Black, Blue, and Ornery: Monday, May 7th, 2012

Updated: May 7, 2012

What’s up, football fanatics? I hope everyone had an awesome weekend, but now it’s time to get to the important stuff. By important stuff, I of course mean football links!

  • Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson isn’t worried about the selection of 2nd-round pick Ryan Broyles, according to Anwar Richardson of  Maybe not this year, but when he’s healthy, Broyles seems to be in the Lions’ long-term plans in the slot.
  • The National Football Post has ranked Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz as the top coach in their head coach power rankings. I have a feeling this list may generate a lot of discussion.
  • Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press analyzes the possible ripple effect of the inability of the Lions and Cliff Avril to agree to terms on a long-term contract.
  • Matt Bowen of the Chicago Tribune has some advice for the Bears’ rookies during mini-camp. I also have some advice for them. Don’t look Urlacher in the eyes. He will steal your birthdays.
  • Dan McGrath of the Chicago Sun-Times determines that the Bears are in the best spot to bring a championship to the Chicago area. You can take that as either a compliment to the Bears or an insult to the other teams.
  • Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall offers his thoughts and personal insight on the death of Junior Seau and the hidden pain he may have felt.
  • Ex-Green Bay Packer Chad Clifton believes Aaron Rodgers will be a future hall of fame inductee. Clifton is also unsure of whether or not he will retire after being cut by the Packers for failing a physical in late April.
  • Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette discusses the possible pitfalls of the change in the draft strategy of Green Bay Packers GM Ted Thompson.
  • Stadium Update: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton led an 11th-hour stadium rally to persuade legislators to approve the stadium bill.
  • The Minnesota Vikings official site lists nine rookies who stood out on the first day of mini-camps. Based on previous reports of the Vikings’ “abysmal depth”, there is a strong chance that many of these rookies will make the team and several could be opening day starters.

And now for an exciting announcement for our “Black and Blue” Blog community: Thanks to the intrepid efforts of our very own K. Moss, columnist Bill Johnson of ESPN Milwaukee has agreed to join us for a live celebrity chat on Thursday, May 10 at 3:30 p.m. ET!  So mark your calendars — and get your incisive questions and witty comments ready — because it’s going to be a great time.  More details to follow.

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Luke Hendricks writes the "Black, Blue and Ornery" NFC North morning links feature for the Water Cooler Sports Network. He is a prolific sports writer of such classics as "BBAO: NFC North News for Monday, August 20th, 2012" and the critically acclaimed "BBAO: NFC North News for Wednesday, July 11th, 2012." Although a confirmed Chicago Bears fan, he is willing to insult old emo quarterback Jay Cutler if the situation calls for it. He enjoys writing the morning news articles, except for the stories about the Minnesota Vikings. He means no offense, but everything about them is boring and hard to write about. He can be reached at [email protected].