Black, Blue, and Ornery: NFC North News for Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
Tuesday, bloody Tuesday, right? I may be remembering that song title incorrectly, but you get the point. It’s Tuesday, so that means two things. First, it means that I’ve got a big ol’ bag of NFC North news for you and, second, that it’s hobo fighting day. Oh . . . I may have said too much. Instead of thinking about that and possibly reporting it to the authorities, you should help me celebrate the birthdays of a couple of famous folks including: Modern Family star Sofia Vergara, Fred “Herman Munster” Gwynne, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Aaron Brown. Let’s all wish them a Happy Birthday and forget all about that hobo fighting nonsense.
NFC North News
On to the links!
- I know there hasn’t been much in the news about this story, but Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was arrested Saturday in Houston. He is due in court this Friday and has hired Rusty Hardin, the same lawyer who represented Roger Clemens. In case you wanted a completely unbiased opinion, the Pioneer Press is reporting that Peterson’s father claims the police were the aggressors, using vulgar language and giving his son a black eye. Although likely to only receive a fine for his charges, it sounds like Peterson is going to fight this one pretty hard.
- ESPN1500 reports that Minnesota Vikings defensive player Everson Griffen, normally a defensive end, might make the move to linebacker. The article points to his position on the depth chart behind Jared Allen and Brian Robinson as a contributing factor in the decision. The two ends took close to 90% of the snaps in 2011, leaving little work for Griffen, and linebacker is a position of need for the team. If it works in training camp, he may be in for a permanent change.
- ProFootballFocus has compiled a ranking of “yards per route run” by NFL wide receivers and there are a few familiar names from the NFC North in prominent positions. Highest ranked from our group is Jordy Nelson at 4th, followed by Percy Harvin at 5th, Brandon Marshall at 6th, and Calvin Johnson at 12th. Not to detract from Nelson and Harvin, but they only had 1040 and 1124 routes respectively, whereas Marshall and Johnson had 1488 and 1886.
- ESPN Milwaukee reports that although he may earn more playing time on offense, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb is still very much in the Packers special teams plans. As long as he can lessen the fumbling this year (he had 3 last year), he’s definitely a dynamic weapon. NFL Network plays his 108-yard return constantly as part of their top five return touchdowns of 2011. Packers fans can probably expect at least one more of those from him next year.
- SBNation’s Amy Nelson sat down with rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and discussed a wide variety of topics including the draft and his fellow Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall. He answered all the questions like a rookie should and seems like a nice kid — kind of shy, really. Of note to the Alshon detractors is that one of the things he highlighted doing while in Los Angeles during the rookie weekend was going to Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles.
- Overall, attendance of NFL games has been dropping since it hit a high peak in 2007. Several teams, including the Chicago Bears, haven’t seen any noticeable losses, however. In 2007, the Bears averaged 62,158 attendees a game in 2007 and that number was 62,145 in 2011, for a net loss of only 13. It’s probably safe to assume those 13 fans died of bratwurst-induced heart attacks.
- CBS Sports passes on that Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril can act as a moral compass for a team whose players are stockpiling arrests this off-season like they’re afraid the world’s going to have an arrest shortage. Avril seems like a well-spoken guy and if he can help corral those young bucks and keep them from getting in even more trouble, I’m all for it. I think he’s going to need some help from management though and they seem to have turned a blind eye to it.
- NFL.com discusses Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure and how the team plans to utilize him in 2012. It sounds like the Lions view him as their short yardage back in complement to the speedy Javhid Best. I was mistaken yesterday, so I’d like to apologize to Leshoure for assuming he had an arrest history. I wish him good luck this year and hope he can live up to the ridiculous hype that Lions fans are piling on him.
- Celebrity Chat! Larry Brannon aka Larry Lenz aka Vito DeNucci, who together with his partner “Casanova” Chris Nelson has won NWA World Tag Team Championship three times and now works as an on-air personality for ESPN Orlando, will be sitting down with us at 12:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday for one of our famous Celebrity Chats. The queue will open at 9:30 a.m., so feel free to get your questions and comments in early. Larry said he will be happy to stay at least an hour, but if our previous chats are any indication, he might stay significantly longer. Larry is extremely intelligent, articulate, and engaging, so let’s make this the best Celebrity Chat yet.
- Clay Neigher, founder of Creaturopolis, a socially responsible, sports-themed line of apparel, will join us Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. on It’s Your Dime to discuss all things Chicago sports.
- Larry Brannon rejoins us for a special two-hour Friday edition of It’s Your Dime. Larry promises to be hard hitting and refuses to give the politically correct answers typical in this industry. If you’ve ever wanted to play GM and match wits with one of the best on the air, this is your chance to do it.
- Tiger Hebert, founder and editor of the Tiger Report, will also be joining us Friday to continue our discussion of players to look out for in 2012. This promises to be a dense, informative episode — perhaps even riotous — so don’t miss out.
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Didn't realize the NFL moving back to LA was so close to happening
I am going to get something to eat. I am hungry.
That chicken and waffles comment really did it for me. Now if only I can find some kool-aid.
I'm surprised that more Alshon haters didn't comment on one of the highlights of his trip being Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles.
My favorite subway sammich:
Spicy Italian on Herbs and cheese bread with:
Best deal for 5 dollars (if you get a footlong)
I can't procratinate anymore. have a good one. If you are on at 9:00pm, I will likely be back then. have a good day and do not forget to be productive
Anyone a fan of mashups? This one is decent:
@jwoude23 I'm not sure how I could possibly leave this awesome post behind.
Methinks you mean "Alshon Laffers"
@ethan_fitz01 ew.... that has pork on it.
My favorite Subway Sandwich
A sandwich anywhere else.
gonna change your name to "ethan_reesy" ??
@dalaislama Later Mr. Lama.
Good to see you active during the day.
@Break me off a piece of that . . . Jimmy Johns FTW!
@Break me off a piece of that . . . It's full of gluten. My wife will get very sick if she eats a sub.
@Break me off a piece of that . . . jared hates you
@Break me off a piece of that . . . depends on what you get.
Full band mashup of come together and closer
@Preparation_A Speaking of hookers
@Preparation_A Yeah. It's time to eat lunch.
@SDL Alshon's got a lot of love...handles.
@Gabes22 we get it, you don't like subway ;)
You did it again. *Procrasturbate*
Jimmy Johns founded on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. A "career" student was told to get his head out of his ass, and he started selling sandwiches in the cafeteria to fellow students, it has now grown into the fastest growing franchise in America.
@ethan_fitz01 The healthiest thing you can order is a veggie sub with no cheese or dressing on a 6in.
@SDL I did that too but couldn't find any. Maybe I just overlooked it.
Googled her and then clicked "Images" at the left side of the screen. For some reason, if you compare the images you get in the hit that says "Images for _____" with what you get from the button at the left side of the page, they aren't always identical collections...
... then, and if you get to the bottom, you hafta click on "load more images" (or whatever the fuck it says down at the bottom)... the hi res shot was somewhere below the one I think you copied. When I find one I like, I open it - you often get an option to view the "full size Image" - I open that and then right click and choose "save image as" - then, I 'massage' it in Photoshop
@SDL I don't know where you found that high-res pic. I couldn't figure out how to save the pic from ESPN, so I had to do a print screen of it.
I need one of you techies to tell me why the thumbnail no longer appears in the post... WTF?
@SDL I like it.
@Gabes22 Jimmy John's is okay. I've never heard of those other places. I'll bet they are more expensive too.
There are too many better alternatives to Subway. Jimmy John's, Jersey Mike's Mr Submarine, and a host of other sub shops.
@Break me off a piece of that . . . @ethan_fitz01 The amount of carbs in the bread is something you can deal with as long as you are not a lazy ass and dont eat tons of bread every day. Plus, Carbs are necessary. You just have to also get regular exercise. Low Carb diets in my mind are for people who can't make enough time to properly exercise. A person should not have a hard time dealing with the carbs from a sandwich.