Hey, where’s my Hall of Fame game? I don’t know about you but when the time comes, I’m always looking to get the NFL season started with a big dose of Hall of Fame game. It’s kind of a reminder that the real football season is about to get underway. What could be better than the ultimate pre-season game, where the big names get about 30 seconds of playing time and the beer is way too expensive to even think about buying? OK, I think about it.
Seriously, the Hall of fame Game for the NFL probably isn’t the best way to kick off a season. It’s more about just getting the ball rolling. But it may not happen this year. The NFL work stoppage is fast approaching the point of no return as far as getting this thin off the round in a traditional way. The Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams have to open their training camps in about 10 days to pull this off and that’s not likely.
While there’s still time to get it done, the lawyers and other vermin are going to have to have their say. That means prolonged debate over key issues. Right now the rookie salary issue is the main hangup and it appears that finally common sense is going to rear it’s head when it comes to rookie pay. That’s good news for the future. I think I could give up a Hall of Fame game this year if controlling the pay of unproven rookies makes the game healthier down the line.