Cutler ranks among the most disliked in NFL


Cutler ranks among the most disliked in NFL

The results are in...and Jay Cutler is the second most disliked NFL player in the game today.

The only person more out of favor with the fans? Ndamukong Suh, the Lions defensive tackle that has mauled Cutler on numerous occasions, including Monday night in Chicago.

Forbes took info from Nielsen and its partner, E-Poll Market Research to compile the most and least liked NFL players.

Cutler came in at 21 percent appeal rating, while Suh was at 19 percent. Michael Vick, whose image took a huge hit in the public eye with the whole dog-fighting scandal, is third on the list, followed by Randy Moss, Matt Leinart, Tony Romo, former Bear Kyle Orton (and currently Romo's backup), Santonio Holmes, Mark Sanchez and Brady Quinn.

Brian Urlacher's appeal rating of 57 percent ranks as the eighth-highest in the league. The 10 most liked players are as follows:

1. Troy Polamalu
2. Drew Brees
3. Charles Woodson
4. Peyton Manning
5. Aaron Rodgers
6. Rob Gronkowski
7. Robert Griffin III
8. Urlacher
9. Donald Driver
10. Matthew Stafford

Oddly, Tom Brady and Tim Tebow, two names that always find their way into the news, are not among the 10 most liked players.

The NFC North is well represented in the most-liked category, claiming five of the 10 spots, including three Packers (Woodson, Rodgers, Driver) and one Lion (Stafford).

Jason Heyward: Banged-up Cubs ready to be tested vs. Nationals

Jason Heyward: Banged-up Cubs ready to be tested vs. Nationals

WASHINGTON – The cut on Jason Heyward’s left hand has been compared to a third-degree burn, an injury that would have required stiches if the skin had not ripped off already.

The Cubs can’t count on their Gold Glove outfielder – or their World Series MVP (Ben Zobrist) or ERA titleholder (Kyle Hendricks) – for this four-game showdown against the Washington Nationals. All-Star shortstop Addison Russell didn’t start Monday night while dealing with a sore right shoulder, taking more juice out of this potential playoff preview at Nationals Park.

“Every day’s a test, regardless of whether we’re healthy or not,” Heyward said after taking about 15 swings off a tee. “Bottom line, every team goes through tests. Every single season, guys get hurt. And whoever’s there at the end of the year in the playoffs, they handled that the best and was able to weather that storm the best. 

“This team’s no different. Every single day, you’re expected to win. We expect each other to win and go out there and try to find a way to get it done every day. There’s going to be more tests, but that’s what you want.”

The next step for Heyward would be getting cleared to take a full batting practice.

“It’s getting better every day,” Heyward said, “but until it gets to the point where I can swing every day and take BP, I just got to do a little more waiting and healing.”

Heyward – who sliced open his hand while trying to make a sliding catch in foul territory on June 18 – is eligible to be activated from the 10-day disabled list on Thursday but would probably need some at-bats in the minors first.  

“We’ll let you know,” Heyward said. “I don’t do ‘probablys.’ I probably wouldn’t have wanted to be on the DL, either, but we’ll see what happens.”

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Did Bulls get fleeced?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Did Bulls get fleeced?

On the latest edition of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, David Kaplan is joined Anthony Herron (NBC Sports), David Haugh (Chicago Tribune) and Danny Parkins (670 The Score) to discuss the madness in Chicago this weekend.

The panel breaks down the crazy draft night for both the Blackhawks and Bulls while wondering if Tom Thibodeau fleeced Gar/Pax.

Then, Mark Buehrle had his number retired on Saturday. Even Kap loved it.

Listen to the SportsTalk Live Podcast now.