KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 04: A general view of Arrowhead Stadium as the NFL lockout looms while negotiations are extended on March 4, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Good morning, Chiefs fans. Another slow day of offseason Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.
Also on Monday, there was a mediation session between the owners and players. Federal mediator U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan asked the owners to bring a new proposal to the table for the players. The owners agreed to do so.
That was a major upset, and the smartest thing that ownership has done in the last three months in pushing the dispute towards a viable conclusion. Reportedly, the league presented the players an "overview" of a proposal (think bullet-points on separate items of discussion and dispute.)
The players looked at the overview overnight and will come back on Tuesday with some sort of reaction.
A Chance for Peace?... Morning Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz
I asked Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt before the draft about the standing of Waters and Vrabel with the organization and here's what he said: "Those are two guys I think very highly of, not only as football players but as human beings. They have both been active in the union for many years. Right now, we're on different sides of this agreement. But I'm looking forward to us getting this behind us and continuing to have them as part of the Chiefs family.''
About Waters and Vrabel from The Red Zone
"Both sides raise valid points, and this is a case in which one party or the other likely will suffer some degree of irreparable harm no matter how this court resolves the motion for a stay pending appeal," the majority wrote. "We do not agree, however, with the district court's apparent view that the balance of the equities tilts heavily in favor of the Players. The district court gave little or no weight to the harm caused to the League by an injunction issued in the midst of an ongoing dispute over terms and conditions of employment."
The appellate court said it would make its decision quickly, a "circumstance that should minimize harm to the players during the offseason and allow the case to be resolved well before the scheduled beginning of the 2011 season."
Lockout Remains After Appeals Court Sides With NFL from KC Star
Wednesday evening, [Don] Willis will be inducted into the Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Roundtable Hall of Fame, during a ceremony to be held at the Santa Maria Elks Lodge...
...After playing at Washington and one year at North Carolina A&T, Willis signed a pro contract with the Seattle Seahawks in 1995. Stints with the New Orleans Saints (1995-1997) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1998) led to the Kansas City Chiefs, where Willis played from 1999 to 2004.
Coming Home to Cabrillo from The Lompoc Record
Jamaal Charles, Kansas City: Charles is one of the best running backs in the NFL. He is explosive and his statistics are eye popping. Give him the ball twice and you get a first down. He is fun to watch and he's a credit to the division.
Ranking the Running Backs from ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs partnership with Truman Medical Centers (TMC) recently continued its "wellness tour" series, this time with an eye toward the Hispanic community. Together, they participated in the Guadalupe Centers, Inc.'s (GCI) 20th Annual Cinco de Mayo Street Festival. Held in GCI's Culinary/Cultural Arts/Senior Center, the celebration attracted over 5,000 people to Kansas City's Westside neighborhood, which has been identified as a Mexican community for the past 106 years.