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Monday, June 15, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Schwartz and Kid Rock

Posted by's Kevin Seifert

It's shaping up to be a pretty busy Monday in June for the NFC North. We've got our full array of blogging scheduled as well as our weekly SportsNation chat. And we'll be throwing on a pot of coffee at around 9 p.m. ET to hear Brett Favre break his silence on HBO.

But first up this morning is a pretty interesting glimpse into the personality of Detroit coach Jim Schwartz, who was the honorary starter Sunday at the LifeLock 400 in Brooklyn, Mich. Local hero Kid Rock served as the grand marshal, and a reporter asked Schwartz -- a noted heavy metal/hard rock fan -- what his favorite Kid Rock song was.

According to Mike Pryson of, Schwartz immediately said it was "Cocky" and followed up by quoting this lyric: "It ain't bragging if you can back it up." I won't link to the rest of the lyrics, which contain some words not suitable for family viewing, but I'm guessing most interested parties know how to use Google.

We'll be eager to see Schwartz "back it up" once training camp starts next month.

Continuing around the NFC North: