I can't remember when it was that I heard the NFL and the Commissioner was thinking of converting to an 18 week season but I do remember the anger that shortly followed. From one article to another I read replies from so called "fans" about how lengthening the season would be too hard on players, ruin the record books, and just totally destroy the essence of the game. Players would have to be compensated for playing extra games and preseason would have to be shortened among other things. Though most of the things I read were certainly true, it's not something that can't be accomplished with some strategic thought and planning. I for one have no problem with a longer season. I don't care if my team is not playing that week because of a bye. I'm just happy that there is football on t.v. Lets leave preseason alone because that's the only playing time some of the younger players will see. Who knows maybe their is a star waiting to be discovered. If there is three or four bye weeks added to the regular season to give the players some much needed recovery time between games then I'm fine with that and I think most true "fans" would be too. Of course it means more time in front of the t.v. and time spent with friends. (Not to mention the extra money spent for snacks and a few select beverages), but if the players have to make some sacrifices then I guess I can too.