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Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather puts a helmet to helmet hit on Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey.

Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather puts a helmet to helmet hit on Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey.

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.

–Rodney Dangerfield

Actress Gabriele Union celebrates her 41st birthday today.

Actress Gabriele Union celebrates her 41st birthday today.

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.

Aaron Rodgers celebrates the 44-31 win over the Minnesota Vikings Sunday night.

Aaron Rodgers celebrates the 44-31 win over the Minnesota Vikings Sunday night.

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.

Detroit Lions

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.

Former model turned actress Chelan Simmons turns 31 today.

Former model turned actress Chelan Simmons turns 31 today.

Chicago Bears

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.

Minnesota Vikings

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.

870 comments
LaCW
LaCW

Bears trading Peppers?

LambeauOrWrigley
LambeauOrWrigley

Later....lunch time.

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.

mwadchew spadfurd
mwadchew spadfurd

I hope the lions can trade Leshoure for a WR.

*crosses fingers*

jmac3444
jmac3444

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

Building With the Alabama Hammer
Building With the Alabama Hammer

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.

Building With the Alabama Hammer
Building With the Alabama Hammer

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.

mwadchew spadfurd
mwadchew spadfurd

Damn the seahawks are going to get Allen?

Just what that defense needs..

thenichels
thenichels

@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?

LambeauOrWrigley
LambeauOrWrigley

@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."

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused

Might as well get Favre to replace McCown and complete the retro feel.

AndrewLeT
AndrewLeT

@rocketman6969 Also LOL at the vikings having that easy of a schedule and still sucking that bad. 

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused

Chiefs have had the easiest schedule so far, followed by the Broncos