When it comes to sports opinions, I'm extremely stubborn.
Once I draw a conclusion, it is written in concrete, even when there is overwhelming evidence that I'm going to be wrong.
But I'm starting to look differently at a couple opinions I arrived at earlier this year. Start with the National Football League.
I kept saying -and I'm still saying it, but not as forcefully -there is too much money on the table and too many powerful forces involved to allow a season-long work stoppage.
Yet, the further this thing goes, the more I wonder if at least some games won't be played.
We've arrived at the point in the calendar where NFL teams need to make a firm commitment to their training camp site, who rely on the income they receive.
At this point, the preseason seems in jeopardy.
This borders on insanity.
There has to be a middle ground where the owners, the players and the networks are happy.
Otherwise, there's going to be a lot of college football on Sundays.
It seemed realistic at the time.
But you can't help but be excited by what is taking place in Pittsburgh.
While any Pirates fan would have been ecstatic to see their team finally finish above .500, now it's not out of the realm of possibility that Pittsburgh can win the division.
The Pirates play hard every night. They play as a team rather than a group of individuals who happen to wear the same uniform. Plus, they love playing the game. Manager Clint Hurdle has created a happy clubhouse.
In order to win the Central, the Pirates would have to finish ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds.
The Cardinals recently lost Albert Pujols for at least a month. No individual carries one team more than Pujols carries the Cardinals. Without him, they will struggle to play .500 ball. Milwaukee, meanwhile, can score runs in bunches. But it can let them up just as fast. Its middle relievers are as bad as baseball gets and its closer, well, let's just say he is no Joel Hanrahan.
The Reds -my preseason pick -just seem to be going through the motions. There's no fire there. Unless Dusty Baker lights one soon, this could be a major missed opportunity.
This division is ripe for the taking.
I wouldn't be surprised if Pittsburgh is the team doing the taking.
OK, I've changed my mind twice in the same year. But I won't go making a habit of it.
I'm still for the designated hitter and a true national football championship.
I'm still against selling beer at Mountaineer Field and realigning baseball's playoff system.
Yeah, I guess I'm still too stubborn.
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