The Washington Times - February 24, 2011, 10:42AM

Ever wonder how much money $9 billion is? That’s the “total revenue” NFL owners and players are arm-wrestling over – though the bosses, typically, are crying poor and the workers, just as typically, are crying foul.

We’ve had so many big numbers thrown at us lately – what with deficits, bailouts and the like – that a figure in the billions (as opposed to the trillions) may not elicit much of a response. So let me help you grasp the Haynesworthian size of it, with the aid of the latest issue of National Geographic.

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According to the magazine, the population of our planet will hit 7 billion this year. If you counted to 7 billion, and “each number took just a second to say (and you didn’t lose your place), getting there would take more than two centuries,” writer Thomas Pierce informs us. Also:

● “7 billion steps would take you around the Earth 133 times.”

● “7 billion years [are] half the age of the universe.”

And the NFL’s total intake is $2 billion MORE than that – or 171 strolls around the world.

Just thought you might want to know.  Let’s hope the universe doesn’t age a whole lot more before a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.