Black, Blue, and Ornery: Safe travels to everyone

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Updated: November 22, 2013
We here at WCS sports urge everyone to take precautions in their travels this weekend, because you really don't want to end up like this guy on the way to the game.

We here at WCS urge everyone to take precautions in their travels this weekend, because you really don’t want to end up like this guy on the way to the game.

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

Here in Minnesota we finally received from Mother Nature the unfortunate cocktail of cold and sleet, making everything slippery and dangerous. And if there’s one thing no one needs, it’s weather affecting already questionable driving from us Midwest citizens (looking at you, Twin Cities).

This made me think to remind everyone who may be traveling around the Midwest to see your favorite teams play on Sunday to be careful and to always think “safety first.”

Quote of the day:

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.

–Timothy Leary

Actress Scarlet Johansson turns 29 today.

Actress Scarlett Johansson turns 29 today.

And on this day in history:

  • 1950 – The lowest-scoring game in NBA history was played. The Fort Wayne Pistons (later the Detroit Pistons) defeated the Minneapolis Lakers (later the Los Angeles Lakers) 19-18.
  • 1963 - U.S. President Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. Texas Governor John B. Connally was also seriously wounded. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was subsequently inaugurated as the 36th U.S. President.
  • 1986 – Mike Tyson became the youngest to wear the world heavyweight boxing crown. He was only 20 years and four months old.

We also have some great birthdays to celebrate today!

  • Scarlett Johansson (29) - She gained fame for her roles in The Avengers, North, and Lost in Translation, for which she won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
  • Mark Ruffalo (46) - Best known as The Hulk in Marvel’s The Avengers in 2012.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis (55) - Halloween star and the daughter of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.

NFC North News

We link tonight to the guitar bite

Stand up and be counted for what you are about to receive
We are the dealers
We’ll give you everything you need
Hail hail to the good times
Cos rock has got the right of way
We ain’t no legends ain’t no cause
We’re just livin’ for today
For those about to rock, we salute you!
For those about to rock, we salute you!

Detroit Lions

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press , noting in particular that Detroit Lions defensive end Israel Idonije was the only player held out of the open portion of practice.

Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com answers “” from fans regarding anything and everything Lions.

Vikings DE Jared Allen only needs five more sacks to extend his double-digit sack streak to seven seasons.

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen only needs five more sacks to extend his double-digit sack streak to seven seasons.

Chicago Bears

John Mullin of CSNChicago.com has a little fun writing about Chicago Bears quarterback and how a few of his teammates have tried to pinpoint what it actually sounds like.

Speaking of McCown, check out his in which he addresses questions from the Chicago media.

Green Bay Packers

Now that Green Bay Packers cornerback Micah Hyde has landed on the injury list with an apparent groin issue, the , according to Mike Spofford of Packers.com. Hyde says he does plan to practice Friday, so all eyes will be on his condition leading up to Sunday.

Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel examines  made by the Packers defense against the New York Giants last Sunday. He explores whether the blame lies with the coaching staff — namely, coordinator Dom Capers — or the players for not executing their responsibilities properly.

Minnesota Vikings

Brian Hall of Fox Sports North covers the proclamation by Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings proclaiming Thursday that he will “” for this Sunday’s match-up with the Green Bay Packers. Jennings was a last-minute inactive for last Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks due to an Achilles tendon issue.

Mike Wobschall of Vikings.com traces Minnesota Vikings defensive end with double-digit sack totals. Allen currently has only five sacks to his credit, so he must pick up the pace to keep his streak alive — and a big game against the rival Packers on Sunday will be just what the doctor ordered.

No other birthday's were deemed worthy of photo consideration, so we saw no reason to withhold another photo of Scarlet Johansson from you.

No other birthdays were deemed worthy of photo consideration, so we saw no reason to withhold another photo of Scarlett Johansson from you.

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 .

2135 comments
jwood23 bear down
jwood23 bear down moderator

RT : NFL announced Roy Ellison has been suspended one game, minus pay, for profane and derogatory statement to Trent Williams.

niemerg1
niemerg1

if people ever google my name, they come up with a whole bunch of articles about someone getting convicted of beating a child....YIKES

jwood23 bear down
jwood23 bear down moderator

So I spent the last 3 hours erasing every trace of my name from this site. And as much in the internet as I could (involving sportswriting exploits, at least).  

Yeesh.

jwood23 bear down
jwood23 bear down moderator

what kind of an asshat steals 300 turkeys from a homeless shelter the week before Thanksgiving?

jwood23 bear down
jwood23 bear down moderator

 he did say if he has safety help over the top.  At least that helps.

Donny33
Donny33

 it was a dark time in your life.

niemerg1
niemerg1

 im hesitant to click this

jwood23 bear down
jwood23 bear down moderator

 why would anybody think to add watercooler to that?

Lions 49 Packers 7
Lions 49 Packers 7

 *searches jwoude* Oh my, why did you use the bazooka like that on that poor donkey

niemerg1
niemerg1

 try clicking any of those links...they are all bad now

niemerg1
niemerg1

 what are you doing in HTML5?

niemerg1
niemerg1

 you spelled his first name wrong

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

 Probably that damn Sasquatch. No, not prep.

niemerg1
niemerg1

  its a relative of mine (who I believe got steam rolled by the DA) and the child's first name is the same as mine

jwood23 bear down
jwood23 bear down moderator

  takes a little time for all that stuff to disappear from Google.  it'll get there

niemerg1
niemerg1

  almost...out in another year or two

jwood23 bear down
jwood23 bear down moderator

  My authorname now is Johnathan Wood.

Close enough you all know who I am, different enough that Google won't find it when potential employers Google my actual name in a few years

niemerg1
niemerg1

 doesn't mean i want to click it

Donny33
Donny33

 in a vomit inducing way.

Lions 49 Packers 7
Lions 49 Packers 7

 My name is actually Johnathan Adolph Wood though. So now there is confusion

niemerg1
niemerg1

  *goes to database to get LKP's IP and back trace his address*

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused

The curious circumstances around his death all point to a lone stranger residing in Virginia.