NFL Lockout Is Over, Now Oakland Raiders Fans Can Look Forward to Some Football

Gary BurzellCorrespondent IIIJuly 25, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 02:  Wide receiver Jacoby Ford #12 of the Oakland Raiders runs down field in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Tim Umphrey/Getty Images)
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Finally we can ask this question.

Are you ready for some football?

The lockout is finally over, and we fans can now start looking forward to another great season of NFL football.

Throughout this whole process I kept saying the same thing.

One, if any regular season games were lost and we had a shortened season, I wouldn't watch.

Why? Because no matter who won the 'Super Bowl,' it wouldn't really matter, and there would always be an asterisk attached to the winner.

I just wouldn't care about a shortened season.

Two, I realize professional football is big business, and these kind of negotiations have to happen every few years. That is just the way it is.

But with that said, as a person who struggles sometimes to pay bills, put gas in my car and things like that, I felt they had to get it settled without missing games

Why? Well, I just had no sympathy for billionaire owners and millionaire players.

The owners are doing very well financially, and so are most of the players. When I see players file for bankruptcy after making millions of dollars, I just shake my head.

Give me one million dollars, and I will never have to work again. I won't be able to have a big fancy house and 10 cars, but I will never work again.

I'm sorry, but I just didn't feel sorry for players making millions of dollars a year.

As for NFL team owners? Well, I have a hard time believing there is any team not making a lot of money. They can make the accounting statements say they are not making that much, but you know they are just playing with the figures to make it look favorable to them.

I also said that as long as regular season games were not lost to the lockout I would not hold any grudge toward either side. It is a business after all.

Well, they got it done without losing regular season games.

Now let's play some football.

Oh, and let the Raiders make the playoffs ...

What do you think?

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