Black, Blue, and Ornery: Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Updated: May 15, 2012

Morning, ladies and gents! I know I usually use this spot for celebrity birthdays, but today marks a milestone in fast food history. The very first McDonald’s opened in San Bernadino, California, on this day in 1940. So, when you’re passing the fifteenth McDonald’s on the way home from work today, reflect on how the fast food industry has implanted itself in American culture. Or, eat a Big Mac. Either way, you get a free side of links.

  • The Journal Sentinel‘s Michael Hunt opines that it may be the end of the road for Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver. Packers coaching staff have been non-committal about bringing Driver back for a 14th season.
  • Lori Nickel, also of the Journal Sentinel, passes along that Green Bay Packers 3rd-round selection Casey Hayward is anxious to get out on the field and prove himself to the fans and teammates.
  • With the addition of five new players from the team’s rookie tryout minicamp, the Green Bay Packers have reached their roster limit, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Given general manager Ted Thompson’s acumen at finding hidden talent, these players could be worth keeping tabs on.
  • The Chicago Tribune reports that Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall is unlikely to faces any charges stemming from an alleged assault on a woman outside a New York City nightclub. According to anonymous sources, the police are having a difficult time finding proof to back up the woman’s claims.
  • Although Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler may be excited about the prospect of a more balanced offense, the Chicago Sun-Times’ Sean Jensen notes that his enthusiasm wanes when discussing the team’s offensive line.
  • The Chicago Bears have waived three players to make room for the addition of seven players who earned contracts from the team’s rookie tryout minicamp. The Bears, like many teams in the league, are definitely taking advantage of the expansion of the offseason roster to 90 players.
  • STADIUM UPDATE! Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has signed the legislation to share a portion of the funding for the Minnesota Vikings new stadium. From the video, it sounds like a couple of Boo-birds came back from their winter migration early.
  • Amidst all the stadium hullabaloo, Judd Zulgad of reports that the Minnesota Vikings managed to find time to make a couple of roster moves.
  • The Daily Norsemen profiles one the recent additions to the Minnesota Vikings roster, tight-end Rhett Ellison. Ellison was an interesting selection in the 4th-round, as the Vikings recently signed John Carlson and spent their 2011 2nd-round pick on Kyle Rudolph. Perhaps the Vikings saw the success the New England Patriots had with their cadre of tight ends and wanted to try that out themselves.
  • Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz warns Lions fans not to get too excited about the performances at the team’s minicamp according to Justin Rogers of Many players look good in shorts and helmets, but fail to bring that same skill level to actual game situations.
  • Anwar Richardson of tells us that a new court date has been set for Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley’s 2nd-degree possession of marijuana charge. His arraignment was adjourned to give his attorney more time to review the case.
  • Although some people have wondered if there is anything to the fact that the Detroit Lions have yet to extend the contract of head coach Jim Schwartz,’s Gregg Rosenthal says the man himself isn’t talking. Schwartz’s contract is set to expire after the 2012 season.




About the author(s)

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].