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Thursday, June 16, 2011
BBAO: Packers ring ceremony tonight

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

The Green Bay Packers' Super Bowl ring ceremony, scheduled for Thursday evening at Lambeau Field, will be a rare and unique moment during the NFL lockout. The Packers received special permission for players and team officials to be placed in position to interact, which the league otherwise has forbidden during the lockout.

Conversations are expected to be limited to the ring ceremony, but I'm not sure how the NFL can police what people discuss in a private ceremony. I doubt coach Mike McCarthy is going to be handing out playbooks or practice schedules, and so I don't know that this should be viewed as a competitive advantage for the Packers. Consider it a perk granted to the Super Bowl champions.

If nothing else, it's nice to see the NFL work to limit the impact of the lockout on events that happened prior to its start.

Continuing around the NFC North: