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Saturday Six Pack: Breaking News, The World Isn't Ending Edition 5/21/11

If you believe the world is going to end today, I bet you're downing a whole bunch of these right now!
If you believe the world is going to end today, I bet you're downing a whole bunch of these right now!

Seriously, at the rate this is going, we'll have to cover something other than football news. This is about as dead as dead gets.

In any case, the lockout continues, much to the chagrin of EVERYONE. I hope they get a deal done, soon. I can't even fathom what it would be like to not watch football on Sundays, and what's worse is that I wouldn't blame a single soul for never watching the NFL again. Personally, if I didn't have such a massive love for football, I'd probably call it quits on the NFL if there was no season, too. At this point, that's neither here nor there. That's one of those things you just have to worry about if/when it happens.

Let's get this Saturday Six Pack rockin'!

AJC: And what better way to start your Saturday than by giving you a story that ought to set your hair on fire! Officials in Washington have decided to ban 150 referees for wearing pink whistles in support of breast cancer awareness. I wish I was joking. It started as a little tribute for one week's worth of games, but so many referees had breast cancer stories close to their hearts, they even started donating game checks to the Susan B. Komen Foundation. And someone had the audacity to punish them for it? Yeah, you can't make this stuff up.

ESPN: NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith gave a speech to the graduating class at the University of Maryland. He did refer to the lockout that was going on, and he also mentioned that the players wouldn't back down from what they believe in. I applaud Smith's steadfastness, but I do wonder if he'll be able to hold that up as July approaches.

Yahoo! Sports: Hobson Lopes, a Yahoo Sports contributor, writes about the three most important Falcons players in history. Needless to say, I probably could've guessed all three of them. That still doesn't take away from the value those three players had to our teams.

Vancouver Sun: As many of you know, former Falcon Shane Dronett committed suicide a few years ago. Recently, medical experts discovered head trauma was the cause of his actions. Several other former NFL players have been diagnosed with the same trauma that Dronett had, including Dave Duerson of the Bears who committed suicide in February. (I don't believe I've linked a story like this one before, but if I have, I apologize.) This is certainly the side of football that nobody likes, and I hope that safety advancements continue to progress to make our favorite sport a safer one.

Random (Yet very important) News: For those who don't know, former WWE wrestler "Macho Man" Randy Savage died in a car accident yesterday morning. He was only 58 years old. Randy Savage is most commonly known for being the Slim Jim guy when he wasn't wrestling, and he was one of my personal favorites when he was around. It's a shame to hear about stuff like this happening. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Random Funny: Good luck unseeing this.