BBAO: Back in the (tech) saddle

June, 29, 2011
6/29/11
6:50
AM ET
We're Black and Blue All Over:

Thanks for your patience Tuesday as ESPN.com worked through some technical issues that left me unable to post to the blog for most of the afternoon and early evening. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.)

The outage forced me to cancel our SportsNation chat, but we did hold an impromptu 30-minute "chat" over on Facebook. That's where all the cool cats hang out, anyway.

Rather than dump a bunch of posts late Tuesday night, I decided to roll them out Wednesday. We'll get to my reaction to what is likely our final offseason Power Rankings effort and also a radio interview with Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins that you might find interesting.

But first, let's take our morning tour around the NFC North:
  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers spent time Tuesday at a youth football camp at William & Mary College in Virginia. He told Jim McGrath of the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily that succeeding Brett Favre "forced me to improve as a football player, but also as a person. I knew that the opportunity was going to come and I was going to have to make the most of it. People were going to be watching, and I knew that the way I prepared for that situation would go a long way in the locker room with those guys."
  • Packers receiver James Jones, a pending free agent, via Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com: "To be honest, I just approach it as, I'm just truly blessed that after the lockout, I'm going to be on somebody's team -- whether it's the Packers or any other team."
  • Details of proposed tweaks in the Minnesota Vikings stadium proposal have proved elusive, according to the Star Tribune.
  • It's possible that Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder will gather with teammates in the Twin Cities before training camp, according to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.
  • Vikings defensive end Brian Robison on the status of teammate Ray Edwards, via Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com: "He deserves that payday, and at the same time, I feel like I deserve the right to start. I feel like I've fought every year for that right to start and haven't really got the shot that I deserve yet, and hopefully, now I'll get that shot and he'll go get his payday and we'll all be happy."
  • Detroit Lions defensive end Lawrence Jackson participated Tuesday in a youth camp organized by defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Mike Brundell of the Detroit Free Press has more.
  • Suh said he has talked to new teammate Nick Fairley on "numerous occasions," writes Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News.
  • Former Chicago Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer, whose season ended last year because of a concussion, is still weighing whether to play in 2011 or retire. Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com has more.

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