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5-17-11: Bird Droppings - Lockout Continues

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The big news for right now, the Lockout is still going on and we have no idea when Football will start back up. These are dark times.

There is also an interesting article on Kolb that was posted in a fanpost the other day saying he is more like A.J. Feeley than Matt Schaub, and a video of Armando Galarraga losing his temper during a post game press conference following another frustrating outing for the guy who lost a Perfect Game due to a botched call by the Ref last year.

Cardinals News:

Word From the Birds Blog - Vernon, Dockett and Cards-Niners
Even with very little going on right now around the league, there apparently still be a little trash talk going on between 49ers tight end Vernon Davis and Cards’ defensive lineman Darnell Dockett. Well, at least from Davis, who mentioned he’d like to take on Dockett in a steel cage match. Of course, it should be noted those kinds of "matches" are for pro wrestling, where everything is staged. As has been mentioned before, Dockett and Davis are good friends, both having grown up in Maryland. Having them war with words is a little like hearing Paul Calvisi and Ron Wolfley verbally attack one another.

Sneak peek at Cardinals' Patrick Peterson - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Three quick thoughts after watching the Arizona Cardinals' in-house video offering an inside look at LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson's selection in the 2011 NFL draft:

Cardinals in depth: Will they find a QB to make them a contender? - The Huddle: Football News from the NFL -
Cardinals in depth: Will they find a QB to make them a contender? - The Huddle: Football News from the NFL -

NFC West re-draft pain after Willis, Breaston - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A quick look at the NFC West picks Reilly mentioned, and how many spots earlier or later they would have gone on a re-draft:

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Arizona Sports News:

Bad outing against San Diego Padres irks Arizona Diamondbacks' Armando Galarraga
Just like that game he pitched last year against the Cleveland Indians, you could say things haven't been exactly perfect for Armando Galarraga. Last June 2, in a regrettable, unforgettable moment, he was robbed of a perfect game when first-base umpire Jim Joyce made an incorrect call with two outs in the ninth inning. Galarraga handled that disappointment with the utmost class and was praised for the dignity he showed in doing so. How would he respond after Monday night's performance, when he was rocked once again, this time in the form of an 8-4 loss to the visiting San Diego Padres that dropped the Diamondbacks into last place in the NL West? Answer: Not very well.

Arizona Diamondbacks' Kirk Gibson selected to help coach National League at All-Star Game in Phoenix
National League All-Star manager Bruce Bochy has named the Arizona Diamondbacks' Kirk Gibson as a coach for the 82nd All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 12th at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury open camp refreshed
She bounced around the court, her feet as light as the smile that never left her face. For the first time in more than four months, Diana Taurasi was on a basketball court with a professional team, doing the thing she loves most. "I feel like a kid again," said Taurasi after the Mercury's first training-camp practice Monday. Taurasi has not played or practiced with a professional team since her suspension from a women's pro league in Turkey in December following doping allegations. Her contract with her Turkish team was terminated in January.

UA's Waldrop to enter College Football Hall of Fame -
A member of Arizona's "Desert Swarm" defense, Rob Waldrop was a winner of the Bednarik, Nakurski and Outland trophies during his final year in school. Now, nearly 20 years later, he will be known for another accomplishment: being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

D-backs' Armando Galarraga jaws with reporters after game - is Arizona's Sports Page. Complete coverage, late breaking news and opinions on your favorite Arizona teams including Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks,Coyotes, ASU, U of A, NAU

NFL News:

Appellate court grants NFL owners permanent stay - ESPN
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis has granted NFL owners' request for a permanent stay of a prior ruling halting their lockout.

Mediation over but NFL says progress was made - ESPN
The court-ordered mediation between the NFL and its locked-out players ended early Tuesday afternoon but the league's lead negotiator said progress is continuing to be made in mediation.

Report: "Breakthrough" in talks | ProFootballTalk
And so when it appeared that no progress would be or could be made in mediation with both sides aiming for leverage in lieu of compromise — indeed, Steelers Art Rooney, II, said so on his way into Monday’s talks — it’s fitting in this crazy up-and-down, back-and-forth process that on a day when no one expected progress to be made, progress apparently has been made.

Eighth Circuit tips its hand; Judge Nelson’s ruling is in serious jeopardy | ProFootballTalk
A full 17 days after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued a temporary stay of the order lifting the lockout until the Eighth Circuit could rule on a motion for a full stay pending resolution of the appeal of Judge Susan Nelson’s April 25 decision, the Eighth Circuit has decided to extend the stay. The written opinion extends much farther than that.

League calls for a deal to be done now | ProFootballTalk
With the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit giving the NFL a significant victory in Monday’s ruling granting a stay of the order lifting the lockout — and dropping very clear hints that the league will prevail on the appeal of Judge Nelson’s ruling — the league has issued a response that calls for the two sides to get back to the bargaining table and get a deal done.

Progress in mediated talks disputed | ProFootballTalk
The moment any good news is reported during this lockout, you can bet that someone will report the opposite soon thereafter.

Reports regarding lack of progress are a matter of semantics | ProFootballTalk
So how can the competing reports from Monday evening regarding the progress, or lack thereof, in mediation be harmonized? Sal Paolantonio of ESPN reported that a breakthrough came on Monday. Others, specifically Mike Freeman of and Mark Maske of the Washington Post, reported that no meaningful progress was made.

NFL court victory carries short-term costs - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The latest federal appeals court ruling stands as a legal victory for the NFL, albeit one with negative short-term consequences for teams navigating through significant changes this offseason.

NFL: Time for league to scramble? - ESPN
Opening up free agency would give fans some hope, let players move on - John Clayton Mailbag

Does ruling improve chance for labor deal? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The federal appeals court ruling favoring NFL owners keeps the lockout in place -- possibly well past the court battle scheduled for June 3. The broader question: Could the shift facilitate a new labor agreement in the interim?

Eagles official website setting the price for Kolb? -
If there was ever any doubt about the Philadelphia Eagles willingness to trade Kevin Kolb it looks like you can lay those to rest. That's because the team's website is now trying to drive up the price of the young quarterback. At least it looks that way. Over the weekend ran a piece that suggested the team should get a lot more than many people think back in return for Kolb.

Washington Redskins QB John Beck: 'I'm thinking I'm the starter' - ESPN
After not drafting a quarterback in April's draft, Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan talked glowingly of backup John Beck. In a radio interview Monday, Beck made it clear he thinks he's ready to take over as the team's starter.

Kevin Kolb: Schaub-like or Feeley-ish? |
As I’ve stated elsewhere, I was a fan of the Atlanta Falcons trading the farm to pick up a guy they thought would make them a better team. I can get behind that ethos, even though I haven’t seen Julio Jones play in the NFL (my PFF contract includes a "no college football" clause as I’m chained to the desk watching the NFL). So then it may surprise people how much I’m against the idea of a team swapping a first round pick for Kevin Kolb. Simply put, it would amaze me to see a team pass on the potential of a top draft selection in favor of the more proven Kolb, who has seven career starts to his name. When you really break him down, there’s nothing about the way he has played to suggest he’ll be any more Matt Schaub than A.J. Feeley. Pretty big statement, allow me to try and back it up.