Well, it’s finally official. The NFL has canceled the Hall of Fame game between the Rams and Chicago Bears, making it the first real casualty of the lockout. I’ve believed for some time that this game wouldn’t take place, and as disappointed as I am that we have to wait that much longer to see the Rams take the field, the person I really feel bad for is Marshall Faulk. Faulk will still go into the Hall in a ceremony that weekend, but I know it would have been that much more special for him if the organization he had his best years with was taking the field. It will still be a huge weekend for Marshall, and very much deserved, but I hope this lockout doesn’t cast too big a shadow over the ceremony.
In lockout news, the whole thing took a major step forward today when the owners voted 31-0 to approve the deal. The only team not to cast a vote was the Oakland Raiders, but the rest of the owners seem to like what was placed in front of them. There is a report out that the players are going to vote on Friday, but there are some different opinions on that matter. Some of the players who have spoken out think it will be next week before anything happens with the players, but ESPN’s Chris Mortensen believes the vote will take place Friday, so we will see. I’m not completely sold on the idea that this vote is coming immediately based on what I’ve heard, but I hope I’m wrong about that. I’m so ready for this to be over and for the season to start, so like usual, we just have to wait and see.