Black, Blue, and Ornery: a fond farewell

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Updated: April 28, 2014
Cornerback Bradley Roby was reportedly arrested for driving under the influence (which he claims didn't happen), and then Detroit decided to bring him in for a pre-draft visit. Coincidence?

Cornerback Bradley Roby was reportedly arrested for driving under the influence (which he claims didn’t happen), and then Detroit decided to bring him in for a pre-draft visit. Coincidence?

Good morning, folks, and welcome to Black, Blue, and Ornery, your daily source for NFC North news on this Monday, April 28th, 2014!

It is with mixed emotions that I inform you this will be my last article here at WCS.  I will now be writing for , an up-and-coming website that covers all things Chicago Bears.  I am excited about this new opportunity, but am also sad that it means I will no longer be writing here.  I would like to thank all of you here at WCS for two great years, and especially thank Rourke Douglas Decker for coming up with this site, giving me an opportunity to write, and making me sound a lot smarter than I actually am with some excellent editing.  I’ve had a great two years, and I look forward to still coming back to continue our shenanigans in the comments (and to blame the refs, of course).

Ok, enough of the sentimental stuff.  On with the article.

Quote of the day:

“A man never knows how to say goodbye; a woman never knows when to say it.”
-Helen Rowland
 

Today in history:

  • 1503-the Battle of Cerignola is fought between French and Spanish armies.  The Spanish overcame a larger French army using gunfire, making this the first battle in history that was won with guns.
  • 1945-(much more advanced) guns in a firing squad execute Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his mistress.  I give his mistress credit for going down with her man, but I’ll be Mussolini would have appreciated it more if she had gone down on him instead.
  • 1969-French president Charles de Gaulle resigns in protest of the rejection of his proposed reform of the government structure.  At least he had the Paris airport named after him as a consolation.
Actress Jessica Alba celebrates her 33rd birthday today.

Actress Jessica Alba celebrates her 33rd birthday today.

We have some great birthdays to celebrate today:

  • Juan Mata (26)-Spanish soccer star who will be on the field as Spain seeks to defend their World Cup title starting June 12 (you just knew I had to get in one more soccer reference).
  • Harper Lee (88)-author of To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the greatest works of American fiction.  Interestingly, she went to school with Truman Capote, another extremely famous author.
  • Jay Leno (64)-former host of The Tonight Show who recently retired and was replaced by Jimmy Fallon.  Thankfully he won’t be able to force Fallon back out like he did to Conan O’Brien a few years back.

NFC North News

Sweet dreams are made of these
Who am I to disagree?
Travel the world and the seven seas
Everybody’s linking for something

The recent signing of center Brian de la Puente means the Bears are set for both starters and depth on the offensive line.

The recent signing of center Brian de la Puente means the Bears are set for both starters and depth on the offensive line.

Chicago Bears

?  The Bears can realistically claim they have heading into the draft (though they could still look to add some quality depth late in the draft if they have a guy there they like).  When’s the last time you could say that?

about evaluating draft prospects (and other things)?  Personally, I find it funny to hear a guy who once traded an entire draft for Ricky Williams talking about the importance of character, but read on to find out what else Ditka talks about.

Detroit Lions

Quarterback with the progress the Lions are making on learning a new offense, which he says will be dramatically different than in the past.  The to compete for spots on that offense in center Sherman Carter and receiver Naaman Roosevelt.

On defense, .  Roby could be a target in round 2, and he seems like a perfect Lion after having a run-in with the law last week. Seriously, though, Roby claims he did nothing wrong, and it seems his claims might have some validity.

Assistant line coach Joel Hilgenberg abruptly resigned from the Packers.

Assistant line coach Joel Hilgenberg abruptly resigned from the Packers.

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay to spend more time with his family.  He is the 2nd Packers coach to resign for this reason this offseason.  Oftentimes this reason is speculated to be an excuse for a coach to avoid getting fired, but the timing here suggests otherwise.

The , according to Mike Vandermause.  The club could also look to draft a defensive linemen; check out there.

Minnesota Vikings

Wide receiver and working towards a breakout third season with the Vikings.

Another young Viking looking to step up this year is as he looks to assume the starting role recently evacuated by longtime Vikings Kevin Williams.   accusing the NCAA of price fixing when they cap the maximum salary of NCAA football players (sorry, I mean maximum scholarship value).

Former Vikings punter somewhere this year, but so far nobody has expressed any interest.  , but he has not yet decided to file one.

Will punter Chris Kluwe get another chance in the NFL?

Will punter Chris Kluwe get another chance in the NFL?

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 .

2419 comments
droog
droog

Parise has been the best player of all the players in the playoffs

droog
droog

if we win Gm 7, which we might, we will win the cup. if we could survive everything God tried to do to us in Round 1, we could not be beaten for the rest of the playoffs

natradamus
natradamus

alright-  long day tomorrow-  I gotta go to bed.

later people.

bp.
bp. moderator

Man, this game wasn't even close.

droog
droog

FINALLY score on an empty net!

natradamus
natradamus

that chevy commercial pisses me off.

why shouldn't a 16 year old girl get a brand new chevy?

sure, I work my ass off and Im rocking a 98 bonneville, but yeah, she deserves it.  just because she is likely to get in an accident before 18, doesn't have to pay for insurance, toilet paper, rent, food...

droog
droog

i bet Roy pulls the goalie right now just to fuck with us

bp.
bp. moderator

 crank one out to alba and mail the vid to LKP.  Its cool.

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

 if they win game 7, they lose to CHI in 6

bp.
bp. moderator

 Just typing the same damn thing.

bp.
bp. moderator

 Wild are legit shitty at closing out games.

bp.
bp. moderator

 Well, at least you're not bitter.

jmac3444
jmac3444

yeah I would never give a new driver a brand new car

natradamus
natradamus

will get impregnated in the back seat by a guy who will peak from being captain of the soccer team...

droog
droog

 you can't have sex with her she's only 16

droog
droog

 refs hate us

natradamus
natradamus

 I have not been too impressed the last couple periods, they have missed some passes out front-  but at least they got the lead back

bp.
bp. moderator

 They gonna blow it again?

bp.
bp. moderator

 TWSS

bp.
bp. moderator

 Wizards didn't even sweep the bulls bruh.

droog
droog

 i'm not sure about his 2nd one, it sounds kind of sketchy to me

Ebron Matchup Nightmare for You
Ebron Matchup Nightmare for You

Cool. Whenver the next few days. I'll keep cranking out draft prospect articles too. DT, ILB, OLB, CB and Safety to go

droog
droog

 wha?? Chicago???

droog
droog

 i don't even care at this point. if they score i'll just start laughing

natradamus
natradamus

 yup,  and 16 year olds look insanely young to me.

completely fine with that aspect actually.

droog
droog

 not tonight Son

droog
droog

 I don't understand why the giant penguin in your av keeps leaning on the fence when he could just step over it

jmac3444
jmac3444

I was actually lying. I can't do anything for this website

droog
droog

 i think in North Carolina it's mandatory

bp.
bp. moderator

 They are kinda shitty at the scramble late.  Lose all composure.  I hate it.