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3-14-11: Bird Droppings - Lockout continues

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Not a lot of Cardinals news out there right now, so I'm going to start including more about other Arizona teams for now.

Flip side to the earlier quarterback question - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The NFL lockout could heighten the Seattle Seahawks' need at quarterback on one level. It's also possible a lockout lasting deep into the offseason could make it tougher for teams to justify significant changes at the position. It'll be hard enough preparing for the 2011 season without the usual minicamps or training camps, should a lockout drag on. Breaking in a new quarterback at the last minute would make the task even tougher. If I'm the Seahawks, for example, do I really want to find a new starting quarterback late in the summer? That would be rough.

2011 NFL draft: Value of fifth overall pick - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Teams interested in wheeling and dealing have few options during a lockout. They can still trade draft choices, which got me thinking about what NFC West teams could get in return for their first-round selections. Specifically, what could the Arizona Cardinals expect to receive in return for the fifth overall choice? The trade-value chart can help, and I was happy to stumble across this handy calculator for analyzing trades during the draft

Lauri Korpikoski scores two goals, leads Phoenix Coyotes over Anaheim Ducks
The Phoenix Coyotes are starting to look like a surprise playoff team -- again. Lauri Korpikoski gave the Coyotes the lead for good with his second goal of the game, and Taylor Pyatt and David Schlemko also scored in Phoenix's 5-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night.

Orlando Magic blow out Phoenix Suns
The Suns and Orlando Magic could debate to some degree about who got the best of their six-player December trade. There's no debating who had the worst of the injuries Sunday, when Steve Nash and Channing Frye were out and the Suns' pride was further wounded in getting dominated by Orlando 111-88 at US Airways Center. After Denver won for the first time in Phoenix since April 2004 by routing the Suns by 19 on Thursday, Orlando got its first win in Phoenix since November 2001 by dismantling them much the same with only J.J. Redick out hurt.

NCAA Tournament: Arizona Wildcats to face Memphis Tigers in first round on Friday
The Arizona Wildcats (27-7) are a No. 5 seed for this week's NCAA Tournament and will face the No. 12-seed Memphis Tigers (25-9) in the first round. The game will be Friday in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Arizona is in the West Region, where Duke is the top-seeded team. blogs - Nick Piecoro - Duke likely out 6-8 weeks with broken hand
Diamondbacks left-hander Zach Duke has two broken bones in his pitching hand and won’t be able throw again for a month, an injury that likely will sideline him into May. Duke was struck by a line drive off the bat of Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon during the second inning of his start on Saturday night.

Bickley: Grand Canyon plots to become a basketball power
There is no March Madness for Russ Pennell's crew. But in the fall, Grand Canyon University will open a new 5,000-seat arena. The CEO calls it the "best mid-size venue in the country." It's intimate, paid for in cash and represents one of the bolder dreams in college basketball. GCU, a private Christian university in Phoenix, aspires to be just like Gonzaga, Marquette and Xavier. It yearns to rise from its sleepy plot on the West side, soaring to prominence on the wings of its basketball team.

Phoenix Suns' Grant Hill can understand Steve Nash's pain
Suns guard Steve Nash did not play in Sunday's loss to Orlando and might not play Monday at Houston, and teammate Grant Hill can understand why. It might seem rare to hear about a player sidelined with pubic-symphysis irritation, at least that specifically, but Hill went through it as recently as the 2008 playoffs.

Arizona has favorable matchup against Memphis
It's the NCAA Tournament, and it's all about the matchups. Did fifth-seeded Arizona get a favorable pairing against No. 12 Memphis? I'd say yes.

Report: If lockout is lifted, no salary cap in 2011 | ProFootballTalk
As the legal wheels begin to churn in Minnesota, the first battle undoubtedly will be whether the league is forced via court order to end the lockout. If that occurs, the league will have two options: (1) come up with rules that apply to all 32 teams; or (2) don’t.

NFL wants Congress out of labor dispute, except when it helps the NFL | ProFootballTalk
Some of you blame the NFL for the current predicament that football fans face. Some of you blame the players. We blame everyone, since grown men of goodwill and common sense and reasonable intelligence should have been able to figure out how to carve up a $9 billion pie.

NFL lockout is bad, but resolution closer than it appears - Peter King -
Examining the NFL's final offer, it appears there's a deal to be made An interesting statistical comparison of Tiki Barber and Adrian Peterson Quotes of the Week, Tweets of the Week and 10 Things I Think I Think

Newton’s QB tutor: Roethlisberger is Cam’s "NFL model" | ProFootballTalk
While Auburn quarterback Cam Newton should use a different role model off the field, his private quarterback tutor George Whitfield says Newton will try to emulate Ben Roethlisberger on the field.

NFL becomes victim of its own success | ProFootballTalk
The NFL Network’s former ad campaign said it all: "Football season never ends." That’s why this work stoppage is unlike the player strikes of the 1980′s. The enormous increase of fan interest over the last decade in the NFL offseason will only amplify anger at ownership and players. The league has become a victim of its own success.

Report: NFL owners have cash to cover lost '11 - ESPN
NFL owners have enough money saved to carry them through a lost 2011 season -- even without the so called "lockout insurance" television rights revenues that might not be available after being successfully challenged in court by the locked-out players, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

NFL players' antitrust suit reassigned to third judge - ESPN
The federal antitrust lawsuit filed by players against the NFL has been reassigned to a third judge.