It Is (Almost) Time
It’s almost here. Can you feel it?
It must be close to August, right? I don’t need to even look at a calendar in the summer to know what month it is. When we are treated to news like this every year I know it must be the end of July, and with the end of July brings the return of football.
As if that wasn’t enough to tell us what time of the year it is, there’s always this yearly signal of the time of the year, but let’s not go there.
This has been a strange offseason. After experiencing the journey of the 2010 season, culminating with the high of winning the Super Bowl, Packers fans were almost immediately dealt the blow of having to go to football rehab when the lockout was instituted. It was as if the celebration was to be short lived and subdued, and not by choice. We were cheated out of our celebration, and I know I’m not the only one who feels this way.
Flash forward to the present. After months of hearing words like progress, setbacks, votes, and meetings, the NFL is set to get back to work and I for one cannot wait.
After waiting and hoping and wishing and a little cursing, we are about to get the best football present we could have asked for: a literal flurry of activity that is going to make everyone’s head spin with how much is going to happen in such a short period of time.
We all ask for news when it comes to football. The insatiable appetite Packers fans have when it comes to news about our team is about to become a banquet that we are all going to be able to get seconds, thirds, and fourth helpings of very shortly. The months of waiting and hoping for news are about to be replaced with a never ending stream of player signings, practices, contracts, who’s in, who’s out, and who’s this guy comments.
Sounds like a normal late July/early August in Green Bay doesn’t it?
The path to get to where we are wasn’t the most ideal path, but it was necessary for the long term health of the NFL. A five month silence from the field aspect of the game is well worth the trade off of extended labor peace. Ask yourself if you would take 5 months of quiet in exchange for up to 120 months of peace. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Get ready-this is about to get really, really fun.