BBAO: A battle of Transformers

October, 26, 2012
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We're Black and Blue All Over:

I'm a little fried after covering three games in five days. But I'm sorry: I can't get worked up about some loudmouth cornerback changing his name on Twitter to mimic a cartoon robot.

But much to my surprise, the Detroit Lions are worked up about Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman referring to himself as "Optimus Prime," the Transformer nemesis to Calvin Johnson's Megatron, as NFC West colleague Mike Sando points out. So I guess we can't ignore it, especially after seeing how Johnson played last season against the Dallas Cowboys when defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said Johnson would be the third-best receiver on the field when the teams met.

Center Dominic Raiola said he thought the Twitter shift was "WWE-ish" and suggested it was "disrespectful to the game." Even the mild-mannered Johnson, whose nickname was bestowed by former teammate Roy Williams, noted Sherman had a "self-given nickname" and added he will "definitely" use it as motivation.

As Sando notes, the Seahawks have done a pretty nice job against opposing receivers this season. Johnson might well have a good game against them Sunday at Ford Field, but if anyone thinks it's because Sherman changed his Twitter name, then it's time for me to try a new business.

Let's take a later morning stroll around the NFC North:
 

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