Injuries and failed expectations have defined the Broncos and Cowboys this year. I would love for both teams to prove me wrong, but I don't see a comeback this time.
Unfortunately, the Broncos' and the Cowboys' records aren't the only unpleasant items in this NFL season.
My thoughts are also full of gloom and doom as I consider the potential NFL Lockout and the inevitable 18-game regular season. An NFL Lockout would be terrible. It would mean the first year of my life without an NFL season (and the first year of my life without Brett Favre playing football on national TV). And, an 18-game regular season would just mean more opportunities for the game's starters to get injured.
The lockout and the extended season deserve a closer look.
1) The NFL Lockout
I've had trouble understanding the hullabaloo about the lockout. I know that it's a money issue. Millionaires and billionaires are mad about not having enough money.
After listening to ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning, I gather that the players are currently getting 60% of the total revenue, and the owners want to change that 60% to 50%.
To flesh out this scenario, journalists use big phrases like "Collective Bargaining Agreement," and NFL Players raise their index fingers in a sign of solidarity to protest against the Man.
That's the NFL Lockout, more or less.
The frightening thing about this NFL Lockout deal, about the idea that there might be no football next season, is that there might be no football next season.
Whoa. No Monday Night Football. No playoffs. No Super Bowl. Even worse: no Fantasy Football.
No NFL season is bad news for every fantasy football manager, every family who watches football, every store that sells chips and dips for Monday Night Football, and the U.S. economy as a whole. Don't beer and cars make up the majority of the U.S. economy? How are the beer and car commercials going to sell their products without pro football?
The NFL Lockout is bad news. The NFL and the Players Association need to resolve this situation, even though I have little sympathy for either the owners or the players. I don't care about a few billion in either direction. I do care about watching the 2011-2012 season, however.
2) Expanding the NFL Season
This issue ranks just below the lockout on my list of "Bad things the NFL might do." Expanding the NFL Season is a bad decision. I am an NFL fan, and I do not want to see an 18-game season.