Today officially marks the end of the excessive heat warnings we’ve had all week in St. Louis. Â I haven’t left the house much in fear of melting into the asphalt. Â The heat was so unbearable a little birdie decided to seek shelter in my garage the other day when the door was left open. Â But unfortunately, the sweltering temperatures got the best of him and passed away. Â RIP little one.
But when one door closes (bad news) another one opens (good news). Â I’m hearing this morning the players have more or less agreed to terms and if all goes as planned they will be meeting in D.C. tomorrow to vote.
Mike Freeman is reporting:
The new proposal stipulates the league year starts on the fifth day after the agreement is ratified, I’m told by a player source. Training camps cannot start until seven days after agreement is signed by both parties.
So we are still over a week away until camps start.
It’s slow but it’s moving forward. Â Looks like this will be the last week of the lockout.
Then just when we thought it was safe…
1) I think I’m not even going to address the “You-know-who” un-retirement rumors. Â I defer them to @sports_muse. Â Next item!
2) I think the Fab Four’s play to squeeze out what they could from this last leg of the CBA really bit them in the butt. Â Then again, was it really them or the lawyers? Â Drew Brees and Peyton Manning were just trying to get what they could while Logan Mankins and Vincent Jackson may have had real reasoning behind their demands. Â They felt like they got screwed last year and was trying to recoup their loses. Â That being said…
3) I think the some of the players were unhappy that those four tried for a personal cash grab. Â Don’t think so? Â Then just check out what Vikings punter Chris Kluwe had to say:
Vikings Punter Â Chris Kluwe
Personally, he just said out loud what I’m sure others were thinking but didn’t have the cajones to come public. Â That and I admire the fact he stood behind his tweet. Â No, “my account got hacked” crap or “it was taken out of context” backpedalling. Â Good for you, @ChrisWarcraft.
4) I think the possibility of a Saturday double opening for free agency and training camp is going to crazy fun for the teams, coaches, and writers. Â Isn’t this what we’ve all been waiting for? Â Some scribes have already resigned to the fact that they won’t be getting much sleep once free agency starts. Â As they say, be careful what you ask for – because you just might get it – and not necessarily in the way you thought. Â Words to live by the next time you whine about something you don’t have.
5) I think we will see which teams/coaches have done their homework. Â If rumblings are correct, deals have already been worked out for the top free agents and should go quickly. Â Kevin Kolb to Arizona is a poorly kept secret. Â I’m sure Nnamdi Asomugha has his ducks all lined up as well. Â Can’t wait toÂ see which have been breaking the “no contact” rule. Â Spags being the “Four Pillars” guy that he is probably didn’t get a head start. Â But I’m not putting anything past Kevin Demoff. Â I could see him knocking over a pillar or two to get ahead.
6) I think it’s smart of the Rams to have their training camp in town. Â They’ll also be opening most of the sessions to the public – to make amends for the PR mess the lockout created. Â The logistics of trying to run camp and free agency away from home turf was just too impractical.The fans win in this case and know I’ll be there to get any scoops if I can!
7) I think the NBA players, fans, and writers think they know what their lockout holds. Â But in reality they have no idea what they’re in for. Â Have fun and enjoy the roller coaster. Â I have a feeling your ride is going to be a lot longer than the NFL’s.
.8) I think I totally missed the WNBA all-star game. Â I had no idea the league was still in existence to be honest with you. Â Do people actually watch the games?
9) I think it’s finally time to start thinking about fantasy football! Â I have four invitations and I’ve accepted three of them. Â Can’t wait for my first mock draft!
10) I think despite my allergic reactions to the Patriots I have to take this moment to mention Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his late wife, Myra Kraft.
Very few knew that Robert Kraft, who has been a mainstay in these negotiations, had been going back and forth between the talks and his ailing wife. Â He could have been spending those last precious moments with his wife but instead he was at the table trying to get this deal done. Â Say what you will about the owners in general but I have to commend the sacrifice he made to keep these talks moving along.
The outpouring of support from all sides of this labor mess makes you take a step back to see the bigger picture. Â Here are some who loved and admired the late Myra Kraft.
Commissioner Roger Goodell:
Just a remarkable woman. Someone that meant so much to all of us. Sheâ€™d always find a way to give back and make the world a better place.
Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones:
It seems so appropriate to recognize what Myra has been to everyone that she touched. For some 15 years, she was a personal inspiration to me and my wife. She just seemed to grow as time went along with her will to help others.
Also former Patriots guard, Joe Andruzzi:
She was a big influence on myself, my wife, Jennifer, and my whole family. She touched our lives in many ways. Being here as a player, and reaching out to my wife during my time in the hospital, and going through my cancer treatment, and offering her help. .â€‰.â€‰. We looked up to her for what she did in the community, just the person she was. .â€‰.â€‰.
Life isn’t about what you can get from it but what you can give back. Â Myra Kraft did just that.