03/18/2011 05:34 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Blocking Out the Lockout

I've been consciously absent from the lockout hullabaloo.

Reason 1: I'll be the first to admit that while I understand the basics of what's occurring, I don't know everything like many football fans are claiming to -- which, by the way, is impossible. If you're not a player, have never played or have no personal connection to the league, how could you possibly, 100 percent, comprehend every minuscule detail, REALLY understand the logistics or fully relate to the ramifications? I can't and I don't, which is why I refuse to add myself to the long list of tweeters and bloggers who feel the need to air their [usually ignorant and/or incorrect] opinions.

Reason 2: I have a coping mechanism that is usually ineffective in the long run, but I do it anyway. I tend to try my hardest to ignore or block out things that disturb me. Obviously, the threat of NO FOOTBALL or a shortened season is highly disturbing, so I've decided to spare my emotions by not thinking about it at all. It's a great short-term tactic, I suggest it.

If you're more stable than I am and have a handle on your emotions, click here or here for some recent news since the NFLPA decertified and the first work stoppage since 1987 occurred (which I'm glad I wasn't alive to witness...ish is stressful!).

I'll just be sitting around and waiting for something concrete to occur -- an official decision or resolution. Then, I'll comment on it. I can think of a lot of people who should follow my example, so if you think you're one of them, join me in "blocking out the lockout."