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March Madness Yahoo Pick 'em League

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I'm inviting members of BFTB and Gaslamp Ball to join a just-for-fun pick 'em league for College Basketball. I know this is a football site, but, hey, we need something to distract from the lockout. Plus SDSU is a big part of the tournament this year and that has more of the community interested. The only thing I ask is that if you join to post your BFTB username in the message board. That way we can all get a better feel of who is playing.

Dean speaks

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KA put this up earlier today (Saturday 3/12.) It's Dean Spanos speaking up about the CBA.

Rivers Shows His Character

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"Scheduled to speak at a conference in Phoenix, Philip Rivers’ flight plans were nixed. So he got in his car and made a 700-mile round trip to give a 20-minute talk." Next time someone tells you what a jerk Rivers is, have them read this story.

"Eric is a great kid and an outstanding player," [AJ] Smith said. "He is exactly the type of player...

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"Eric is a great kid and an outstanding player," [AJ] Smith said. "He is exactly the type of player we want to be a part of the Chargers organization. If we should offer a contract, we would present a contract to his agent, David Canter, both in years and money. Our hope then would obviously be he likes it and accepts. If not, as Eric said, he will be moving on in a heartbeat, as will we." Smith then turned his attention to Canter, who stated his disappointment the Chargers have not wanted to engage in substantive talks. "Regarding David Canter and his comment he is ‘baffled,’ " Smith said, "(Chargers vice president) Ed McGuire has had several conversations with David regarding Eric. I have also had a conversation with David regarding Eric, and Coach Turner has talked with David. "All I can say is I’m baffled (that) he’s baffled regarding our position at this point in time."

Smith states position on Weddle

7 day extension confirmed. Talks through next Friday at 5 pm. Mediation likely to continue...

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7 day extension confirmed. Talks through next Friday at 5 pm. Mediation likely to continue Monday. And no roster moves will be permitted during the deadline extension to next Friday at 5 pm. Extension only to try to negotiate a new CBA.

@AdamSchefter and again The lockout has been delayed for at least a week.

The NFLPA's power play: Cease to exist

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This is a great run down of some of the legal details related to what is going on right now and what the result of a lockout and decertification will be.

Nine players have agreed to be Name Plaintiffs in pending antitrust action if union decertifies....

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Nine players have agreed to be Name Plaintiffs in pending antitrust action if union decertifies. Some intriguing names... P. Manning, D. Brees, Tom Brady, Logan Mankins, Mike Vrabel, Vincent Jackson, Ben Leber, Brian Robison and Texas A+M linebacker Von Miller.

@AdamSchefter and @AdamSchefter

City of Industry Stadium site asks for a new name

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Apparently, Ed Roski just discovered what most of us already knew... no one wants to see games in City of Industry. He's applied for a name change of the property to Grand Crossing. Los Angeles Stadium at Grand Crossing. Sounds more like a "big deal" now, as opposed to a B-movie thriller with Harvey Keitel.

Forbes calls us "miserable"

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Forbes.com dropped a bomb on ten American towns. "Miserable" sports history? We got that, yessiree. We've had our ups and downs. We placed fifth on this unenviable list, but then, they say there are four that are worse. I read this and shuddered, because my brother, those four towns, they must be cursed! This San Diegan, who's lived his life beggin' for just one super parade, Has seen the great teams tempt us with dreams, but at the end they all just fade. Winslow, Seau, LT; Gwynn, Hoffman, Caminiti; they gave it all they had. But you know, as they say, at the end of the day, they just all drove us mad. Of our two franchises that draw the most eyeses, the Chargers are the hardest to follow. Sid Gillman, Coryell, Ross, Marty... what the Hell? In the end they all come up hollow. No matter how awesome, all those teams got some great memories to extoll. But for each Epic in Miami, we have a choke, a whammy, an Interfumble, a Freezer Bowl. After many long years, I've grown hairs in my ears, and I speak of players as "kids". Do I see a sign of the end of the line? An end to the decades on the skids? Turner is pure brill, Rivers a sure thrill, the whole team is good, doggone it. You never can tell: will there be hockey in Hell? I wouldn't bet the farm on it. We should love what we got, because champs or not, they're regular-season heroes. The Chargers are fun, and when Sunday is done, those athletes earn their zeroes. When the "window" closes and your fan-fervor dozes, and the crowds grow quiet as mice, Remember each day what Forbes had to say: "Great zoo, and the weather is nice."