Well folks, this is it. Times they are a changin', and a lockout is a very realistic possibility following this 2010 NFL season.
That is why this season will be so exciting. Football fans are not sure what will have happened by this time next year.
What will you be doing in Sept if the NFL is locked out? You can't sort through fantasy drafts or look to Vegas oddsmakers.
You can't argue with your friends or have every Thursday night/SunDay/Monday night planned out ahead of time.
Or my personal favorite, planning a vacation with your significant other to a destination specifically to watch a game, but she thinks its to go shopping. *sigh* the sacrifices we men make.
As the NHL and MLB has shown us, a lockout can be a crippling experience for a leagues fan base. But somehow, I think the NFL will be alright. Football has become America's pastime, and has built a stronger base than any sport in N.America. That is why this season will be so important for not just the players and owners, but the fans who live and die by their teams wins and losses (of the covering of the spread).
With that being said, lets look at week one of the 2010 NFL season.