The Daily Lard 6-24-11

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! ESPN's trio of Mortensen, Schefter and Clayton are reporting that as part of the labor talks, the two sides are considering measures to help teams retain their own players in what will be an abbreviated free agency period. One option is to give each team a right of first refusal on up to three free agents (only this year), allowing them to match contract offers from other franchises. Another idea under consideration is to open a brief window for teams to negotiate exclusively with their own players before free agency truly begins.


Chris Hall examines Denver's linebacker corps for Broncos TV.

Tim Tebow appeared on Jimmy Kimmel's show on Wednesday night.

Another story on David Bruton's substitute teaching.

Here's a podcast of Gary Miller speaking with Terrell Davis.


The labor talks outside Boston concluded yesterday, and the two sides are expected to meet again next week.

Mike Freeman says that in his conference call with team player reps, De Smith made sure to manage their expectations.

Albert Breer writes that divvying up the league's revenue on a straight percentage basis rather than the owners keeping their books closed and claiming billions in expenses has helped build trust with the players.

There's been some talk about expanding rosters in some manner for just this year to compensate for the time lost this offseason. MJD considers the idea, but more importantly that is quite the picture of Tony Dungy...


In his latest Walkthrough, Mike Tanier looks at some surprising data regarding offensive success rates on second-and-short plays. Plus, the greatest QBs in Oilers/Titans and Jaguars history.

Khaled Elsayed examines pass-rush productivity among linebackers, with D.J. Williams ranking surprisingly high for 2010 (second best) and over the past three years (third best).

PFW's picks for potential breakout players from the NFC South, plus their ranking of the top 40 players of the NFC West.

Bucky Brooks shares his picks for possible second-year breakout players.

Andy Benoit has dropped Brian Dawkins from his list of the top 10 safeties in the league.

Matt Bowen breaks down Packers backup QB Matt Flynn's terrific performance against the Pats last season.

Bart Scott is making "Can't Wait" t-shirts and using the proceeds to help paralyzed Rutgers player Eric LeGrand in his recovery.

Joe Fortenbaugh takes an early look at interesting spreads for the 2011 season; the Lions are a road favorite for the first time in three years, and sadly that's when they come to Denver.


The Beer Wench has a few bones to pick with the restaurant industry for its treatment of beer as a second-class citizen among beverage options.

Back to the Dungy pic, isn't that a prime opportunity for a caption-off? Ted, note the epaulets...

Tommy from Quinzee is not happy that Whitey Bulger was captured.

AA helps us get behind a brilliant idea - to have Vin Scully call the 2011 World Series for FOX. In the name of all that's good in the world, please sign it!!

KSK's Sex/FF mailbag.

How Jennie Finch and her husband came up with the name Diesel for their son.

Opening a beer bottle with a cricket ball? Probably fake, but still cool.

Who in the world designed this trophy, and what were they thinking?!?!

Not for nothing, but if you're going to pierce your junk, you probably shouldn't then play a sport in which you can't wear a cup.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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