Black, Blue, and Ornery: 2008 Detroit Lions breathe sigh of relief

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Updated: November 12, 2013

Nadia Comaneci, the first gymnast ever to attain a perfect 10 at the Olympic Games, turns 52 today.

Good morning, football aficionados! We are pleased to bring you Water Cooler Sports’ Black Blue and Ornery on this auspicious Tuesday, November 12th, 2013.

What’s so special about today, you ask? Quite simply this: as of last night, the most ignominious record in all of football — the 2008 Detroit Lions’ 0-16 season — remains safely intact. The last winless team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, triumphed over the 4-4 Miami Dolphins to bring a close to the latest dismal saga.

It’s odd how much these “defeated seasons” have in common with car accidents: we’re revolted by the grisly sight, yet we can’t help but rubberneck as we drive past.

Today marks another important milestone: the 238th anniversary of the letter Abigail Adams sent to her husband John Adams, in which she assailed Great Britain with these stirring words:

Let us separate; they are unworthy to be our Brethren. Let us renounce them; and, instead of supplications as formerly, for their prosperity and happiness, let us beseech the almighty to blast their councils and bring to Nought all their devices.

She was writing in response to the news that the Crown of England had roundly rejected the so-called Olive Branch Petition, which John Dickinson had proposed in the Continental Congress in a last-ditch effort to stave off a break with Great Britain.

The decision by King George III not even to entertain the petition polarized public opinion in the Colonies, propelling the Continental Congress to pass a very different resolution the following July:

That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, Free and Independent states; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown; and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Born on this day include such luminaries as actor Ryan Gosling (33); actress Anne Hathaway (31); actress Cote de Pablo (34); and folk singer Neil Young (54).

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Chicago Bears

The speed and savagery with which the Chicago media has turned on Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman is breathtaking. It makes me wonder if he had already alienated them and they were just waiting for the right moment to pounce.

Ravishing beauty Grace Kelly was born on this date in 1929. She died in 1982.

Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times follows up yesterday’s volley with yet another fusillade. He describes in yanking quarterback Jay Cutler from this Sunday’s game as “stunning.” It’s a rather amusing piece in which he impugns everything from Trestman’s character to his intelligence.

Never one to miss a chance at kicking the bear when he’s down, Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune implies that — and even goes so far as to insinuate that Trestman might not be in control of his own team anymore.

On the other hand, Mark Potash notes that in the Chicago locker room because there is so much faith in backup quarterback Josh McCown. Judging by what we have seen so far, that trust is warranted.

Detroit Lions

“He played very well in spurts.” That is how Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz described the performance of defensive tackle Nick Fairley this week. As Detroit Free Press reporter Carlos Monarrez, points out, . He can be simply brilliant one moment — and make a boneheaded mistake the next.

It’s always a positive sign when a coach is willing to put the game in the hands of his rookies. That’s what happened this week in the waning moments of the contest against the Chicago Bears, as the . Rookie tackle LaAdrian Waddle and guard Larry Warford proved themselves up to the task, punching open lanes for running back Reggie Bush to gain big yardage.

Over at MLive.com, Kyle Meinke argues that Detroit has a challenging task ahead of it: coming to grips with its .

Can third-string quarterback Scott Tolzien defy the odds and lead the Green Bay Packers to victory this week at the Meadowlands?

Green Bay Packers

How the mighty have fallen. After starting just three different quarterbacks in 20 seasons, the Green Bay Packers will now be starting their third quarterback in three weeks.

As Jordan Teicher of The Wall Street Journal reveals, 39 times since 2000 has a team started — and in 18 of those instances, the team went 0-3 in that span. Only three times has the team managed to win all three games, “the latest being the 2011 Texans, who won with Matt Schaub, Matt Leinart and T.J. Yates in successive weeks.”

History seems to be against Scott Tolzien, who gets the nod this week. Can he beat the odds?

Tolzien will be backed up by none other than . Head coach Mike McCarthy assured the media that Flynn “looks good,” but considering he recently expressed confidence in one Seneca Wallace, consider me skeptical.

Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel reports that defensive coordinator and laid the blame for the team’s defensive lapses squarely on the shoulders of the players, not on his schematic decisions. “My feeling is, you’ve just got to keep having guys in position and sooner or later we’ll start making those plays,” said Capers.

Forgive me if I don’t really care too much about what Capers feels. I want to know what he is going to do to fix his defense’s utter inability to force a stop when it really matters.

After fading away in merciful obscurity the past few years, former Packers tight end Mark Chmura burst onto the scene with a blockbuster this week, boldly proclaiming that tight end in Green Bay:

I would bet my bottom dollar his career’s over. Over. He needs surgery, and it’s herniated in (the C3 and C4 vertebrae) . . . He’s definitely not gonna play in Green Bay, I’d put my house on that. . . . I  believe he’s undergoing surgery on Thursday. . . . He literally could not move his neck.

I’m not sure why Chmura feels the need to share this with the world instead of letting Finley release the information on his own time, but there you have it.

Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings have a penchant for making the news for all the wrong reasons, and it’s arousing the ire of their fans.

Allen Moody of the Yahoo! Contributor Network has had enough. He states flatly that it’s from wide receiver Jerome Simpson, who was recently arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI). He thinks the Vikings have been too forgiving of a player who has demonstrated marked character flaws.

Actress Anne Hathaway will blow 31 candles this evening.

Needless to say, head coach to clearing Simpson for play this week.

On the bright side, Mark Craig and Chip Scoggins of the StarTribune point out that Simpson’s legal issues could prove a for rookie wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who will probably be the beneficiary of more playing time.

The controversy surrounding the Washington Redskins’ moniker has escalated from the ridiculous to the sublime. Now an American Indian activist group is petitioning the state to block a bond sale funding the construction of the new Vikings stadium until they can be reassured that that Redskins’ name will never appear anywhere in the stadium.

Budget commissioner , arguing that he is not authorized to enforce anti-discrimination laws and citing Supreme Court case law to back him up. The activist group promises to appeal the decision.

But of course they do.

About the author(s)

Rourke Douglas Decker covers the Green Bay Packers beat for the Water Cooler Sports Network. He resides with his family in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He can be reached for questions or comments at . Connect with .

1536 comments
Natesweet
Natesweet moderator

My fucking cat is just sitting 2 feet away from me yelling at me for nothing. What the fuck does he want?

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused

I look forward to reading the transcript of Rodgers' interview, tweet-by-tweet

TheHairy1
TheHairy1

RODGERS (on Nelson catch): “How do you not call that a touchdown?”

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused

Worst song:

Anything that's been been popular with highschoolers in the last 5 years.

TheHairy1
TheHairy1

RODGERS: "Mike (McCarthy) can’t deny this, since ’06 and ’07 I’ve always been the calming voice of reason on the headsets."

50CaliberFalconoles
50CaliberFalconoles

I actually did right a song about Pussy called "Smoking hot Pie" It was a joke but a few I shared it with loved it

andylet445
andylet445

Best song about what i do when i am on here

I touch myself -Divinyls

ethanfitz_PS4FTW
ethanfitz_PS4FTW

Best Song about Brett Favre and Greg Jennings

"Your Betrayal" -Bullet For My Valentine

niemerg1
niemerg1

best song in general.

Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

TheHairy1
TheHairy1

it wants you to drop kick it

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

 If only someone would supply it for us...

Natesweet
Natesweet moderator

My younger daughter in high school just went to see Jonathan Richman. Dude has been driving females crazy since the late 60's early 70's.

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

 22 - Taylor Swift

TheHairy1
TheHairy1

the Super Bowl Shuffle comes to mind

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused

"I have to slap him in his fat face and tell him to calm the fuck down."

jmac3444
jmac3444

 I believe it. I have seen mccarthy's challanges

Natesweet
Natesweet moderator

  I think he wants it more rough than I have been giving him.

Mack Damon
Mack Damon moderator

  The parody "32" is good though.

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

  They weren't here to start no trouble. Why you messin' with them?

Natesweet
Natesweet moderator

  Fearless is such a great song. I love that song.

Niners_Never_Die
Niners_Never_Die

  You need to be on more drugs and then they will make sense.. or at least you will think they do.

Niners_Never_Die
Niners_Never_Die

   LOL Mine was Bush, Goo Goo Dolls and No Doubt!  Does not compare.

Natesweet
Natesweet moderator

  Pink Floyd was my first concert.