Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Black and Blue all over: A hole appears
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
There's a hole in my heart
That can only be filled by you.
And this hole in my heart
Can't be filled with the things I do.
Can't say I heard Extreme playing in Chicago's locker room on Sunday, but Green Bay officials made an interesting discovery Monday. According to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, there was a "fist-sized hole" in a wall of the visitor's locker room at Lambeau Field.
The hole appeared sometime between the last home game, Oct. 19 against Indianapolis, and Sunday's 37-3 Packers victory over the Bears. A Packers spokesman said the team has no plans to investigate.
This isn't the first time the Packers' visitor's locker room has incurred damage. After a victory over Minnesota in 2002, a few holes appeared in the wall of a temporary trailer used to house the visiting team during Lambeau construction.
Now, on to more substantive matters around the NFC North:
- The Packers' third-ranked pass defense will have its hands full next Monday against New Orleans, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Left tackle Chris Williams, the Bears' No. 1 draft pick, saw his first action on offense Sunday at Lambeau Field. David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune ponders whether the Bears should squeeze Williams into the starting lineup.
- Could Danieal Manning supplant Devin Hester as the Bears' kickoff returner? Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times reports on the possibility.
- Minnesota tailback Adrian Peterson did not get the ball in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 19-13 loss at Tampa Bay, points out Rick Alonzo of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
- Vikings coach Brad Childress defended a hit that likely will draw an NFL fine for defensive end Ray Edwards, writes Judd Zulgad and Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune.
- Detroit tailback Kevin Smith inserted some humor into the Lions locker room, noting that his 112-yard effort Sunday at Carolina was "OK" but that "every back on the field had 100 yards." Indeed, as Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com points out, the Panthers' DeAngelo Smith and Jonathan Stewart both crossed the 100-yard barrier as well.
- Detroit kicker Jason Hanson was surprised to hear coach Rod Marinelli criticized for not attempting a 58-yard field goal Sunday, according to Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press. Hanson: "I can't think of another circumstance ever where there would be questioning why you didn't kick a 58 1/2-yarder. That's just the situation we put ourselves in."