Bearish News: A Thumb-Nail Sketch

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There is a proverb that begins "For want of a nail, a shoe was lost".  And it  ends with the loss of a kingdom.  It just might happen that  for the loss of a thumb, a championship will be lost.  Bears Coach Lovie Smith this morning confirmed reports that quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a fractured thumb on his right (throwing) hand.  The injury will require surgery and should sideline Cutler for the rest of the year.  Of course, Cutler is only one player. But in the Bears' scheme of things, he is THE irreplaceable player at this point in the season.  Mutatis mutandis, look at the 0-10 Indianapolis Colts without their franchise quarterback, Peyton Manning.

Key injuries are part of the game of football.  Sometimes, they open the door for  new stars. You never know. This is how Lou Gehrig started his iron-man streak and wound up in Baseball's Hall of Fame.  But Jay Cutler is not the  gridiron  version of Wally Pipp.   This is not meant as a knock on Caleb Hanie.  On the contrary, it simply is  the proverbial Opportunity knocking on his door.

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