I’ve done my very best, but I could no longer hold back what turned out to be the inevitable: talking about the labor situation on the podcast.
Trust me. I know you don’t want to hear about it. I don’t want to talk about it. But decertification and litigation have finally descended upon our football universe and it’s sucking the oxygen out of anything to do with the NFL right now. Even the NFL Draft — the only certain-to-be-held, football-only event remaining on the 2011 calendar – is becoming infected by the labor strife that’s enveloped our beloved sport.
So, after much deliberation, I felt I had to open the podcast books to the subject matter. In other words, circumstances made me face this cold, hard reality: I could no longer lock out the lockout from my podcast.
Thus, I dialed up Hall of Fame writer and long-time NFL observer Peter King. Peter spent much of last week with the rest of the huddled media masses, freezing on the streets of Washington, D.C., hoping for good news from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service headquarters that never came. How did we get here? Why did we get here? And where do we go from here? And what’s with the story he broke on Tuesday: the NFLPA or whatever it’s currently called holding its own New York City draft party for top prospects that would normally be in town to hug the Commissioner at Radio City Music Hall?
Either way, regardless of who is in New York City and in what building, the NFL Draft will go down at the end of April. One of the top quarterbacks available, Jake Locker, joined us before he worked out with the Vikings on Tuesday, and later in the week with Seattle and Tennessee. What makes him tick? And would it be a dream come true for the Washington native to play for the Seahawks?
Speaking of dreams come true: I finally got one of my favorite people to come on my podcast – future Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk. He joined the Hot Topics segment with Hot Topics regular NFL Network host/reporter Kara Henderson and the resulting conversation went as expected: all over the map. From Pro Bowls to Thursday Night Football, Marshall, Kara and I frequently break bread together whenever we’re on the same assignment and the friendship came through the podcast mikes with flying colors. Plus, Marshall gives rare insight on how you get ready for induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, from getting a measuring for a jacket and bust to forming your acceptance speech.
It’s a no-holds barred conversation. In other words, we open our books for all to see.