Black, Blue, and Ornery: Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

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Updated: May 16, 2012

Top o’ the morning to ye, friends. Today is Megan Fox’s birthday, so make sure to wish a Happy Birthday to that life-size cutout you keep of her you keep in the garage. Also, on this date in 1986 the world was introduced to Maverick, Goose and even Iceman in a little film called Top Gun. So, if you “feel the need, the need for speed” today, make sure you avoid the “highway to the danger zone.” Kenny Loggins is the man.

  • Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN reports that the Vikings continue to make roster moves, signing defensive end Nick Reed and claiming offensive tackle Kevin Murphy off waivers from San Francisco.
  • The Daily Norseman continue their introductions of new additions to the Minnesota Vikings with wide receiver Greg Childs.
  • The Minnesota Vikings official site’s Mike Wobschall breaks down the Vikings current 90-man roster. With forty-seven returning veterans, 10 draft picks and 10 free agents, something’s gotta give.
  • With today’s signing of 3rd-round draft pick Brandon Hardin, the Chicago Tribune notes that the Bears have signed all six of draft picks. It’s another example of the positive effects of rookie salary caps.
  • Chicago Bears rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery will attend the NFLPA’s rookie event. He originally declined due to a reluctance to miss portions of the team’s offseason activities.
  • Former Green Bay Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly was shocked straight after realizing his favorite beverage was the color of his team's bitter rivals.

    Former Green Bay Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly was shocked straight after realizing his favorite beverage was the color of his team's bitter rivals.

    Lori Nickel of the Journal Sentinel reports that former Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly has been released from prison just a few months into his six-year sentence after applying for “shock” probation. Shock probation allows for a convict’s early release because a judge believes the “shock” of prison life has set them back on the right path.

  • The Green Bay Press-Gazette passes along that Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson would like to see Donald Driver return for the 2012.
  • According to the USA Today, a female member of the Green Bay Packers staff recently pawned a 2010 Super Bowl ring. Ladies and small-handed men, get your pocketbooks out!
  • The Detroit Lions official site has announced that wide receiver Calvin Johnson will be among the players that are featured in the opening sequence of Sunday Night Football. With their recent increases in the “wins” column, the Lions should be able to enjoy more positive publicity like this.
  • The Detroit Lions have placed running back Jerome Harrison on the Reserve/Non-Football illness list, declaring him ineligible to play in 2012. Harrison was part of a nullified trade due to the discovery of a brain tumor by Eagles doctors.

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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].