Black and Blue all over: Coaches miss handshake
We can't claim to have noticed in the postgame madness Monday night at Lambeau Field, but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reviewed video and reported Tuesday that the head coaches never shook hands.
According to the report, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy made it to midfield but couldn't find Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress. McCarthy eventually shook the hand of a Vikings assistant coach and headed to the locker room.
According to the Journal Sentinel, Childress was speaking with quarterback Tarvaris Jackson at the time. McCarthy told the paper he and Childress exchanged phone calls Tuesday and there were no hard feelings.
Conspiracy theorists might connect the oversight with the emotions developed over a summer of Brett Favre-related acrimony. Childress' meeting with reporters Monday came before the Journal Sentinel published its report.
The rematch is Nov. 9 at the Metrodome.
Continuing a Wednesday stroll through the NFC North:
- Packers running back Ryan Grant played with a "very sore" hamstring Monday night. The game represented Grant's first extended playing time since the NFC Championship Game in January. He didn't play after a 57-yard run in the fourth quarter, but McCarthy said the team was just being cautious.
- Vikings defensive end Jared Allen gave Packers left tackle Chad Clifton plenty of credit for his quiet performance Monday night. "He does a great job of getting you to rush down the middle on him," Allen said.
- As of Tuesday, the Detroit Lions had 4,500 tickets remaining for their home opener Sunday against the Packers. The deadline for avoiding a blackout is Thursday at 1 p.m. ET. An extension is always possible.
- The Detroit Free Press spoke with the woman involved in the Tatum Bell bag caper. She provided a third and somewhat contradictory account of the incident. The beat goes on.
- The Lions should consider firing coach Rod Marinelli if he loses Sunday to the Packers, writes Drew Sharp of the Free Press. Talk about hitting the panic button.
- David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune combed through Bears history to find examples of an unexpected result in Week 1. On the three occasions that the Bears won in an upset, they finished the season with a losing record each time.