Perhaps I was being naive when I expected Wednesday's hearing in federal court to break the stalemate between the NFL owners and players and at least get them talking again. Or as Sports Illustrated's Don Banks suggested, I was merely uninformed. Sorry if I'm not glued to my laptop reading every detail of the legal maneuverings that might rob fans of all or part of the 2011 season.
But now District Judge Susan Richard Nelson said she will take two weeks to decide whether to grant the players' injunction request to lift the lockout. The outcome will likely be appealed to the Eighth Circuit Court in St. Louis. That means weeks and months of legal wrangling with no talks in sight.
The April 28-30 NFL draft and the league's promised pre-draft release of the 2011 schedule of games that may not be played appears all fans have to look forward to for some time. That and Hines Ward's performances on "Dancing With the Stars.'' In the past, the power of the NFL was evident in the fan vote for participants like Emmitt Smith, Jason Taylor, Warren Sapp, Jerry Rice and Kurt Warner. Wonder if Ward will soon feel the backlash, even though the league orchestrated the lockout, not the players.
Thoughts on other matters: