How many times have we heard it over the past couple of weeks? The internet has exploded with”cautiously optimistic” stories about the NFL lockout nearing its end and today the the newest round of optimism has begun.
Jumping on the wagon based on long sessions of negotiations last week, NFL pundits and bloggers within the past few hours have filed reports of a possible deal being struck by the end of the week.
Even reputable sites such as the National Football Post have published reports citing a Redskins blog site gushing excitement in Washington, D.C., about an impending deal.
Well, unless those reports are coming directly from CIA agents buried deep in Pentagon bunkers who are getting their information directly from operatives embedded in the NFL war zone, I’m not buying … At least not yet.
Yes, things are looking good and nothing but positives have come from the coverage. But to believe a handful of reports at this time is not quite right.
When I see Roger Goodell And DeMaurice Smith standing together at the podium singing “Kumbaya” then I’ll believe the league will be kicking the 2011 season into high gear … Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got my prayer beads working overtime and hope things do get settled by the weekend, but it’s too soon to tell. It’s too soon to get excited.
The only reason to feel any optimism at this point is because of the money … If something isn’t done by the end of this week, maybe next week, it’s going to be felt in the wallets of owners and players … If that isn’t incentive, I don’t know what is.
So, the most we can be is cautiously optimistic.