We're Black and Blue All Over:
Mark you calendars now. Wisconsin leaders, having nothing more important to take care of, have answered a grassroots effort and will make Dec. 12 "Aaron Rodgers Day" throughout the Badger State. Rodgers won the NFL's Most Valuable Player Award earlier this month.
Yes, that's 12-12-12 for those counting at home.
Fortunately, Rodgers hasn't contracted the number-changing bug that infected Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson earlier this winter. Rodgers, in fact, said via Twitter: "Very flattered and honored that 12/12/12 is in the works. Thank u to the efforts of Jennifer Brilowski and our many incredible fans."
Brilowski is a Stevens Point, Wis., resident who started a Facebook campaign to have the holiday declared. It passed the Wisconsin state assembly Tuesday.
Continuing around the NFC North:
The Packers have a number of personnel issues on their plate as they approach the NFL scouting combine, notes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune has a detailed look at the Chicago Bears' salary-cap situation.
The Detroit Lions have no interest in giving up a home game to play internationally, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Chris McCosky of the Detroit News looks at five prospects the Lions might have their eyes on at the combine.
Lions defensive end Cliff Avril is making clear that he wants to stay in Detroit, writes Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com.
Peterson wanted to change his jersey to No. 23 to pay homage to Michael Jordan, Peterson told the Dan Patrick radio show, via Brian Hall of Fox Sports North.
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf met with Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to discuss a proposed Minneapolis stadium, but there was no announcement of a bill-ready agreement, according to the Star Tribune.
The issues remaining in the way of an announcement are minor, according to Doug Belden of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
The Vikings gave offensive lineman Joe Berger a contract last season that could pay him like a starter in 2012, notes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.