The SuperBowl, which is like the World Cup to American’s, will take place in two weeks. This past weekend we watched the two final games in anticipation to determine which two teams would go head-to-head in the big game. My team, the Chicago Bears were playing our big rival the Green Bay Packers. Long story short… our quarterback choked, wound up injured and left the game half way through. We lost – not surprisingly.
Of course all of us die hard fans were tweeting the game play by play, filling it with our personal commentary on each play in the way most sports enthusiasts think they have all the answers to the game they probably have never really played. We all had opinions about Cutler, our quarterback, and his apparent injury. And for the diehards among us watching the quarterback apparently quit mid-way through the biggest game of the season was disheartening.
But the random Twitter and Facebook comments of fans who were doing their best to rile up Packers fans until the moment we knew lost was inevitable aren’t as interesting as the tweets teammates, fellow football players and commentators were posting to the web. Suddenly Cutler’s injury was a thing of disgrace. Football players were calling him out, telling him to man up and play through the injury and even questioning the legitimacy of his injury.
That can’t bode well for the sporting spirit of the game. And what happens when the players on the other team one day have to play on the same team as the player they talked poorly of? They have all dealt with injuries before, they know there are some things that are beyond their control and strength to overcome. But there was no slack to be cut to Cutler on Sunday.
For example… Maurice Jones-Drew tweeted: “All I’m saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee. I played the whole season on one. ” And Hall of Famer Deion Sanders who is a hall of fame player, wrote: “I’m telling u in the playoffs u must drag me off the field. All the medicine in pro locker rooms this dude comes out! I apologize bear fans! I never question a players injury but I do question a players heart.”
Luckily Cutler’s teammates jumped to his defense. Bears middle linebacker, Brian Urlacher spoke directly to the critics during the after-game press conference, saying, “Jay was hurt. I don’t question his toughness. He’s tough as hell. Nothing like jealous people who are sitting home watching.” And teammate Chris Harris, took on the Twitter commenters tweeting, “Watching ESPN. To all of u IDIOTS including current players questioning Jay’s toughness n fans burning his jersey need to chill out . . . I really despise jealous players as well as fans!”
As much as I am disappointed the Packers get to go to the Superbowl, I’m not going to blame Cutler for the loss. It’s a team sport and games and won and lost as a team. And as a Chicago sports fan knows… there is always next year, or the year after that.
(pic from mychicagobears.info)