Black, Blue, and Ornery: Super Bowl copycats

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Updated: January 30, 2014
Could defensive end Brett Keisel and his epic beard be playing in Detroit in 2014?

Could defensive end Brett Keisel and his epic beard be playing in Detroit in 2014?

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Good morning, folks! Welcome to the Water Cooler Sports Black, Blue, and Ornery, your source for NFC North News on this Friday, January 31st, 2014.

Quote of the day:

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
-Hunter S. Thompson

And on this day in history:

  • 1862- The white dwarf star Sirius B was discovered by Alvan Graham Clark. The telescope that he used for the discovery now sits at Northwestern University.
  • 1990-the first McDonalds in the Soviet Union opens in Moscow.  One year later, the Soviet Union collapsed.  Coincidence?  I’ll let you decide.
  • 2010-Blue Pocahontas, I mean Avatar, becomes the first movie to ever gross $2 billion worldwide.  Unfortunately, this means James Cameron is allowed to continue making terrible movies.
Broadway legend Carol Channing turns 93 years young today.

Broadway legend Carol Channing turns 93 years young today.

We also have some great birthdays to celebrate today!

  • Justin Timberlake (33)-musician who started out on the Mickey Mouse Club as a kid, grew famous as a member of N’Sync (and boyfriend of Britney Spears) in his teen years, and has since had a successful solo career.  Most importantly, he’s hilarious as a guest star on Saturday Night Live.
  • Jackie Robinson (1919-1972)-Hall of Fame baseball player who had his number retired by the entire MLB for breaking the color barrier.
  • Nolan Ryan (67)-Hall of Fame pitcher infamous for in 1993 after Ventura rushed the mound.

NFC North News

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Can Shea McClellin find the same success as Seattle's Bruce Irvin (pictured) following a change from defensive end to linebacker?

Can Shea McClellin find the same success as Seattle’s Bruce Irvin (pictured) following a change from defensive end to linebacker?

Chicago Bears

2012 first round pick Shea McClellin is likely to be moving to strongside linebacker in a hybrid defensive front this offseason.  The move is one that Seattle’s Bruce Irvin, also a first round pick in 2012, had some success with this year, providing a .

Longtime Bear and current free agent Charles Tillman knows that he may not finish out his playing career in Chicago.  But Tillman is adamant that, when the time comes, .  As a huge fan of Tillman’s work both on and off the field in Chicago, I am glad to see that he is not getting upset at the team while coming to grips with the realization he might not be back.  It’s a nice change of pace from a certain linebacker who retired last offseason.

Detroit Lions

Pittsburgh defensive end Brett Keisel is a free agent, and he has said publicly if he ends up changing teams.  I don’t know how much interest Detroit will have in him given his age (35) and the fact that they’re already pretty set on the defensive line.  I’m sure Detroit fans are pleased somebody is expressing a desire to go to their city for a change.

Running back Joique Bell is a free agent this offseason, and he .  The Lions are in a tight cap situation and already have Reggie Bush locked in as a starter for the next three years, but Bell has been a valuable asset for them, and I’m sure they would love to keep him around.

Denver brought in a number of experienced veterans like Quentin Jammer (pictured) last summer. Should Green Bay follow suit?

Denver brought in a number of experienced veterans like Quentin Jammer (pictured) last summer. Should Green Bay follow suit?

Green Bay Packers

Fullback John Kuhn is also a free agent this offseason, and his agent is .  Kuhn’s camp and the Packers have not had any talks yet, however, and I’m sure the team will be looking to give him a pay cut from his past deal, which averaged $2.5 million a year.  We’ll see if that changes his tune at all.

The Denver Broncos have signed ten free agents in the last year who are over thirty in an effort to combine talent and experience to plug holes and put the finishing touches on a championship-caliber team.  This is a , according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Minnesota Vikings

Jim Souhan of the Minnesota Star Tribune has taken advantage of his Super Bowl trip this week by asking reporters around the league for their impressions of new Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.  The results seem to be positive, as .  As if determined to find something negative, Souhan says the Vikings dropped the ball by failing to officially announce any of their coaching hires yet.  Personally, I don’t think this is a big deal.

The Vikings have several former players taking the field for Seattle this week.  The big-name one is wide receiver Percy Harvin, who is something of an x-factor after missing most of the season (and playoffs) with various injuries; Harvin , and I’m sure Seattle would love it if that’s the case.  Special teams ace Heath Farwell is another .  I for one think it’s amazing that some Minnesota players finally get a chance to win a title.  Good for them for getting out before wasting their whole career toiling away with the Vikings.

Heath Farwell is one of several ex-Vikings who fled to Seattle hoping for a chance to win a ring.

Heath Farwell is one of several ex-Vikings who fled to Seattle hoping for a chance to win a ring.

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755 comments
Big Cheese
Big Cheese

I wear an eye patch so I always have one eye accustomed to darkness.

TheHairy1
TheHairy1

AGREED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

RT : I officially have a man crush on John Schneider after that interview and REALLY hope he succeeds Ted when he retires.

Eddie Lacy OROY
Eddie Lacy OROY

How is Sochi's Olympic Park not fully completed yet?

Russians are lazy. 

Staffords_Glove
Staffords_Glove

Tearloch

I used to. They go from clear to dark very quickly, however I got annoyed they dont go from dark back to clear nearly as quick. Coming back inside and having everything be dark for 5mins is kinda annoying.

Tearloch
Tearloch

Is she gonna "hug" me with those cannons?  YES PLEASE!

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

 I live under a rock, so...

Donny33
Donny33

 i live in the ghetto so i'm accustomed to darkness.

Derp Derpington
Derp Derpington

 If you feel the need to talk about something that happened nearly two weeks ago, you need to move on and not talk about how the guy who intercepted your pass is afraid of the WR's

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

 Sherman's a moron. Kaep was smart to wait until after the season to bother with him.

andylet445
andylet445

 i could see it happening.  he currently doesn't have final say in the Seahawks picks and he is originally from wisconsin

Donny33
Donny33

 me too wilde, me too.

Donny33
Donny33

 Putin is building it by himself with his bare hands

Tearloch
Tearloch

That is basically my reservation with them.  Wifey thinks they make sense (but she doesn't have them either).  I got spoiled when the Navy gave me a pair of prescription sunglasses, but the frames are junk and don't fit well.

Derp Derpington
Derp Derpington

 it's because of all the internet dicks in her face

Big Cheese
Big Cheese

I'm awesome in bed. Partially thanks to my night vision.

Don’t Forget to Ejaculate!
Don’t Forget to Ejaculate!

 Sherman was more in the heat of the moment  and I think it wouldn't of even happened if Crabtree  hadn't of pushed Sherman away after the game when Sherman tired to shake his hand after the game ended 

Big Cheese
Big Cheese

Kaep shouldn't respond at all, IMO. It makes him look petty too.

Staffords_Glove
Staffords_Glove

  I went to a pair of polarized RX raybans and havent looked back. Its not a hassle at all

Big Cheese
Big Cheese

I'm the best sexer in the game! DON'T YOU EVER TALK ABOUT ME! DON'T YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH ABOUT THE BEST!

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

 I thought he was asked in an interview.

Eddie Lacy OROY
Eddie Lacy OROY

 That's implied with Putin.

We only need to specify the times he's wearing a shirt. 

Tearloch
Tearloch

That is what I figured.  Should be able to get regular and shades for close to that much.

HorseFromStateFarm
HorseFromStateFarm

 if you get transitions you will spend 500-600 bucks including your frames

Tearloch
Tearloch

Yeah, I think that is what I will do as well.  Transition lenses are probably really expensive, and the difference between them on a single frame, or 2 separate ones with clear/shaded lenses won't be that much.

Tearloch
Tearloch

Well, most of the state is within an hour, so...and Boston is only 1.5 hours, Providence is about an hour....

HorseFromStateFarm
HorseFromStateFarm

 ok... i would have recommended a Optical store, but there is not one close to you

Tearloch
Tearloch

East of Hartford by about 15 miles.

Tearloch
Tearloch

Yeah, they just came up due to the transitions polarized lenses.  Polarized sunglasses are a must for me.

HorseFromStateFarm
HorseFromStateFarm

Get a pair of glasses for every day use and a pair of sunglasses with your prescription... Lenscrafters overcharges for lenses and frames... you can find a low cost eyeglass place with 2 pair specials and get a better deal