I wasn't watching football during the '87 lockout so this is all new to me. I'm not sure how to act. I really don't know how long this will take to get resolved and I don't really care. What I do care about is getting back to my regularly scheduled NFL programming.
But I do side more with the players because they are the ones putting their health and safety at risk in order to play a game that we are all addicted to watching. I don't care how long it takes to get this settled but I think the players have the right to get all there issues addressed in regards to safety and still continue to profit from a multi-billion dollar industry.
I'm sure the owners know what they are getting into with all this lockout stuff, they are not putting their lives in jeopardy every sunday, their bank accounts are in the hundreds of millions and I'm sure they won't lose any sleep over this. They have to put a good front to all this and make it seem like it was totally the Union's fault that this lockout has happened, they are no dummies. But no matter how hard they try to put a good spin on this, I put a lot of the blame on them for making the fans suffer because of their greed and desire to maximize their profits.
Trust me, I'd rather be discussing how Nnamdi Asomugha would look at the right cornerback position as well, but unfortunately that's not the case. Which leaves us all in limbo in regards to following our favorite team. The thing I don't understand is how they would let it come to this point when the NFL was doing so well financially. I think they underestimate the fans if they think that the fans will just flock to the training camps and games when it all starts up again. Depending on how long this lockout is, I think it might turn off some fans from the game for a long time. The regular fan is struggling these days to make ends meet and keep from going under financially whereas these greedy owners are just piling in millions of dollars. They have no concept of reality when it comes to fans, they can sound as politically correct as they want to, but I don't think they truly understand the passion the fans have for the game. If they did then they would have never let it get to this point. I blame 32 people for this debacle. But with Judge Doty on the player's side I think the owners will come back down to earth one of these days. I just hope that it's sooner rather than later.
So disappointing to not have free agency right now and a chance to trade Kolb. I don't claim to understand how it works from this point forward but I hope there is some resolution before the draft so we can make the moves that we need to make. I'm sure there are a lot of fans out there much more positive then I am but I just don't see anything good coming out of this. Not right now at least.
Shame on the NFL and NFLPA for putting the fans through this. I hope the fans show their frustration when they get a chance to voice their opinions.