BBAO: Game day!

We're Black and Blue All Over:

NEW ORLEANS -- Greetings from the French Quarter, where the steamy 85-degree morning temperatures are completely irrelevant because we'll all be gathered Thursday night in the air-conditioned Louisiana Superdome.

I've already got a busy morning and day planned, and right now I'm trying to shake a raspy voice (can't imagine how that happened) for an early morning ESPN.com podcast. Regardless, be sure to check the blog throughout the day for updates on the NFL's national season opener between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints, as well as some posts on the rest of the NFC North.

For now, I'll leave you with this fun fact from the Elias Sports Bureau: Recent history, among other things, suggests a Saints victory Thursday night. The defending Super Bowl champion has won its Week 1 game for 10 consecutive years. The 1999 Denver Broncos were the last champions to lose their first game the following year, a 38-21 home loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Now for our morning spin around the division: