All-Star Draft Column, Weighing in on Jay CutlerShareThis
New for USA Today: On the NHL’s All-Star draft, and I what I see it looking like (knowing the nature of hockey players)
The NHL All-Star game has hired an anthem singer. They has hired Clay Aiken.
Yes, seriously. They has.
As my boy Greg Wyshynski pointed out, this isn’t horrific because of Clay’s sexuality (obviously), it’s because he’s horrible to listen to. He’s just a glarlingly mismatched fit for the musical tastes of hockey fans, whether he’s from Carolina or not. He hasn’t even been relevant in the music scene, since, well, ever.
So yeah, boo on that.
On the other hand, who really gives a shit, I guess.
Let’s talk football, and shockingly, NOT the Jets! (HOW DO YOU CALL TWO PASS PLAYS WITH FOUR DOWNS FROM THE ONE???)
Weighing in on Jay Cutler, and him sitting out the second half of the Bears/Packers game with an MCL tear:
Jay Cutler is getting abused pretty thoroughly, and getting defended just as adamantly on the internet today. Most people think that he could have played, and therefore should have played after tearing his MCL in the NFC Championship game.
In general, I would agree with that statement, especially when said game is either going to get you into the Superbowl or end your season. As many atheletes have said, I myself played through some pretty brutal stuff, including games where I played on percaset and other unhealthy things. I never missed a hockey game (ten years, I think?) until I tore my MCL (yes, it sucks), and then later got that slapper in the face.
But I also think this: Jay Cutler is not soft. As someone pointed out today (I believe on Deadspin or The Big Lead, which heavily influenced my thoughts on this), he was sacked more than any other quarterback in the NFL this year (by TWELVE), and still played 15 of 16 games. He’s not afraid to go out there and get murdered, including the game he got sacked NINE TIMES in the first half, and stayed in the game.
So the guy knows himself and what he can take. (He’s certainly not afraid to stay in when he’s playing bad either, as evidenced by his love of multiple interception games.)
But like when I tore my MCL, I knew I’d be less effective on the ice, combined with being in pain. I could’ve hobbled around, been distracted, and been less effective, but at what point is a team just better off with a healthy, slightly lower on the depth chart guy? Only Cutler knows how much less he would’ve been able to do than when he’s at 100%.
The big difference for me is, if I had to leave the game due to injury, I would immediately strap on the pom poms and try to help the boys out. I’d love to put on a headset and help with reads, or just pick guys up when they’re down and stay involved with the team, with the game.
But the reality is, Jay Cutler has never done that, where I was inclined to do it even when healthy. He’s never been a rah-rah guy. So it’s not like he quit and packed it in for just that game, he’s just constantly that…..meh.
My hunch is that he made the right decision (the Bears did mount a little charge with Caleb Haine or whatever his name was), a legit decision that he thought would help the Bears more than if he stuck around and airmailed more picks all day (and ultimately, it is his call, not the doctors. You can always bust out enough “I’m fine’s” and stay in).
It’s okay to point out as I have that others would’ve stayed in the game where Cutler didn’t, and maybe he could have , in fact, continued as the Bears QB in the biggest game of the year (also, his life).
But it’s also okay that Cutler probably made the decision that was best for the Bears, not his image.
Last, because I denied you of Jiggs update pics pre-weekend…. here he is!
The good: he’s a good kitty, shares the litter box with Tyson well (who does the same), uses his scratching posts and all that good stuff. Loves being around us, isn’t scared of anything.
The bad: he’s got a little limp. We’re not sure from what, but we’re monitoring it to make sure Ty doesn’t kick his ass so much throughout the day, which he sorta does (in fun).