NFL Lockout: 10 Reasons There Will Be a Full Season

Joe Rapolla Jr.Featured ColumnistJuly 13, 2011

NFL Lockout: 10 Reasons There Will Be a Full Season

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    Reports yesterday stated that the NFL lockout is expected to end by July 21st. This is great news for football fans of all shapes, sizes, and colors. 

    During this whole lockout ordeal, however, mixed reports have come in that have proven to be falsified or over-exagerrated, so no one is taking this latest news too seriously. 

    I'm just another fan who is optimistic that the lockout will end, so here are 10 reasons I've concocted, based off fact, opinion and humor, and why there will be a full NFL season. 

10. Everything Looks To Be Settled

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    According to this newest report that says it will end by July 21st, most of the major issues that were being debated have been settled. 

    These include player benefits, season length and splitting total revenue. 

    The one that is apparently still on the table is rookie contracts, which at the start of the lockout, looked to be the easiest argument to negotiate. 

    This is promising news for pigskin fans. 

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=6756301

9. The NFL Can't Be Responsible for the Crime Rate To Go Up

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    Ray Lewis said in a now-famous May 2011 interview that there will be an increase in crime if the lockout leads to no NFL season. 

    "Do this research if we don't have a season—watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game," said Lewis in the interview. 

    I have no idea if Lewis is onto something or not, but let's give him the benefit of the doubt so that football can prosper, and he can shut up.

    It's already getting to Adam "Pacman" Jones, apparently. 

8. Chad Ochocinco Really Isn't a Very Good Soccer Player

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    Chad Ochocinco has said that he has desires to play in the MLS should the lockout continue. 

    Mark my word, he's really not very good, so I want to spare my boy* Chad the embarrassment and hope that a full NFL season prevents him from following through with this. 

    *I may or may not know Chad Ochocinco personally. 

7. One More Player Interview on ESPN Is One Too Many

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    I really can't take it anymore. Today, they talked to Reggie Bush about what a horribly open tweeter he is. Last week, it was an exclusive visit to Ty Warren's ranch?!

    Please, ESPN needs real football to talk about, not how Hines Ward won Dancing With the Stars or how Chad Ochocinco now wants to rodeo.

    I really can't take another day of it, and I am not alone. 

6. DeMaurice Smith

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    This guy is so dedicated to the union that is the NFL Player's Association, (NFLPA) that he will not stand for anything but a full season under the NFLPA's terms. 

    I have tremendous respect for Smith, who is the NFLPA's director, after watching this lockout play out.

    He has been stubborn but respectful, and maintained the utmost composure in fighting for, who I believe to be, the little guys in the instance. 

    Bravo, Mr. Smith. 

5. The Cost of Preseason

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    Forbes did an estimate and found out that preseason alone generates roughly $800,000,000 in revenue. 

    You think any of the money-hungry owners are about to let $800,000,000 slip away so they can argue more with a bunch of players?

    Exactly. 

4. The Owners and NFLPA Will Get Too Sick of Each Other To Have More Meetings

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    These guys have got to be getting on each other nerves.

    For over 100 days, they have been debating the tiniest legal and ethical details of everything related to the production of the NFL. To add insult to injury, they have been traveling all over the country to do so. 

    They must be fatigued and frustrated, both mentally and physically. They will throw in the towel before the NFL season is in danger. 

3. Terrell Owens Will Start Acting Otherwise

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    I love Terrell Owens as a player and an entertainer, but I am not ready to see what endeavor he will get himself into should the NFL season not happen. 

    T.O. probably has about one or two seasons left in him, and I need to see him play those out. 

    The world still needs T.O. the football player.

    They're not ready yet for T.O. the _____. (fill in the blank)

2. The USA Doesn't Like Soccer Enough, Even If They Tried

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    With the NBA in a lockout and hockey not maintaining too much fanbase south of Boston, the US will be left with only the MLB playoffs (which end in October) and the MLS to carry them through Autumn.

    As a country, we are able to get behind our World Cup teams, but that is about it. We don't really get soccer and don't really love soccer and we don't want to force ourselves to do either. 

    We need football; it is what we run on. 

1. Because God Is a Football Fan...

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    ...and a Packers' one at that! What a bandwagon! 

    Seriously, there will be a full NFL season. Putting every rational and realistic issue aside, if there were no season, it would just be preposterous, depressing and evil. 

    Whether you are religious or not, everyone can agree that God is a football fan, because football is more than a sport, it's the juice of humanity. The fuel that we run on. It's our gasoline.