We're Black and Blue All Over:
Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel attended Tuesday night's MAAC Fund event in Milwaukee, where Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers answered questions posted by ESPN's Trent Dilfer on stage. Nickel shared a number of the anecdotes Rodgers told, including one I've heard before but bears repeating nonetheless.
Rodgers: "I'd like to say one of my greatest moments was beating Detroit in 2008 at home. We finished 6-10. They were 0-15 at the time. If I had told myself before the season that I would get a standing ovation as I leave the field being 6-10, I would have said I must have got hurt. ... To have that kind of reception -- after such a tumultuous season and off-season -- it really made you all as fans have a special place in my heart."
That moment, at the end of his first year as the Packers' starter, helped convince Rodgers that fans were no longer taking out the team's messy divorce with quarterback Brett Favre against him.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "Rodgers shines brightest when his critics are howling loudest. The boos Rodgers heard after the Packers traded Favre in 2008 made a lasting impact. They only came from a tiny portion of the fan base but helped to stoke his competitive fire."
The Detroit Lions' players-only workouts end Thursday but likely will resume next month if the lockout continues that long, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Lions defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch, via John Niyo of the Detroit News: "I don't think anybody knows for sure when this thing's gonna get resolved. But it would be a travesty for everybody involved if we missed football games next year."
Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith told ESPNChicago.com that he hopes the Bears and Chicago Bulls win titles in 2011.
Bears linebacker Lance Briggs on players-only workouts during the lockout, via Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times: "Offensive guys are getting together? Great for them. "And the stuff that guys around the league are doing is fine and great for them. But that's a team-by-team deal. That's something we'll address [on defense] as we get closer to a decision."
Bears rookie Gabe Carimi is best suited to play right tackle, writes Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.
The Minnesota Vikings have negotiated a sweeter stadium deal than the Minnesota Twins ultimately got for Target Field, according to Mike Kaszuba of the Star Tribune.
Joe Soucheray of the St. Paul Pioneer Press thinks football has gotten too violent to warrant public subsidies for stadiums.