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Sunday, November 9, 2008
Black and Blue all over: Chilly reception

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

MINNEAPOLIS -- We'll be inside the Metrodome in a few hours for the big Border Battle, but before then let's take a spin around the division on an important and in some cases dramatic Sunday in the NFC North.

Appropriate to our featured game this weekend, Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal offers a fair look at a topic we neglected to touch on this week: The cold relationship between Packers coach Mike McCarthy and Vikings coach Brad Childress -- which seemed to spill over into the public when Childress failed to shake McCarthy's hand after the Packers' 24-19 victory Sept. 8 at Lambeau Field.

Childress said last week that incident was "over-reported," but Wilde's story has a couple of measured quotes from McCarthy.

When asked about the coaches' personal rivalry, McCarthy said: "There's no good answer for that. Let's not go there."

Childress has said he didn't shake hands because he wanted to talk to quarterback Tarvaris Jackson immediately after the game. The pair eventually exchanged telephone messages but did not speak about it. On the issue, McCarthy said: "I thought it was odd. I think it's part of our professional etiquette. So, I thought it was odd. But he called. We exchanged messages."

Just another subplot to keep in mind as the Packers try for their sixth consecutive win against the Vikings.

Continuing around the division: