Black, Blue, and Ornery: Award Anticipation

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Updated: April 25, 2014
Detroit receiver Ryan Broyles is back on the field. Can he stay there for the Lions this year?

Detroit receiver Ryan Broyles is back on the field. Can he stay there for the Lions this year?

Good morning, folks, and welcome to Black, Blue, and Ornery, your daily source of NFC North news for this Friday, April 25th, 2014.

Before we get started, let me just remind you our 2nd annual Water Cooler Sports awards (aka the Coolies) will be this afternoon at 3pm EST.  Make sure to be here for all the fun as our very own Rourke Douglas Decker and Nate Koenig host, and if you haven’t already done so.

Quote of the day:

“I was honored at the awards ceremony. I didn’t get any recognition, but I was honored to be there. (Tickets were cheaper than I imagined!)
” 
― Jarod Kintz

Today in history:

  • 1898-The United States begins the Spanish-American War by declaring war on Spain.  The war would last only ten weeks and ended with America taking control of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines while establishing Cuba’s independence from the tyranny of Spanish rule.
  • 1901-New York becomes the first state in America to require license plates on automobiles.  Curse them for making me pay that $100 registration fee each year!
  • 1960-The USS Triton, a submarine in the United States Navy, completes the first underwater circumnavigation of the globe.
Actress Renee Zellweger celebrates her 45th birthday today.

Actress Renee Zellweger celebrates her 45th birthday today.

We have some great birthdays to celebrate today:

  • Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996)-legendary jazz singer who won thirteen Grammy Awards.
  • Al Pacino (74)-actor best known for his role in Scarface.  Say hello to my little friend!
  • Tim Duncan (38)-ageless wonder who has been one of the best basketball players in the NBA since being drafted in 1997.

NFC North News

Don’t go around tonight,
Well, it’s bound to link your life,
There’s a bad moon on the rise.

Chicago Bears

The to a one-year deal.  Draughn bolsters the running back depth but likely will not be counted on to play a major role in the offense if he even makes the team.

One of the biggest remaining needs for the Bears is safety, which is .  If the Bears draft a safety in round one, they could .  The club to bolster their depth and versatility.

Detroit Lions

The Lions have been busy in workouts, so here’s a bunch of rapid fire nuggets from those.   Wide receiver , while new receiver .  Meanwhile, cornerback , and the Lions are unsure if he’ll bounce back from a bad 2013.

In draft news, the for a visit.  Van Noy could be a potential second round target.  The team is also reportedly in an effort to move up as high as possible in the draft.

Green Bay Packers

The Packers kick off the NFL season on Thursday Night Football at the defending champion Seattle Seahawks.  The game will be a to the rest of the league right away.

Recently re-signed backup quarterback that should reward him well if he is called into duty like last year.

Take a look at some of , a position the Packers could be looking to fortify in the draft.

Minnesota Vikings

New Vikings coach , as the Vikings face a number of tough offenses early in the season.

General manager Rick Spielman has done some good things in his two years on the job, but his : drafting Christian Ponder.  Hitting on a quarterback in this years’ draft should help fix that.

Legendary running back .  That seems a bit far fetched to me, as Peterson has over 8,000 yards to go, but you never know.  He is certainly a great running back.

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 .

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thenichels
thenichels

Baskett, you're picking a Catholic and a Mormon in the second round.  Brave man.

gatrbuc17
gatrbuc17 moderator

LOL Harsh words by Jerry Angelo

"When players get caught up into themselves, they forget the big picture: the team and winning," Angelo wrote. "The Lions haven't done enough on defense for any player like Suh to feel he deserves to be treated special. The question is, for what? Grant you, he is a top player at his position, but the Lions defense is no more feared than most defenses around the league. Suh doesn't take over a game like a  or . Suh has that mistaken identity that he is more important than he really is. He will get paid like an elite player, but the Lions defense is far from elite. Yes, you pay players based on performance, but somewhere in the equation the team's performance -- and in Suh's case, the defense -- fits in there somewhere. Winning makes it a lot easier to justify paying players handsomely." 

Then, Angelo finishes his Twitter rant about Suh with a kicker. 

"Suh is in that long line of people who love the book 'What About ME'!!!" 

Jerry Angelo, please tell us again: How do you really feel?

thebaskett
thebaskett

Highest Score so far


Your score is: 5281 (GRADE: A-)


Your Picks:
Round 1 Pick 18 (NYJ): Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State (A)
Round 2 Pick 8: Zack Martin, OG, Notre Dame (A)
Round 2 Pick 17 (NYJ): Kyle Van Noy, OLB, Brigham Young (A)
Round 3 Pick 8: Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State (A)
Round 3 Pick 16 (NYJ): Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State (B+)
Round 3 Pick 32: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois (A)
Round 4 Pick 8: Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia (A)
Round 5 Pick 8: TJ Jones, WR, Notre Dame (A)
Round 6 Pick 8: A.C. Leonard, TE, Tennessee State (B-)
Round 7 Pick 8: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (D)

natesweet
natesweet moderator

gotta go. Lunch by the river with an uncle. I have not seen in 20 years. He is in Portland for a memorial.

natesweet
natesweet moderator

My daughter got to school to find it on lock down this morning. She has been waiting hours. I finally convinced her to just go home. I would have left as soon as I saw that shit.

Big Deal
Big Deal

I heard the Lions are trading Suh.

bp.
bp. moderator

Dan Snyder is going to be pissed.

thenichels
thenichels

 Did you win one?  If you did, I'm boycotting the ceremonies.

thebaskett
thebaskett

Im a moorman and i am marrying a catholic so im allowed

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused moderator

 Jerry Angelo, one of the worst GMs in Chicago Bears History, tells us all about his thoughts about Football.

Big Deal
Big Deal

This sounds like the end of a made-for-tv movie.

thenichels
thenichels

 It's in anticipation of the Coolies.

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused moderator

"School's locked? I'm out."

"School's Cancelled? I'm out."

"School is located up a gradual incline? Fuck this shit, I'm out."

sgunderson17
sgunderson17

 you're just trying to blow up the universe, aren't you?

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

 he is far from the worst GM in Chicago Bears history.  Far from the best too.

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

Food for thought: 

Jerry Angelo has just as many Super Bowl wins in his time as a GM as Ted Thompson.

thenichels
thenichels

 No, not really.  We just don't care.

natesweet
natesweet moderator

"School requires putting pants on? I'm out."

thebaskett
thebaskett

i would love it if Manning or Brady had to face him 2 times a year

sgunderson17
sgunderson17

Well then I guess he's experienced in building a team around a bad QB. ;) 

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

 Yep, he was the GM for the 2002 Bucs SB team.

thebaskett
thebaskett

to allow me to do mock drafts all day.. yes