I’m not sure which is more comical: watching the national media chase misinformation on Brett Favre’s comeback or watching the national media scamper to be the first to break the end of the NFL lockout news?
Yesterday ESPN got a start to the work week by announcing July 21st as the potential end date for the NFL lockout. The folks at Pro Football Talk almost immediately jumped on the Disney Network for trying to hedge their bets by leaving some wiggle room in case there are still padlocks on NFL facilities come the morning of the 21st.
Not to be left out in the cold, today PFT announced their own dubious date for the finality of football’s flawed fiasco. Citing a “network source” Mike Florio has July 17th circled on his calendar as the date we’ll hear news of an agreement being in place.
So, who do you have your money on?
Better yet…do you even care? I know I don’t.
I fully respect and understand the necessity for these outlets to be on the ball for any breaking news. After all, it’s what they’re paid to do. Us fans have the luxury of checking in every once and awhile, happy to make snide remarks at our own convince.
The big boys at the networks don’t have that luxury. Put it this way, if you ever tuned in to SportsCenter and Stuart Scott just flashes a blank look saying, “Sorry, nothing to report tonight” chances are it would be the last time you ever watched the daily newscast. Since it’s a 24hour sports channel then there’s a need for constant coverage around the clock. Simple to understand yet difficult to digest at times.
This is where we stand. With yet another countdown to yet another date that might or might not be the moment football is released from the oppressive negotiating boardrooms.
We’re at the point where a comedic tragedy becomes comedy even though it’s been laughable all along, kinda like the last scene of the Big Lebowski or LeBron James’ press conference after choking disappearing losing going LeBron in the NBA Finals.
It wouldn’t surprise me if there was an agreement reached over a month ago and Roger Goodell has instructed all parties involved to keep quiet as the tension and drama builds. One day we’ll find out that for the last month of negotiations all they did was sit in a boardroom, smoke some NYC Diesel and order pizza while playing Madden.