Shutdown Corner

  • Possible 2015 landing spots for Jay Cutler

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago

    If the Chicago Bears were willing to bench Jay Cutler for Jimmy Clausen, it seems like anything is on the table for the franchise and Cutler going forward.

    The Bears made a mistake signing Cutler to a massive contract last offseason, and now they might try to get out from that error by trading him. The good news for the Bears is there are always general managers and coaches in the NFL on the hot seat, willing to make a bad move in a self-serving attempt to save their jobs. If Cutler doesn’t work out in 2015, it won’t be their problem in 2016 anyway. 

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  • Chicago sportscaster apologizes for tasteless joke in Cutler pun

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago

    The Chicago Bears have become a joke. Football teams that have become jokes illicit jokes from the people who watch them.

    But there's a line of taste and standards, too, and one Chicago broadcaster certainly crossed it.

    After the Bears lost to the New Orleans Saints, deeping their nightmare of a season, WLS-TV sports anchor Mark Giangreco spoke over while a sixth-grade pun of a chyron headline — "Cut him or cut your wrists" — ran next to a picture of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who has drawn the continued ire of Bears fans after another slew of turnovers in the loss.

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    Suicide-prevention advocates likely didn't see the gallows humor in the caption.

    After a strong negative response to it, Giangreco issued an apology, via

    “My remarks were inappropriate, and I deeply regret and apologize for this incident. I will be issuing an on-air apology in [Wednesday] evening’s newscast,” Giancreco said.

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