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Black and Blue all over: Politically speaking

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Thursday was a busy day by the NFL's standards in July, and hopefully we can catch up here on Friday. We had a major contract extension, the signing of a draft pick, another installment of the Brett Favre saga and a head coach speaking at a political fundraiser.

Yes, Chicago's Lovie Smith briefly addressed the crowd at an event Thursday night for President Barack Obama, the longtime Chicago resident. Here's part of what Smith said, according to this account on Politico.com:

Smith: "I'm honored to be a part of the welcoming group to welcome home my favorite son. I have the audacity of hope that the Chicago Bears will some day be visiting the White House giving the president a Chicago Bears football to toss around on the South Lawn."

(One of Obama's books is entitled "The Audacity of Hope.")

Continuing around the NFC North: