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Boss' optimism waning

Kevin Boss #89 of the New York Giants

Kevin Boss #89 of the New York Giants scores the game winning touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars. (Nov. 28, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Kevin Boss used to think that the NFL would settle its labor dispute and lift the lockout in time for the players to have a full preseason and regular season without any changes to the schedule. Now he’s not so sure.

“I was trying to stay optimistic for a while,” the tight end said on Thursday night, “but the longer it’s gone on I guess I’ve become a little less optimistic each week that passes. I don’t think it’s great right now. But I’ll be ready when they tell me.”

Boss was attending a charity event at The Garden at Studio Square in Long Island City Thursday night to support Project Sunshine. He, Kevin Boothe and David Diehl were on hand to sign autographs, pose for pictures, and conduct an auction of signed jerseys for the fans.

While Boss’ optimism may be slipping, Diehl said he’s still pretty sure the schedule will remain unmolested -- if for no other reason than because he can’t fathom the alternative.

“The most important thing is that we get something done,” Diehl said. “I was a fan of this game long before I was a player and I just think about, for myself, how many memories I’ve had in my life, from childhood to now, that revolve around the NFL on Sundays. Family get-togethers, barbecues, games, tailgating. It would be … I don’t even know what it would be like if there weren’t any games on Sundays.”

Diehl also said that the labor impasse is effecting more than just the players and the owners.

“Everybody talks about winners and losers whether it’s the owners, the organizations or the players,” he said. “The losers are the fans. The losers are the thousands of employees who work at NFL stadiums and facilities and surrounding hotels and restaurants. Those are the losers in everything. It’s not the players or the owners, it’s the rest of the country that’s effected by this. I hope that at the end of the day everybody puts aside their own personal interests and egos and whatever it is for the most important thing and that’s the game of football.”

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