The problem with following the NFL lockout is that there are so many people involved on each side -- and so many of those people are sources of information for the media -- and they all have their own viewpoint of how the talks are going.
That's a large reason why, on one day, you have Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports writing that "the two sides are closer to an agreement than many people realize" and then just a couple of days later, on Tuesday evening following the first set of meetings between the lawyers this week, ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reports there wasn't much progress and the first week of the preseason is in jeopardy right now.
Oh, and on top of all that, Redskins officials have said to the media that they believe a deal is coming by this Sunday.
So who to believe?
That's the difficult part. There are so many people involved in the labor talks -- Roger Goodell, owners, NFL lawyers, DeMaurice Smith, players and NFLPA lawyers -- that everyone has a different interpretation of where the talks stand.
It's important to keep in mind that, for the last several weeks, folks have identified July 15 as an important date in the talks. That's a week before the first training camp is expected to open and it's believe to be one of the final days to do a deal before it starts to affect the first preseason game on Aug. 7.