For those playa-hating on Jay “Cutty” Cutler after his exit in the third quarter of the NFC Championship, the Bohunk says, politely, cease. It is precisely this attitude of misplaced machismo-penis-waving that gets the NFL into trouble, especially in concussion issues. If there is a rule prohibiting players from re-entering the game with concussion symptoms, why should a player, at his discretion or that of the team medical staff, be allowed to return when displaying symptoms of another type of injury? Cutler is worth millions, and blowing out a knee jeopardizes his entire career. The Bohunk suffered a MCL tear some years back, battling for the Traverse City West Titans. The injury, admittedly sustained while poking fun of the our struggling offense (I attributed the poor performance due to the decided lack of Bohunk) blew my knee up to the size of a respectable mush melon in just a few minutes. Could I have ran on it? Sure, maybe for a few plays, but the pain was excruciating and the knee unstable. I managed two routes, one ending with the Bohunk stumbling after three steps and falling in the vicinity of no one.
So, should Cutler have played? No. Saying Cutler should play is no different than faulting any player for not playing while injured. Was his absence detrimental to his team? Not really. Hanie threw for forty more yards than Cutler in about 16 minutes, while Cutler had the entire first half. Really, his exit, whether by injury or not, helped his team perform. This is not making Cutty look good, but that is not the Bohunk’s goal. Now, critics say Phil Rivers of the Chargers played with a torn ACL…Good for him. Injuries suck. What a player does with it is entirely up to him, and should be.
Jay Cutty is tossed to the turf. Note: The Bohunk’s girlfriend, BoScoots, observed that Clay Matthews’ hair appeared curled. The Bohunk agrees; Google it for yourself and see.
Packers against the Steelers, Cheese versus Thieves… Take your pick and leave a comment. The Bohunk says, resoundingly, “Go, ye Pack, Go!”