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New York Giants Notes: Court Day Edition

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Hey folks, good morning and welcome to NFL Courtroom, not to be confused with ESPN's NFL Countdown. Today is finally the day arguments are heard by the NFL for appealing to keep the lockout in place. So as Ed reported on Thursday, we could have a back-to-business right away situation, or we could have more of a mess. Let's hope it's the former.

Mara and owners back in talks with players - Giants Blog - ESPN New York
New York Giants owner John Mara was among some owners who joined NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith and players association officials on Wednesday in Chicago according to ESPN NFL insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. The two sides worked into the night to try to hammer out their differences one day before a scheduled hearing in St. Louis in front of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Today is the 79th day of the lockout. Both sides will be in St. Louis tomorrow.

This so encouraging, it's beyond encouraging. Clearly these two sides are sniffing the possibility of lost games and paydays and are beginning to get serious about working out a deal. Can they do it? I believe they can, but let's see what happens over this next week or so. This could also be encouraging, but I am guessing they canceled the sessions because they are already in talks.

Litigation best way to counter owners - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
As NFL owners and players take the next step in their lockout legal battle Friday when they argue in front of a three-judge panel at the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, there is one overarching question: Is this legal wrangle a good or bad thing for the NFL?

I will let you guys argue this one, but I personally think it's bad for the NFL, mostly because fans are becoming more and more outraged and the fans ultimately pay the bills.

For those of you interested in signing Clinton Portis, here is a Redskins' blogger's take on that subject. I don't know about Portis' ego, but he sure does get injured a lot.

Does anyone else find it amazing that an amicus brief was filed on behalf of NFL coaching staffs without some head coaches knowing about it? Witness Rex Ryan and Andy Reid saying so. Or are they just trying to appear not to take sides?

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Steve Smith
Im driving listeneing to the game almost crashed like 3x playoffs are amazing !! cmon heat!!!

That was lifted from Smith's Facebook page. Dude, please watch where you are going. We need you healthy and too many Giants have been involved in car crashes lately!

And hey, if there are games this season, and I think there will be, here is early analysis of each game in the Giants' season. Of course, we do not condone using anything on there for any actual cash wager.

Have a great weekend, everyone!