Posted on: January 25, 2011 4:22 am

A Blog With Balls: Cutler Mania!!

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!
Category: NFL
Posted on: January 20, 2011 6:15 am

A Blog with Balls: First Entry

First, I'd just like to say welcome to anyone who will actually read this blog.  I have to say, this is the first time that I have actually blogged anything.  I've tried Twitter, Facebook, and Myspace and eventually gave up on them.  Expect more of the same here.  Blogging kind of makes me think of forced procrastination.  You make a blog, that you are supposed to update, yet for some reason or another, you don't necessarily find any significant value in the blog itself.  You end up going on unwarranted tangents (much like you are seeing right now), then eventually you just stop posting all together.

I myself go through phases on CBS Sports where I stop posting.  I mean let's be honest here.  Most of you post from work.  Well, I don't.  I only post from home.  I haven't used my BlackBerry or your girlfriends iPhone to post, not once.  I haven't used a work computer to post, not once.  I don't really see the point.  It's all recreational.  Besides, I don't get paid to post on this site, and I never will, but I do get paid to work at my job.  So it only makes sense that I wouldn't post at work. 

Word of the Day: Quarterback

A lot of fuss has been made over the past few weeks over the quarterbacks still left standing in the NFL playoffs.  And really, the only one who hasn't had enough of a beating is Mark Sanchez.  Think about it.  Ben Roethlisberger has broken his nose, been face-punched by Richard Seymour, and has been sacked enough this season to justify a decision like not standing.

Jay Cutler's offensive line might as well have sat on the sidelines on more than one occasion.  He got sacked so many times early in the season that I thought they would bury him, right there, in Soldier Field.

Aaron Rodgers has been concussed already this season.  Yet, he could be faking it.  I thought concussions were supposed to make you fuzzy for an extended amount of time.  Guess not.  Either that or the Falcons cornerbacks just had bricks on their feet trying to cover Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, and James Jones

But seriously, the word of the day is quarterback for one reason.  They won't be as relevant as you think this week.  These teams are mainly here because of their defense.  Yes, they are all talented in their own right, but are you really buying Mark Sanchez as a playoff QB if he is taking snaps in Arizona?  You see my point, I'm sure.  Tom Brady and Peyton Manning might be standing here today this week if they had the ability to make defenses not pressure them the entire game. 

I mean, in all honesty, who are you gonna take?  Brady or Sanchez?  Well, give Brady Sanchez's defense and Brady probably has double the production.  Then again, this is all irrelevant, because that scenario will never happen.  Like Brady would ever play on a team where someone thinks he is an asshole.  Antonio Cromartie ruined that trade possibility.

Speaking of which, when Brady was asked about what he thought of Cromartie's comments, he responded simply with "I've never even met the guy."  The interviewer replied with sharp wit by saying, "That sounds like how Cromartie is with his kids."  Trying to trap Brady doesn't work.  The elusive QB simply chuckled heartily.

Movie of the Day: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

No, seriously, check this out.  I was skeptical, for a few reasons.  One, I'm not much into video games like I used to be, and I knew going in that this movie had a video game feel.  2.  Other than Superbad, most comedies centering around teens and love and getting laid generally end up being pretty horrible.  Unless of course, there is an evil killer on the loose.  In which case, you know you are going to see some breasts and blood. 

But this movie is pretty damn cool.  It was created by Universal, who I pretty much trust in all things.  Instead of the normal Universal music you are accustomed to before the movie begins, we get a Mario Bros. sounding version.  I immediately was locked in, and it was all uphill after that.  Not to mention, Mary Elizabeth Winstead (the love interest) is pretty hot for a chick who changes her hair color almost every scene. 

The movie itself just has a flashiness to it.  And I'm not talking Brett Favre flashiness.  It moves fast, and keeps you tuned in with the quick scenes and flashy fight sequences in the movie.  It is actually 1 hour and 59 minutes long, but when it's over, you won't know it was that long.  Well, unless you own a watch, but you get the drift.

Check it out.  It's worth a rental.  I give this movie 4 Balls out of 5 possible Balls.

NFL Picks for the Week

I won't post these in accordance with me trying to cover the spread, as I normally do that  on the main boards, and I feel like it will generate more views that way if anyone wants to go crazy with my stupid generalizations and predictions.  I credit NFL - Solomon for this idea though, because he actually commended my weekly pick em' and gave me the idea to put them on a blog if I ever actually did start one.

Anyway, this week you'll see two re-matches again.  The Steelers will host the Jets and the Bears will host the Packers for the right to try and put a Lombardi Trophy in their office.  As I've said before, I feel like these four teams are brought here by one common factor: defense. And if you don't agree with me, well I don't really care.  So here we go.

NY Jets v. Pittsburgh Steelers

Both teams have great defenses, and the first time they met was at Heinz Field and the Jets pulled off the victory 22-17.  One key factor though: there was no Troy Polamalu.  I'm sure Rex Ryan knows this and he must help execute a game plan to keep Troy and his flowing Samoan hair out of his way if he hopes to reach the Super Bowl.  In the last meeting, the Jets were actually able to generate a decent running game.  Doing that again is absolutely important.  The Steelers give up less than 65 yards a game rushing, which is remarkable, and easily led the league.  In fact, it is one of the best marks in the history of the NFL for the course of a season.  But the Jets have two capable running backs in LaDainian Tomlinson, who has shown shades of his former self, and a downhill runner in Shonn Greene.  If they can sustain a fair amount of rushing yards, they will make Mark Sanchez's job a lot easier.  If not, they could be doomed.

When you look at Pittsburgh, you have to look at the play of QB Ben Roethlisberger.  Rape allegations aside, this guy is a gamer.  He has the mobility of Steve McNair, and the play-making ability of (insert random play making QB here).  The fact is, he comes up with big plays when it matters most.  Because of their lack of success running the ball, the Steelers will have to look to make some big throws in this one.  I don't foresee a good day for whoever Darrelle Revis is covering, and it should be Mike Wallace.  The Jets need to take away the down-field threat that Wallace possesses and take their chances with Hines Ward, Emmanuel Sanders, and Heath Miller.  The problem is, with Justin Leonard out at the safety position, I see a big game from Heath Miller as I don't think any LB or S on their roster will be able to contain him. 

When it comes down to it, I see a dominating performance from the Steelers defense leading to maybe a handful of FGs and one TD for the Jets offense.  The Jets are definitely going to be around for a while, but the playoffs are usually where the Steelers shine.

Steelers 23 Jets 16

Green Bay Packers v. Chicago Bears

Another game, another defensive struggle in the works.  Aaron Rodgers has looked unhuman in his first three career playoff games.  He has single handedly proven why the Packers are a force to be reckoned with.  His performance against the Falcons was MVP worthy, but keep in mind, this game is going to be played in the elements, not the confinements of astro-turf and an air conditioned dome.  That is going to make it a little more difficult.

The key to me is how Jay Cutler performs.  He burned the Seahawks last week to the tune of 2 passing TDs and 2 rushing TDs but this Packers defense is not the Seahawks.  Clay Matthews poses a major problem to a patchwork offensive line.  Mike Tice was able to get the offensive line playing better after the mid-way point of the season, which attributed to Cutler looking a lot better as the season progressed.  If Cutler plays smart football, I like the Bears to actually pull off the win.  They are underdogs at home, and that has got to give them some form of motivation, considering they are the 2 seed, they are at home, and they are expected to get beaten.

When it's all said and done, I foresee a good day for Cutler and the Bears offense, and enough stops by the defense for the Bears to shock the world, and take out the flavor of the week.

Bears 20 Packers 17

So there you have it.  I've blogged.  Maybe I will write another one sometime.  Maybe I won't.  But hey, enjoy your football this week, check out the movie I said to, and most importantly, be safe. 
Category: NFL
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