Black, Blue, and Ornery: Surviving injuries

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Updated: October 22, 2013

After quarterback Josh Freeman put on a historically bad performance against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football, it’s starting to look like there’s no hope for the Minnesota Vikings in 2013.

Good morning, folks! Welcome to the Water Cooler Sports Black, Blue, and Ornery, your source for NFC North News on this Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013.

By now the injury situation around the league — and more specifically, with the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers — is well known. Looking ahead to the November 4th match-up between the Bears and Packers, Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel and how they will impact that contest.

The Bears will be entering a much-needed bye week and the Packers will travel to Minnesota to play the Vikings next Sunday night.

The Detroit Lions have the typical bumps and bruises but are in much better shape with the return of wide receiver Calvin Johnson. They are, however, looking thin at offensive tackle; both Riley Reiff and Corey Hilliard are bothered by injuries.

Quote of the day:

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.

–Thomas Jefferson

Italian actress Valeria Golino turns 48 today.

Italian actress Valeria Golino turns 48 today.

And on this day in history:

  • 1836 – Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first constitutionally elected president of the Republic of Texas. If you have never heard a Texan admit they would like to “succeed” from the Union, you would wish Texas was still its own republic.
  • 1939 – The first televised professional football game was telecast from New York. Brooklyn defeated Philadelphia 23-14.
  • 1998 – The United Nations announced that over two million children had been killed in war as innocent victims since 1987. No worries, though, as most governments believe oil and power are more important.

We also have some great birthdays to celebrate today!

  • Bob Odenkirk (51) - Actor who was fantastic as sketchy lawyer Saul Goodman in the television series Breaking Bad.
  • Valeria Golino (48) - Italian beauty featured in many films in Italy as well as the American films Hot Shots! and Rain Man.
  • Brian Boitano (50) - Won the 1988 Olympic gold medal in figure skating, defeating Brian Orser.

NFC North News

Well, me . . . It’s nice talking to myself
A credit to dementia
Some day you too will know my pain
And smile its blacktooth grin
If the war inside my head
Won’t take a day off I’ll be dead
My icy fingers claw your back
Here I link again!

Green Bay Packers

Mike Spofford of Packers.com shares the. Apparently, Finley remains ”in good spirits” after spending the night in the local hospital. He was held through Monday to undergo more examination.

The NFC North may very well turn into a war of attrition with key players sidelined with injury for the foreseeable future.

The race for the NFC North crown may very well turn into a war of attrition as key players are sidelined for the foreseeable future.

Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin  for the Green Bay Packers’ victory over the Cleveland Browns.

Detroit Lions

Dana Wakiji of Fox Sports Detroit between the Detroit Lions and Cincinnati Bengals.

Chris McCoskey of The Detroit News ; specifically, their now-thin lineup at offensive tackle after injuries to Riley Reiff and Corey Hilliard.

Chicago Bears

Charlie Roumeliotis of CSNChicago.com to the news that starter Jay Cutler will miss at least four weeks with a torn groin muscle:

“I’m heartbroken for Jay. We’re obviously really close . . . . These last few years, it seems like he gets rolling and then something like this happens. He’ll get through it, though. He’s a very mentally tough person.”

ChicagoBears.com presents a portion of . Emery was fairly open and honest about his assessment of the Bears performance through the first seven weeks of the season.

Minnesota Vikings

It’s not worth covering the Minnesota Vikings today. If you watched the game last night, you know what I mean.

Actress Saffron Burrows turns 41 today.

Actress Saffron Burrows turns 41 today.

About the author(s)

A passionate Chicago Bears fan, Jason Nardiello writes the Black, Blue and Ornery column for Water Cooler Sports. At age 36, he's somewhat technologically behind the curve and remembers being able to navigate through the 1990's without a cell phone. He's an admitted Jay Cutler apologist and isn't sorry for it. He can be reached for comment at .

2349 comments
Donny33
Donny33

This FF year is lost. I'm going to see if i can't acquire some better draft picks for next year.

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

Here are two people who stopped caring about FF shortly after the draft.


Donny33
Donny33

Thomas Wayne was a capitalist pig.

jwoude23 bear down
jwoude23 bear down moderator

I have Stafford and Romo (3rd and 4th QB) and Cameron and Gronk (2nd TE and Gronk) in one league.  Can play only one at each position both weeks.

Looking for monster trade packaging one of each for a RB to pair with Jamaal Charles.

Who do you trade, and who do you target?

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The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall. - Vince Lombardi

Donny33
Donny33

If the Bears cut J Peppers, they will owe him $6.4 mil and $3.2 mil in dead money the next two seasons. LOL

andylet445
andylet445

I blame the tension on this site lately to the fact that raji hasn't been around lately with his art so hopefully this helps

rocketman6969
rocketman6969

Falcons have cut LB Jamar Chaney and signed LB Thomas Howard. I would say no real news here, except with the injuries we have at LB, Howard could very well see a good bit of playing time this week.

Childerz...
Childerz...

Two Trade Proposals in my FFL... first one is  I'll trade CJ Spiller for Steve Johnson 

Second is Me- Matt Forte for MJD and Demaryius Thomas. 


Problem is that would leave me with 0 running backs... except MJD.. but my current record is 1-6 so i'm out of it anyways.. do I just hold onto my players  and just welp fuck yall 



Capitalist Lenin
Capitalist Lenin

What's something incredibly controversial I can bring up while playing devil's advocate for the less popular side of the issue?

Staffords_Glove
Staffords_Glove

 I can turn around if you want and we can play that game?

jwoude23 bear down
jwoude23 bear down moderator

 or they can pay him $38M to get progressively worse.

That cut would save them about $30M in money.

andylet445
andylet445

 sometimes the roster spot is more valuable

rocketman6969
rocketman6969

 Seattle loses to the Giants in week 15.

They host New Orleans, play at San Fran, then travel to NY.

Donny33
Donny33

  true. obviously the better move. but that is still a lot of money.  And it's surprising because the big contracts signed in the last two years aren't laid out like that.

rocketman6969
rocketman6969

  It'll take Jacksonville the extra 4 weeks to put up enough points.

jwoude23 bear down
jwoude23 bear down moderator

 both would be helping others but not yourself.  No point to that.

Capitalist Lenin
Capitalist Lenin

 Oklahoma has lower income taxes, Jackson did them a favor.

Capitalist Lenin
Capitalist Lenin

  Misunderstood visionary who tried to create a perfect and homogeneous utopia.

jwoude23 bear down
jwoude23 bear down moderator

  signed him in the uncapped year, added back-end money to make it not front-loaded so they didn't get NFL discipline like WAS and DAL did.

Thanks Angelo!

Childerz...
Childerz...

 thats what I figured lol not that i'm going to make a run