Remember that thing that happened in the NFL earlier this year? That thing that kept players out of their respective team’s facilities? That dreaded decision that kept the media anxious for over 130 days and ruined training camp plans for thousands of fans?

Remember the NFL lockout?

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After listening to some people say they would never return to a National Football League stadium or support a sport that doesn’t care about its fan base for over four months, it’s almost as though the lockout never happened.

We have had training camp and a full pre-season (minus one game) and not one person has called the show to talk about what they are going to do with their time now that they refuse to watch football.

The lockout was inevitable and lasted about as long as most experts predicted it would. Now that it’s over, fans no longer care that it took place.

We love our NFL. We paint our faces, spend tons of cash on our favorite teams and plan our entire week around a three-hour game. It’s what we do. And Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith know it. They knew the fans would be back and the sport wouldn’t miss a beat.

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At the end of the day, lockouts and strikes are all about the cash. We can complain about it and let it bother us for a period of time. But we need that rush that it is the NFL. When it’s all said and done, we come back and show the love.

We always have and always will.

Now that the regular season of 2011 is upon us, I have to ask the question…

What lockout?

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