NFL Lockout: The Movie


The Lockout is OVER!!! Over the past few months, the lockout has provided no shortage of twists, turns and some stuff that Aaron Sorkin and Scott Rudin could easily turn into Hollywood drama (if you doubt that last sentence, I direct your attention to the film “Moneyball” coming to a theater near you in September).

Regardless, arguing the merits of whether a series of events would make a decent movie is not what this post is all about, nor is it what’s fun about creating fake movies. The fun lies in thinking about which actors would play each of the main players.

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Indianapolis Colts Owner: Peyton Manning “Out for Awhile”

I would start getting used to seeing Kerry Collins under center for the Indianapolis Colts this season.

Colts owner Jim Irsay all but said that would be the case on Twitter this morning.

Irsay, a regular on Twitter, wrote the following message on his account: “NFL Season opens 2nite!We had a good practice yesterday and r guys r fired up 4 the season.#18’s out for awhile,but compete,we will/BELIEVE.”

The development was a follow-up to confirmations by the team’s vice chairman, Bill Polian, and Manning himself, that the four-time MVP would miss Sunday’s season opener in Houston, ending an unprecedented streak of 208 (227 including playoffs) consecutive starts to begin a NFL career.

(Update: Manning’s 2011 is likely over, is this a career ender?)

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Indianapolis Colts Sign Kerry Collins

I have been saying this whole preseason that quarterback Peyton Manning would be good to go for the Indianapolis Colts’ season opener Sept. 11 at Houston.

I now concede it’s possible he might not be.

The Colts on Wednesday signed veteran quarterback Kerry Collins, who was Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian’s first draft choice as GM of the Carolina Panthers, as insurance if Manning is unable to start Week 1.

Collins, 38, most recently played for the Colts’ division rivals, the Tennessee Titans, and started all but one game for the team during its charmed 2008 season; the Titans went 13-3 that season and claimed home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

While Collins might be a better option than current Colts backups Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky, it’s still a major concern for a team that relies so heavily on Manning.

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What a Turn of Events for Indianapolis Colts

The only post-NFL lockout hangup for the Indianapolis Colts seemed to be signing quarterback Peyton Manning to that record deal owner Jim Irsay promised him before the league shut down.

Now the 132-day work stoppage is over, and Manning’s new contract didn’t break any records on the whole — at his request.

Manning and the Colts agreed to terms Saturday on a five-year, $90 million deal that averages out the same as the contract of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. And Indy is already benefiting.

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No Bears vs. Rams: NFL cancels Hall of Fame Preseason Game

Field of Dreams 2: The NFL Lockout (HILARIOUS VIDEO)


Ready for the sequel (well, not really but it’s a can’t miss video anyway) to “Field of Dreams?” The NFL lockout version. You have to watch this video it’s star studded. Ray Liotta as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Taylor Lautner, Dwight Freeney from the Indianapolis Colts, Shawn Merriman, DeSean Jackson, Antonio Cromartie, Ray Lewis, Tony Gonzalez, even Kevin Costner makes a cameo to this fictional Iowa cornfield.

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Indianapolis Colts Safety Chip Vaughn Benefits from EBA Apparel in Training

NFL players have had to adjust their routines more than ever this offseason.

The NFL lockout has prevented players from entering their teams’ facilities for training, watching film, rehabilitating from injuries and anything else they might consider standard procedure.

Indianapolis Colts safety Chip Vaughn is one of the many players who has had to adjust, and he’s found a pretty unique way to do so.

By Drew Allen

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NFL Lockout Fallout: Players Taking High-Risk Loans


The biggest fallout from the NFL Lockout thus far is not the opening of some sports agent Wild Wild West, where agents are prying clients from one another’s grasp at any chance they get.

If anything, that sort of atmosphere already existed and did not change much with the decertification of the NFL Players Association as a union for the players.  Instead, the biggest concern to date is the worrisome lending practices of NFL players in need, or with a strong desire, to take out loans.

These loans typically have terrible interest rates attached to them, which players will be complaining about for years to come.

A few weeks ago, Jason Schwartz of The Daily (News Corp’s new iPad magazine) contacted me because he was working on a story about how NFL players are weathering the Lockout financially and wanted to hear about my thoughts with regards to the loans being taken out by these players.

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Ranking the “Elites” of Fantasy Football

Prognosticating a player’s outlook four months prior to the start of the season is hard enough. Add in the NFL lockout and making cheat sheets becomes merely guesswork at this point.

However, if you are a die hard fantasy football player, there is always homework that can be done. Although many players will move up and down draft boards over the summer, you probably know by now where the top six or seven guys stand.

No one is talking about fantasy football in May, which makes it a perfect time to rank the “elite” players before the annual off-season over-hyping begins.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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Atlanta Falcons Rally Around Matt Ryan During NFL Lockout


The NFL lockout is an opportunity for many players to recuperate after a surgery, to give those banged-up bones a rest or just to get in some quality time with the family. Others are raring to go though. The Atlanta Falcons have definitely had enough R&R and – in lieu of actual NFL training camp games – they’re playing seven-on-seven at Atlanta-area high school training fields. The character at the center of these ad-hoc workouts is QB Matt Ryan, but there are of course others out there who organize such get-togethers for teammates eager to knock off some of the lockout rust.

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How the NFL Lockout Affects America’s Favorite Game, Fantasy Football

According to Wikipedia, an estimated 18 million people adjust their line-ups week-to-week during the NFL regular season in a little game called fantasy football.

That’s a lot of people who may be looking for entertainment elsewhere if the NFL Lockout indeed sticks.

However, let’s make a realistic prediction and say the owners and players association figures something out and NFL football is actually played at some-point in the fall.

The next step is to think how the current lockout affects your fantasy football league now and when the lockout is lifted.

By: Nick Grays
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Will the NFLPA Boycott the Draft? and Other Lockout Stumbling Points


The NFLPA may have decertified thus giving up its status, but as a trade association, it can still pack a punch in the ongoing dispute with the league.

The latest rumor has it that the NFLPA is preparing to boycott the April 28-30 draft, by preventing the top prospects from entering the draft. Although nothing official has been heard from the NFLPA regarding the matter, what is certain is that the union met and held conferences with several of the top prospects and that it enjoys full support on that front. With all that in mind, a full boycott of the draft would also be possible – provided there’s consensus amongst the prospects on the matter.

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