Social media amplifies everything. Often to ridiculous levels.
Today was a perfect example when ABC 7 Chicago’s Rafer Weigel mistakenly tweeted that Chicago Bears
QB Jay Cutler
was taken to the hospital following an injury to his groin in the Bears loss
at Washington. It was an honest mistake and Weigel owned up to it right away. He issued a retraction and a mea culpa once he found out that he was incorrect.
I reached Rafer Weigel by phone and he told me the whole story in detail. He was very self-aware that he acted in great haste and COMPLETELY dropped the ball today.
"I didn't think before I tweeted, and I learned you can't do that," Weigel said.
"I hope others can learn this lesson, if they haven't already...
The Jay Cutler
comments about DeAngelo Hall are a huge NON-STORY.
THERE IS NO CONTROVERSY HERE. Move on, media. Give it up.
There was no “bulletin board material” nor any “shots fired” this week. I don’t care, and neither should you.
Yet this non-controversy is making the tops of homepages for news outlets everywhere.
I know that we in the media often blow things out of proportion; especially on slow news days, in order to get more ratings/page views/sell papers etc. Media outlets owned by professional leagues or professional teams do this almost everyday. And these specific television networks do it on an even larger scale.
However, this Jay Cutler
vs. DeAngelo Hall script is a huge waste of all our of time. Cutler was as vanilla and boring as he usually is during all his interviews...
Every week, NBC
does this a lot too) mails out a press release that is essentially nothing else but “hey, we have a football game on this weekend!” Usually whenever I see these “hey, watch our football game!” emails I immediately hit the delete button. However, Chicago Bears
versus Pittsburgh Steelers is on Sunday Night Football this week.
Therefore, I actually looked through this product-promotion-disguised-as-news mass mailing to see if there’s anything you might care about. I found a few nuggets and tidbits worth sharing.
And don’t get me started about NBC and ESPN (or Comcast SportsNet or Fox Sports..okay pretty much everybody) with their self-congratulatory press releases about record ratings, or "winning the night." Bad as these are, by comparison, these mailings are an absolute joy compared to press releases on web site traffic statistics. Or the ticket sales press releases that teams send out.
Memo to teams, it's not our jobs to sell your tickets. Memo to media companies, why would we promote your site to send traffic away from own websites?
"WGAS Radio is on the air!"
Well, let’s move on to the Chicago Bears broadcast notes before I bore you to death...
Time to talk Jay Cutler
, Marc Trestman
and the Chicago Bears
And talk these topics with the biggest and best pundits in the business. I recently attended the NFL
Media Luncheon in New York City. It was held at “The Black Rock,” the CBS Building in Mid-town Manhattan. It was a chance to have lunch with CBS’s lead announce pairing of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
, as well as NFL Legends: Dan Marino
, Dan Fouts, Dan Dierdorf, Rich Gannon, Shannon Sharpe
, Greg Gumbel, Bill Cowher and Bart Scott
I’ll have much more with Simms
later; he was the star of the Media Day as he regaled us with his hilarious, spot on impersonation of Bill Parcells and made sure that we write-up some of his quotes in the manner of “Simms noted with extreme sarcasm.” He’ll be here, along with Nantz for week one to call Bears versus the Cincinnati Bengals
, who I have already made my Super Bowl Champion pick.
So I’ll have much more with both Nantz and Simms, as there’s a lot of audio to go through, and a lot of it is gold. And we still have 10 days till the Bears and Bengals kick off the NFL season. In the meantime, here’s what the talking heads had to say about Cutler, Trestman, the Bears et al.
All interviews are exclusives...
The 1985 Chicago Bears
are considered to be the best football team in history by many NFL
experts. And those football gurus that don’t consider them to be the best overall team ever still believe that the ’85 Bears had the best NFL defense in history.
However, Dan Marino
is the one quarterback who beat that defense. He’s the one signal caller that figured out the ’85 Bears 46 Zone and how to get past it. The ’85 Bears still captivate the hearts and minds of this city like no other team. And Marino’s Dolphins were the only team that kept them from reaching perfection.
Marino is one of the greatest passers in the history of the game, and an analyst for the NFL on CBS
. He returns to CBS on September 8th, for The NFL Today, a pregame show now in its 46th season. This will be the 54th year that CBS has covered the NFL. Marino will be joined this season by Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher; with James Brown anchoring. NFL.com ranked the greatest players in the history of the game after the 2009 season, Dan Marino placed 25th.
I had an exclusive with Marino at NFL on CBS Media Day where I asked him how he beat the ’85 Bears and what he thinks of the Bears chances this season...
is a Host/Executive Producer and Update Anchor at 670 The Score. Chicago’s original and still highest rated sports talk radio station. You can hear Ostrowski nights after White Sox
baseball when he hosts the “Joe O. Show”
often till midnight or 1 a.m. And then of course, it becomes “Grobber Time” after that. Ostrowski is definitely a guy you should talk Fantasy Football, over/unders and spreads with.
He’s also a fantastic follow on Twitter (@Joe0670)
as he enjoys Jay Cutler
in '80s outfits pictures as much as I do. We're fellow countrymen too. (Banks is an Anglicized name, I'm 1/2 Half-Polish...I know you DOOOOON'T CAAAAARE)
Let’s talk shop shall we...
The Chicago Bears
played their second preseason game last night with quarterback Jay Cutler
already hitting his stride. In surliness that is. Cutler was filmed during ESPN
’s Monday Night Countdown show yelling at a ball boy to “give me the f*cking ball.” Cutler than shakes his head in disapproval. (Watch the GIF here
What’s even more shocking than the ball boy incident is this: pregame shows for preseason games actually EXIST. I’m surprised there’s a market for this. But how AWFUL was it to tune in last night and hear the bloated bloviator of Bristol, Chris Berman calling the Chicago Bears game. I thought GOOD GOD WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO DESERVE THIS HORROR??
Berman mispronounced Corey Liuget’s name. And then made a bad joke in which he correctly pronounced it. The former Illini
(pronounced “legit”) was a top 20 NFL Draft
pick and has started for the Chargers for awhile. If Berman is such a NFL expert, he should know how to pronounce his name correctly. “Boomer” also made the TIRED AND CLICHE “the Butler
did it” joke, and peppered the night with his 70s rock humor that no one over the age of 14 finds witty. Chris Berman is the national version of Hawk Harrelson. No one can explain his popularity anymore.
Enjoy this pic of Mr. “You’re with Me Leather,”
with a bunch of strippers...
The Chicago Bears
and Minnesota Vikings
have essentially “traded” newspaper beat writers. Well, the papers themselves didn’t trade writers; the “core” covering the Bears and Vikings made a swap. And it involves the two main papers in both the Twin Cities and Chicago.
The Vikings have a new beat writer: formerly of the Chicago Sun-Times. And an ex Vikings scribe moves to the Chicago Tribune.
APSE (Associated Press Sports Editors), a national organization that strives to improve professional standards of sports departments, just made these last two tweets...
Remember the ’90s heyday of Erik Kramer piloting “Air Chicago” over the lakefront skies at Soldier Field?
As Kramer rewrote the Bears team record book for passing, Curtis Conway was rewriting the Bears receiving record book. Not that it’s very hard to do. At least by NFL
standards. The Bears have had just nine players gain 1,000 or more yards receiving in a single season: Brandon Marshall, Marty Booker, Marcus Robinson, Johnny Morris, Dick Gordon, Curtis Conway, Mike Ditka
, Jeff Graham and Harlon Hill. Only Booker and Conway have done it more than once.
You can watch Curtis Conway on your television screens again this fall. This time as an analyst for Pac-12 Network.
Pac-12 alums Rick Neuheisel (UCLA
QB in the 1984 Rose Bowl blowout of the Illini
), Ronnie Lott (USC), Jeremy Bloom (Colorado), Glenn Parker (Arizona) and Curtis Conway (USC) will be a part of the Pac-12 Network football coverage on gamedays...
If you flipped on WMAQ Channel 5 today, you might have noticed Chicago Bears
QB Jay Cutler
appearing on the NBC
program “Access Hollywood Live.” Rightfully, or wrongfully, Jay Cutler has a public reputation for being surly, aloof, condescending and rude. These are all traits I actually find extremely admirable by the way. (Not being sarcastic) I actually hope to exhibit these four traits with more consistency in my interpersonal relations. In my writing, I think I've done more than enough of that already.
Cutler’s appearance today on Access Hollywood, alongside wife Kristin Cavallari
was partially to promote their Big ’80s party they’re throwing at Joe’s on Weed St. Thursday.
The charity event, and maybe today’s guest spot, will hopefully change Cutler’s public image from surly to cuddly. Maybe. Or maybe we don’t care about this morning's obvious Image CPR. Maybe we actually like him the way he is now.
Nevertheless, Kristin Cavallari presented a different side of “Cutty.”...