Hat tip to Mosugo for fanposting an article re: Peter King's report earlier. Give it a quick read if you haven't already. If you don't wanna read it - because you're cool like that - here's the bottom line: the lockout will end shortly.
DeMaurice Smith, the National Football League Players Association executive director, asked NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to speak at the NFLPA rookie symposium, and Goodell agreed.
What's significant is that it represents a continuing thaw in the relationship between Smith and Goodell; they'd had some contentious moments over the previous year -- particularly when the NFLPA walked away from negotiations in March, dissatisfied at what it considered the NFL's slow pace in the negotiations -- and each having trust issues with the other.
None of this should mask the fact that the two sides still have significant progress to make after multiple meetings in different parts of the country. One player representative told SI.com recently that he'd been told by the union that a deal is not imminent. But the signs continue to be good with meaningful dialogue and concessions from both sides apparently happening.
Admittedly King threw in that last quote to bring the masses down to Earth. But come on, if this isn't a good sign, then I don't know what is. These two are like Rocky and Tommy Gunn. Historically speaking, they aren't fond of one another. And out of nowhere, they go and do something like this. Totally redeemed IMO.
Am I overreacting? Is this no big deal? Why aren't you people celebrating?!?! Poor rookies.