Word on the Street: GB fan fired; Barkley on Cutler

Word on the Street: GB fan fired; Barkley on Cutler

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011

Man fired for wearing Packers tie

A car salesman in Oak Lawn, Ill., was fired on Monday for wearing a Green Bay Packers tie to work and refusing to remove it.

"I didn't know you could get fired for wearing a tie," John Stone told McClatchy News about his dismissal from Webb Chevrolet.

Jerry Roberts, the general manager at the suburban Chicago dealership, asked Stone to remove the tie when he reported to work -- a day after the Packers beat the Bears in the
NFC title game.

The story ends on a good note though, as a competing car dealership offered Stone a job on Tuesday. (USA Today)

Barkley, Brees defend Jay Cutler

Never shy about letting his opinions be heard, NBA legend and TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley weighed in on the Jay Cutler injury subject and defended the Bears quarterback.

"I was mad at the players, to be honest with you," Barkley told WMVP-AM on Tuesday. "I think it was inappropriate and wrong to question a guy's heart. Now reporters, they're going to do what they want to. They're entitled to their opinion. But as players, I don't think it's appropriate to question another guy's heart.

"If you go back and start looking at all the stuff that's been said, and clearly one of the more vocal critics was Maurice Jones-Drew, and then you find out he missed the last two games with a bad knee," Barkley said. "And he was really the first guy who crucified Jay. "You have to be careful, because in the two most important games of the year, Jones-Drew sat out with a bad knee. And then it really makes him look like an idiot now." (sportingnews.com)In addition, Saints quarterback Drew Brees also weighed in on the subject and empahtizes with Cutler."In some cases I know players that have torn an MCL and been out for six weeks. In some cases it's four weeks. In some cases it's two. And sometimes you're able to fight through and play. None of us know exactly what is, nobody except Jay Cutler and the Bears training staff. So it's nothing that any of us have the right to comment on because we just don't know." (chicagobreakingsports.com)David Kaplan, Man on the Move

For a great read, check out the following link from veteran Chicago sports journalist Ed Sherman in todays Crains Chicago Business. He profiles the incredibly busy schedule (with an even busier schedule on the horizon come Cubs season) of our very own Chicago Tribune Live host David Kaplan.
Should Cutler have stayed in game? The T.Ocho show debates

Seabrook, Blackhawks talking new contractThe Blackhawks are trying to retain a piece of their corps in defensemen Brent Seabrook, who is set to become a free agent at the end of the season. Seabrook currently has the second-most assists on the team (23) with 26 points, and is already close to matching his career high in both categories.
"It's one of those things that it's going to be done when it's done," Seabrook said. "I understand that it's the business side of the game. I love Chicago, it's been my home for six years and it's definitely the place I'd like to play hockey in." (chicagosports.com)
Cubs to sign Wellemeyer?
Todd Wellemeyer is returning to the team that drafted and developed him. The Cubs signed Wellemeyer to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal. The right-hander can earn 800K, plus another 400K in incentives, Levine reports.

The Cubs drafted Wellemeyer in the fourth round of the 2000 draft and he showed some promise in the minor leagues, striking out more than a batter per inning and reaching the majors in his fourth pro season. He pitched for the Cubs from 2003-05 before they traded him to the Marlins. (MLBTradeRumors.com)
Lysacek wins USOC award

Evan Lysacek has been selected the U.S. Olympic Committee's sportsman of the year for 2010. Lysacek defeated reigning Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko to win gold at the Vancouver games, becoming the first American men's figure skating champion since Brian Boitano in 1988. (Associated Press)

Collins suffered significant shoulder injury?

NFL Networks Albert Breer reports that Bears backup QB Todd Collins suffered a significant shoulder injury in the game. Collins has an MRI Tuesday to determine if he needs surgery.

This will probably mark the end of Collins 16-year career. He threw five interceptions and no touchdowns in the regular season, which made a lot of folks wonder why he was ahead of Caleb Hanie on the depth chart in the first place. (Pro Football Talk)
New helmet saves Rodgers from concussion?

After being twice-concussed this season, Aaron Rodgers changed helmets to one of the new, safer, high-tech models the league has been urging players to use.

Remember the big helmet-to-helmet hit he took early in the fourth quarter from Chicago defensive end Julius Peppers, the one that drew a 15-yard penalty on Peppers? Well, Rodgers feels that hit could well have led to concussion number three had he not been wearing the new helmet. (SportsIllustrated.com)

Bears, Lions have been totally different teams in fourth quarters

Bears, Lions have been totally different teams in fourth quarters

Apart from any specific player or statistic, one unavoidable part of Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions looms ominously in front of the Bears, and there is no way they can avoid it: The fourth quarter.

Every game has one, and it has been the blessing of the Lions’ 2016 existence and the bane of the Bears’. The Bears talk constantly about the importance of playing a 60-minute game.

Before last Sunday’s 28-13 win over the New Orleans Saints, the Lions had trailed in the fourth quarter of all seven of their previous victories this season. A team that had traditionally found undisciplined ways to squander games has been finding ways to win them, according to a formula.

As Detroit Free Press columnist Jeff Seidel noted, “every single one of these games has looked the same: There was the drive, the field goal and the huge defensive play or, at least, some variation of those things."

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This is particularly relevant — and concerning — for the Bears, who have been the virtual opposite: Three times this season (at Houston, at Indianapolis, vs. Jacksonville) they have led in fourth quarters and lost those games.

The reasons lie in different phases, not simply cases of one, same unit failing.

"With us it’s not excuses, but we’re young, on our third quarterback, and that can affect it as far as experience and just being in that situation,” said coach John Fox. “To close the game, sometimes it’s just a mindset. When you have young players, it’s learning how to deal with adversity and learning how to deal with prosperity.”

The Bears did not outscore an opponent in the fourth quarter of any of their first 10 games this season, finally getting something going late in the Tennessee and San Francisco games, outscoring those two opponents by a combined 19-3.

“Being able to finish games, that’s something we’re learning and I think I saw examples of it last week in the San Francisco game and even going back to Minnesota, games where we have closed it, even in the first Detroit game, although we made that one interesting,” Fox said. “We found a way. So a lot of it’s experience under pressure and hopefully we’re figuring it out and can figure it out the last four games of the year.”

Beginning Sunday, presumably, against the NFL’s reigning comeback team.

Brandon Marshall doesn't remember 3 TD game from Bears-49ers in 2014 because he was on pain pills

Brandon Marshall doesn't remember 3 TD game from Bears-49ers in 2014 because he was on pain pills

Remember back in 2014 when the Bears rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the 49ers 28-20 in San Francisco on Sunday Night Football?

Well, Brandon Marshall doesn't.

And he had three of the four touchdown catches, two of them coming in the last quarter.

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The former Bears wide receiver, who had been dealing with a high ankle sprain, said he took pain pills before the game and doesn't recall much of it, including the incredible one-handed grab that went viral.

"I don't really remember much about that game because I worked really hard to get back from a high ankle (sprain)," Marshall said during a conference call Wednesday. "I'll say it, I took a couple pain pills that masked the pain. I really wasn't supposed to play. I came back from a high ankle (sprain) within 10 days. I was supposed to be out four to six weeks. I don't remember much from that game. I just remember catching those balls. And that was pretty much it."

If only Bears fans could forget that season entirely, which ended in a 5-11 record and the end of the Marc Trestman era.