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Black, Blue, and Ornery: Letting bygones be bygones

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy will look to put the past game behind and focus on playing winning football when they return from the bye week.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy will look to put the past game behind and focus on playing winning football when they return from the bye week.

Good morning, folks! Welcome to the Water Cooler Sports Black, Blue, and Ornery, your source for NFC North News on this Thursday, September 26th, 2013.

We’re into the home stretch towards Sunday’s NFC North games, and I thought I touch on a topic that’s been abuzz.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has taken a lot of heat this week for his well-televised vocal outburst with head coach Mike McCarthy during last Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. As with most things in this day and age, our national, local, and social media pounced on this story like a cougar on a jackrabbit.

Jason Nardiello is always full of helpful counsel -- and it's worth every penny, too.

Jason Nardiello is always full of helpful counsel — and it’s worth every penny, too.

So the Packers were involved in a rough, sloppy, and tightly fought contest with the Bengals and things just weren’t going as planned. And in the middle of all that frustration a few words between coach and quarterback were had.

In my former job as a construction manager, I had countless arguments and even shouting matches with all kinds — workers, supervisors, managers, clients — you name it. Some arguments I won, some I didn’, but the underlying theme was they were all healthy.

Releasing anger in a controlled and professional manner is therapeutic and sometimes even constructive when done at the right time and in the right setting. And it’s impossible to always know ahead of time when that may be, but you know when you get there. And if you make a mistake or realize you’re wrong, you certainly know that too.

While it’s not appropriate in every profession or setting to vent some frustration, it’s not forbiddon on an NFL sideline (or a construction job site as it were). Some professions are higher stress than others, plain and simple. We can’t all work at Google playing pingpong all day or staring at exotic fish tanks.

So before jumping on the “let’s bash and criticize Aaron Rodgers and others for things we’ll never understand” bandwagon that so many like to do when the opportunity presents itself, take a moment to think about it and decide if it’s worth your time and mental effort. Because there’s a very high chance that it’s not.

I’ll be around all week with additional advice as needed.

Quote of the day:

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

— Buddha

And on this day in history:

  • 1772 - New Jersey passes a bill requiring a license to practice medicine. The next day the health care industry is born.
  • 1907 - New Zealand and Newfoundland each become dominions within the British Empire. Hey, the Brits had to keep filling the United States void somehow.
  • 1962 - The television comedy series Beverly Hillbillies premieres on CBS.  This would be a smash hit reality series in today’s television market, and that’s very sad.
Actress and singer Olivia Newton John turns XX today - let's get physical!

Actress and singer Olivia Newton John turns 65 today. Let’s get physical!

We also have some great birthdays to celebrate today!

  • Olivia Newton John (65) – Multiple Grammy Award-winning actress who gained fame in Grease, and who released a hit song in her double platinum album, Physical.
  • Serena Williams (32) – She won her first world title in 2002, and became the oldest No. 1-ranked tennis champion in 2013 with her 17th Grand Slam title.
  • Linda Hamilton (57) – Gave strong performances as Sarah Connor in the Terminator films.

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Minnesota Vikings

Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press covers the decision of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to welcome the return of fullback Jerome Felton to the starting lineup. Felton had been suspended three games by the NFL for a prior DUI incident.

Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk reports that quarterback Christian Ponder was limited in practice Wednesday due to a rib injury. Ponder admitted that he injured his ribs early in the game versus the Cleveland Browns yet finished the game.

Detroit Lions

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press covers the current frustration of Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure, as his playing time has been drastically reduced this season. Dating all the way back to training camp, apparently several teams had been (and still may be) inquiring about Leshoure’s possible services via trade, so a close eye will be kept on that situation.

Quarterback Jay Cutler will look to continue his success at Ford Field this Sunday.

Quarterback Jay Cutler will look to continue his success at Ford Field this Sunday.

Marc Sessler of reports that the Lions are seeking possible trade options for a wide receiver to fill the void for injured wide receiver Nate Burleson.

Chicago Bears

Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times examines Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler’s success at Detroit’s Ford Field, citing among other statistics Cutler’s 108.8 career passing rating while playing there.

Bears radio host Jeff Joniak at presents his keys to the game between the Bears and Lions this Sunday.

Green Bay Packers

Bob McGinn of the Journal Sentinel notes that the Green Bay Packers were “digging deep into their personnel files” to audition two kick returner candidates.

Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette examines injured running back DuJuan Harris” boast feel that the Packers have “the best backfield in this league by the numbers.” He thinks that Green Bay has a number of players who could “take over the starting job . . . guys who ya’ll didn’t even think were going to play . . . got 100 yard games.”

R&B-Pop singer Christina Milian turns 32 today.

R&B/pop singer Christina Milian turns 32 today.

Staffords_Glove Raji Spirit
Staffords_Glove Raji Spirit

You can tell the people that are too uptight. They get butthurt at Rajis comments and take them seriously


Look don't come throw some beginning of the season, week 3 numbers bullshit around. If ryan is a better qb then it'll show in the numbers at the end of the season. And if ryan does end up being the better qb at the end of the season, which he wont, then you can rag on my ass all week or all the way to the next season about it. Football just started and there's alot to play, i don't put much stock in 3-0 because we still have a shit load of games to play just like how I don't put much stock in stats that are so shallow into a season


@NightStalkerThief Nobody(besides 50), is saying Ryan is a better QB than Brees. But he is playing better than him right now.


@NightStalkerThief  But can't you only judge on the recent performances throughout the season?? isn't that reasonable? at the moment Peyton Manning is the best QB in the league..


@NightStalkerThiefBrees 2012-13 Seasons - 503/797, 63.11%, 6198 Yards, 7.78 YPA, 49 TDs, 23 INTs, 95.5 Rating

Ryan 2012-13 Seasons - 503/734, 68.53%, 5628 Yards, 7.67 YPA, 38 TDs, 16 INTs, 99.3 Rating


@Childerz... @NightStalkerThief absolutly, but you can't judge a players complete worth in just 3 games of an entire season and compare them to another player and say that they're better cause of those stats. It's like comparing rodgers and manning, manning is doing amazing right now but that doesn't mean that he's a better qb than rodgers because of it, down the line manning could screw up the rest of the season and rodgers could play lights out for the rest of the season.


A crucial moment can be defined in many different ways. A game-winning drive? A big 3rd down? When you're down in the 4th quarter? Driving to put a game out of reach? You have to provide parameters for any meaningful discussion to take place.