Black, Blue, and Ornery: Where do we go from here?

This season the inconsistent NFC North has really become a head-scratcher.

This season the inconsistent NFC North has really become a head-scratcher.

Good morning, folks! Welcome to the Water Cooler Sports Black, Blue, and Ornery, your source for NFC North News on this Tuesday, November 26th, 2013.

Well us fans of the NFC North were left scratching our heads yesterday wondering who from our mediocre division will finally rise to take control. So far the answer seems to be “no one.”

Certainly Thursday’s match-up between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions will be a huge benchmark, as will the contest between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings this Sunday. With five games left in the season, every game is a must win and it will be interesting to see which team — if any — finally gets things going in the right direction.

Quote of the day:

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential . . . these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

–Confucius

Actress Kristin Bauer turns 48 today.

Actress Kristin Bauer turns 47 today.

And on this day in history:

  • 1716 – The first lion to be exhibited in America went on display in Boston, Massachusetts.  Poor guy is still waiting for a playoff victory from his favorite team.
  • 1825 – The first college social fraternity, Kappa Alpha, was formed at Union College in Schenectady, New York. Ironically the first member initiated was Richie Incognito’s great-great-great-great-grandfather.
  • 1998 – Hulk Hogan announced that he was retiring from pro wrestling and would run for president in 2000. It would have worked too had he not hired The Iron Sheik as his campaign manager.

We also have some great birthdays to celebrate today!

  • Shawn Kemp (44) - All-star NBA forward for the Seattle SuperSonics who was part of USA’s gold medal Dream Team II.
  • Harry Carson (60) - Linebacker for the New York Giants who was selected to the Pro Bowl nine times and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • Kristin Bauer (47) - Rose to prominence through her roles on Once Upon a Time and True Blood.

NFC North News

I’m going down in a blaze of glory
Take me now but know the truth
I’m going down in a blaze of glory
Lord I never linked first
But I linked first blood
I’m no one’s son
Call me young gun.

Detroit Lions

Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press brings you his “” segment, in which he looks at the Detroit Lions’ playoff hopes, the possibility that head coach Jim Schwartz could be on the hot seat, and the odds of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers returning Thursday for the pivotal Thanksgiving Day match-up.

Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com looks at the from the Lions’ 24-21 defeat at the hands of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday.

"You mean giving up 10 yards per carry is bad? You better check your facts son."

“You mean giving up 10 yards per carry is bad? You better check your facts, son.”

Chicago Bears

Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times writes his the St. Louis Rams gave the Chicago Bears on Sunday.  Morrissey says:

Ten penalties for 84 yards. Three touchdowns called back, not to mention a 27-yard end-around nullified. A fumble on the very first offensive play. A wild dust-up on the field. And, for good measure, a questionable coaching decision.

Other than that, everything was just super for the Bears on Sunday.

Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune laments that the Rams — as if they weren’t apparent enough already.

Green Bay Packers

Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin brings you his form the Green Bay Packers’ 26-26 tie with the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel discusses the fact that the Packers still have a good chance of winning the division, although he admits they are also likely a

Minnesota Vikings

Chris Miller of the StarTribune notes that the Minnesota Vikings after he was arrested for a domestic violence complaint.

Brian Hall of Fox Sports North brings you his in which he grades the Vikings’ performance against the Packers.

Actress Tamsin Egerton turns XX today.

Actress Tamsin Egerton turns 25 today.

1292 comments
Cam Of Steel
Cam Of Steel

LOL @Jason Hatcher......funny conversation with the fake blood and all.


Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused

The Patriots once drafted this scrub QB from my School in like the 6th or 7th round. He was weird, really liked waterslides.

I don't know whatever became of him.

Donny33
Donny33

The Carolina Panthers signed the qb from my D3 School a few weeks ago.  The Rams drafted one of our WR a few years ago. Pierre Garcon was the death of my team in college - the enemy.

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

*peeks in and looks for SDL. Whew!*

Hey, what's up guys?

Tearloch
Tearloch

Brown's new QB Alex Tanney went to my college (Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL 61462), and may be the first player from the school in the NFL (have to check that one).  On a lighter note, the Bears hired his older brother this offseason to fun their in house analytics department for player evaluations.

Tony don't retire
Tony don't retire

1. Cut your loses with:

"No Action" Jackson

"Lame" Baker

Asan...TAKE EVERY OTHER PLAY OFF...Samuel

"Can't get it" Reynolds

"Can't Pa-lay" Jerry

and last but certainly not least..

Thomas De "Cover Who?"

Doing this will free up about $30-35 million in cap space.

2. Next, re-tool the ENTIRE O-Line!!!

3. For the love of Pete, STOP signing injury prone FA's on the wrong side of 30

4. Stop drafting players with history of injuries, i.e...Jones, Jerry, etc...

5. Make this draft 110% about the O & D lines. If this draft is a boring draft with nothing but lineman...SO BE IT! Draft for NEED no the best player.

6. Draft STUD DE's for a change!!!! Osi has been average at best this year.

Take these first 6 steps and we should be back in business for next season.

LambeauOrWrigley
LambeauOrWrigley

Later guys....I have to go.  I wish it was something productive but that morning egg mcmuffin has desires to leave my body.  

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

 Jacksonville also drafted their QB of the future from your school.  They just don't know it yet!

Donny33
Donny33

 yes, we know you went to Mich.

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

 

What are you pissing on about?

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

 Some guy from Monmouth got drafted in 1974:

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused

This has been another exciting edition of:

Facts Nobody Gives a Shit About!

Tearloch
Tearloch

Well, one of my colleges.  Played for 2 weeks my freshman year on the football team (D3), but quit to make time for work, to pay for beer.

Enrollment around 1000 students.

BIGK078
BIGK078

 DeCoud needs to go. Jerry didn't do so bad this season. Reynolds and Konz are both bad. Hawley has played well at Center.  We'll need a TE who can block. We have a lot of holes to fill.

rocketman6969
rocketman6969

 Can't cut Baker, cap hit would be too high.

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

 there's no "I" in team, but there are three "I"s in RGIII.

The Real CJammin
The Real CJammin

 More appropriate than saying he is a cornball brother.

Tearloch
Tearloch

It may break the sound barrier.  Get a friend with a radar gun to clock it's exit speed...

Horsed and Confused
Horsed and Confused

dude, i shit so hard this morning, people thought they were re-tiling the bathroom

Donny33
Donny33

 it's amazing you got in there... not being black and all.

Tearloch
Tearloch

Nice work, Sherlock.  Saved me the effort.

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

  No problem.  i like that the NFL website has that feature.