It seems likely that this afternoon, the NFL owners will lock out their players, and until a new labor agreement is reached, there is no football.
I’m a little bummed about the Bears and the NFL right now, and also still a little pi**ed.
I’m bummed because it would probably have been tonight at Midnight that free agency would have opened, and we’d know soon whether the Bears could add any additional pieces to bolster their chances next year. I do feel that if Jay Cutler can clean up some more of his mechanics (a big if), and the Bears add a few pieces, they may be able to compete one more time before Brian Urlacher returns. But this will not be happening for the foreseeable future.
I’m also still pi**ed that as a ticket holder of some extremely non-premium seats at Soldier Field, the Chicago Bears have raised my ticket prices by double-digit percentages for three years running. Team President Ted Phillips is fond of seemingly blaming this on others because the Bears built the smallest stadium in the NFL. THE BEARS BUILT THE SMALLEST STADIUM IN THE NFL in 2003. Why is this my fault?
This is seriously tempering my enthusiasm to continue to be a fan of the Bears, the NFL, and professional sports. At this rate I will be paying over $100 per mediocre seat to watch what could be a very mediocre team. And that really bothers me.