The sand in the hour glass is withering away. When I say withering away I don’t mean like Nicholas Cage’s acting career. Speaking of which, his redemption will come when either they make a sequel to The Rock or National Treasure. Both are those movies no matter how far into it, no matter how many times you have seen it, you can’t turn it off. The Rock was on the other night and found I could get through a good deal of the movie in between each of John Lackey’s pitching. John Lackey has become to me what Duane Starks was a few years ago. Anyone remember that guy? Anyways back to this lockout. Time is running out, and it is running out fast. The game of leverage is now over. This is no time for a pissing contest.

Finally, after 110+ days of back and forth bankers hours type days, the sides are serious about getting a deal done. The part of all of this that I still can’t wrap my head around and same with the idiots over in the NBA is this. Why for the love of God wasn’t this all being worked out in the months before the CBA ran out? Personally, if I were an owner or higher up in either league, I’d have a team of negotiators and lawyers working around the clock drafting up proposals, having conference calls, meetings, and forums to keep the pace moving forward. Anyone who says this isn’t about greed and money has the mindset of a Lindsay Blowhan. Are some of these owners good business men, savvy, and sharks in suits? Absolutely, we have one who built a palace down in Foxboro. Bob Kraft however is a fan of the game and that is what separates him from many owners. Does he still look out for number 1? Of course he does, that is why he is a billionaire. I think Bobby wants to make sure the league is stable, his franchise can remain on the upswing (note remain on the upswing), and everyone wins in the long run. I go back to my previous point about not having this lockout being worked on around the clock, it infuriates me to think that because of laziness, greed, and seeing who has the bigger Mandingo (shout out to my Rockets teammates), that this deal wasn’t done months ago, even before the current CBA expired. Now that retired players are now throwing their two cents in just screws this all up even more. We as fans have the right to be mad, ask questions, and even drop off as fans, but we can’t do that.

If you poll 100 people, I can guarantee that 95 of them will be even more excited for this season, given the fact Free Agency is going to be a bigger shit show than what happened down in Florida earlier this week. Crazy to think that pirate hooker is going to be walking the streets (probably literally) five days from now. Fans are ready for football and everything that goes along with it. The time to get a deal done is now. They should be putting in as many hours there are in a day, with different teams taking different shifts until it is agreed in principle. I’ll send some entertainment from Lace or Flash Dancers up on 5th Avenue to help ease any tension in the room. From there the deal should go straight to whatever judge, court system needs to approve it and the league season should be opened for business.

Big ups to Albert Breer, Sal Pal, and Mort from the NFL Network and ESPN for looking like hot dog vendors over the last few days in NYC probably sweating like a whore in church during their sidewalk stakeouts. I’m off to Vegas in a few days for some Blackjack and of course putting in my bets for the 2011 season. I’ll give a cut to whomever picks a winner, either that or I’ll send some entertainment your way much like the guys are getting in NYC.

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