Black, Blue, and Ornery: Monday, May 21th, 2012

Updated: May 21, 2012

Happy Monday, all. Today’s birthday celebrity was on the classic 80′s and early 90′s sitcom, Perfect Strangers. That’s right, it’s Bronson Pinchot. Best known for his role as Balki Bartokomous, the lovable immigrant from the island of Mypose, Pinchot also had a memorable roll as Serge the art gallery manager in Beverly Hills Cop. A little fun-fact for you about Perfect Strangers is that the long-running family sitcom Family Matters was actually a spin-off of Perfect Strangers. Well, if you happen to see Bronson out and about, make sure to wish him a Happy Birthday!

  • Anwar Richardson of reports that Detroit Lions running back Kevin Smith believes the Lions can have a formidable run game in the 2012 season and that wide receiver Calvin Johnson will be the key to their success. With defenses already being forced to account for Johnson at all times, it should create opportunities for Smith, Javhid Best and Mikel Leshoure.
  • Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press offers three storylines to watch when the Lions being their OTAs Monday.
  • Uber-athlete and Detroit Lion wide receiver Calvin Johnson cracked one of out of the park during a batting practice at Comerica Park on Friday. Is this the beginning of another Bo Jackson story?
  • reports that the Minnesota Vikings have signed former Chicago Bears offensive tackle Levi Horn. As much as I love the Bears, signing an offensive lineman that wasn’t able to crack their starting lineup may not be the best choice for the Vikings.
  • Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is still striving to be ready for the team’s season opener against Jacksonville, but is a little less optimistic about his chances for training camp. He labeled himself as having a 50/50 chance of being able to fully participate.
  • The Daily Norseman passes along that Minnesota Vikings 4th-round selection, wide receiver Greg Childs, has declared that he will be the steal of the 2012 draft. It’s good to have confidence in yourself, but making that sort of claim seems like an invitation for career scrutiny.
  • The Green Bay Press-Gazette’s Mike Vandermause considers Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy a bargain compared other highly paid coaches in the league. Considering the Packers’s success under McCarthy, it’s a valid point.
  • The NFL’s official site reports that Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver hopes to remain with the organization and wishes to be a Packer for life. Team officials have been quiet on his future with the team, but players such as Jordy Nelson have come out in support of Driver’s return.
  • The Green Bay Press-Gazette passes along that the restaurant jointly owned by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun has undergone a slight name change. “8-twelve” now contains a hyphen as opposed to the previously used star. It sounds like the star was being misinterpreted as an asterisk, a symbol that Braun may not be too happy to see after his recent MLB drug suspension case.
  • In contrast to Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, running back Matt Forte offered praise about the Bear offensive line, saying “They blocked great” reports Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. The truth seems to be that they’re both correct. The pass protection was lacking, but they were a little more effective in run blocking.
  • New Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall believes that Bears could be Super Bowl contenders this year. The Bears definitely seemed to improve on the offensive side of the ball and usually field a staunch defense, but the rest of the division improved as well, so it’ll be a long road to the top.
  • Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune compares Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte to premier players at the same position and discusses his current contract situation. The recently signed contract by LeSean McCoy seems to give Forte more ammo when it comes time to resume contract talks.




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].