NFC North: Tim McCaskey

Our condolences to Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, whose mother passed away this week. According to an Associated Press report, Mae Smith was 77 and had long suffered from diabetes.

It's been a tough week for the extended NFC North family. Over the weekend, the father of Detroit Lions quarterback Shaun Hill died when he fell off the roof of a barn he was working on.

Sunday, Chicago Bears vice president Tim McCaskey died of cancer.

BBAO: Donald Driver's journey

January, 31, 2011
We're Black and Blue All Over:

DALLAS -- Be sure to check out this feature from's Wayne Drehs, who chronicled the first Super Bowl trip for Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver. As you probably know, Driver lived a troubled childhood a few hundred miles away from here in Houston.
Drehs: "Just 265 miles separate the Houston home where Driver spent his high school years and Cowboys Stadium, where the wide receiver will run onto the field for Super Bowl XLV next Sunday. But it might have been easier had Driver tried to walk to the moon. That's how unlikely a trip it was. And yet here he stands, prayers answered. Thus, it shouldn't be a surprise that when the words 'Super Bowl' and 'Donald Driver' are mentioned in the same sentence around here, tears start to fall. 'If good things are supposed to happen to good people, then great things are supposed to happen to Quickie,' said Jim Duffer, one of Driver's high school basketball coaches. 'Nobody deserves any of this more than he does.'"

The Packers are scheduled to arrive here Monday afternoon, and Driver is one of six players scheduled to speak with the media at the team hotel.

While we have a moment, let's take a morning spin around the division: