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Erin Summers

NFL football is back

Posted August 11, 2011

Today marks one of the best days of the year after a 135-day power struggle between the NFL owners and players had the 2011 season in limbo.

Those 135 days were awful. But today on Aug. 11, 2011, I get to relish in the fact that football is back.

I may have to wait 28 more days for the first regular season game when the New Orleans Saints head to Green Bay to play the Packers – but for now I’ll take anything.

This may be one of the most anticipated NFL preseasons ever. Usually preseason is more about going through the motions and filling out the last few roster spots. But this year the stakes are much higher.

Unrestricted free agents could not even talk to teams until July 25. They couldn’t sign with a team until July 26, and their contracts didn’t go into effect until Aug. 2.

There were trades to talk through, but those didn’t become official until July 30, and training camps didn’t begin until July 27.

It’s been a whirlwind of wheeling and dealing as teams scrambled to fill a 90-man roster. On Aug. 11, at 7:30 p.m. the fans will get to see how it all will shake out.

Will the Eagles really be this year’s Dream Team? Is Tom Brady going to find a new go-to man in Chad Ochocinco – or will that 85 ship be 86’d?

Will Plaxico Burress pull a Vick and be able to bounce back after two and a half years in prison when he takes the field for the Jets?

Are the Redskins going to be that epically bad? Will the Panthers finally find a quarterback among their many young options? Is Dallas going to get their act together and reclaim the title of ‘America’s Team’?

Who will suffer the most because of the lack of practice? What team will hit the ground running and start dominating from day one? Who will you be thanking come Sunday for all those fantasy points?

Honestly we could go on forever. There are always question marks at the beginning of every season – but this year there are just so many more.

It is amazing how almost losing something makes you appreciate having any bit of it that much more. So with that being said, bring on preseason football, because you better believe I’ll be keeping track of every game.

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  • bobeugene4 Sep 7, 1:17 p.m.

    God, I'm embarrassed I took the time to read this. Do you honestly have a journalism degree? UNC should give you some of your money back.

  • fzero Aug 17, 11:10 a.m.

    Please write something of substance next time. Try reading other sports journalists first.

  • No Party Affiliate Aug 13, 1:05 p.m.

    NFL football is back....to its GREEDY ways blacking out games. Another sport that has no clue about fan support. Try writing an article on this, then again you will not cause you might lose your job. Real journalism is dead.

  • Hammerhead Aug 12, 2:16 p.m.

    Ms. Summers is never going to live that column down. Oh well, I'm glad the FB season is right around the corner. I may be at Lambeau for opening night.

  • lmartin152 Aug 11, 11:14 p.m.

    Give her a break - her number came up. She had to write something.

    Was this all her work?

  • Hokies94 Aug 11, 6:56 p.m.

    Whoop-dee-do. Profound article.

  • Mr. French Aug 11, 5:39 p.m.

    Who cares what you write. Crawl back under your rock with Marvin and the rest of the UNC-CHeaters.

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