The party like atmosphere on Saturday is hardly a reflection of the current state of the National Football League.

As part of their efforts to put some positive spin on football, the Indianapolis Colts hosted a "Aquapalooza" on Geist Reservoir, getting fans fired up for what they hope will be a full NFL season in 2011.

To aid the festivities were former Colts Tarik Glenn and Ken Dilger, understanding what could happen if a work stoppage extends into August and beyond.

"A lot of us enjoy on sitting down on Sundays and watching some football," said Dilger, a former tight end who played with the Colts from 1995-2001. "If we miss a couple of regular season games the fans would be very upset."

During this event to bring out enthusiasm, however, he and Glenn did so with a positive outlook on what might be to come in the labor situation. Both believe that a resolution to the current situation is near.

"I think to NFLPA and the NFL will get a deal done-and they won't disappoint the NFL fans," said Glenn straightforwardly on Saturday. "Ths is the greatest sport at least nationally and it would be disappointing to let down the NFL fans throughout the country."

Dilger concurred with the same reasoning, believing that the two sides can hammer out a deal that would prevent the league's first regular season game cancellations due to labor unrest since 1987.

"With all the players and the negotiations with the owner, I think it will get done soon, because its too much for everybody involved," said Dilger.

So far in the last month some progress has been made, with both the NFL and the player's union meeting outside of legal mediation in hopes of getting a deal done. Both sides have insisted through statements that there is work to be done to ensure that an agreement can be reached before the first training camps are slated to open on July 22nd.

Judge Arthur Boylan has scheduled a mediation hearing for both sides on July 19th in Minneapolis which will be nearly four months after the lockout began. But the longevity of the work stoppage isn't a surprise to Glenn-who was a Colt from 1997-2006-but rather apart of the nature of negotiation.

"There's just a lot of stubborn folks on both sides who want definitely to get their way" said Glenn. "But in the end they'll be compromisers and we'll get a deal done."