Grits, Gravy, and Gumbo: The South rises again

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Updated: November 14, 2013

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Greetings, fellow reconstructed rebels! We arise from our long hibernation to bring you an installment of Water Cooler Sports’ Grits, Gravy, and Gumbo, your favorite dish of NFC South news on this Thursday, November 14th, 2013.

It just so happens that my colleague, Johnathan Wood, is writing Black, Blue, and Ornery today, so I have a bit of unexpected extra time on my hands. The unfortunate reality, though, is that as much as I’d like to see GGAG as a daily column, I don’t have the time to write it on a consistent basis.

If you would be interested in assuming the mantle of GGAG columnist, drop me a line at , and I will be happy to set you up.

Since many Southerners are openly proud their past, I thought I would honor the birthdays of some famous historical figures: Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926); composer Aaron Copland (1900-90); actress Veronica Lake (1922-73); King Hussein of Jordan (1935-99); and actor McLean Stephenson (1927-99).

NFC South News

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Atlanta Falcons

If it weren’t for the law of unintended consequences, the world might be a lovely place.

The most recent NFL collective bargaining agreement (CBA) severely restricted the number of padded, full-contact practices teams are allowed to conduct. The provision was intended to reduce the number of injuries sustained in practice, but what it really seems to have done is lead to sloppy football and more injuries during games.

Dubbed the “Poor Little Rich Girl,” heiress and socialite Barbara Hutton was born on this date in 1919. She died in 1996.

Yesterday the during one of their rare padded practices, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Falcons, who rank dead last in the league in rushing yards per game, seem to be in dire need of blocking drills, but the cynic in me wonders how much good it will do at this point.

The phrase “too little, too late” comes to mind.

Meanwhile, ironman tight end Tony Gonzalez, who has missed just two games in his distinguished 17-year career,  with a toe problem. His availability for the Week 11 contest against division-rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers remains unclear.

One would hope Atlanta wouldn’t need Gonzalez on the field to defeat Tampa Bay, but then again, the Falcons can’t be counted on in any game this year.

Carolina Panthers

After a rocky 1-3 start called into question his job security, Carolina Panthers head coach . He has since gone for it seven times on fourth down, converting five of them, a number that has contributed to their abrupt turnaround.

Perhaps more importantly, the defense has allowed a phenomenally low 12.9 points per game so far, while the running backs have been fed the ball more consistently they were last year.

Add it all up, and the result is a 6-3 record and the fifth seed in the NFC. If they can keep this up, they will make their first playoff trip since their one-and-done appearance in 2008.

Count Hank Gola of the New York Daily News as a believer. He writes that the Panthers’ victory over the San Francisco 49ers . It’s a truism that defense wins championships, and it would appear that the Panthers are waxing into championship form.

For his part, quarterback on behalf of the Carolinas. He thinks that a successful Panthers season is just what those states need right now, reports Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer.

The Dallas Cowboys were ecstatic to be roughed up by the New Orleans Saints in Week 10.

New Orleans Saints

Dallas reporters are about as cynical as Chicago reporters, and the New Orleans Saints’ Week 10 pummeling of the Dallas Cowboys has the jackals out in force.

David Moore of The Dallas Morning News wants to believe that giving up 625 yards, 49 points, and an NFL-record 40 first downs is just “an aberration,” but he fears that it could be “.” Saints fans hankering for a helping of schadenfreude will enjoy reveling in Moore’s dissection of Dallas’ dismal showing.

Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan doesn’t just know how to field a good defense — he also knows how to party. After the Saints’ victory, a jubilant Ryan was buying drinks for fans at a local watering hole. The Benjamin he laid on the bar was “” for the pleased bartender who had the privilege of serving the revelers.

Now the and prepare for the hard-nosed San Francisco 49ers, who will no doubt still be smarting from their defeat at the hands of the Panthers. Quarterback Drew Brees will be tasked with proving that his finesse style of offense can overcome the tough defensive front of the 49ers.

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan endeared himself to fans by handing out free drinks after the game.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Good news has been a scarce commodity for Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans this season.

Fresh off notching their first win of the season, the Bucs were forced to place with a fractured ankle. He joined Doug Martin, who had already been lost with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

To fill James’ roster spot, Tampa Bay signed rookie running back Michael Hill off the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad. Hill will now have the opportunity to prove he is worthy of a spot on a 53-man roster. Earlier this season, he spent two weeks on Green Bay’s roster before being sent back to the scout team.

According to Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com, Hill rushed for nearly 3,500 yards and 24 touchdowns in his last two seasons at Missouri Western.

On the other side of the ball, the Bucs’ run defense has been one of the stingiest in the league through 10 weeks. Roy Cummings of The Tampa Tribune writes that one of the major reasons for that is the .

He describes what the team calls its “hustle drill,” which is so simple that even a grade schooler could understand it. The coach points to a spot on the field, and when he blows his whistle, “all 11 players break from their positions and run as hard as they can to that spot.” It teaches players to swarm to the ball carrier.

It might sound elementary, but it’s also brilliant. Perhaps if more teams focused on the basics instead of competing to see who can create the most complicated and incomprehensible schemes, we might see fewer outlandish offensive numbers given up and perhaps fewer injuries too.

Veronica Lake’s short life was marred by a tumultuous personality and a battle with alcoholism, to which she eventually succumbed at the age of 50.

About the author(s)

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

2380 comments
sgunderson17
sgunderson17

Did everyone run out and get a PS4 last night?

Staffords_Glove™
Staffords_Glove™

So they interviewed Chmura on Green and Gold Today yesterday about Finley. Yeah....even if he plays football again it def will not be for GB. 

sgunderson17
sgunderson17

Speaking of cell phones.....

Do I pay $50 for a Moto X at Verizon, but pay $70/month for the next 24 month contract.

Or do I pay $300 for a Moto X at Republic Wireless for $40/month unlimited everything, and no contract?


Over the two years, I'd pay $470 less with Republic, but I don't know how their service is. I believe they piggy-back off other towers. 


$50 Mr. FalcoNole 50$
$50 Mr. FalcoNole 50$

So yall are saying there is something on TV besides sports? Hmmmm may have to look into this

BlutosPackers
BlutosPackers

OK< back in a bit, and will try to post a couple pics for the Before Shots.

rocketman6969
rocketman6969

Here we go, favorite quote from the episode "Blink".

"The Lonely Assassins, that's what they used to be called. No one quite knows where they came from, but they're as old as the Universe, or very nearly. And they have survived this long because they have the most perfect defense system ever evolved. They are Quantum Locked. They don't exist when they are being observed. The moment they are seen by any other living creature they freeze into rock. No choice, it's a fact of their biology. In the sight of any living thing, they literally turn into stone. And you can't kill a stone. Of course, a stone can't kill you either, but then you turn your head away. Then you blink. Then, oh yes, it can."

Staffords_Glove™
Staffords_Glove™

Speaking of TV, is there a better written comedy out right now than Parks and Recreation?

rocketman6969
rocketman6969

I am so excited for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary next Saturday. Looks like they are finally going to be showing us the Time War (or at least parts of it), which should be awesome.

Also, casting John Hurt as "The War Doctor" was brilliant.

Preparation_A
Preparation_A moderator

OK, sorry for bringing up politics (though it seems none of us are really in disagreement on this anyway) but I went into the re-enrollment nervous and was happy the way it turned out.

Anyhoo, back to work. Enjoy the day fellas.

Blutos: have fucking fun dude!

Preparation_A
Preparation_A moderator

Vicarious---does that come fro the word "vicar" meaning "priest", and does it have to do with the fact that priests can't have sex, so they got their jollies through hearing other people's confessions about sex?

Preparation_A
Preparation_A moderator

Blutos: put your dick on it for me.

Preparation_A
Preparation_A moderator

Well, due to the ACA I had to re-sign up for health/vision/dental at work yesterday...

I get to keep the identical plan I already had, but it's gonna cost me an extra $6.42 this coming year.

THATS ALMOST 54 CENTS PER MONTH

THANKS OBAMACARE!

Rourke
Rourke

Craig Newsome lives in Holmen, Wisconsin, just a ten-minute drive from my hometown.

rocketman6969
rocketman6969

 Nope, saving my money to try to grab a 50" flat screen after Thanksgiving.

AndyLet445
AndyLet445

 GB doesn't like to risk players lives.  

vanderheap19
vanderheap19

 No worry on the politics. I have no issue with what ACA is trying to accomplish. Only irked at the issues/headaches involved. But that, in my view, isn't party specific. It's simply a by-product of having any elected officials involved in implementing things at all. I blame both parties equally. But these days, I blame both parties for blowing up a lot of issues, so it's about par for me. *shrug*

BlutosPackers
BlutosPackers

I intend too, OK guys, I am out, I gotta get my set-up ready and go get the trophy. Hey, if you  are around in a half hour or so, maybe you can help me and I will post a before picture? maybe you can guide me through how to do it.

sgunderson17
sgunderson17

 Put the tip on your chill ring for me. 

BlutosPackers
BlutosPackers

LOL, uh, nope! I will be doing that all for myself!

BlutosPackers
BlutosPackers

LOL, wow, that is huge! Mine is only a $5.34 per year increase!

vanderheap19
vanderheap19

 Thankfully, my employer is big enough, we'll still have our plan.

Tearloch
Tearloch

Honestly, I think you have to re-enroll in your health plan every year, regardless of ACA.  And with that kind of rate hike, given the additional coverages, you should either short your income tax payment by the same amount or move to Canada.

Rourke
Rourke

Is it? I had no clue.

Bitches Love Cake
Bitches Love Cake

  Black Friday? Seen a Best Buy ad for a 50" HDTV for $399.99

sgunderson17
sgunderson17

  I love Big Bang Theory.

You either love it or hate it. 

BlutosPackers
BlutosPackers

  Yes, best show on for sitcom comedies! Sheldon is the man!

rocketman6969
rocketman6969

 I understand why some people don't like it, but for me, it's one of my favorite shows. If anyone ever asks me where they should start watching, I never say to start with the first episode with Eccleston, I always tell them to start with "Blink". Such an incredible episode, gives just the right tone while also being scary as shit.

Tearloch
Tearloch

It seems like its almost impossible to get a working product with almost half the people that could fix it are actively engaged in a campaign to undermine the entire thing.

Preparation_A
Preparation_A moderator

   

Yeah, they altered some boys alright...

Preparation_A
Preparation_A moderator

   

Fine. I will live vicariously through you.

Tearloch
Tearloch

I don't think many employers plans were affected, since most employers offered actually comprehensive health insurance.

Preparation_A
Preparation_A moderator

   

We have the option to re-enroll each yeah, but it has not always been mandatory. Maybe it id mandatory every two years---that's only as long as I've been here.

AndyLet445
AndyLet445

  because rodgers is a demigod.  

sgunderson17
sgunderson17

   True. Al Gore got something right for once. 

BlutosPackers
BlutosPackers

  Yeah, no doubt! My dad wanted to claim medical bankruptcy but would have had to lose his entire estate before being allowed to do so. pisses me off.

Tearloch
Tearloch

The other scary piece to this is how about 10 years ago Congress made it much harder for individuals to go into bankruptcy, but made it much easier for businesses to do it. 

BlutosPackers
BlutosPackers

  yeah Tear. Some don't realize that if they become seriously sick or injured with say, cancer or something of that nature, that their premiums can rise with their treatment to the point that they cannot afford to continue the policy any longer. This happened to my father. Luckily we had the resources to complete paying for his treatments and he is doing well now.

vanderheap19
vanderheap19

  See, that's where I like my coverage. I wouldn't call mine cheap, though I don't feel like its overly expensive either. I've been healthy, but wife has a lot more stuff to do at hospital. Like having a baby. And things have been covered just fine.

Tearloch
Tearloch

I think its common for healthy people to like their coverage if its cheap.  But you really have to look at the entire system.  People thought they were "covered", but when they got sick, ended up with huge bills that weren't covered by their plans, and end up in bankruptcy.  In the end, the system foots the bill making costs for everyone else go up.

Tearloch
Tearloch

Wait, I thought the ACA was a gov't run system?

vanderheap19
vanderheap19

  Prep, we see the HRA/Flex side of it, don't know the details of their full Health Care coverage. Usually what would end up happening is a small employer, to keep costs down, would have a high deductible health plan, but then supplement it with an HRA of some kind so the EE's aren't dicked. Well, most did that anyway. We have a few pretty horrible HRA's too. But anyway.

That may be true for those smaller companies, Tear, but I actually like my health coverage, and was not happy at the prospect of losing it and dealing with it individually.

Tearloch
Tearloch

The exchanges should drastically reduce this overhead, by basically standardizing coverages via the exchanges.

Preparation_A
Preparation_A moderator

  

I have a hard time imagining a govt run system would be any more byzantine that the existing insurance system.

Tearloch
Tearloch

I have grad school with a health insurance sales rep.  Its pretty scary when you consider how they negotiate different deals with each customer (employer).  No wonder their adminstrative costs are so damn high, and they screw up billing and payment so much.  They have to keep track of essentially thousands of different "products".

Tearloch
Tearloch

Sure, but that is the employers choice.  They can probably get better deals in the small business exchanges, since it increases the bargaining power of the small employers in a way.

Preparation_A
Preparation_A moderator

   

Vander, were those comprehensive plans that got canceled?

Preparation_A
Preparation_A moderator

   

Oh, so you mean that all the hype over those going away was hogwash? Ya don't say!

vanderheap19
vanderheap19

  I work with a benefits company. Third party administration for Flex spending accounts and HRA plans. We had a lot of smaller employers cancel their coverage due to ACA/Obamacare.

Tearloch
Tearloch

The ones that are getting cut are the ones that were called health insurance, but didn't really cover much, and the ones the ultimately would send you to bankruptcy if you really got sick.