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NFL denies report Hall of Fame Game is canceled

Posted on: July 16, 2011 8:37 am
Edited on: July 17, 2011 12:20 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Many folks -- ourselves included -- believe the Hall of Fame Game featuring the Rams and Bears will be the first victim of the lockout, which we think is near death. (In fact, CBSSports.com's Clark Judge recently urged the NFL to cancel the game, just to make things easier.)

So a report Friday from Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times that "word is out among key figures" of the Bears organization that the Hall of Fame Game is canceled doesn't seem too far-fetched.

“The dream is over,’’ one source said. “They had to throw one away, and everybody knew it."

The NFL, however, is denying said report.

"There has been no change in the status of any games,'' NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Friday.
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Now, even if the game was already essentially canceled, you wouldn't hear the NFL admitting as much, particularly when the thing that matters right now isn't scheduling a single preseason game, but making sure there's actually a season in 2011. Besides, if you ask Bears coach Lovie Smith, the teams don't need a full set of practices to get ready for the event anyway.

"If an agreement gets done and the NFL says we're going to play the game, we'll be ready," Smith said Friday, per Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune. "Right now, we haven't been told that anything has been canceled."

Yeah, it's pretty unlikely that the NFL's issued a memo to the Bears or Rams about canceling the game. If that were the case, a) it'd be tough to deny it had been canceled.

More likely? There's a pervading sense of pessimism about playing the preseason content, and everyone in the Bears organization is picking up on that.

That's a reasonable vibe at this point, but as we've seen, the NFL and the players can move surprisingly fast with games on the line. And if the Rams and Bears are willing to take the field on short notice, it's still reasonable to see them line up on Aug. 7.

Unlikely, but reasonable.

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Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: July 18, 2011 11:06 am
 

NFL denies report Hall of Fame Game is canceled

If this game is played expect the biggest scrub match you have ever seen.

Hey DepthCharge I'm not sure if you were around in 1987 but we all saw 3 weeks with every team playing scrub matches.  These were regular season games so believe me this first preseason game of the year wont even come close to what we all saw back then.




Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: July 17, 2011 9:54 pm
 

NFL denies report Hall of Fame Game is canceled

The city of Canton needs this game desperately.  It is a huge source of revenue for a beleaguered region, and every bit helps.  Not having this game would be devastating to the community.  Canton is a town that has supported the NFL since its inception and has served as a loyal home to its most glorious and sacred memories.  Turning their back on the city in the toughest of times would be criminal.  Please keep the game on.

 



Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: July 17, 2011 3:41 pm
 

NFL denies report Hall of Fame Game is canceled

Which Hall Of Famers are playing for the Bears and Rams?!?



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2011 3:13 pm
 

NFL denies report Hall of Fame Game is canceled

Why don't they start having old timers' games like they do in baseball?  It would be awesome!  Who's with me?
Nobody. What are you going to do, have them play flag football? You'd have to outlaw the hitting in an old-timers game in football. In baseball, there is almost no contact between players.



Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: July 17, 2011 3:06 pm
 

NFL denies report Hall of Fame Game is canceled

If this game is played expect the biggest scrub match you have ever seen.




Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: July 17, 2011 1:35 pm
 

NFL denies report Hall of Fame Game is canceled

After the idiots , gave up everything to get their check back, ya think the owners are gonna listen?  I feel sorry for the NBA, cause those guys are gonna get killed.  Hope they don't play all year. wont miss that wrestling clone... 




Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: July 17, 2011 1:15 pm
 

NFL denies report Hall of Fame Game is canceled

If a deal is reached next week, the game will be played. Plenty of time. Also with the shortned off season every preseason game will count as coaches need to evaluate what they have especially the new players.


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