We're Black and Blue All Over:
Happy tax day to you. If you still wait in line at the post office to ensure the postmark is on your taxes, here's a potential distraction: The folks over at SportsNation are set to reveal the finalists in ESPN.com's tournament to determine the cover of "Madden '12." The announcement, to be carried live on the NFC North blog, will be at about noon ET.
As we noted last week, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was trailing Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis in one bracket. In the other bracket, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick were fighting it out.
Will the NFC North be the Epicenter of Gamenity for the next week? Will we get shut out? Check back in a few hours.
For now, let's take a spin around the division:
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford after throwing at halftime of the Georgia spring game, via Brandon Michea of the Detroit Free Press: "It felt good. It was fun. We just had a good time out here today -- nothing too crazy, just fooling around a little bit. It's good to be back here at Sanford Stadium in front of these great fans. This was a great turnout and a great day to be out here."
Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com explains why Lions cornerback Alphonso Smith lost his confidence last season.
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune thinks it might be time for the Bears to draft replacements for cornerstones Brian Urlacher, Olin Kreutz and Charles Tillman.
Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times covered Bears quarterback Jay Cutler's participation in a charity run Sunday.
Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald doesn't think Baylor nose tackle Phil Taylor would be a good fit for the Bears.
Bart Starr is the Green Bay Packers' best-ever draft choice, according to Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Draft picks say the funniest things, writes Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
It doesn't make sense for the Vikings to draft a defensive end with the No. 12 overall pick, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press checks in with Vikings players who are conducting their own workouts this spring.
Dave Orrick of the Pioneer Press looks at the two state legislators who are sponsoring the Vikings' stadium bill.