Jay Cutler's lame and so is anybody who cares

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Jay Cutler's lame and so is anybody who cares

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com

This just in: Jay Cutler is whack.

Just kidding!

This isn't a newsflash. People have disliked the Bears quarterback since before he was the Bears quarterback. I'm not going to say that the doctor who pulled baby Cutler out of the womb wanted to slap him across the face instead of the butt when he saw this:

...but Rick Reilly is.

Yes, the ESPN carnival worker took time off from all that to write about how unlikable Cutler is.

I actually like this column.

The anecdotes are interesting; they paint a fresh landscape of Cutler-Sucks-Ville. By the end of the story my upper lip was curled into a snarl: "Only a total jerk would date a member from an MTV reality series" I growled. And that was even after I learned Kristin Cavallari was on "The OC" and not "16 and Pregnant."

Regardless. Reilly's bottom line was that Cutler's a meanie and Chicago fans should be worried because the QB's not switching gears anytime soon.

But why should he?

Why does a quarterback have to be a nice guy? Why does he have to give a full logistical report on his interceptions? I've watched Peyton Manning shut down on a question like that right in front of my face.

Why does Cutler have to bow down and lick-shine John Elway's shoes? True, the kid wasn't just refusing to fall over himself to be polite; he was downright rude. But should Bears fans be wringing their hands over that fact right now?

Their team is in the playoffs.

I want to meet the Bears fan who, if Chicago beats Seattle on Sunday, will sob uncontrollably because Cutler didn't smile and giggle after every throw (or sack).

I want to meet the Bears fan who won't even watch the game because Cutler doesn't look "really, truly" happy to be playing the game of football.

Do you think Chicago cares? I mean, really?

Reilly says yes. He uses this quote, from former Bear and sports radio host Tom Waddle, as 'evidence': "In Chicago, they want to love you. They want to make a connection with you. Any kind of connection. But Jay doesn't really care."

Let's just say Chicago wins the Super Bowl

I doubt anybody in the crowd would stand up and scream, "NO."

"NO, NO NO. GET THAT LOMBARDI TROPHY OUT OF MY FACE. JAY CUTLER AND THE CITY OF CHICAGO DO NOT DESERVE THIS BECAUSE HE IS NOT A NICE MAN."

There is no way in hell that's going to happen. And none of the fans would holler such a ridiculous statement afterward, either.

Trust me, I'm not volunteering to interview the guy. I'm also not advocating that people have personal expectations for athletes. It's wonderful when they save three-legged puppies for funsies, give homeless people piggy-back rides to shelters, or look like Wally Sczerbiack (it's a goodwill effort, believe that).

But the thing of the thing? They don't have to. They have to be good at sports.

That might be actually be a Cutler debate worth having in Chi-Town.

Quotes, notes and stars: Ziegler 'a Godsend' for Red Sox bullpen

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Quotes, notes and stars: Ziegler 'a Godsend' for Red Sox bullpen

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-7 win over the Minnesota Twins:

 
QUOTES

“We’ve come off a couple of days where we’re a pitch away or a swing of the bat away from being in a spot where we’re possibly looking at four consecutive in this series. But to pressed as we were -- give them credit they didn’t give in. They kept coming back -- they mounted some threats late.” - John Farrell said on the Red Sox the third consecutive in which they’d blown the lead.

“He’s been a Godsend to be honest. It’s a comfortable inning. The ball’s on the ground . . . He’s very calm, he’s experienced it . . . His addition here has given us a huge boost in line with the injuries to Koji [Uehara] and Craig [Kimbrel]” -  Farrell said on having Ziegler as an option.

“I’ll be honest, I get nervous when I’m watching, sixth, seventh, eighth inning of the game. I’ve picked my fingernails down too low one night. It’s a lot easier for me when I’m on the mound.” - Ziegler on dealing with his adrenaline and excitement when entering a game.

“That’s baseball. I mean, over the course of 162 games those sort of things are going to happen and you just keep battling and doing your job.” - Rick Porcello said about things not going entirely his way, despite feeling good on the mound.

“Yes. Because he threw me a changeup first pitch in my first at-bat. Sometimes you guess right.” - Hanley Ramirez said on why he was expecting a changeup from Tommy Milone that he turned into a three-run home run in the third inning

“I even didn’t know -- to be honest – that he threw over. When I was halfway I think I didn’t see like the catcher get up to throw the ball or anything so I figured maybe he threw to first. Once I saw Dozier catch it [one] way, I tried to [go] the other way. ” - Xander Bogaerts on avoiding the tag when he stole second in the fifth.

 

NOTES

* Xander Bogaerts finished 3-for-4 and has had multiple hits in nine of his last 11 contests. He leads MLB with 17 three-hit games.

* The Red Sox have now homered in 15 straight games, slugging 28 in that span.

* Hanley Ramirez has five home runs in his last five games, eight in his last 23. Over those 23 games, Ramirez is batting .337 (28-for-83) with 18 runs, seven doubles and 21 RBI to go with the eight homers.

* Three of Travis Shaw’s last four hits have been for extra bases -- 10 of his last 14 -- with the most recent being his three-run homerun Sunday. Shaw has also homered in four the last five series.

* Rick Porcello has won seven straight decisions and now has ten wins at home -- remaining undefeated at Fenway Park.

 

STARS

1) Hanley Ramirez

Ramirez slugged his fifth home run in his last five games, knocking in three runs. Sunday's DH finished 2-for-4 and scored two runs in the game.

2) Juan Centeno

Minnesota’s catcher finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI in the losing effort

3) Rick Porcello

Despite giving up five runs (four earned) in his 6.2 inning of work, Porcello did what he needed to do to keep Boston in the lead. Had it not been for some shaky fielding, Porcello’s numbers might have been a better representation of how he looked and felt.

Kimbrel's knee 'feels great,' pushing himself towards return

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Kimbrel's knee 'feels great,' pushing himself towards return

BOSTON -- Just before the All-Star break, it almost seemed like the Red Sox were bound to lose Craig Kimbrel for six weeks potentially with the knee damage.

However, prior to Saturday’s game, John Farrell sounded optimistic about Kimbrel return more towards the three-week timetable.

The closer has gotten back to what he was working on prior to his injury, including his breaking ball.

“I’m out there spinning the ball right now,” Kimbrel said. “My knee feels great, so I’m just working on getting back into my mechanics. Staying compact and before I hurt my knee I was working on a few things. Just getting back to focusing on [those things].”

Kimbrel also stated that his arm “feels great” which was originally a concern for the Red Sox Front Office when he was injured -- fearing the knee would somehow lead to arm problems later.

Although things seem to almost be moving too fast for Kimbrel, he feels like the process has taken too long.

“It may look like a pretty fast recovery but it feels like forever,” Kimbrel said. “I think the way some people may look at it, it might be a little fast, but I’m not doing anything that is uncomfortable. I’m pushing myself, but I’m not pushing myself to a point where it doesn’t feel good. Testing everything out, that’s kind of where it is.

“Went in there and we didn’t really fix anything. Just kind of cut some cartilage out and right now it’s [about] getting my muscles firing like they’re supposed to. That’s coming back pretty fast because we were able to keep the swelling down right after surgery, so I was able to get back into the weight room and get back to the range of motion pretty quick.”

The righty will throw his first bullpen since the surgery and his confident he’ll feel good on the mound.

In fact, he thinks he could’ve thrown off the mound Sunday, but still hasn’t tested one important responsibility of a pitcher.

“I think I could throw off the mound,” Kimbrel said. “I don’t know if I can run in from the bullpen yet. Tomorrow we’re going to get off the mound, throw a bullpen and then can start pushing off and running.

“Fielding my position and cutting -- things like that. The kind of things where if a guy bunts on me [or] if I’ve gotta cover first -- I’ve gotta be able to do things like that.”