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Who, Us Bloodthirsty?

Posted on Jan 31, 2011
AP / Mike Roemer

By Mark Heisler

(Page 2)

Deion Sanders, former Dallas et al. great:

“Folks i never question a players injury but i do question a players heart.”

Derrick Brooks, former Tampa Bay linebacker:

“HEY there is no medicine for a guy with no guts and heart.”

Arizona lineman Darnell Dockett:

“If I’m on chicago team jay cutler has to wait till me and the team shower get dressed and leave before he comes in the locker room! #FACT.”

Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew:

“Hey I think the urban meyer rule is effect right now… When the going gets tough….....QUIT.”

Of course, Twitter is one of the foremost ways we have of telling that things aren’t the way they used to be.

What’s the problem with posting a 140-character text on your cellie?

Oh, you mean everyone in the world might see it?

“I never attacked him, called him soft or a sore loser,” Jones-Drew explained lamely.

“I never questioned his toughness. I think people took my joke out of context. I was taking a shot at Florida fans.”

Eschewing technology, some Bear fans burned Cutler jerseys. If they all can’t be blamed for this one, most of them will dog Cutler until he shows he’s a winner, not just by making the playoffs but winning a Super Bowl—or, in other words, the rest of his (presumably brief) time in Chicago.

Not that Chicago has a loser complex, but devouring its own is a local instinct that was taken to new heights, or depths, when Bartman, a fan like they were, not an athlete making millions to reap abuse, was demonized for wrecking the Cubs’ last chance.

Reaching up for Luis Castillo’s foul ball, Bartman got in the way of left fielder Moises Alou when the Cubs, leading the Florida Marlins three games to two, were just a few outs from winning the 2003 NLCS.

The Cubs then lost the game and ultimately the series.

The next time you see a replay, since they’ve never stopped showing it, you can see other fans around Bartman standing and reaching up too, a natural response to a baseball dropping out of the sky over your head.

Bartman just happened to be the one it actually dropped on.

After that, of course, they hounded him out of sight.

The ball was sold at auction for $113,824.16, presented to Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group and publicly detonated by a special effects expert.

The remains were then soaked in Budweiser (Cubs sponsor), boiled and the steam captured, distilled and added to a pasta sauce.

The remains of the ball now are in the sports museum in Harry Caray’s Tavern on Navy Pier, a carnival site in the Loop.

Bartman, himself, went into hiding, at least from the press, protected by his neighbors and co-workers. [Editor’s note: Minor factual corrections concerning the Bartman incident were made in this article after it first appeared in Truthdig on Thursday.]

If he has been largely forgiven, it’s only because fresh meat is served daily.

In an age challenged by separating real life from reality programming or the absurdly heightened reality that comes from merely being on TV, no one seems to want to err on the side of compassion.

Instead, the ability to broadcast and publish worldwide seems to lead to a joy in piling on, as if they envied the William Randolph Hearsts and Rupert Murdochs who got to do it all those years.

Two days before the game, Amy Turek (Twitter handle: thebearschick) defended Cutler against media critics in her blog on Huffington Post.

Regardless of what happens this weekend against the Packers, Cutler has proven himself to be a playoff-caliber quarterback. And that’s something Chicago has been dreaming of for a long, long time. Whether the media is ready to embrace Jay Cutler or not, we here in Chicago are proud of him.

And we’re not alone. Cutler’s beautiful celebrity girlfriend, Kristin Cavallari ... just announced to People magazine that she is “in love” with Jay Cutler.

Well, Kristin, we are too.

After the game Turek defended Bears fans burning Cutler’s jersey.

Chicago Bear fans are being mercilessly crucified today for our criticism of Cutler. We’re being portrayed as an angry lynch mob, burning jerseys and calling for our Quarterbacks [sic] release. I agree that some fans are reacting to this incident inappropriately, as are some other players in the league.

That being said, I understand where these disgruntled fans are coming from, because I am one of them. While I’m not burning any jerseys or calling for a Cutler trade, I am disconcerted by the way Jay Cutler represented his team on the sidelines. ...

As to this game…

Green Bay has one of the best young quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers; the new hot hunk, linebacker Clay Matthews; and a great defense, but runs the ball sporadically.

Pittsburgh has its own rock-ribbed defense, a better running game and an experienced, high-level quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger’s season started with a suspension for conduct unbecoming to an NFL player, which was better than starting in jail.

Fortunately for him, Wilkinson County didn’t file criminal charges after a Georgia State coed said he sexually assaulted her in a bar while two bodyguards—both off-duty police officers from the Pittsburgh area—refused to let her friends go to her aid.


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By LocalHero, February 8, 2011 at 6:13 am Link to this comment

The Big Game has come & gone as I write this but it delivered what I expected - the same as it does every year now.

It’s nothing more than an obscene, jingoistic display of military-masturbation. You can’t watch 2 minutes without being assaulted by arrested adolescents standing in front of their fighter jet or on the deck of their phallic-shaped aircraft carrier.

One minute it’s a big-budget Pentagon recruiting commercial with sissy-boys wielding a joystick to rain down death two-thousand miles away (now, there’s uncommon bravery!) and the next it’s a “tribute” to some murdering jarhead back from slaughtering dark-skinned innocents in Af-Pak.

And the seals watching clap and smile at it all. What a disgusting, pathetic joke.

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By bmeisen, February 7, 2011 at 4:31 pm Link to this comment

First a fan’s confession and now this!?! Can’t Truthdig find someone who can write critically about this cultural monstrosity called the Super Bowl. It’s pretty low-hanging fruit. See my comments under a fan’s confession for what is possible.

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By Marc Schlee, February 6, 2011 at 11:03 pm Link to this comment
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Well, God DAMN, then.  Let me be the first.

May all living beings be well, happy and peaceful. May no harm come to them. May no difficulties come to them. May no problems come to them. May they always meet with success.



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By rollzone, February 6, 2011 at 10:58 pm Link to this comment

hello. i roll on the side of the bloodthirsty. this
was a mediocre game, and contrary to pregame hype, Pittsburgh had the better running game: and lost.
this false adulation written of does not interest me.
i am the customer, the one in the seat, the one
without the body gifted by God, the one not being
paid ten to a hundred working peoples’ salary, to
play a game. it is not about the analysis, the
statistics, or the commercials. i want to see
competition at a super level, with super coaching,
and super players. how could people be happy paying
thousands of dollars for tickets to see such a
mediocre contest? all the background soap opera is
for some other show, and this game needs to return to
blood and guts football. these athletes need to
sacrifice their contracts for the game, and if it’s
not broken, they should be back in it. with all the
players across the nation whom never make it to the
position these players are in, with only so much room
at the top: the players owe it to us customers to
give it all they got. they have to show us they
belong where they are at, especially at the Super
Bowl. every Super Bowl game should be a great game.

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By drbhelthi, February 1, 2011 at 4:20 am Link to this comment

“I’m just saying… when the world has gone insane,
even the analysis can only be insane.” JDmysticDJ


I hold the opinion that such magnanimous idolatry is
strictly earth-bound. 

Some of it is related to the human characteristic so
clearly demonstrated by the “children of israel”
during the “Kings period”.  Who demanded, “give us a
king whom we must look up to-”.  Thus Saul, who was
shoulders and head taller than average, was chosen.

With females, a beautiful face and figure are pre-
requisites.  While with leadership, only one
characteristic was significantly, statistically
associated: being taller than “average”, and this
discovery was made in the 1960s.

However, the selection of Saul occurred a bit earlier;
5,000 - 4,000 yrs earlier.

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By reynolds, January 31, 2011 at 5:03 pm Link to this comment

well said?

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By JDmysticDJ, January 31, 2011 at 2:51 pm Link to this comment

Rather than obfuscating the truth, and selectively criticizing fans and players, why not recognize the most obvious truth. Our popular idols are not worthy of being idolized. They are just random representatives of a decadent society. When these idols are exposed as being unworthy, it should be instructive as social commentary, but instead, these exposes’ are treated as anomalies that occur over and over, and over again.

It might be argued that we are all human, and subject to human failings, but our society seems to be prone to human failings. Entertainers of all kinds, athletes, politicians, you name em.’ The one thing they seem to have in common is a powerful drive towards self aggrandizement, and the propensity to give the credit for their success to God.

If there is an omnipotent and omniscient God of virtue, he seems to be using these false personas to his advantage, and discarding them when they are no longer credible. They seem to be God’s sleazy PR reps who fall from grace only after they are exposed.

Tiger’s got no game, but maybe he’ll be rehabilitated, after all even Solomon was able to bounce back; he became a wiser but sadder man.

I’m just saying… when the world has gone insane, even the analysis can only be insane.

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