Sustained optimism. I can't believe it, considering just how hateful the NFL labor battle has been at times, but that's exactly what's happening since owners and players sat down for not-so covert talks earlier this month. Let's hope something gets done in the near future so that we can see a St. Louis Rams team building on the success it experienced last year.
On to the links...
Bread and roses: Players and owners continue talks, cite progress
The NFL and players plan to return to the bargaining table next week and both parties have been maintaining communication in between the face-to-face meetings, another sign of the seriousness of these talks. Patriots owner Robert Kraft, one of the more moderate of his bunch, said that progress was being made, while acknowledging the size and scope of the settlement takes time.
Rams' Steven Jackson among 5 inducted into local hall of fame
During a ceremony Friday at the Orleans Arena to induct Steven Jackson into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame, the St. Louis Rams running back was praised for his many successes on the gridiron. For Las Vegas area high school football players, Jackson’s most significant accomplishment was simply excelling at the next level. Before Jackson burst onto the scene at Oregon State, Southern Nevada was lightly recruited and several players with college-level talent went under-recruited. But after Jackson shined with the Beavers, college coaches made sure Las Vegas was included on the recruiting trail.
San Diego Chargers take stake off the market
Chargers owner Alex Spanos is no longer looking to sell at least part of his stake in the NFL franchise, a team official said. San Diego removed the 36 percent share of the franchise that was available for purchase, citing the expansion of the estate tax as part of the Bush tax cuts.
Harvin and Ponder getting together to work out; no Sidney Rice
Vikings rookie QB Christian Ponder and WR Percy Harvin will be getting together to workout soon. Big deal, right? It's notable that WR Sidney Rice isn't part of the mix with his looming free agency.