Labor talk on front burner for 'baggers

We've escaped lockout discussion in this spot, but we can't avoid it anymore

Updated: May 26, 2011, 3:11 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Up to this point, the NFL lockout hasn't been a big topic of discussion in Patriots mailbags. The idea has been to keep this space primarily devoted to Patriots-specific topics -- the draft, free agency, personnel thoughts, coaching moves, etc.

This week marks a shift, as the majority of submissions had a labor-based slant to them. Emailers are frustrated. My sense is that more and more fans are putting the NFL in the background, with the idea "Let me know when there are games, and ...

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