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NFL Labor Deal: Winners And...Winners?

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St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford looks happy to be back to work at a news conference on Tuesday.  (AP)
St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford looks happy to be back to work at a news conference on Tuesday. (AP)

The fields resound with thunder; it's the norm this time of year.
The hulks of harvest time were gone, but now they've reappeared.
A nation's hearts, late heavy, rise with football's grand return…
Although it wasn't really gone…no matter, now we learn
If rookie camps and contract fights and summertime reflection
About who might be traded has a shred of a connection
To football as it's played in fall and through the winter, too.
(I'm not sure that it does, but who knows how it impacts you?)

But I digress. The football's back, and many who rejoice
Could not be more delighted that the players made the choice
To sign together when the owners urged them to agree,

Saying "What is good for you, my boys, is also good for me."
The owners got the money that they said that they required.
The players got some time to rest, so now they won't be tired
From practicing two times a day in August's wretched heat.
They got more health insurance, too, and coverage more complete
Than what they had before the lockout, when they had to pray,
That they would die before they lost their minds. I have to say
That seems the most important thing to come out of the rift
Between the owners and the players. But, behold the gift
That football fans can treasure as the summer dwindles down,
And visions of the Super Bowl are shared from town to town.

The rhythm of the season, so dependent on each game,
Without the mighty NFL would not have been the same.
Now with one lockout all unlocked, we'll watch from day to day,
To see if winter time will lack the locked out N.B.A.

This program aired on July 27, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

Bill Littlefield Twitter Host, Only A Game
Bill Littlefield was the host of Only A Game from 1993 until 2018.

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