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I think this picture says it all.
It epitomizes the patience we have all had through the CBA talks, and it also depicts the loneliness that each football fan felt in the offseason.
It tells a tale of a single fan in-wait, which creates the universal image of what everyone felt during the offseason: alone and desperate.
Does this sound like an anti-depressant commercial? Yes. But it isn't any less truthful.
Writers were starving, experts were bored, fans were champing at the bit and the players were just as nervous.
But through it all, we all learned a valuable and reassuring lesson: We simply LOVE this game and couldn't be happier to have it back!
There are the few instances that mar the face of football, such as unruly fans or the despicable acts that recently occurred in San Francisco, but by no means are they a measure of what true fans of the game are like—just more examples of improperly living as a human being.
For the rest of us, the spill over from the "cup of passion" is heard in our cheers and felt in our angst.
It's a constant reminder after indigestion at 9 p.m., and an indelible mark on our everyday lives for one-half of the year.
It brings together excitement, anticipation and a fully complimented emotional roller coaster unlike anything in this world.
That is what football is all about, Charlie Brown.