Indulge me, just this once.
For today, there is no lead story. How could there be?
All we can really remember is the events of September 11, 2001. Four planes, three buildings, a metric ton of hate.
When I got dressed today and put on one of my numerous comic-book themed shirts, I wasn't even thinking about it. Funny, then, that I donned a shirt with Captain America's shield on it.
I'll never forget watching from across the country as the towers fell, never forget driving to work listening to Ralph Garman and Doc on the Rock on KROQ in LA. Never forget finding out how close friends were to not surviving that day.
Never forgetting the way my old skyline was forever changed.
I'll also never forget how we pulled together as a nation, rallied around our fallen and our wounded cities. Never forget the pride I felt hearing about a few who took a stand and fought on that flight which crashed in Shanksville. Never forget how the world embraced us. How we, for one moment forgot what made us different and recalled what made us human.
Never forget how sports, always mindful of its place, helped us move on.
Never forget the soldiers who left home and hearth to find those responsible, and in some cases, were terribly wounded or sacrificed their lives.
So today, the news is, we still remember. We still have our differences, we still like what we like and argue about what we don't.
Life goes on.
Take a moment today and appreciate what you have and those people who have helped you get there, those who protect you, help heal you and love you.
Take a moment and think about how lucky we are that I get to write, and you read, about football on a glorious Tuesday morning.
Now back to the regularly scheduled NFC North news and notes.
The guys at ESPNChicago have a review of the latest Jay Cutler radio show, including how he felt about the offensive line, how much he audibled and what to expect from Thursday's Packers game.
The Tribune's Dan Pompei had a look at the game Sunday and says J'Marcus Webb played very well.
Joe Cowley of the Sun-Times says the Bears defensive line has something to prove.
MLive.com's Justin Rogers says the Lions should bench Titus Young a game for his ill-advised head butt.
Lions.com's Tim Twentyman says Jim Schwartz knows the handshake questions will keep coming.
The Free Press' Carlos Monarrez says that while the Lions stifled Steven Jackson, they'll have a tougher road against the 49ers and Frank Gore.
Green Bay Packers
The Press-Gazette's Tom Demovsky says the secondary has communication issues to fix.
MD Jennings blew a tackle and was then replaced by Jerron Mcmillian, and Tyler Dunne reports it might have cost Jennings his starting spot.
CheeseheadTv's Zach Kruse gives the loss to the Niners another look.
ESPN 1500's Tom Pelissero breaks down the film of the win over the Jaguars.
Watching the game again for my Adrian Peterson breakdown yesterday, I was pleased by the progress of Christian Ponder and so was coach Leslie Frazier, according to Dan Weiderer and Kent Youngblood of the Star-Tribune.
Jeremy Fowler of the Pioneer Press says Antoine Winfield played Sunday, less than a week after his brother was murdered.