”
NFL Coaches filing a brief expressing support for the players and saying the lockout is putting their jobs in jeopardy.
I have had a difficult time finding a sign this standoff is going to subside anytime soon. If anyone else is reading current events differently, please comment.
Like many in this country, I am an addict for the NFL. I already was a huge, all-consumed user…fantasy football coming on the scene years back upped the dosage required…and the NFL Network’s Red Zone Channel has now secured rehab as my only recourse if this season doesn’t get played as planned. Don’t judge.
That being said, every once in a while I still see commentary where people mention 9/11/11 as some kind of rallying cry to get all the dollars discussed divided up by. Some folks are saying it would be downright unpatriotic to not have the NFL on that weekend.
I had posted earlier my thoughts on 9/11 relative to the NFL season. As much of an addict of the game I am, I do not understand why anyone feels the need to connect these two dots. I think a lot of us can make the case it might be inappropriate to start the season that weekend. I have been somewhat taken back at the thought we must have pro football relative to 9/11.
Count me in as one of the very first people to say life needed to go on after this tragedy occurred. Not to be forgotten…but not to consume us. Push forward. Do not let the terrorists “win.”
That being said, football is a game. The playing of a game or a set of games is so irrelevant to reflecting upon what happened to our way of life…the loss of life…on 9/11. Maybe there are folks who are more addicted to the NFL than I. If this season doesn’t start as scheduled and there are no games on the weekend of 9/11, I for one will not consider it a national tragedy or setback.
Of course my wish is for the NFL season to start as scheduled…but also for folks to please stop mentioning the horrible events of 9/11 as any kind of reason to get an agreement done…to adhere to a schedule of games.
Maybe I’m not as addicted as I thought. Clarity and perspective still seems to be within reach.