I talked with a friend who asked me on Thursday morning where I stood on the chances of an NFL lockout happening. I responded, 'On a scale of 1-10, I'd say a 9 that there's a lockout.'
Maybe I spoke too soon. The two sides agreed to a 24-hour extension on their talks. This doesn't guarantee anything but it also means football lives for another day.
I wasn't the only one surprised about the extension on Thursday afternoon. Redskins player rep Vonnie Holliday tells Ryan O'Halloran of CSNWashington.com that his "gut feeling" was that a lockout was coming.
"I was hoping we would come up with an extension to give us a little bit of time, but my gut feeling was that we would be locked up. I know that's the type of message I was getting across to my teammates - continue to save, continue to set yourself up to rehabbing so when we do get this thing done, they're ready to go."
There's hope that the 2011 CBA negotiations are similar to 2006 when the two sides extended talks for a week before agreeing on a deal. Holliday says he's not sure if he sees it.
"The issues are bigger this time," he said, citing the extended season in particular.
Indeed, everything is bigger -- the league, money, popularity. Everything. So it's a hard comparison to make.
But, as fans, we'll continue to do all we can do...wait.