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There’s the new collective bargaining agreement that was signed in August, assuring labor peace for a decade.

Brady et al vs. National Football League et al is a distant memory. All anyone cares about at the moment is Brady et al vs. Manning et al.

“If we missed any games, it could have taken years, maybe a decade, to get the fans’ respect back. People are hurting today,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said. “They want good stories.”

Leave it to the NFL to deliver.

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