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Kristin Cavallari Approves of Chicago Bears’ Gabe Carimi Draft Pick

Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler recently got engaged, Cavallari confirmed on her twitter page Thursday. Given that news it’s no surprise to see her celebrating Chicago’s first-round draft pick on Thursday evening as Bear Goggles pointed out to us:

Folks were cracking jokes about Jay Cutler retiring immediately after the Detroit Lions selected ferocious defensive lineman Nick Fairley to pair with Ndamukong Suh. That was a clear reference to the beating Cutler took during the season due to the lack of an adequate offensive line. It’s about time the Bears invested in protecting their quarterback, but I guess you can’t completely blame them when they had to trade away half their picks to get Cutler in the first place.

If you’re interested in more pics of the lovely Kristin Cavallari, go here.

Prince Amukamara’s Family Wins the NFL Draft Fashion Award

Prince Amukamara, who was widely rated as one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL draft, slipped to the 19th pick and was snatched up by the New York Giants. The former Nebraska Cornhusker drew all sorts of attention on draft day not just because he fell a good 10 spots, but also because of the fashion choice by his family. Check out this picture of Amukamara’s family on draft day:

Prince’s parents are Nigerian, and his father is actually a chief so that’s how Prince got his name. He has five sisters whose names are Princess, Precious, Promise, Peace and Passionate, and his mother was actually a sprinter in the ’84 Olympic Games. Just check out the sweet hat his mother was rocking!

As you can imagine, the New York papers are having a ball with Prince’s name given that the draft happened on the eve of Royal Wedding. Please hold the jokes.

Photo Credit: NY Daily News

Mark Ingram Cries During Interview with Suzy Kolber (Video)

The New Orleans Saints traded draft picks with the New England Patriots to move up and select Alabama running back Mark Ingram in the 2011 NFL draft. Ingram went 28th overall and actually had to wait longer than some people expected him to. After getting picked, he was interviewed by ESPN’s Suzy Kolber who got personal with him. Kolber read a message Ingram’s father had sent to him from prison, and the emotion caused Mark to break down and cry:

Mark Ingram Sr. played 10 years in the NFL, six for the Giants, and helped them win the Super Bowl in 1990. In 2008 he was sentenced to seven years in prison for bank fraud and money laundering. He’s not expected to be released until late 2014, but there’s little doubt his impact on his son is profound.

Also see: Ingram’s reaction to the James Carpenter pick

Reggie Bush on Twitter: ‘It’s Been Fun New Orleans’ After Mark Ingram Pick

My first thought after hearing the New Orleans Saints had drafted running back Mark Ingram was “so much for Reggie Bush.” Apparently he was thinking the exact same thing. Not long after the selection, he sent off this blast on twitter:

And just like that, a new catch phrase was born. Bush was set to make nearly $12 million in the upcoming season so the team was going to ask him to take a paycut anyhow, but now with such a crowded backfield (the Saints also have Pierre Thomas), it just makes it more clear that New Orleans is moving on.

To say Bush was a bust with New Orleans is like saying JaMarcus Russell is chubby. The Heisman Trophy winner* was supposed to be the next superstar when he entered the league. The Houston Texans were ridiculed for passing up the seemingly superhuman Bush in the draft, but they turned out to be right.

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Roger Goodell Booed by NFL Fans Who Chant ‘We Want Football’

There were only a few certainties entering the first round of the 2011 NFL draft: few running backs would be selected, the Patriots would trade their pick, and Roger Goodell would get booed. No surprise, all three happened. It’s only unfortunate that the Commissioner opted not to address the labor issue. This was a great chance to connect with the fans and give us some positive sentiment but instead all Goodell said was “I hear you” and “I agree with you.” Come on Rog, can’t you do better than that? At least a brief statement would have been in order, right?

Da’Quan Bowers Can’t Wait to Sack Peyton Manning, Michael Vick

Da’Quan Bowers is one of the top pass rushing prospects in the 2011 NFL draft and he’s expected to be a highly-selected player in the first round. Uncertainty regarding the condition of Bowers’ knee has led to speculation that the Clemson product will fall in the draft, but he says he’s been medically cleared. He also has his eyes set on a few targets once he gets into the league.

“I can’t wait to sack Peyton Manning,” Bowers said on SportsCenter Tonight on ESPN Radio with Chuck Wilson last week. “I can’t wait to do it. I think he’s the best pure quarterback in the NFL. Once I get him, I’m going to be so happy. My next target is of course Michael Vick. I’m going to catch him from the blindside.”

That’s an awful lot of cockiness coming from someone who’s just going to be a rookie, but I like the attitude. That’s the type of mentality you want a player to have all offseason long when he’s training. If Bowers keeps up that mentality and trains with that type of attitude, he should be a force in the NFL. It sure seems like he has the talent to become one.

Peyton Hillis Wins Madden Cover Vote, is America’s Favorite White Running Back

ESPN announced Wednesday that Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis beat Michael Vick to win the cover of the Madden NFL 12 video game. Even though we covered Hillis’ run to the semis, we didn’t see him emerging from the pack.

Maybe we should have.

It probably didn’t hurt Hillis that Packers fans voted against Aaron Rodgers because they didn’t want him to suffer the curse. But how did Hillis defeat the ever popular Michael Vick? There is only one possible answer: he ran with the white running back mystique.

Cleveland Browns fans are numerous and passionate, but they can’t possibly overpower every other fan base in the NFL. And I don’t believe some sort of Rory Fitzpatrick scheme was at work either. This was about one thing — race. America loves white running backs and this is confirmation. Here’s more on the matter if you’re interested.