Welcome to the second edition of A Blog With Balls. For those of you who read this blog (Manager17) I thought I would start by speaking about the balls of Jay Cutler.
First thing is first regarding this. Jay Cutler is a good, confident QB. He makes bone-head decisions sometimes, I will agree, however, when you see him throwing into double or triple coverage it isn't because he says "screw it" it's because he honestly thinks he can make those throws. And sometimes, he is right. I like the fact that he is a gun-slinger. He reminds me of Brett Favre and Tony Romo in that he really does think he can make those plays.
His stats were a lot better this year, notably the low INT total. He went from 26 in 2009 to 16 in 2010. It is obvious that he has cut down on his bad decision making, and let's be honest, he is still a young guy, and he will continue to get better in my opinion. Some people are questioning his intelligence on these boards. You do realize he went to Vanderbilt? Do you have any clue how hard it is to get into that college? It is the only SEC school that actually cares about academic standards, and this is probably why they rarely succeed in their upper-echelon sports programs. And Cutler actually got into the NFL playing at that school. Quick, without any internet research, name me three players in the current NFL from Vandy? Don't worry, I'll wait.
The issue here is whether or not he is a tough player. Well, considering the extent of the injury, which was an MCL Sprain, I can see why he was pulled from the game. He was already having a tough time behind that offensive line, and when you develop even less mobility than you already have, you can expect to be injured even worse. If the guy gets behind that line, he risks tearing the ligament completely, and then we are talking a long road to recovery. Do you really want to see the Bears playing football behind Todd Collins or Caleb Hanie? I didn't think so.
Let's not forget, the guy got sacked NINE times in the first half of a regular season game against the Giants this season. Count em, NINE times. The fact that he lasted as long as he did in that game, to me, is a testament to his toughness. When people like Brian Urlacher are calling the media out and telling them how hard he works, I personally believe them.
I don't think the Bears get anywhere near where they got without the guy this year. Consider they still won 12 games, and made an appearance in the NFC Championship, even though all season nobody thought they were for real. The Bears were for real, and it's time to get off Cutler's ass about all of this. He may not be the most likable guy in the NFL, but his teammates and coaching staff like him, and that's all that matters.
Movie of the Week: Adventureland
Before, I get going, the reason I even started doing this blog was because it is a time killer. My wife is training right now on a Naval Ship (please refrain from jokes, I am actually very proud of her and respect what she is doing for our country) for a month and I'm pretty much stuck at home by myself every night unless I am working.
This movie stars Jesse Eisenberg. You might know him from Zombieland or perhaps the soon to be Oscar Nominated The Social Network. Dude can act, and he is a young guy. He reminds me of Michael Cera a little in that he talks super fast and is a little unsure of himself in most roles he plays. Co-starring with him is the delicious Kristen Stewart. Now, while she is in the Twilight Saga (which I refuse to watch), she actually plays a good character here.
After our main character gets shafted into having his college paid for, he's stuck working at a theme park called Adventureland as a carny. This movie is set in 1987 so there are a lot of old school songs being played in this one, to stick with the setting of the film of course. He falls for Kristen and basically spends the summer with her, playing out the old tired "I'm a virgin" card.
The whole while, our lovely lady is screwing around with the maintenance guy from the park, played by Ryan Reynolds. It basically has that high school drama plotline, but the dialogue is really good and it kind of reminds you of what it was like for you in high school/college trying to get the chick you wanted yet running into some ridiculous problems along the way. Parents beware: This movie has language, drug use, and sexual content. Which is exactly why it is rated R, but also why it's actually good. Because high school kids drink, smoke, cuss and screw. I know I did. Don't act like you didn't.
Overall this movie gets 3 1/2 balls out of 5. It is worth renting if you have an extra 90 minutes to kill. Just don't be surprised how it ends. All movies are predictable.
Game of the Week: The Pro Bowl
Haha, just kidding.
Did anyone see Antonio Cromartie's comments on the CBA, the owners, and the union. He basically spoke from the platform of a "plan." He said it wasn't about money (which is strange considering he has 36 kids to support), and instead of talking about how they would meet and greet that they should just do it. He told the union and the owners to stop bitching and just get it done.
I usually don't agree with anything Cromartie says. Hell, I can barely understand what he says half the time, but he is right on this one. The NFL doesn't survive without its fans, and I promise you, fans aren't going to be happy with the league they love if they are going to keep fighting over money and not get anything done. Time off from the NFL is going to be very detrimental not only to the league's owners and players, but to their financial situation. Fans will boycott the NFL if these keeps up. You are talking about players being in a tough spot, especially if they are free agents. They basically have no idea where to start searching once they become a free agent because nothing is guaranteed. It's time to get this done, and get it done before March hits. That means about 45 days. If not, we could be out of football, and forced to watch baseball and the NBA, and nobody wants that.
Well, that's about it for this blog. Comment if you will (Manager17). Take care of yourselves, and don't forget to troll on our message boards!