The Daily Lard 3-14-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Not much going on - perhaps all of the football writing population is busy trying to make sense of the NCAA Selection Committee's hack job? Gotta figure several of you are CU fans, and there is no question that the Buffs got jobbed yesterday. After having beaten K-State three times this season and having claimed big victories over Texas and Missouri, they were left out of the field of 68 while teams like VCU and UAB went from not even being discussed as bubble teams to making the tourney. We feel for you, Buffs fans...


Arguments will be heard in the players' antitrust suit today, and there will be a third judge assigned after the first two recused themselves.

Florio finds that (of course) the owners didn't really offer to split the difference - for 2011 the gap is more like $860 million according to his calculations.

According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, 2011 is likely to be an uncapped season if the players succeed in busting the lockout.

Adam Himmelsbach on the loopholes created by the lockout.


Chris Cook of the VIkings is perhaps the first NFL player to umm, take advantage of the suspension of the personal conduct policy.

In his MMQB, PK lays out the NFL's last offer and says the league and union are closer to a deal than is being portrayed. He writes that ultimately the NFL will have to offer up more financial transparency, and goes on to say that Nnamdi Asomugha could be the biggest winner of free agency whenever it arrives.

In their AFC Whispers, PFW points out that Reggie Wayne may be playing his last year in Indy. Plus, their NFC Whispers.


Greg Gabriel thinks decertification and the lockout could negatively impact the draft value of the top QB prospects.

Gil Brandt details the pro days of Ohio State, Northern Illinois, Idaho and Clemson.

Farrar continues his second 40 of prospect evaluations with Illinois LB Martez Wilson and Arkansas TE DJ Williams.

Matt Bowen does some film work on Tyler Sash, who like Bowen was an Iowa safety.

Pat Kirwan has the Broncos taking Marcell Dareus at #2, Illinois RB Mikel Leshoure at #36 and Notre Dame TE Kyle Rudolph at #46 in his latest mock draft. Can you imagine the reaction if Denver actually went offense with two of their top three picks? Oh my....

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