If you're a hard core football fan, you know that the Bears were supposed to be finishing up their first mini-camp by now. But instead there is a lockout, so the Halas Hall practice fields are empty.
The missing off-season mini-camp serves as a reminder that the NFL 2011/12 season is quickly approaching - and the labor dispute is showing no signs of resolving soon.
So fans are now wondering aloud about skipping training camp, eliminating pre-season football and (gasp), shortening the regular season.
What can we expect from football this summer?
Neil Hayes is the Sun-Times Bears beat writer. He was in studio Monday talking with Eight Forty-Eight about the ongoing labor dispute, which gave me a chance to talk shop with one of Chicago's best sports writers.