The Daily Lard 6-26-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Mike Freeman writes that after having spoken with several players and league officials over the past couple days, he expects a new CBA will be reached sometime in early- or mid-July. Freeman thinks all of the recent progress was sparked by the owners' desire to salvage their preseason revenue, and he says parties from both sides have been much more optimistic about a new deal off the record than on.

Meanwhile, LB Ben Leber, who's a named plaintiff in the Brady suit and a free agent, says he expects a new CBA will be agreed upon in time for a full season to be played.

Trimmings


In his Sunday column, Dan Pompei writes that Blaine Gabbert is expected to ride the pine in 2011 while fellow first-round QBs Andy Dalton, Cam Newton, and possibly Jake Locker and Christian Ponder are expected to be starters. Plus, Denver would be one of Pompei's top choices for HBO's Hard Knocks to get a better glimpse of the looming QB competition, while former Gators CB Janoris Jenkins has bypassed the Supplemental Draft and is transferring to North Alabama. Finally, Pompei could see the Texans dealing away Mario Williams and thinks Al Saunders would do well in running the Raiders' offense without upstairs meddling (a moot point).

The foot injury that hampered Big Ben last year has not been acting up of late but could still eventually require surgery.

More proof that Donovan McNabb is clueless: he thinks athletes shouldn't be on Twitter.

QB guru Tom Martinez may have a chance at recovery which may depend upon heart and kidney transplants.

Bob Raissman wonders just what Tiki Barber thought he'd accomplish with his recent media tour. Here's his recent interview with New York's biggest blowhard of all, Mike Francesa.

Andy Benoit lists his top 10 guards from around the league.

One-liners via PFT.

Scrapple


A pair of Kansas golfers locked up in a match had matching holes-in-one on the same hole.

Man, if you're going to get a Jumpman tattoo A) it should probably not look like he's wearing clown shoes B) your forehead is probably not the ideal placement.

Barry Bonds is continuing his "I'm actually a pretty good guy" Tour, this time with a visit to a children's hospital. What's gotten into him? This is Christmas Carol-esque...

A South Florida football player lifted a two-ton car off of a tow-truck driver who had been pinned underneath it.

Scottie Pippen is trying to backtrack from his "LeBron is the greatest" comments but not doing a great job of it.

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

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