Black, Blue, and Ornery: NFC North News for Thursday, June 21st, 2012

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Updated: June 21, 2012

Hey, folks, what’s happening? Today is Thursday, June 21st, and I think it’s just about time to hear some headlines from various NFC North news outlets. I hope you agree. First, as is tradition, we must help some celebrities celebrate their entry into this world. Today’s honorees are: Family Ties dad Michael Gross; pop singer with a love for Friday, Rebecca Black; and second in line for the throne of England, Prince William. Please collect your firstborn children to offer to them.

Until then, enjoy these links!

NFC North News

  •  Anwar Richardson of Mlive.com has posted an interview with Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril in which he discusses his contract situation and reiterates that he would rather not play the 2012 season under the franchise tag. From recent reports, the sides are still in talks over a long-term deal, but time is running out. The deadline to sign franchised players to an extension is July 16th.
Continuing the NFC North news theme of general disgruntlement, Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril is less than pleased at the prospect of playing with the franchise tag.

Continuing the general theme of general disgruntlement in the NFC North lately, Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril is less than pleased at the prospect of playing with the franchise tag.

  • The Detroit News reports that the Detroit Lions’ over/under for wins this season is 9.5 and their odds of winning the Super Bowl are 20-1, according to two gambling websites. The article also mentions the over/under and odds for the rest of the league. Green Bay fans, you’re on the top of the wins list, but were edged out by the Patriots in the Super Bowl odds category.
  • The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Green Bay Packers running back Alex Green appears to be taking the next step in his recovery from an ACL tear. With Ryan Grant most likely gone for good, Green and James Starks are in line for a large increase in carries this season. Even though the Packers have won without a running game, a more balanced offense could make them even more powerful.
  • In an interview posted on the Green Bay Press-Gazette, former Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf named Brett Favre the greatest player to ever play for the Packers. I’m not saying he doesn’t believe it, but he is the one who brought Favre over from Atlanta. Either way, I hope that the rift that developed between the Packers and Favre is healed soon and he can take his place among other legends of the team.
  • Maggie Hendricks of NBCChicago offers up a to-do list for one-half of the Chicago Bears dynamic offensive coordinating duo, Mike Tice. I agree with everything on this list, but hope that item 3 (prepare for life without Matt Forte) doesn’t need to be put into place.
  • Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews III may have the solution to Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte’s contract dispute. NFL.com notes that on his Twitter page, Matthews offered an extra room (with a bunk-bed) at the Packers training camp to Matt Forte and Percy Harvin. Oh, Clay, you rapscallion.
  • Continuing a story from yesterday, disgruntled Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin has requested a trade. From what I gather, he’s upset about his salary for the final year of his rookie contract (~$2.5 million) and his playing time (58%). Regardless of what Harvin wants, the StarTribune reports the Vikings GM Rick Spielman states the team has no interested in trading him. Harvin seems like the type who won’t “suffer” quietly, so I expect to hear more about this in the coming days.
Happy faces seem to be a scarcity in NFC North news of late.  Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin has reportedly asked for a trade.

Happy faces seem to be a scarcity in the NFC North of late. Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin has reportedly asked for a trade.

  • In some good news for the Minnesota Vikings fans, star running back Adrian Petersen is reportedly going “wide open” during his individual drills at the team’s camp. It’s a pretty good sign that he’s able to do cuts at this point in his rehab, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he was out there week 1.
  • In New Jersey, a man has been cited by police for repeatedly calling 911 and requesting to speak to Tim Tebow, claiming to be President Obama. When reached for comment, Tebow said, “Jesus, Lord, pray, Bible, blessed, grateful, excited, Jesus.”

Oh, oh, and I almost forgot. I’m going to need you to come in on Saturday . . . too . . .

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].

614 comments
aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

so Miller park is now in the final four of the best ballparks in MLB with Camden yards, AT&T Field(where ever the fuck that is) and Fenway.

MIBearFan
MIBearFan

Frazier: "with the stadium bill approved, the focus has shifted back to the team. We need a team leader to create a distraction."

 

Harvin: "I'm a leader."

Guion Guy
Guion Guy

In some good news for the Minnesota Vikings fans, star running back Adrian Petersen is reportedly going “wide open”

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Gross.

 

Aaron Rodgers likes this

Childerz...
Childerz...

It Died in here faster than Forte's contract talks!

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

Harvin: so when do I get to play with Tebow as my QB again?

 

Vikings: You have Ponder (FSU grad).  No Tebow.

 

Harvin: I'm outta here

Preparation_A
Preparation_A

Me: So when's this Harvin conversation thing gonna stop?

 

Rest of the commenters: probably never

 

Me: Fuck it. I'm outta here.

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused

Harvin: "So when are we moving to LA?"

Frazier: "We're staying in Minnesota"

Harvin: "I'm outta here."

Guion Guy
Guion Guy

Harvin: I want more snaps

Fraizier: Ok, you got it.

Harvin: I want more snaps

Fraizier, I just said you could have more...

Harvin: Where am I?

Harvin: ...I want more snaps

Harvin: My head hurts...

Gabes22
Gabes22 moderator

Fraizier:  It looks like the Packers and Lions are going to be loaded for at least 3-4 more seasons.

Harvin:  Fuck it, I'm out of here.

Reesypieces
Reesypieces

John Clayton's Forecast

 

Vikings: 3-13

Lions: 9-7

Bears: 10-6

Packers 12-4

 

 

Vikings are at least a 6 to 7 win team. Even with that imbreed coach of theirs. 

Preparation_A
Preparation_A

Harvin: Who's that foxy broad?

 

Kalil: My mom...

 

Harvin: We're outta here!

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused

Harvin: "Where are all the tampons"

Frazier: "Over there, but we're out of Midol."

Harvin: "Fuck this, I'm outta here.

Childerz...
Childerz...

CMIII: Percy! If you leave you can be roomates with me in GB!!

 

Harvin: Fuck it , i'm staying

G & G
G & G moderator

Harvin: So who's the quarterback? 

Frazier: Ponder. 

Harvin: I'm out of here.

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused

Peterson: Hey Harvin, do you think you could loosen these shackles?

 

Harvin: Fuck you, I'm outta here.

Childerz...
Childerz...

Frazier: Hey Percy, Free weed if you stay at practice for the week.

 

Harvin: Fuck it i.... wait i'll stay.

Preparation_A
Preparation_A

Allen: Hey Percy, you know it's Shark Week right?

 

Harvin: Fuck this, I'm out!

Guion Guy
Guion Guy

Harvin: Kluwe, I don't know if my heart is in football anymore...

 

Kluwe: Diablo 3 > football

 

Harvin:...I'm leaving camp right now to go buy it.

Gabes22
Gabes22 moderator

 @Childerz

 I thought black people played Diablo.  I thought they didn't swim.

Childerz...
Childerz...

 @I do not like Green Eggs and Ham... - Lets see how he does this year... Remember it was his rookie season as a head coach last year much like a QB no OTA's and limited Training camp really handicapped everyone last year.. especially first year coaches and players... take your haterade elsewhere.

Reesypieces
Reesypieces

 @Childerz I would say Mike Singeltary is a HOF but he was not a good choice for being a HC. 

 

Fraizer cannot coach to save his life 

Childerz...
Childerz...

 @Gabes22 why would they play a game where they kill themselves...

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BOOOM!