|Finally after four and half months of disagreement between the NFL players and owners, the locks have broken off and the NFL is back in business.
People were worried that the 2011 season was going to be canceled, and a lot of jobs would have been lost. There have been a lot of giving thanks to God, lately. I just want to thank the man above for helping bring the most popular sport in American back.
The only thing that was lost during the lockout was the Hall of Fame Game, but most fans stop watching after the first quarter anyway. Also, a few training camp practices were dropped, but most of the players might have enjoyed the extra few days off. At the same time, rookies like soon-to-be Titans quarterback Jake Locker needed those days to learn the playbook.
As for fans, they can finally begin to get their tickets, buy gear of their favorite teams and form fantasy football teams.
Now the excitement begins with players being cut and signing with new teams during the free agency period. The only problem is the time to make all of these signings goes from the usual couple of months to a few weeks. Agents and team officials will be literally working 24/7 during the next couple of weeks trying to make these transactions for the upcoming season.
Questions will now be answered, especially for the Titans.
For the first time since Bill Clinton was in the Oval Office, the Titans will be led by a different head coach. How did the time off affect the learning curve between the new coach and the players? They have to learn a new system in a much shorter time than usual.
Also, the Vince Young experiment looks like it is finally over.
Another thing I want to thank God for getting rid of that cancer to the team. I understand he was under a lot of pressure to win, but most professionals in any job feels that same pressure to perform.
However, you have to learn how to handle it when you get to that point in life.
I feel bad it did not work out for Young in Music City, but sometimes you have to separate to give both sides a chance to succeed somewhere else.
I hope he gets another chance with a different team. He deserves it. I also hope he learns from his experience with the Titans, and works to make himself a better player and person.
The NFL should learn from this lockout, and let it never happen again. The players and owners need to work together and not screw the fans over again.
Because next time they might not come back.