Surprise! Football is Back On!

July 25, 2011 Updated Jul 25, 2011 at 9:30 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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July 25, 2011 Updated Jul 25, 2011 at 9:30 PM EDT

Unless you live under a rock, you probably know that the NFL lockout has been lifted. Both team owners and players have agreed on a new, ten year deal. Not a surprise to me. Did anyone honestly think there wouldn't be a season?

If the deadlock continued, it surely would have been a bummer for football fans. What would we have done every Sunday at 1pm this fall? No anticipation. No excitement. No hope. No thrill. Despite that, I am pretty sure we would have survived and maybe even thought of something else to do!!!! We could actually have saved a few bucks and imagine this, accomplished a thing or two on a Sunday!

But what would the continued lockout mean to owners and players? No money, that's what. Profits and salaries, gone. Yeah, that wasn't going to happen. No matter how at odds they were.

With training camp just days away, I had a feeling there would be a break in the talks. After weeks of slow progress, suddenly owners had a deal everyone could agree on. It passed with a unanimous vote on Friday.

Then, it was the players turn, but they couldn't make it seem that easy. They cried foul, and claimed the deal "disrespected" them. Despite all that disrespect, they were able to work out their differences in record time. The deal was given their OK today, just two days later.

Coincidence? Maybe. But I think both sides had every intention of settling this by the start of training camp. Too much was on the line.

So, now that it's game on, fans know where they will be every Sunday this season. They wouldn't have it any other way! Go Bills!