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- Ben Roethlisberger will do his best Hannibal Lecter impersonation (or perhaps you prefer Richard Harrow from "Boardwalk Empire"?) as next week he'll be wearing a clear plastic shield to cover his face and surgically repaired broken nose, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. People do this all the time in the NBA and it takes a little while to get used to seeing it, but I'm guess Ben's gonna look all kinds of creepy underneath a football helmet.
- Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald's buddy "Hacker" went to his first game in Gillette Stadium Monday. He sat next to Danny Woodhead's family. If you only look at one picture of stereotypical Pats fans today, this should be it.
- Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post doesn't anticipate Eric Studesville giving Tim Tebow any run during the waning weeks of a lost season for the Broncos.
- Adam Gretz of Steelers Lounge puts the Troy Polamalu sack on Joe Flacco (it was kind of big in the context of Sunday night's game) to the old screenshot/freezeframe test, because someone dared to insult the importance of Polamalu in that particular play.
- Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal pens an open letter from the New York Giants to the neighboring Jets.
- Excellent piece by Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network on the similarities between Josh McDaniels in Denver and Bill Belichick in Cleveland, and how the Broncos (as they've admitted) might not have actually been prepared for "change" they way they appeared to be with McDaniels hiring. Also: sometimes it's good to fail, because you learn lessons.
- Such a cool story from Jenny Vrentas of the New Jersey Star-Ledger about Keith Fitzhugh and how he'd rather conduct trains than play for the Jets. Can't say I blame him, considering how TERRIBLE THEY ARE DID YOU SEE THEM LOSE TO THE PATS? (/over-reactionary sarcasm)
- Jerry Richardson wrote a letter to all Carolina Panthers PSL holders taking "full responsibility" for the ugly season in Charlotte, explaining how the organization hopes to rebound, and how the CBA uncertainty affects everyone.
- The Packers are bringing new video boards to Lambeau. So if you haven't made that historical trip yet, you better get hopping.