Cutler tantrums are a symptom of Bears struggles, not the cause.

The Jay Cutler ‘leadership’ debate reared it’s ugly head again this week after the Bears QB didn’t exactly cover himself in glory – either with his play or his conduct – during a risible performance by the offence that negated some great stuff by the ‘D’ in a painful loss to the Packers.

‘Bad Jay’ showed up once again at Lambeau, throwing picks to the opposition, cursing out team-mates and generally just looking like he’d gotten out of the wrong side of the bed. We’ve seen this before, but not too much in the last couple of years. In fact, not since the NFC Championship game has Cutler been subjected to the level of scrutiny and criticism we’ve seen this week.

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Waiving goodbye to the 2012 Red Sox

After a while you’re just glad that it’s over. A public admission that the pretence can’t go on anymore, this Red Sox team isn’t making the playoffs, isn’t functioning as it should and it’s time we all just accept this and move on. Of course most people with a set of eyes could tell you that, it’s been a season of poor pitching, media hurricanes (storm is too nice), manager goofs and ridiculous, astounding injuries.

When your team puts players of value, with high contracts, on waivers in August, you know the game is up. More importantly, you know the front office knows the game is finally up. It’s not that difficult a decision, the Red Sox sit 13.5 games back on the Yankees at the top of the AL East. 8.5 games back on the AL Wildcard race and 7 games under .500, having lost 4 in a row and 7 out of their last 10. That’s not post-season form, that’s Chicago Cubs form (it really is, they’re last 10 game record is identical).

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How I became a Bear

Like most UK based ‘American Football’ fans of my generation, I’ve got Channel Four to thank for my love of the NFL. Prior to them bringing the Gridiron into living rooms across Great Britain, the average Brit knew absolutely nothing about the game. For a few years after I still didn’t know much about it, I just knew I liked it.

Channel Four had a hell of a lot to do with I ended up following ‘Da Bears’, as had they not shown Super Bowl XX then chances are I would have ended up supporting someone else, probably the Denver Broncos as I loved John Elway, but by the time Elway was losing Super Bowls on a seemingly yearly basis I was already hooked on the Bears.

 

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