Black, Blue, and Ornery: NFL has a problem to solve
- Updated: October 29, 2013
Good morning, folks! Welcome to the Water Cooler Sports Black, Blue, and Ornery, your source for NFC North News on this Tuesday, October 29th, 2013.
On Monday the subtle feud between Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall and Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather took a very odd and unfortunate turn.
Just to recap, Meriweather was suspended two games for two illegal hits he put against Bears wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Marshall during their Week 7 contest. Upon appeal, the suspension was reduced to one game, which Meriweather served this past Sunday.
Marshall had made some headlines by publicly criticizing Meriweather: “Guys like that, maybe he needs to get suspended or taken out of the game completely.”
Meriweather on Monday took it up a notch with this beauty of a comeback:
He feels like I need to be kicked out of the league. I feel like people who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out of the league, too. You tell me who you’d rather have? Someone who plays aggressive on the field or someone who beat up their girlfriend?
I guess I just got to take people’s knees out. That’s the only way. I would hate to end a guy’s career over a rule, but I guess it’s better other people than me getting suspended for longer. You just have to go low now, man. You’ve got to end people’s careers. You got to tear people’s ACLs and mess up people’s knees. You can’t hit them high anymore.
Needless to say, Meriweather should be expecting another call from the league office. Hopefully, they will start by taking away the shovel he’s using to dig himself a deeper hole than he’s already in. It’s hard to believe that with the renewed focus on player safety in today’s NFL, any player would so nonchalantly talk about ruining another player’s career in spite of rules changes said player refuses to follow.
All eyes will be on Meriweather when he returns to the field this Sunday as his Redskins host the San Diego Chargers.
Quote of the day:
This morning when I put on my underwear I could hear the fruit-of-the-loom guys laughing at me.
And on this day in history:
- 1929 – America’s Great Depression began with the crash of the Wall Street stock market.
- 1945 – The first ballpoint pens to be made commercially went on sale at Gimbels Department Store in New York at the price of $12.50 each.
- 1995 – Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers became the NFL’s career leader in receiving yards with 14,040 yards.
We also have some great birthdays to celebrate today!
- Gabrielle Union (41) – Sweet and sassy actress who starred in Bring it On and Bad Boys II, and played a role in Deliver Us From Eva with LL Cool J in 2003.
- Dan Castellaneta (56) – The voice of Homer Simpson and many other characters.
- Winona Ryder (42) – Talented actress who has been working since she was a child, appearing in Heathers, Beetlejuice, Reality Bites, and Black Swan.
NFC North News
I love myself, I want you to love me
When I feel down, I want you above me
I search myself, I want you to find me
I forget myself, I want you to remind me…
I don’t want anybody else
When I think about you, I link myself
Ooh, I don’t want anybody else
Oh no, oh no, oh no.
Green Bay Packers
Bob McGinn of the Journal Sentinel covers the “virtuosity” of quarterback Aaron Rodgers who led an injury-depleted roster to a 44-31 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night.
Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin hands out his game grades from Sunday night’s win.
Lost in the hoopla of the Detroit Lions’ wild 31-30 win over the Dallas Cowboys was some unfortunate injury news. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press covers the season-ending ruptured right Achilles tendon of wide receiver Ryan Broyles.
Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com presents his “good and bad” from Sunday’s game.
Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times examines the “stern test” facing Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman as he prepares his banged-up roster for a very good Green Bay Packers team in primetime.
Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com notes that rookie linebacker Khaseem Greene is getting the first opportunity to replace the injured Lance Briggs in the starting lineup.
Brian Hall of Fox Sports North presents his Minnesota Vikings report card from Sunday night’s game against Green Bay. (NEWSFLASH: The Packers got astronomically better marks from Paul Imig.)
Jim Souhan of the StarTribune reports that the Vikings are beginning to shop for a new quarterback in the 2014 NFL draft. He wonders about their chances to finally get it right.
The NFL should start these back up, they were great
I guess the thing being dismantled this year is not the Vikings stadium alone. Before I go....NOW, here is a trade offer for Allen!Peyton's Head @PeytonsHead 8m
I'll up my offer to 2 Papa John's franchises, 1 Buick Verano, unlimited DirecTV and we'll keep Ronnie Hillman, Vikes. Give me Jared Allen.
now if GB were the trading kind of team, Tony Gonzalez would be about the only player I wouldn't mind seeing get traded for esp with Jmike out
The Chiefs used a 4th round pick on Jared Allen who started as a long snapper.
They were then able to trade him for a first and 2 thirds to the Vikings.
Not too shabby for the Chiefs.
Seahawks want Allen pretty bad I guess
Bears trade for Jared Allen and sign Jay Ratliff.
Between Peppers, Allen, and Ratliff they are a time machine away from having an elite Dline again.
SOS, ASOS, and remaining SOS for each team.
@LaCWrestler Peppers for Allen
@ethanfitz_PS4FTW LOL. You might be able to get an Austin Collie caliber WR for that.
@ethanfitz_PS4FTW No one wants Leshoure.
Of this I am shoure.
@ethanfitz_PS4FTW They already have Ross, who else do they need?
@jmac3444 Tony is already on a team that is going to finish 3rd in the division; why would he want to go to another one?
@jmac3444 If they could get him for a 5th I would be down.
Trading a 2nd or 3rd for a 1 year lease on a player just isn't worth it.
@jmac3444 no way TT would ever spend that $$ on a player guaranteed to retire in 8 games though.
@Building With Clay is back SON but what did the chiefs use those picks on?
@ethanfitz_PS4FTW Wilson for Allen.
@ethanfitz_PS4FTW Here is the ugly!
"But as Glazer points out, the likelihood of a deal actually happening is slim, in part because of Allen’s contract; the 31-year-old is in the final year of his contract, which pays him $17 million this season. The Seahawks (7-1) would need to find a way to pay him the approximate $7 million remaining on his contract this season if they want to make the deal happen on Tuesday afternoon."
@ethanfitz_PS4FTW no actually its not.
@ethanfitz_PS4FTW I could see this actually. FUCK
@LambeauOrWrigley why would that TE chase harrison ford
@LambeauOrWrigley good for him
@rocketman6969 Also LOL at the vikings having that easy of a schedule and still sucking that bad.
@rocketman6969 WTF IS THIS SHIT???? GET THIS OFF MY SCREEN!!!!
@rocketman6969 that is why i am not entirely sold on Carolina and Chiefs defenses
@rocketman6969 Flagged for confusing me.
@What does Childerz Sign Say?.. Ring ding ding ding @Building With Clay is back SON You have the same internet privileges that I do.
Look it up.
@Maized and Confused jerry rice doesn't have anything going on.
@Maized and Confused I hear TO is looking for a job too
@Maized and Confused That is like Cutler never left. They keep the back breaking INTs rolling.
@Maized and Confused Actually, ASOS shows the Panthers as having the easiest.
@What does Childerz Sign Say?.. Ring ding ding ding @rocketman6969 Shhh, you might throw Robert into an extreme rage
@Maized and Confused They haven't played us yet. They have, however, played the Bucs, Vikings, and Giants.
@Maized and Confused and Bucs