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.
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.
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.
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
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.