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Usually, this holiday serves as a reminder to all the dawdling, procrastinating Americans out there that summer is going by quicker than any of us realize, and we’re running out of time to rent that beach house or go camping or accomplish any of the other things we promised ourselves throughout this long, cold winter. The Fourth is a wake-up call, and it usually leads to some of the funnest, most-action packed days of summer.

The same, hopefully, will be said about the NFL lockout. In the past couple of months, more than one “expert analyst” called July Fourth the D-Day for labor negotiations, our last chance to hammer out a new CBA without potentially risking games in the 2011 season. Obviously, a deal has not been done. And it won’t be by day’s end or any time this week. We’re looking at two, maybe three weeks minimum before a deal gets done, and the possibility of it all falling apart at any moment without warning. Here’s hoping the Fourth serves as a reminder to owners, players, and league officials too. Time is running out. Get it done now, or you’ll regret it for a year.

In other news, Mike Vick has officially signed a new endorsement deal with Nike, the sports giant and marketing monster that previously sponsored his career with the Falcons for a reported $2 million per year, before severing ties with the player in 2007 following his arrest on dog fighting charges. No figures have been provided, but it’s assumed Vick’s new deal would be worth at least as much as his most recent one. The news, predictably, was like a boot kick the hornets’ nest of Vick haters (and Cowboy fans) throughout the country, who are now lambasting Nike in force for “condoning animal abuse” in their immoral resigning of the controversial Eagles’ QB.

I wasn’t working here (for Fansided) in 2009, when Vick was originally signed and the debate – forgive the man or condemn the crime – first raged so heavily. So I’m pretty sure I’ve never even discussed my views about number 7 in print yet. They’re not complicated. As an Eagles fan, I could give a crap less about someone’s life or actions off the field. First and foremost in my mind, as always, is whether or not the guy can play. Can he help us win games? Does he give us a chance of winning a Superbowl? The Steelers have had similar issues with their own number 7, and it seems they’ve chosen to respond to them in the same way. Can he win us games? Is he worth the trouble?

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