We're Black and Blue All Over:
Hopefully Thursday morning's routine change didn't throw you off your game. My request last month for feedback made clear that BBAO remains in high demand, but many of you weren't concerned if it was the first post of the day. I'll plan to continue early-morning BBAO posts on most days, but occasionally there will be exceptions.
None of that should damper or diminish a successful Wednesday night for the NFC North at the ESPYS. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named the NFL Player of the Year, while Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford won the Best Comeback award.
Rodgers lost out to LeBron James for Male Athlete of the Year. Such is life.
Let's take a mid-morning spin around the division:
Stafford, via the Lions' website: "I want to say how happy and thankful I am to share this with the city of Detroit. It's on a comeback of its own, doing great things. It's been through a lot, the city has been through a lot, and we're just one of teams trying to make them happy and proud, give them something to cheer for. This is for my teammates and the city of Detroit."
Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh could play as many as four different positions this season in specialty packages, writes Eric Lacy of the Detroit News.
Suh, via Justin Rogers of Mlive.com: "That's the great thing about our defensive line is that everyone is interchangeable. I can play left end, I can play right end, I can play left tackle, I can play right tackle. Corey Williams can do everything across the gamut. Lawrence Jackson is the same way. Kyle Vanden Bosch is the same way."
Guards T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton are tied for the 14th-most important player on the Packers, according to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Packers defensive back Jarrett Bush wants to make the Pro Bowl this season as a special-teams player. Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has more.
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler told ESPN 1000 that he isn't sure when tailback Matt Forte will report to training camp. Forte hasn't signed his franchise tag tender.
Cutler said that his No. 8 ranking "was fair" on ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski's list of NFL quarterbacks. Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com explains.
The Bears have significantly increased the cost of single-game tickets this season, notes Jon Greenberg of ESPNChicago.com.
Skepticism persists about Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
The Vikings are still considering a retractable roof element to their new stadium, reports Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.