Posts Tagged ‘NFL strike’

My picture from the NFL game at Wembley in 2010

Was very interested to get an email from the NFLUK website saying that ticket prices for the NFL regular season game in London, the fifth consecutive of its kind, will be frozen at the 2010 prices.

Whilst this is good news (well not as good news as prices dropping) I cant fail to dismiss the elephant in the room – namely that fact we are nearing 100 days of an out of season NFL strike.

Listening to the ESPN Football Today podcast over the weekend (from last Friday) I heard Ross Tucker talking about the NFL Rookie Symposium being the first major event on the NFL calendar post the 2011 Draft to have been cancelled.

The Rookie Symposium is the equivalent of university orientation week. From someone who attended a university orientation week (albeit back in 1995) it was a bit dull and I was spoke to a lot, but it certainly helped me to meet new people and it overwhelmingly made me feel that I was not alone wandering round a new town looking for lecture rooms, libraries and bookshops.

Postponing this sort of event for NFL rookies will only be a bad thing as it means that valuable advice from NFL players and staff that have ‘been there, done it and worn the sweat soaked t-shirt’ will be missed.

I’m sure in their heart of hearts NFL officials from head office will be kicking themselves that this date has been missed. After all we don’t want the 2011 NFL rookie crop turning to the dark side of crime, disorderly conduct, and worse of all, as demonstrated by Cowboys WR, Dez Bryant, being found guilty of wearing trousers in a manner ‘too baggy for shopping mall patrons decency’.

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Lets hope the fashion police don't need to arrest players in 2011 like they did back in 1987

It’s that time of year when sports fans are either licking their chops in anticipation of the new MLB season, or engrossed in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament.

Personally I don’t care about college hoops and I simply don’t have the time in my busy schedule of life to fully understand or appreciate baseball, so what am I left with?

Well after the NFL owners and NFL players went into ‘lockout’ mode, the answer is not a fat lot.

I don’t know about you but even the 2011 NFL draft has lost some of it’s sex appeal, due to the doom and gloom of the lockout.

Here in England we are facing the reality that we are very unlikely to get a fifth consecutive year with a regular season NFL game being played at Wembley Stadium.

Yes it’s not high on the agenda but losing the momentum that has seen the likes of Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Philip Rivers come and play a game in London is kinda depressing.

I’m going to have to try and remove the dark cloud that is currently floating above my head, and focus on the upcoming draft.

The problem is that if players are locked out and ‘decertified’ then it looks like they cannot be used as trade bait? Or can they? Someone please help me with this.

For those of you who read this post outside of England you won’t appreciate that on top of an NFL lockout there is also absolutely diddly squat on tv at the moment. No 24, no Lost, no real epic shows.

If anyone has any recommendations for me to stop my depression then please let me know.

Lets just hope the draft is not adversely affected by the lockout and we get back to some NFL glitz and glamour sharpish.