These youngsters are getting younger

This lockout needs to end.

With some (unwanted) spare time this week, I traveled to a dark, dark place.

Namely: The 1990s.

One night, I was checking out VH1's "40 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 90s." Prior to then, I hadn't realized the '90s were old enough to have confirmed one-hit wonders. I mean, shouldn't there still be hope for Right Said Fred, Lou Bega and the Crash Test Dummies?

A few days later, I was trying to do some actual work when I got stopped cold.

For the first time that I'm aware of, players born in 1990 are eligible for the NFL draft.

Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers was born Feb. 11, 1990.

USC offensive lineman Tyron Smith was born 19 stinkin' days before the start of 1991.

Every generation reaches that point. We're at the point where babies born during the Bell Biv Devoe period are headed to the NFL. It's time to pass the Geritol around. Wasn't it just yesterday that we watched the Jim Harbaugh-led Chicago Bears win the NFC Central, all while dreaming about the Cradle of Love girl?

(Or was that just me?)

Stay tuned for more ground-breaking NFC North coverage in a few hours.