Los Angeles Times NFL writer Sam Farmer believes there's a "70 per cent" chance that the lockout will cost the league games this season.
Farmer says the "key date" on NFL developments will be roughly Aug, 18 -- three weeks before a scheduled start of the season. "If camps are still closed at that point," writes Farmer, "you can bet games will either be pushed back or scrubbed." The idea is that the NFL needs three weeks to prepare if it's going to have Week 1. Farmer also expects the owners to get the "better deal" in a new CBA and the players to make the most concessions.
There isn't a whole lot of football to talk about that hasn't already been talked about. But that doesn't mean we're still not trying.
And so I bring you Brett Favre throwing out a first pitch. Sound the Favre Watch. It's that time of year.
OK, just to be clear, I don't think this has anything to do with Favre returning to the NFL this season, even if he says, "it feels pretty good."
Even if Favre was still playing, I imagine he would still be throwing first pitches and not attending player-organized workouts. It's still only May.
Favre showed pretty good heat -- even he says it's been 25 years since he made a first pitch--before the Conference USA Tournament game between Southern Mississippi and Tulane. Favre was recruited out of high school at Hancock North Central as a cornerback. He said he didn't have enough speed to play the corner so he went back to playing quarterback.
Despite closing his 20-year career with the Vikings, the Pete Taylor Park PA was playing "Bang on the Drum All Day" of Lambeau Field fame.
SOME hither, others yon: Vito Stellino of the Florida Times Union is critical of Drew Brees' comments to SI.com about the NFL owners' actions since former NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw died. Brees said "the owners saw blood in the water and this was their opportunity to take back a financial piece of the pie while we didn't have any leadership and scrambling to find a new executive director." Writes Stellino: "Brees overlooked the fact that the owners opted out of the deal in 2008 before Upshaw died and his death had no effect on the owners' strategy."...The Bills are saying former LSU linebacker Kelvin Sheppard could prove to be the steal of the draft.. He relishes his role as quarterback of the defense and is another piece toward improving the NFL's worst run defense. Brings a huge body of work with 311 career tackles, 26 for loss, and 5.5 sacks. Top-rated inside linebacker Martez Wilson of Illinois was still there with the 68th over-all pick, but Bills coaches were impressed with Sheppard. The Saints drafted Wilson and will play him at strongside linebacker...
Former LSU pitcher Charlie Furbush was called up by the Detroit Tigers and posted a pair of long shutout performances in relief, picking up his first big-league win against Tampa Bay. Now former D.J. LeMahieu, along with former LSU teammate Louis Coleman of the Kansas City Royals have moved up to the major leagues. LeMahieu has been called up by the Chicago Cubs to replace injured infielder Jeff Baker....The New Orleans Voo Doo has added two former LSU standouts, wide receiver Skyler Green and defensive lineman Kirston Pittman to their roster. Both players were members of the Tigers' 2003 national championship team, and Pittman also played on the 2007 national championship team. Both had brief stints the NFL...