Black, Blue, and Ornery: looking ahead, looking behind

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Updated: January 24, 2014
The only thing better than the Detroit Lions' 2013 draft is Mel Kiper's hair.

The only thing better than the Detroit Lions’ 2013 draft is Mel Kiper’s hair.

Good afternoon, folks! Welcome to the Water Cooler Sports Black, Blue, and Ornery, your source for NFC North News on this Friday, January 24th, 2014.

Quote of the day:

“I buy expensive suits. They just look cheap on me.”
-Warren Buffett
 

And on this day in history:

  • 1908-The first Boy Scout troop is organized in England.  I’ll let you make your own joke here. Any of mine are not fit for publication.
  • 1946-The United Nations passed its first resolution, establishing the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission.  Nearly 70 years later, that remains the only action they have successfully taken.
  • 2003-The United States Department of Homeland Security officially opened its doors.  Thanks Obama (or Bush, in this case).
Actress Tatyana Ali, most famous for playing Ashley in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, turns 35 today.

Actress Tatyana Ali, most famous for playing Ashley in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, turns 35 today.

We also have some great birthdays to celebrate today.  But first a special birthday shoutout to WCS regular Nathan Niemerg.

  • John Belushi (1949-1982)-One of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live.
  • Neil Diamond (74)-Famous singer who has been telling the world the benefits of Coming to America for years.
  • Mary Lou Retton (47)-Olympic gymnast best known for winning the gold medal in the 1984 Olympics with a perfect 10 on her last routine.

NFC North News

Sweet Caroline (oh oh oh…..)
Good links never seemed so good (so good, so good, so good)
I’ve been inclined
To believe they never would

Could the Chicago Bears look to replace center Roberto Garza in the draft?

Could the Chicago Bears look to replace center Roberto Garza in the draft?

Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears   with the hiring of defensive line coach , linebackers coach , and defensive line assistant .  WCS has already published an analysis of the moves, which you can read here.

The only remaining offensive free agent of note for the Bears is center Roberto Garza, who is 35.  Consequently, the Bears are this week and could look to nab one in the draft.

Detroit Lions

Noted ESPN draft “expert” Mel Kiper has re-graded the 2013 draft for all 32 NFL teams, and the .  Personally, I think it is a bit silly to be grading drafts after only one year, but Kiper also gives draft grades immedately after the draft, which is even dumber.  Regardless, there is no denying that the Lions got a sizeable impact from their rookie class this past year.

Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is looking to get a contract extension this offseason, and .  I’m no expert, but generally I think that’s not good for the team.

Alex Van Pelt is the next coach who will be made by, I mean help teach, Aaron Rodgers.

Alex Van Pelt is the next coach who will be made by, I mean help teach, Aaron Rodgers.

Green Bay Packers

Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel explains how the to play opposite Clay Matthews.  Their approach lately has been to take defensive ends and try to convert them to outside linebackers, but that has not worked terribly well.

Former running backs coach .  The move makes sense given that Van Pelt played quarterback in college and the NFL.

Minnesota Vikings

Superstar running back , the third offseason in a row he has needed surgery at the end of the year.   about Peterson’s injuries adding up?

Coaching changes abounded in Minnesota this past month, but there is one notable coach who will not be going anywhere.  r.  I’m sure Chris Kluwe isn’t happy, but what do the fans think of this move?

Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe (pictured) doesn't like Mike Priefer. Do Vikings fans think keeping him was the right move?

Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe (pictured) doesn’t like Mike Priefer. Do Vikings fans think keeping him was the right move?

About the author(s)

Johnathan Wood is a passionate fan of the Chicago Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, Cubs, and Northwestern Wildcats. He enjoys being the beat writer for the Bears at Water Cooler Sports and being obnoxiously unapologetic about how his favorite teams are more awesome than yours. Feel free to email him at if you have any comments or suggestions. Connect with .

4100 comments
Staffords_Glove
Staffords_Glove

Congratulations to daft punk. Good to see good music win amongst so much Crap out there

andylet445
andylet445

my new favorite website for checking the weather.

Angry Moon Jesus
Angry Moon Jesus moderator

Who would have guessed? A Pro Bowl worth watching.

Derp Derpington
Derp Derpington

Me most of the night:

"Who the fuck is that?"

"What the hell is that?"

"Oooh Katy Perry. Come on wardrobe malfunction!"

"Damn, no wardrobe malfunction."

"LOL what did Ozzy say?"

"Hey look, old guys talking aka country music."

Derp Derpington
Derp Derpington

Pink was never on my radar before tonight, but hot damn that performance was hot. Made Beyonce look like a chair dancing idiot.

robertj72
robertj72

Katy Perry looks like she was dressed up to play both the Queen and Snow White in a Broadway production.

Derp Derpington
Derp Derpington

And now, an old bag blowing in the wind.

Oh I'm sorry, I mean Madonna

Derp Derpington
Derp Derpington

I have to admit, Swift looks like much less of an alien with tons of makeup on

andylet445
andylet445

 i also commend them on keeping their identities so hidden.  making the music even less about them and even more about the music.  

andylet445
andylet445

 Moon Jesus would have guessed.  Impostor.  

Derp Derpington
Derp Derpington

That whole album is pretty good actually, and I'm no fan of that type of music.

-A Reggie So Cold-
-A Reggie So Cold- moderator

 I wanted her to fall.


Not because I hate her.


Only to see someone fall at the Grammy's.

-A Reggie So Cold-
-A Reggie So Cold- moderator

 You can only blame yourself for having it on your TV still.

Angry Moon Jesus
Angry Moon Jesus moderator

 Even Moon Jesus could not anticipate a competitive Pro Bowl, my son.

Derp Derpington
Derp Derpington

 actually, I can blame the remote being halfway across the room