“Cadel, we love you! Aussie, Aussie, Aussie — Oy, Oy, Oy!” hundreds of passionate, Australian fans chanted in unison .

Yes, a Tour de France champion has been crowned. Australian born Cadel Evans, 34, has become the first Aussie ever to win the Tour as well as the oldest winner since before World War II. According to ESPN , it has been a long time coming for…

WHO CARES! The lockout finish line is within sight! NFL season is nearly upon us!

Via Twitter:

JasonJWilde : “So the @ NFLPA will vote Monday to accept CBA, players will vote during week, and we’ll have free agency next weekend — as camps open? Fun!”

mortreport   (Christ Mortensen): “De Smith and Roger Goodell have worked directly to assure that nothing goes off path. Exec committee called this a.m. Expect presser Monday”

AdamSchefter :  “Some finishing touches to Clayton and Mort’s story: deal is getting done and football is coming back. http://alturl.com/47nfw  …Welcome back, football.”

Gather your grills, throwback Majik Man jerseys and Plaxico Burress jump suits, Superbowl Champion tees and start freeing up all Sundays and Mondays for the next 5 months. When asked to comment, Terrell Owens quipped:

“Get your popcorn ready.”

[See  John Rehor's  inaugural PocketDoppler post -- It Is (Almost) Time - http://bit.ly/qceL6w -- for more insight and less cheese. Welcome aboard, bud.]



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  • http://cheeseheadtv.com John Rehor

    Have I mentioned how much I love the Twitter recaps by Rich? Absolutely my favorite read the day after a Packers game. This was like a teaser for the soon to be here season. Cannot. Wait!

    By the way, did you know that Wally said you were personally responsible for tracking all of my tweets for a daily recap? Better get busy

    • http://www.twitter.com/RichWardJr Rich Ward

      Thanks, John. In a day when reading is essentially all but disappearing as anything worth delving into is adapted to the big screen, it’s refreshing to hear.

      Oh, and about tracking your tweets for a daily recap:

      “Can’t wait!” :)

  • Ceallaigh

    Football has returned and so has Rich! Life is definitely good.

    • http://www.twitter.com/RichWardJr Rich Ward

      Thanks Ceallaigh! Now, if only I can stick around and develop a bit of consistency, huh? But yes, football is back and life, so good.

  • foundinidaho

    Wilde might have said it was fun, but I guarantee Paula Wilde was cursing as she dismantled her shrine to the “I hate football and want the lockout to last forever” gods. ;)

    Keep popping up Rich! I’ve missed you!