Grits, Gravy and Gumbo: Pro Bowl excitement!

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Updated: January 23, 2014
Jason Licht will have many tough decisions in the future, such as does he green light everything Lovie Smith want immediately or does he pause a few seconds to make it look like he has a say in the matter.

Jason Licht will have many tough decisions in the future, such as does he green light everything Lovie Smith wants immediately or does he pause a few seconds to make it look like he has a say in the matter.

I will be a guest columnist on GGG until I get bored with it, but I get bored easily so any regulars out there that have wanted to dip their toe in the writing gig feel free to fill in for me on any following Thursday, or take over on Tuesdays for Northie Johnathan Wood.

Good morning, folks! Welcome to the Water Cooler Sports Grits, Gravy, and Gumbo, your source for NFC South News on this Thursday, January 23rd, 2014.

Quote of the day:

“Buy what thou hast no Need of and ere long thou shall sell thy Necessities”
-Benjamin Franklin from Poor Richard’s Almanack

On this day:

  • 2001-five people set themselves on fire at Tiananmen Square. The Chinese government claim it was the act of the religious group Fulan Gong. Fulan Gong claims suicide is against their teachings and they were being blamed to allow the Chinese government to take action against them. The only certainty is that they were Detroit Lion fans.
  • 1570-James Stewart, first earl of Moray, regent for the infant King James VI of Scotland, becomes famous as the first recorded person assassinated with a firearm.
  • 1656-French philosopher, Blaise Pascal, published the heretical Lettres Provinciales. As series of correspondence that gained popular appeal by combining humor and mockery with strong logical arguments against Jesuit laxity. It forced Pascal to go into hiding and the books were ordered burned by King Louis XIV but had great impact with the aristocracy and effect change when the Pope condemned “laxity” in the church and ordered a revision of casuistical texts a few years later.
Tiffany Amber-Thiesen is 40, and I feel old.

Tiffany Amber-Thiesen is 40, and I feel old.

More happened on this day. Some people were born.

  • John Hancock (1737-1793) – President of the Second Continental Congress and the first (and third) Governor of Massachusetts, who really supported the Declaration of Independence.
  • Chesley Sullenberger 62 – He received high praise as the hero pilot that saved the lives of everyone aboard flight 1549 when he made a water landing in the Hudson River. Conversely, Canadian Geese consider him a war criminal.
  • Tiffany Amber Thiessen 40 – Most famous for being in Saved by the Bell and Beverly Hills, 90210 although she has made far more appearances in some of my more risque nocturnal dreams.

NFC South News

More from Dear Mr. Franklin

Many Estates are spent in the Getting

Since Women for Tea forsook Spinning and Knitting

And Men for Punch forsook Hewing and Splitting

Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons made some noise in i as the Assistant General Manager. Here is a look from the other side of the looking glass as Scott Mellinger of the Kansas City Star says this is a good hire for the Falcons.

and Mike Smith is doing a Forrest Gump – “Garble garble garble … and that’s all I have to say about that”.  Let me add that the Browns taking away your offensive coordinator has led to good things recently.

Carolina Panthers

Jordan Gross got named as a replacement in the ProBowl for Joe Staley of the San Francisco 49ers. Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer asks if this since his current contract with the Panthers will end on February 7th. It is a conundrum. Only by accepting a very low price was he retained last year. 11 seasons start to make the cost outweigh the hopes and then he has a great season in 2013. Decisions. Decisions.

Whatever contract Jimmy Graham gets he should include a clause that insists he bring back the extremely rare Ginger Fro.

Whatever contract Jimmy Graham gets it should include a clause that insists he bring back the extremely rare Ginger Fro.

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees selected yet another teammate. After grabbing Ben Grubbs and Jahri Evans to the top three. No favoritism here. If someone can explain what this Pro Bowl “drafting” silliness is supposed to accomplish please let us know in the comments section. The much bigger question is will the Saints be able to retain their star tight end and will it take the franchise tag.

In case you  missed it the fans voted Kenny Stills as . Shockingly 3rd string QB Ryan Griffin and OG Tim Lelito received no votes.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jason Licht (which I am assured is pronounced Light because why not) to replace recently fired Mark Dominik (pronounced Dumbass based on his coaching hires during his 5 year tenure). It seems clear that Licht and new HC Lovie Smith with both on a five year leash and Smith having more control than most head coaches on personnel decisions.

Let me leave you with one other tasty birthday. Model Doutzen Kroes (pronounced Giggity) turns 29 today.

She now requires 29 smacks to commemorate her birthday.

She now requires 29 smacks to commemorate her birthday.

 

About the author(s)

A self-described NFL addict and "stats geek," Robert J. Russ loves to demolish conventional wisdom with cold, hard numbers. When reputation doesn't jive with reality, he plows tirelessly through play-by-play charts and statistical tables to separate fact from fiction. A military brat who was born in California, raised in North Carolina, and bounced between the two states through college, Russ has lived in Coastal Carolina since 1990. He owns a small pest-control business and a free fantasy football and NFL betting line website. Feel free to contact him at with questions, comments, or ideas for future articles.

1412 comments
gatrbuc17
gatrbuc17 moderator

What happened to my post about the Gators representing in the SB for 12 consecutive yrs??

natesweet
natesweet moderator

Casey, have you had any entertaining blind dates lately?

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

speaking of Gators, why are all the underclassman leaving for the draft?? Hmmmmm. Oh yea they kept their coach. Not a good sign

NightStalkerThief
NightStalkerThief

Just got a temporary part-time job for $11 an hour. I can dig it

Drew Brees = Tony Romo
Drew Brees = Tony Romo moderator

"Had some white dude walk by that smelled like complete B.O." - NST

Racist?

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

Hey Woody, since no one else has, will you take a peak at the nailed it article again?

It should be ready to go, but I just like having other people double check.


gatrbuc17
gatrbuc17 moderator

Three Fla Gators Representing in this Yrs SB. and One coach.

12 yrs in a row with a Gator in the SB>

GO UF

natesweet
natesweet moderator

It got flushed down the toilet.

Joedirte
Joedirte

 Thank god Muschamp never came back to UGA.....but thanks Muschamp signed all UGA fans

rocketman6969
rocketman6969

 Who would you rather have, a couple of players from Florida, or a couple of players from a team that beat them, Georgia Southern?

TheHairy1
TheHairy1

so your digging for $11 an hour?  (ass digging?)

TheHairy1
TheHairy1

it's only racist if a white guy would say that about a black guy

Joedirte
Joedirte

 Was he walking out of a Convenient store parking lot?

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

 was he walking away from a gas station?

If so, totally a crack head, and the smell is normal.

Joedirte
Joedirte

 Well dont worry that streak will be snapped when this group of Gators try to make it to the pros

Tyga
Tyga

2 years in a row that the Gators suck.

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

 Representing by blocking each other on every play?

Joedirte
Joedirte

 The funny part is the Gators still paid them 500k as well

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

 

I say we take a hard look at some of the underclassman leaving Florida, they have talent just poor coaching and team

Joedirte
Joedirte

 but not an Arab guy however

Tyga
Tyga

Let's go for 3!

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

 

That was a classic!! I made sure all the Gator fans in my office saw that many times

natesweet
natesweet moderator

If it was Reesy instead of a black dude it would be a thermos.