If we learned nothing else, we learned that the primary result of the NFL Lockout has been multiple avoidable injuries. The owners never suffered, the players did. The sloppy play of the preseason and the first few games of the regular season has shown us what happens when players are not able to work with NFL trainers and coaches, and run drills over and over again. INJURIES. TURNOVERS. SACKS. PENALTIES.
Players came back to work out of shape, and out of sync. They lost time that could have been used to study the playbook and watch film, and PRACTICE. Did anyone else notice how many guys were huffing and puffing after every down? Did you see them sucking on oxygen on the sidelines, or running to the locker room to get an I.V.? I’m not saying this to criticize them, but to remind everyone (owners, players, fans, spectators, vendors) who has any kind of stake in this type of business who the real losers in this year’s lockout are. No, it’s not the players, because it’s all about the money. The real losers are those of us who pay for tickets and travel to see these guys play. The losers are those of us who pay extra fees for NFL Sunday Ticket on DirectTV, and who pay the now-ten-bucks-a-month to keep the NFL Mobile app on our phones. We not only deserve the entire season to look forward to, but we should get our money’s worth.
We’re stuck, though, because we’re SportsFanLunatics. As mad as I was, I knew that when the season began, I would be right there. They know it, too. That’s reason #97 why it sucks to be a fan of professional sports.
NOW we have the NBA Lockout to look forward to. I will say this … prepare yourselves for inferior play and a possibly less-than-stellar season, if we get a season at all. (We will, you know. Because it’s ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!)
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