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Finally, some football talk

I've always liked courtroom dramas on TV, but the NFL lockout never appealed to me.

Maybe it's because I never considered it much more than a ploy by the owners to grab a few extra dollars. I didn't think we'd lose any games over the squabble.

Sorry, Canton, I don't consider the Hall of Fame game a loss. And I don't think the players mind missing this past week of intense heat and high heat indexes sweating off a few pounds during training camp.

For me, nothing of substance was missed. We had a draft and we'll have an uninterrupted season.

And it looks like the real NFL talk will soon kick into high gear.

The players and owners are on a path to an official, signed-and-sealed deal which will lead to a free-agent frenzy unlike any we've seen.

Soon enough, the season will be here and the weeks and weeks of legalese will all be a thing of the past.

And that's what we all wanted anyway.

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