Hopefully, fingers crossed, knock on wood, wishing on a star/11:11, the NFL Players Executive Committee will vote today (if they haven't already) to pass the agreement reached between the NFLPA and League Owners. On day 135, the end is finally in sight! At least until 2020.
According to "experts" players will begin heading back on Wednesday starting the transition period to re-certify as a union (without a union, player benefits cannot be negotiated). IF all goes according to plan, the new League year will start Saturday, including free agency. A process normally spanning the majority of the off-season will now take place over the course of days/weeks.
I'll be curious to see just how well the league handles what I picture to be a giant clusterf--k. Keeping up with the Niners moves will be difficult enough, let alone the rest of the league. I'm praying my team finally grows some balls (lost the small pair they had when they kept Alex Smith) and we hear Asomugha's name mentioned as the focus of our Free Agency this year.
Most importantly though, I want the game back! I want to know I'll have my Lazy Sunday's and tailgating at Candlestick while the team still plays in San Francisco, not some city away from the bay. I want to smell the garlic fries, beer breath and salty ocean "breeze." I want to laugh at the bitter fan sitting behind me. I want to reminisce on Singletary's crazy sayings, and maybe even miss his defensive mindset. I want to lose my voice from yelling at the refs, players, coaches, owners, and announcers. I actually want Joe Buck back (what? I know!) and, dare I say it, Chris Collinsworth? Eh, maybe I won't go that far.
Please, just give me my game!