John Beck Turned Away by Security Guard at Redskins Park

Multiple reports have said the Washington Redskins are prepared to go with John Beck as their starting quarterback for the upcoming season. Yes, Beck is the same guy who was drafted in the second round by the Dolphins and released shortly thereafter.

If you’re not too familiar with him, don’t worry — you’re not alone.

According to The Washington Post, Beck showed up to Redskins Park to be the first player at the facility once the lockout ended and was turned away. But that’s not the best part. Beck was not only turned away because players can’t report until Tuesday, but also because the security guard didn’t know who he was.

“I’m OK with that,” Beck said of not being recognized. “I haven’t done anything yet.”

We’ve heard of Tim Lincecum being turned away by security guards but that was from opposing teams and because he looks 12 years old. Beck plays for the Redskins where the city absolutely loves their football team. That just shows how unknown he is. It doesn’t mean he can’t become the team’s starting quarterback, it just shows us he has a long way to go.

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Ed Reed Calls Hines Ward a ‘Dirty Player’

You know the old expression “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone”? The NFL lockout has reportedly ended before training camp has even begun, but that expression has fully applied to the world of sports over the past few months. Fans have been yearning for anything NFL-related like free agency and OTAs. More importantly, the lockout has robbed us of a whole mess of trash talk.

Sure, we have gotten the occasional cry-baby spazfest from guys like James Harrison, but there has been little talk to help fire us up for some real game action.  Last week, Ed Reed let a few more sparks fly within the Ravens-Steelers rivalry with his thoughts on Hines Ward.

“I love Hines as a player and I told him that,” Reed told the Baltimore Sun at his football camp. “But I told him also for a long time, ‘You’re a dirty player because I know how you play.’”

The history between Reed and Ward goes back a long time, as you probably know.  Reed is one of the game’s hardest hitters and probably doesn’t like the fact that Ward has dropped him with a block.  What Ed calls a “cheap shot,” some of us call being embarrassed that a receiver put you down.  As a receiver who isn’t afraid to throw a block, Ward is a dying breed.  Considering he is a respected veteran in the league and plays the game at full-speed, I doubt the officials will make anything of Reed saying he’s a dirty player.  Bottom line: football’s back.

Chest bump to Pro Football Talk

NFL Lockout Reportedly Over After Sides Agree to Terms of New CBA

The best kept secret for sports fans seems to have finally come through: the lockout is over. There were several hints that the players would approve the terms of the new CBA on Monday, and FOX NFL reporter Jay Glazer confirmed the news early Monday morning.

Glazer tweeted at 3:53am Monday morning that “Sources say 2 sides this hour FINALLY agree to terms of new CBA.” He added some important details on the timeline saying “Facilities open Tues, camp starts Thurs for 10 teams, Fri for 10, wkend for 12.”

Glazer also announced on JT The Brick’s show on FOX Sports Radio that the players hope to meet Tuesday and Wednesday to recertify as a union. You may recall that the Players Association had to decertify in order to sue the NFL owners. Once they recertify, they can “negotiate terms for the league’s drug programs, player discipline fines, workers comp, etc,” according to Glazer.

Here’s the audio from Glazer’s announcement on JT the Brick’s show:

We had heard for quite some time that the lockout was expected to end, but it’s no less exciting to hear this. I’m sure I can speak for everyone who enjoys this site by saying we’re absolutely stoked for camps to open and free agency to begin. Long live the NFL!

Eagles Are Kinda Sorta Maybe Maybe Not Interested in Brett Favre

Brett Favre rumors. Just like the man, they never seem to go away. All it took a few weeks ago was an NFL writer saying he thought Favre would be interested in talking to teams for a firestorm to be created. That wasn’t even Favre saying he was interested, just a writer saying so in a chat. Now we’re dealing with more of the same.

Eagles sideline reporter Howard Eskin reported Saturday (via Pro Football Talk) that Philly might be interested in Favre as a backup to Michael Vick once Kevin Kolb gets traded. That report makes some sense, but the question is whether Favre would be interested in such a thing.

FOX NFL reporter Jay Glazer shot down those rumors Sunday saying he spoke with two Eagles sources who emphatically denied the report. The problem is as Rotoworld says, it’s hard to trust what the Eagles say about potential trades and signings because they usually don’t tell the truth.

Making matters more interesting is what Michael Vick tweeted Sunday. “I would be honored to have Brett Farve as a backup,” he wrote (misspelling Favre’s name). Vick later deleted the tweet.

Mike Kafka is currently the other quarterback on Philly’s roster, so it would make sense for them to have interest in bringing someone else in. Personally I wouldn’t want Brett Favre on my team at all, but it’s hard to say he wouldn’t be better than most backups in the league.

Jay Cutler Reportedly Dumped Kristin Cavallari, Engagement Off

With all due respect to Kristin Cavallari, we really couldn’t understand how anyone could get married to Jay Cutler. He’s an off-putting guy who doesn’t seem like much fun to be around. We’ve even heard that most NFL players do not like him. So maybe the dissolution of their relationship is a good thing.

People Magazine reported Sunday that the engagement between the couple was off. “She got dumped,” a source told the magazine. “She’s absolutely devastated. She can’t believe this is happening.”

The couple got engaged in April and were planning a wedding for next spring. They even had an engagement party last week, according to Cavallari’s twitter.

People says Cavallari was spotted Saturday night Cavallari at a club in LA without her engagement ring. “She was hanging out at a table with Nicky Hilton and Alessandra Ambrosio,” a source tells PEOPLE. “She was telling friends how they called off the engagement.”

Cavallari seemed to come across as a supportive girlfriend, tweeting how pleased she was when the Bears drafted an offensive lineman to help protect Jay. While she’s probably disappointed, this is likely the best outcome for her in the long run.

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Hard Knocks Reportedly Canceled by HBO

Hard Knocks on HBO has become one of the most popular sports shows on TV, but SI’s Peter King reported Saturday that it will be canceled for the upcoming season. King wrote on twitter No “Hard Knocks” this year. I repeat: No “Hard Knocks.”

HBO spokesman Ray Stallone recently told Sporting News “We are monitoring (lockout) developments and remain hopeful of presenting a new season of ‘Hard Knocks.’ Beyond that we are not going to speculate.”

Hard Knocks has given us great looks inside the training camps of the Jets, Cowboys, Chiefs, Bengals, and Ravens since debuting in 2001. The bright side is we won’t have to hear any more complaints about the amount of cussing by Rex Ryan. The downside is missing out on awesome moments like this.

Chiefs Backtrack on Plan to Charge Firefighters for 9/11 Game After Backlash

The Kansas City Chiefs have backtracked on a plan to charge firefighters for game tickets on 9/11 after receiving backlash on the radio and on twitter. Radio host Nick Wright of 610 Sports in Kansas City received a phone call during his show Thursday from a firefighter who explained the Chiefs’ plan to have 100 firefighters hold a flag on the field for 9/11.

According to Wright, the firefighter said the Chiefs planned to charge participating firefighters $25 to stay for the game. Wright says he later received a copy of the email stating that the Chiefs were charging $25 for the firefighters to remain for the game.

About an hour later, after further discussion on the show and twitter, Wright says the Chiefs called him to say they decided to comp the firefighters the tickets.

Smart move, Kansas City. Hopefully other teams will take a cue from this and not try to slip one past us.