What Would An NFL Lockout Mean To You? [Giveaway]

The threat of an NFL lockout has gotten the Federal Government involved, but even with increased pressure from Congress and a looming deadline quickly approaching, it's still difficult to gage the likelihood of an agreement by the NFL owners and the NFLPA. So we ask you, the fans; what would a lockout mean to you? Comment below for a chance to win an authentic Philip Rivers jersey!

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March 2, 2011

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Wally J said... Mar 2, 2011, 6:31:00 AM

A lockout by the NFL would tell me I need to get on with my life and find something else to do this fall. Watch more college football. Maybe this is the year I really get into that sport the rest of the world calls football.

Boltmaninabq said... Mar 2, 2011, 8:31:00 PM

A lockout would mean two things: My son and I would have to find another hobby to replace watching the Bolts every Sunday, and two, it would mean that I for sure would not be driving my son 600 miles to see our Bolts play in September (I've already reserved hotel stays for the last 3 weekends of Sept).

Mark said... Mar 2, 2011, 11:03:00 PM

A lockout would mean to me watching joyfully as Antonio Cromartie sweats like a whore in church while wondering how is he going to make-due on the hundreds of thousands in child support payments he owes!

In all seriousness, this is a greed-game between the union and owners. I could care less which side comes out ahead and I won't shed a tear if NFL football ceases to exist. I get tired of the games within the games in the NFL and players who are not held accountable for their actions on and off the field. And I am especially sick of the circus of the Chargers which is led by the ringmaster AJ Smith who refuses to recognize that his ego and insecurities will lead this team nowhere. And even worse, Dean Spanos who seems was castrated at birth!! How can AJ and Dean expect Norv Turner to lead this team? The guy is an o-coordinator at best- one of the best but, he just doesn't have the intangibles, leadership skills and HEART to lead a team to a Super Bowl. He has been lucky to have this much talent to work with. Norv is an empty suit. I wonder if AJ has had some sleepless nights wondering what went wrong this year when a team with the top offense AND defense can't even make the playoffs??! And it may be that the Chargers may be short-timers as a move to L.A. is being weighed behind the scenes and may be acted upon if a CBA is ever agreed upon.

Oh well, I guess I'll watch more College Football and maybe, learn the rules of Canadian Football and take up watching that.

chris said... Mar 2, 2011, 11:23:00 PM

A lockout to me would mean that id have to fill a void during the 5 months of the year that i look forward to>Or at least the part where there were no games

Eki Yandall said... Mar 3, 2011, 8:27:00 AM

A lockout ruins a pastime that I've enjoyed for years. Many of us cannot afford to actually attend games more than once or twice a year. I moved away from San Diego for college and haven't been back since, but the one piece of San Diego that I do enjoy on Sundays, regardless of my location, is the fact that blue and yellow can be found on tv. I've been heckled at Foxboro, Gillette, and by the twelfth man, but it's worth it to me. Fans complain about how much money athletes make and how draft picks are wasted, but when it comes down to it, we're emotional because we've invested years into these teams. Heaven forbid the NFL opens up a block of free time on Sundays that my wife fills with Sex and the City re-runs! - twitter handle: @ekiyandall

Gustavo619 said... Mar 3, 2011, 8:27:00 AM

please no lockout my wife will get control of the TV on Sundays and i will have to do yard work.

Phil H. said... Mar 3, 2011, 8:30:00 AM

An NFL lockout would ruin my Sunday afternoons. It would force me to study while I'm in college from 1-10 PM

Rico Cordero said... Mar 3, 2011, 8:37:00 AM

A lockout would be a disaster for me. In San Diego, we don"t know if the Chargers will be here in 2012. So 2011 might be it for us. We need this season. The fans need it. The team needs it. If we can win a Super Bowl this year, the team will never move. But the worst case scenario, if the season is cancelled, what better time for the Chargers to make a move??? This season is CRITICAL

voodoomagic5 said... Mar 3, 2011, 9:12:00 AM

a lockout will save me cash from joining a fantasy league and losing again! we all know fantasy fball is pure luck anyways!

aruss1983 said... Mar 3, 2011, 9:35:00 AM

A lockout would be devastating. Sundays are sacred and I enjoy nothing more than lounging with friends and family and watching the games. Plus, the Chargers have a real opportunity they haven't yet grasped, and a lockout would further close that window.... not a fan, get a deal done fast... so we can watch the "Rivers" flow.

flutiefan said... Mar 3, 2011, 10:36:00 AM

a lockout to me would mean having to find something different to do for my birthday. my last 10+ birthdays have revolved around the NFL.
it would also mean saving me a boatload of money, sadly enough.

Justin said... Mar 3, 2011, 10:40:00 AM

Wow, no football on sundays would be a big change. There we be entire groups of people I would never see anymore. Basically it would be really lame if there were no games to watch or stuff to talk about at work on monday.

Bryan M. said... Mar 3, 2011, 2:50:00 PM

A football lockout would be no more sunday fundays. Nobody wants that.

Christian J. Resurreccion said... Mar 3, 2011, 4:31:00 PM

I've been thinking a lot about this question, trying to shape it in a way that makes the most sense to me. It's funny how existential the question seems, quote What would an NFL lockout mean to you, or more personally, What does Sunday without football mean to me? Surely the answer is more than the sum of its parts, like a team almost. It doesn't just deal with football; there's high school, college, and amateur leagues left and right. It has nothing to do with Sundays either; we have church or naps or 300 other channels for that. It’s the idea that Sunday without football seems almost unnatural, an outcome of human error.

Now I'm 23; and with my sub 6.1 40, bad coordination, and horrible hands, the chances of me ever getting drafted dwindles more and more, but my passion for watching the game, as well as my family and friend's, do not. And I think this is where the answer ultimately lies. Now I'm all for just pay and division of funds, but when I think about “What an NFL lockout means”, it means that the players and owners failed us, regardless of who deserves more blame. And sure I know they don't owe us much, if anything at all. They are people too with families to support and mouths to feed and kids to clothe, etcetera. What I mean is that they failed to find a way to compromise. Just as we do when we sit through losing seasons or field goals wide right, dropped passes, and contract holdouts, etc. We all justify this as being parts of the game, as long as there is a game. The same goes for parking lot fees and higher ticket prices, with seats higher and higher and views further and further. Because we feel as much part of the team as equipment manager does, or the GM or star wide receiver. It’s sacred. It’s not just Sunday and football, its Sunday with football. And if our team wins we celebrate and brag all the way through Saturday. And if they lose, we’ll then no TV for us or sports radio or Internet websites talking about how our team stunk, how our players didn’t give it their all. Because that’s our team and those are our players. And I’ll stop here before sounding more and more like T.O.

The point is that a lockout means no more rooting for the people and the league we’ve come to love unrequitedly, at least for a season or two. But that’s how we love, unrequited and forever apologist. And when the games comes back, sure we’ll cheer loudly, but maybe not as loud, not for a while anyways. But know, regardless of who is rightly blame, that the league left us when we loved it the most, when it was profitable* and entertaining and as sacred as everything else that connects us, that leaves us cheering for the same goal or crying for the same loss. But we’ll continue loving you anyway, because that’s my quarterback and those are my teammates.

* I do agree that the books should be open. Because how is the most popular game going to be taken away over money when money is actually being had?

Winslowfan said... Mar 5, 2011, 6:24:00 AM

A lockout would be DEVASTATING. I have not watched a full inning of baseball since their last strike. I hate to imagine a lockout would do the same thing to me with football. How I'd feel would ultimately depend on what the sticking point was that the two sides could not agree on. After the season ends, the only thing I have in mind is the NFL draft, and once the draft is over the only thing to look forward to is the preaseason starting. PLEASE work this out so we can get back to the playoffs. On the other hand, maybe play the first couple games with replacement players so we don't have such a bad start to the season and start in the hole as we have the past few!

wwbaker2 said... Mar 8, 2011, 8:50:00 AM

A lockout would mean that I could play more soccer on Sunday afternoon.

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