Independence Day signals mid-point for MLB, point of no return for NFL?

Another Independence Day has come to pass and there is one sport that can lay claim to being the quintessential pastime of the Fourth.  Watching baseball on the Fourth of July has become almost as much a tradition for some as watching fireworks at night, barbequing or drinking beer.  In fact, you can do all three at some games.  I am included with this crowd, as my day was spent at Nationals Park.  The Fourth of July is also significant for baseball because it marks the mid-way point, along with the soon approaching All Star game.  Even more important, it should be the point when our minds should be slowly shifting focus to the upcoming NFL season, as training camp would start July 28th under normal circumstances. The first pre-season game is a little over a month away and there is still no iron-clad proof there will even be an NFL season this year.  

We are rapidly approaching a point of no return.  Is it possible that the NFL season is tied to the debt ceiling talks?  Both seem to be on the same path; a slow-moving train to nowhere.  I have heard that progress has been made, but I have not seen progress.  So from here I wonder what my fall will hold.  I can survive on college football only.  I have no problem with that.  However, what will I do about my Sundays?  Bed Bath and Beyond with the wife doesn’t sound quite that appetizing.  I am sure millions of other men agree.  We need this lockout to end.

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