“World’s end” predictions: totally missing the point.

We’re all familiar with that Mayan legend that says the world will end in 2012, right? That’s why we’re all practicing driving our cars out of moving airplanes.

Well:

Forget 2012. As far as many Mexicans are concerned, the ancient Mayas were being generous: the sky’s actually going to fall next year. Why? Because it’s 2010, Mexico’s bicentennial, and Mexican history has an eerie way of repeating itself. Mexico’s 1910 centennial, after all, saw the start of the bloody, decade-long Mexican Revolution, which killed more than a million people. And that cataclysm was precisely a century after the start of Mexico’s bloody, decade-long War of Independence in 1810.

Yeah, that’s real interesting. Also missing the point. Instead of worrying about 2010 and 2012, I think we should be worried about 2011.

First of all, there won’t be a salary cap in the NFL this year — the 2010 season. No salary cap. One of the main arbiters of competitiveness — of every year could be the big year for your team. One of the big reasons football has replaced baseball as the national sport. Gone.

But, okay, we can go a year, maybe two, without a salary cap. It would take a few years to bring the NFL to the same disparity that you see in baseball.

Unfortunately, that’s just the start.

Peter King of NBC reports, as relayed by Bob Costas of Football Night in America, that the contract negotiations between the NFL and the players union currently are going “poorly.”

As a result, some players who previously were optimistic now believe there will be a lockout in 2011.

The end of the world? No. Worse.

More over at TrogloPundit: Will that be in the morning? Or in the afternoon?

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