But don’t hold your breath. Plus, football is back, sort of.
IS IT OVER YET?: DeflateGate could be coming to an end as soon as Wednesday. That’s when Roger Goodell, Tom Brady and the other main players in this year’s NFL scandal will sit down in a New York court for a settlement conference. It could end it all, but it probably won’t. In that case, both sides will file briefs Friday followed by another meeting in court on Aug. 19. Remember, the goal is to have this wrapped up by Sep. 4.
FOOTBALL OR SOMETHING LIKE IT: Make no mistake, there was football on your television last night, albeit the preseason variety which featured MyCole Pruitt scoring the first touchdown of the (pre)season in a 14-3 Vikings win over the Steelers.
- Positives for the Vikings included a solid effort from Teddy Bridgewater and a good series of blocking from left tackle Matt Kalil, who has to start playing better this season. Daily Norseman gets into the specifics of it all.
- Steelers fans are buzzing about do-it-all speedster Dri Archer and second-year linebacker Ryan Shazier after Sunday’s game. Behind the Steel Curtain has more.
HALL OF FAME HIGHLIGHTS: Sydney Seau stole the show on Saturday night. We also got a look at the speech she would’ve given if the rules had been a little more sensible. For Jerome Bettis, the enshrinement ceremony was basically a home game. Chiefs fans relieved their favorite Will Shields’ memories. Charles Haley told the best golf story we’ve heard in a long, long time.
NO VOTES: Owners converge on an airport hotel in Chicago for a Tuesday meeting to discuss the race to Los Angeles. The NFL made it clear that no votes will be taken, but that’s not to say they won’t have plenty to do.
RIP FRANK: The game lost a legend this weekend when Frank Gifford, 84, passed away. Al Michaels, Gifford’s long-time Monday Night Football colleague, took some time to remember him during Sunday’s game.
BANNER WARS: Enough with the banners. A California pilot died in a plane crash this weekend. He was thought to be the one hired by Eagles fans to fly a banner over Cowboys practice, but it wasn’t him. Dallas fans sent a banner to Eagles practice the day before.
HEALTHY COWBOY: Speaking of the Cowboys, a healthy Sean Lee could be a real difference maker for their defense.
MACLIN MIXUP: Jeremy Maclin was fighting at Chiefs camp this weekend.
ALDON SMITH: Are the Giants interested in taking a flyer on the pass rusher recently cut by the 49ers?
BUCS EXTEND DAVID: Smart move by the Buccaneers to extend Lavonte David. Here’s an inside look at what makes David such an incredible player.