We're Black and Blue All Over:
Wednesday marked the 25th anniversary of the Chicago Bears' triumph in Super Bowl XX. To commemorate the event, ESPN.com produced a really cool "Moment in Time" feature that broke down one that game's most famous plays -- William "The Refrigerator" Perry's 1-yard touchdown run -- with video insight from many of the participants.
Among those interviewed are Perry, who is recovering from an extended bout with Guillain-Barre syndrome, and Bears quarterback Jim McMahon. In retrospect, Perry says he would have preferred the carry go to Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton. As Melissa Isaacson of ESPNChicago.com writes, Payton was not happy with the play call.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times on Bears general manager Jerry Angelo: "The general managers who do the best job preparing for the unknown will have a distinct advantage when the expected lockout ends and teams are allowed to replenish their rosters."
Former Bears safety Gary Fencik told ESPN 1000 that the Bears were too slow to release information on quarterback Jay Cutler's knee injury.
The Bears hired Kevin O'Dea as their assistant special teams coach, replacing Chris Tabor, who left to join the Cleveland Browns as special teams coordinator.
Do the Bears need to give running back Matt Forte a contract extension? Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune looks at that question.
Green Bay Packers special teams stalwart Jarrett Bush is aware of his perception among fans before this season. Bush, via Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "It was unfortunate what they thought of me, but what I thought of them didn't change. I thought they were still the greatest fans in the world. But it was up to me to change their perception of me and the way I played the game, the way I played football."
Packers cornerback Charles Woodson sent an autographed jersey to President Barack Obama, a noted Bears fan, according to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. The autograph read: "To President Obama. See you at the White House. Go Packers. Charles Woodson."
A Super Bowl repeat of the Packers' wild 2009 shootout with the Pittsburgh Steelers is unlikely, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has sought guidance from other players who have appeared in Super Bowls, including quarterback Kurt Warner. Jim Polzin of the Wisconsin State Journal has more.
Have the Pittsburgh Steelers already ruled out center Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) from the Super Bowl? Teammates are indicating yes, according to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News: "If you consider that Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew was less than a year removed from a major knee injury (ACL), it's pretty amazing what the second-year player accomplished this season."
The Minnesota Vikings are having discussions about a stadium site in suburban Arden Hills, according to Dave Orrick of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
The stadium would be located at the intersection of Intestate 35W and Highway 10, according to the Star Tribune.