The NFL continues to tease fans by saying they're "moments away" from the lockout ending.
And yet here we are, with owners headed to an expensive lunch somewhere in New York (I'll have the lobster bisque) and no deal is done.
Brian Urlacher told ESPN on Thursday morning that he believes, even if a deal gets done today, that the Hall of Fame Game between the Bears and Rams won't happen. What's more, earlier this week it was reported that Peyton Manning won't be ready for the beginning of training camp (whenever that happens) because of his summer neck surgery.
So even if things get done, the news doesn't get much better for fans.
The NFL understands their place atop the sports landscape in the United States. They're handling the lockout with the confidence that, no matter when they get a deal done, they're still the undisputed champion of consumer dollars. Truthfully, it doesn't appear that they care what fans think.
And, as a fan, I can tell you that I/we don't care about their nonsense, either.
Whenever the evening news (or major sports news network) begins talking about the stupid rhetoric being tossed back and forth by the NFL, I change the channel. I honestly don't care if one millionaire is screwing another out of money (unless a Kardashian's involved, of course). Just sign some paper and play the game boys.
Just tell me when I can schedule my fantasy football draft, and we'll all agree to move on.
At least there aren't football players signing up to play in Europe... Good luck, NBA.