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5-30-11: Bird Droppings - Hadnot Ready To Step Up

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Happy Memorial Day everyone, with today being a holiday there isn't a lot to talk about, but there is a story about Hadnot being ready to take over for Faneca.

Also, the Diamondbacks have taken first place in the NL West away from the Giants, so if you guys need a sports fix the D-Backs are playing well enough to help hold everyone over until the Lockout ends.

Cardinals News:

Arizona Cardinals' Rex Hadnot has chance to start
Cardinals offensive lineman Rex Hadnot had just finished up an informal workout with 30 or more teammates and other NFL players and there was only one thing on his mind. No, it wasn't the ongoing NFL lockout. "Deuce Lutui is throwing a birthday party for his daughter and I want to know why I didn't get an invitation," Hadnot said. "Everybody was invited but me. "So Deuce, if you're reading this article, I want to know why I didn't get an invite." One of the more gregarious and talkative linemen on the team, Hadnot might be in line for an even better invitation once the lockout is resolved. With the retirement of Alan Faneca, he could be asked to step in and be the Cardinals' new starting left guard opposite Lutui, their starting right guard.

Rex Hadnot hopes to replace Alan Faneca in Arizona | ProFootballTalk
With Alan Faneca announcing his retirement earlier this month, the Cardinals will need a new starter at left guard. Rex Hadnot hopes that he will secure the honors.

Arizona Sports News:

Arizona Diamondbacks rally for victory, complete sweep of Houston Astros, move into 1st place of NL West
Before reporters were allowed inside, there was hooting and hollering coming from within the walls of the visitors clubhouse, where a team no one had given a chance to do much of anything this season had just polished off its best road trip in years. "You guys can write about the first-place Diamondbacks," left-hander Joe Saunders said. "How about that?" Well, that's more or less what Saunders said. With perhaps a choice adjective in there, as well.

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson ejected for 2nd time this season
Before Sunday's game, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson reflected on his decision Saturday to have a conversation with the umpires, which resulted in the Diamondbacks getting a call reversed to their benefit. It was a rare moment for Gibson to venture out of the dugout and onto the field and, sure enough, not long after the conversation with reporters, he was back out on the field during Sunday's game. That confrontation, however, didn't have a positive outcome for Gibson, who was ejected from his second game of the season, this time by home-plate umpire D.J. Reyburn.

NFL News:

NFL: Training camps may be next hits - ESPN
Teams that want to travel for training camp need lead time to plan, and the lockout is endangering that, writes John Clayton in his latest mailbag.

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James Harrison explains his concerns about safety rules | ProFootballTalk
As the NFL continues to implement the ultimate safety procedures via a lockout that ensures players won’t be in harm’s way because they aren’t allowed on the field, Steelers linebacker James Harrison has elaborated on his concerns regarding the league’s ongoing tweaking of rules aimed at protecting players.

Group asks FCC to eliminate NFL blackouts | National Football Post
A nonprofit organization known as has asked the FCC to put an end to blackouts of sports broadcasts, including NFL games. The group asks the FCC to revise or cease retransmission disputes, the kind of thing that led to seven regular-season home games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers not being shown on television in the local market last season.

Lockout paycuts show "suffering" by folks who don’t need to be | ProFootballTalk
Larry Foote isn’t the only person who finds the practice of reducing non-player salaries during the lockout to be unsavory. Plenty of folks have been scratching their heads when it comes to the decision by annually successful businesses to cower behind the lockout as the basis for cutting costs.