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NFL lockout: Theater of desperation

The brinksmanship feels a lot like the politics of the national debt ceiling debate

Originally Published: July 22, 2011
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

Sitting here in the corner with the wool pulled down over our eyes, listening to strangers whisper urgently about money and what desperate things they'll do if they don't get it, it's easy to feel like a hostage. Being held for ransom is now the normal state of things for the citizen-consumers of America.

Whether we're talking about the National Football League or the national debt as political football, we've long since surrendered ourselves into the abject care of madmen.

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