With lockout becoming very real, people are hurting

June 22, 2011 | Peter Dilutis

I woke up this morning to news that the Ravens may not be able to have training camp in Westminster this season. Later, the Ravens would confirm that training camp would indeed be taking place at their Owings Mills facility.

There will be no training camp held at McDaniel College.

Why not?

Because of the lockout.

No, but really why not?

Money.

Both sides of these lengthy negotiations want more money. They want more for themselves.

There really isn’t anything wrong with that. Even though the majority of NFL players are millionaires that will never need to earn another penny in their lives, there are some that do make somewhat of a modest living.

While the owners have even more money than the multi-million dollar players, they are businessmen at heart, and they are going to want what is best for themselves and best for their teams, which we cannot forget are also their companies.

I get all that. I really do. I’m not so much up in arms about the fact that both sides want something in this deal. I’m not even that upset that some talks and negotiations did in fact need to take place.

But at this point, it’s very, very upsetting to me that a deal has not been reached, and it’s starting to turn me off to these owners, players, and the NFL in general.

Just get a deal done. Screw all these lawyers, forget all the politics, and just negotiate man to man.

It’s one thing to skip a few OTA’s and mini-camps. Not having football in May and June is not going to be that huge of an issue.

But no training camp in Westminster for the Ravens? I realize I’m going from the NFL to strictly the Ravens here, but come on. Now the lockout is getting to be very real.

Westminster is going to hurt, and they’re going to hurt bad. Those 30 days between July and August are the Super Bowl for Carroll County. Restaurants, bars, gas stations, sub shops…all of these places count on the business that they bring in during Ravens training camp just as malls and QVC count on the business that they get during the month of December.

Heck, we’re hurting! We can only say the same thing about the Orioles so many times before we simply run out of things to say…or at least interesting things to say.

Baltimore is a football town. It’s Ravenstown. People in this city bleed purple. Period.

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