I received a letter via email today from a woman named Patricia. We’ll leave the personals at that. Patricia was simultaneously excited over a big Bears victory and discouraged by the continued media assault on Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler.
In point of fact, she was disgusted by it.
She spoke openly, freely, expressing her disdain and asking what can be done. Well, how about we sit down and have listen, shall we?
The blast of ignorant, biased criticism that has, again, been unleashed against Jay Cutler immediately following—even during—the Bears’ spectacular win yesterday has me so angry, upset, and frustrated that I’m beside myself.
How can the professional sports media be so remiss, so ignorant, so stupid, so incompetent, and engage in such yellow journalism?
They are out to ruin Jay Cutler.
They keep getting on the same old bus, going down the same dirty road, stirring up controversy where there would be none, even painting a picture of the person that is so far removed from reality, locking him into the image of a guy they want him to be.
It’s even more reprehensible following such a great game, in which both Cutler and his team played near-perfect from start to finish, for three grueling hours, and gave the viewers and fans one heckuva fun time.
It's been a long time since I enjoyed a game so much—this one had me laughing and cheering in my own living room.
I thought I had once read that Jay Cutler suffers from diabetes. No sure, I went to my computer and Googled "does Jay Cutler have diabetes?" and up came your name, your great columns and published pieces on Chicago Bears Huddle in support of Jay and the Bears, explaining the disease . . . how its sufferers have to monitor it 24/7 . . . how it can kill . . . how it can shorten a person's life by 15 years . . . the affect stress can have.
Which all means that Jay Cutler has consistently demonstrated his success as an NFL quarterback, and it is due to a truly superhuman effort on his part every day and night.
How he manages to achieve such high-level success and stay balanced every day, on and off the field, is a tribute to his enormous amount of integrity, grit, vigilance, strong character, drive, and HEART; even more so in the face of the long-standing, relentless, undeserved criticism.
His efforts are nothing short of spectacular!
What really pisses me off is how people do not give Jay an inch—not one inch—when they know nothing at all about the physical and mental effects of his disease.
I wrote you because I deeply appreciate how you are so supportive and aware of all the above and have tried to educate the masses about it, tried to get people to appreciate who their quarterback is, and how remarkable he is for the way he has been able to work around his disease so successfully.
Please continue to do so; keep reminding the fans and professional sports media to be supportive and stop the unwarranted, baseless criticisms just to have a controversy. They are wrong to believe that is what the fans and readers like. No, we do not like this kind of character assassination of our star players, or of any player.
Of any person.
What more can be done? Someone needs to demand better of these pundits, these color analysts.
I remember all the wonderful things that were written and said about UCLA basketball coach John Wooden upon his death, and they quoted Wooden's philosophy and advice he emphasized over the long years of his career.
I remember him saying he lived by only three rules, given him by his father: Pay your debts on time; speak only well of people; and keep your language clean. That was it: no cussing, no gossip, no avoiding debts. He lived by his rules, too.
Those media pundits and color analysts need to print Wooden's rules above their desks and monitors and clean up their acts!
A retired paralegal, mom and grandmother, who never played football but understands the people under the pads.
What can be done, Patricia? I think you summed it up nicely.