We're Black and Blue All Over:
Other than the lockout-induced dearth of actual news, I couldn't really figure out why it became big news Thursday that a suburban Chicago high school wouldn't allow Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olsen to do field work on its campus recently. In a tone I would call far less than angry, Olsen told ESPN 1000 that he was "kicked off" the field and hadn't been able to get in contact with anyone for re-entry.
Olsen seemed to agree with my news judgment, taking to Twitter late Thursday in an attempt to squelch the discussion. Here's what he said about his experience at Stevenson High School:
This HS field thing has gotten outa control.Just to get story str8. No class was on field. Met no teachers. Left when asked and called scool [sic]
Asked If I could sign paperwork or use at another time in message which wasn't returned
Also have been to the school to speak to various classes and groups with no issue since moved in district. Blown way out proportion
At a time when NFL owners and players are fighting over hundreds of millions of dollars, engendering scorn from a cross-section of fans, players like Olsen need to be careful with the entitlement talk. I don't think Olsen was suggesting he shouldn't be held to the school's rules, but it's good that he cleared it up regardless.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times: "There are now two eras in modern football -- before Dave Duerson and after Dave Duerson. Call them B.D. and A.D., if you will. But things in our grand American sport will never, nor should they ever, be the same."
Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com examines the defensive end position from a Bears perspective.
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is hoping to host a record-setting Twitter tweet-up at the Nebraska spring game Saturday, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford's throwing appearance at the Georgia spring game will be laid back, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
The Green Bay Packers' future at receiver is cloudy, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette checks in with a handful of Packers players, including defensive end Mike Neal and tight end Tom Crabtree, who are working out together in Green Bay.
Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf made a surprise appearance at the state capitol Thursday and met with two dozen legislators, according to the Star Tribune. He expressed optimism that a stadium financing bill will be approved but offered no details on the team's progress in partnering with a local site.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb might seek a contract too rich for the Vikings' liking if they ultimately want to acquire him in a trade, according to Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Elizabeth Merrill of ESPN.com can't find anyone on the record to justify the character questions surrounding Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett.