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The NFL lockout has ended. Finally, the owners and players have come to an agreement and America’s long nightmare is over.

The deal was announced today and teams could start full practices this weekend. Players will begin to recertify their union starting tomorrow.

The proposed timeline is as follows:

Tuesday: teams can sign drafted rookies.
Wednesday: the first 10 teams report to training camp.
Friday: Full free agency starts.

The season could start as soon as August 4th. However, the players have to recertify before that can happen.

What I am really looking forward to is Friday night when free agency starts. Its going to be such a feeding frenzy like no one has ever seen. Mistakes will be made and bargains will be had. The whole off-season will essentially be crammed into one weekend. It going to me a madhouse. And I can’t think of a better way to spend the weekend.

In a recent interview with ESPN, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis stated that if there is no NFL season this year it will surely lead to an increase in “evil” in America.

“Do this research,” he said, “if we don’t have a season — watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game.”

While Lewis may know something about crime, (he was famously indicted on murder charges in 2000 but the charges were dropped when he decided to testify against his friends) but he may not know much about the cause of crime. To think that fans are going to go on a crime spree if their favorite team is not playing is ridiculous. It may happen out in Oakland, but I submit to you that Raider fans were probably going to commit those crimes anyway.

“There’s too many people that live through us, people live through us,” he told ESPN. “Yeah, walk in the streets, the way I walk the streets, and I’m not talking about the people you see all the time.”

I think Ray Lewis is vastly overestimating his, and every other professional athletes, importance in people’s lives.

I understand that NFL players have to make a case for ending the lockout and getting the 2011 season started, but this argument doesn’t pass the Laugh Test.  Of course, maybe he is talking about the NFL players going on a crime spree if there is no football to occupy their time. That may actually make some sense considering some of the high profile arrests of pro athletes that have been made in recent history.

But I doubt that is what he was talking about. His argument seems to be, “Let us play and nobody will get hurt.”  Which sounds more like a threat than anything else.

Fear mongering to get your way will most assuredly backfire for the players. America will not descend into a Mad Max post apocalyptic terrorscape just because there is no football on Sunday. I want football back as much as the next guy, but I’m certainly not going to go out and wreak havoc on society if there isn’t.

Now, if there is no NBA season, that’s a different story.