Black, Blue, and Ornery: Waiting on the starting quarterbacks

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Updated: December 4, 2013
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers still are waiting on decisions on playing their playing status for this weekend's games.

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers still are awaiting decisions concerning their playing status for this weekend’s games.

Good morning, folks! Welcome to the Water Cooler Sports Black, Blue, and Ornery, your source for NFC North News on this Wednesday, December 4th, 2013.

Quote of the day:

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.

–Martin Luther King, Jr.

Model and celebrity Tyra Banks turns 40 today.

Model and celebrity Tyra Banks turns 40 today.

And on this day in history:

  • 1978 – Dianne Feinstein became San Francisco’s first woman mayor when she was named to replace George Moscone, who had been murdered.
  • 1991 – Pan American World Airways ceased operations.
  • 1997 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) suspended Latrell Sprewell of the Golden State Warriors for one year for choking and threatening to kill his coach, P.J. Carlesimo.

We also have some great birthdays to celebrate today!

  • Jeff Bridges (64) - He became known for starring in The Big Lebowski, True Grit, and Crazy Heart during his four-decade career.
  • Jay Z (44) - His first hit, “Dead Presidents,” became an international hit, and he has since won over 16 Grammy Awards and sold over 50 million albums.
  • Tyra Banks (40) - As one of the world’s most influential people, she created America’s Next Top Model and True Beauty, and hosted The Tyra Banks Show.

NFC North News

You told me you linked me
Why did you leave me, all alone
Now you tell me you need me
When you call me, on the phone
Girl I refuse, you must have me confused
With some other guy
Your bridges were burned, and now it’s your turn
To cry, cry me a river
Cry me a river-er
Cry me a river
Cry me a river-er, yea yea.

Detroit Lions

Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press brings you the  for the Detroit Lions. Most notably, cornerback Chris Houston returned to practice after being sidelined with a foot injury.

Dave Dye of Fox Sports Detroit examines the .

Lions linebacker Deandre Levy

Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy has enjoyed a breakout season in 2013.

Chicago Bears

Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune presents the  general manger Phil Emery conducted with fans on ChicagoBears.com. Topics include the contract situation with quarterback Jay Cutler and how Emery is planning on fixing the Chicago Bears defense.

Jeff Joniak of ChicagoBears.com sits down with returner Devin Hester in his column ”” to discuss Hester’s pursuit of the all-time return record.

Green Bay Packers

Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel presents a summary of Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy’s . Of note is that quarterback Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) has not yet been cleared to play but will resume practicing and has not been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

On the heels of signing running back Kahlil Bell, general manager Ted Thompson has  to free up a roster spot.

Minnesota Vikings

Vikings.com presents the of this Sunday’s match-up between the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens.

It’s Official! Doug Belden and Bill Salisbury of the Pioneer Press cover the held Tuesday morning at the site of the new Vikings’ stadium.

Actress Marisa Tomei turns 49 today.

Actress Marisa Tomei turns 49 today.

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 .

1483 comments
50CaliberFalconoles
50CaliberFalconoles

not only is Christmas Vacation the #1 Christmas movie ever I would say it's top 5 of all movies ever made

Preparation_A
Preparation_A moderator

Trading Places involved some Xmas type things.

SCHIANO HAS TO GO
SCHIANO HAS TO GO

damn its fucking cold here. 15 and falling with snow. wish I was still in the south. GO BUCS

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

Little fun fact about Christmas Vacation. The guy who played the yuppie neighbor is the voice of John Teller on Sons of Anarchy.

Preparation_A
Preparation_A moderator

Wasn't Chucky a Christmas present?

Building With Clay is back SON
Building With Clay is back SON

I am a shameless Tim Allen fan.

I liked Tool Time (despite the whole him constantly plugging Michigan thing), The Santa Claus, Toy Story, hell I even liked Jungle to Jungle.

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

 I don't want a large Farva, I want a litre cola!

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

 You boys like Me-xi-co?

Preparation_A
Preparation_A moderator

  

We would all be banned for one or more offenses within three nanoseconds.

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

 People were afraid to like them, lest Rourke implement them.

Staffords_Glove
Staffords_Glove

"capable of producing 1069 lb-ft of torque between 2500 and 4500 rpm"

Preparation_A
Preparation_A moderator

  

Tight race with dude from Office Space.

niemerg1
niemerg1

 your mother put a bow on it last night. does that count as an Xmas type thing?

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

 It involved Eddie Murphy when he was funny too.

Kuato Face
Kuato Face moderator

 Yeah. It was. there is a tradition of Christmas horror movies.

thenichels
thenichels

 I used to laugh my ass off at Home Improvement AND had the hots for Jill (yeah, I'm weird that way)

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

 The Santa Clause was good. 2 and 3 were not as good as the original.

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

 DAMN YOu!

(HA! NOT ALL CAPs)

niemerg1
niemerg1

  you'd be good. Pederasty wasn't against the rules

The Real CJammin
The Real CJammin

  GO FUCK YOURSELF AND MAKE ME A MOD YOU PIECE OF SHIT!

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

 We're talking about Christmas movies or the educational system right now.

niemerg1
niemerg1

HEY DUDE, CHECK OUT THE TITS ON CHANNEL 5

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

 Maybe he didn't like all of Home Improvement?  Maybe he just liked the Tool Time segments of that show?'

Did you ever think of that?

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

  Yet you still have your Jonathan Taylor Thomas posters up.

Preparation_A
Preparation_A moderator

   

Yeah, Pam Anderson and what not.