No Love from the Patriots for Kyle Love’s Diabetes.

“I lose 20 pounds and you’re cutting me? What’s up with that?”

If May is such as slow month for the NFL why am I riffing about it twice this week?  Mostly because when one of the league’s premier franchises decides they want to do Evil just to be Evil, it really works my nerves.  Especially when it hits me in a personal way.

Two weeks after he was diagnosed with diabetes, former New England Patriots defensive tackle Kyle Love was released by the team via a non-football injury designation.

Okay.  Now that’s just wrong.

“This comes on the heels of Kyle having been diagnosed within the past two weeks with Type-2 diabetes,” Richard Kopelman, Love’s agent, told ESPN. “Naturally, we are disappointed that the Patriots decided to part ways with Kyle, especially in light of the fact that a number of elite professional athletes with diabetes – both Type-1, which is known to be far more difficult to manage than Type-2 diabetes – have had very successful careers in professional football, hockey, baseball and basketball.”

“Prior to the diagnosis, Kyle recently experienced unexplained weight loss, but since being diagnosed and having altered his diet, Kyle has regained most of the weight he lost, is in good health, and was not limited in any way during offseason workouts in which he was engaged up until being told he would be released.”

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has Type 1 diabetes which is much harder to control, but it’s easier to cut a starting defensive tackle than a quarterback.  Love has lost 20 pounds while dealing with his Type-2 diabetes.   The Patriots cut Love loose for trying to get healthy.  How cold of a move is it to kick a guy to the curb because he is trying to save his life?

At 6-foot-1, 315-pounds, Love is a big man, but the NFL is full of big men who are sloppy fat. Others are almost freakishly fast and strong even while carrying over 300 pounds.   Many football players develop diabetes and other chronic diseases when they retire from the game.  It seems to me Love is being penalized by the Pats for putting his immediate health first and they didn’t even give him a shot to see if his on-field performance suffered any drop-off.   Forget about Tim Tebow.  THIS is what being blackballed looks like.

“Mumble…mumble…wonder if they’ll have soup tonight at the shelter…mumble…”

Like 28 million other Americans who suffer from diabetes,  I am a Type 2, insulin-dependent diabetic and it bothers me that a NFL team can cut a player loose for sharing my sickness.  The thought that my employer would up and fire me because I have a disease sends a cold chill down my spine.   If you have diabetes and you’re a NFL player, you might want to keep that to yourself.   You might be  better off coming out as gay than a diabetic.

I’m hopeful some other team not as coldly ruthless as the Patsies will give Love a change to renew his career.  He should get a shot somewhere.  Love has played in 41 regular-season games over the last three seasons, with 25 starts, and was credited with 36 tackles and 5.5 sacks.  Love has flourished as a space-eater in 3-4 defenses where he frees up linebackers to make plays.  I’d love to see Love wearing 49er crimson-and-gold, but I would bet some other team with a worse record signs him off the street first.

“Having consulted with leading authorities on the effects of Type-2 diabetes, we have every reason to believe that Kyle will, in the immediate future, be at 100 percent, and will be prepared to participate in training camp in a couple of months,” Kopelman said. As Kyle said, ‘there is no way something like this is going to stand between me and a long and successful NFL career.’”

On the off chance he doesn’t have a long and successful NFL career because nobody picks him up after he clears waivers, Love might consider looking at suing the Patriots for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.   At the very least, the NFLPA should step in for Love and sue the living snot out of the Patriots over this dick move.  If they don’t, the players should disband their union because it is as useless as it is impotent. Deadspin read the EEOC regulations just to be sure:

Diabetes also is a disability when it causes side effects or complications that substantially limit a major life activity. Even if diabetes is not currently substantially limiting because it is controlled by diet, exercise, oral medication, and/or insulin, and there are no serious side effects, the condition may be a disability because it was substantially limiting in the past (i.e., before it was diagnosed and adequately treated). Finally, diabetes is a disability when it does not significantly affect a person’s everyday activities, but the employer treats the individual as if it does. For example, an employer may assume that a person is totally unable to work because he has diabetes.

I ‘ll add this to the reasons I hate the Patriots.  I already hate Bill Belichick for being a slob who dresses like a homeless person, cheats and is an arrogant asshole.  I already hate Lady Tom Brady for being compared to Joe Montana and being the biggest crybaby and a bit of a punk (I haven’t forgotten the play where he dropped into a slide with his spikes up and gouge Ed Reed in the man package).  I already hated their owner Robert Kraft for all those years I ate Kraft Macaroni and Cheese when I was a poor, starving college student.

Now I can hate the Patriots for being discriminatory dicks as well.   Best of luck to Mr. Love with both next season and the rest of his life.

“Kyle Love? Jeff Winbush wrote about you too?

Mitt Romney: Shut Up, Fool!

Don’t give this dope more chances to say dumb things.

There were other worthy candidates for the Shut Up, Fool! award.  Finding fools that say stupid things in a week’s time is not a problem.  It’s never a problem during election season.  The worst problem is there so much stupidity and so little space to call them all out.

Ohio Governor John Kasich made a strong play for the award.   Speaking at a rally for Mitt Romney he said, “It’s not easy to be a spouse of an elected official.  You know, they’re at home, doing the laundry and doing so many things while we’re up here on the stage getting a little bit of applause, right? They don’t often share in it. And it is hard for the spouse to hear the criticism and to put up with the travel schedule and to have to be at home taking care of the kids. And where is the politician? Out on the road.”

I feel for your wife, Governor.  Washing your Fruit of the Looms can’t be an easy task.  Mostly because you’re so full of shit.

Then there was Jay “Crybaby” Cutler, the quarterback of the Chicago Bears.   Prior to a Thursday night tilt against the Green Bay Packers, Cutler, basking in the afterglow of a Week One victory over the Indianapolis Colts, wished the Packers defensive backs “good luck” in trying to stop his new wide receivers, 6-5, 230 Brandon Marshall and 6-3, 214, Alshon Jeffrey.

The Packers harassed, hit and sacked Cutler seven times and when he wasn’t picking himself off the not yet frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, Cutler threw four interceptions and yelling at his offensive linemen.   Marshall caught two passes for a meaningless 24 yards, while dropping a certain touchdown pass in the end zone and Jeffrey added one reception for seven yards.

After the game Packers cornerback Tramon Williams said, “I don’t think we were doing anything to him. We were just having ‘good luck’ out there.”

When you flop as spectacularly as Cutler and the Bears flopped the odd of Cutler opening his trash-talking yap again this season should have dropped somewhere between zero and sub-zero.  They probably won’t though because on top of being a crybaby, Jay Cutler simply isn’t very smart.

But there’s no way to take the award away from Mitt Romney.   He worked for it, he earned it and nobody can deny him from it.   Not only was Mittens both stupid and wrong, he was malicious in his callous comments after the attacks on American embassies in the Middle East and the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens.

The reactions to Romney’s remarks were swift and savage.

I’ve said all I need to say how craven Romney is and how cruelly indifferent to the deaths of good people trying to do a tough job, he showed to the American people his unfitness for the office of the presidency.  This won’t cost Romeny the election, but it adds to the reasons to vote against him.  I leave the last word on this sorry display by a desperate politician to   former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough who said writing in Politico, ““And the lesson is clear: If we want to win the battle of ideas in the long term, we should be willing to face the fact that Mitt Romney is likely to lose — and should, given that he’s neither a true conservative nor a courageous moderate. He’s just an ambitious man.”

Mitt Romney certainly is ambitious.  He also needs to Shut Up, Fool! 

Jay Cutler Gets Sacked—After the Game.

Cutler is tough, but not enough?

The Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears for the right to play the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl.   You wouldn’t know it though because the headlines from the game weren’t about the Packers winning.   It was all about Bears quarterback Jay Cutler going out of the game with a knee injury.  That didn’t go over so well with his peers around the NFL who retreated to their Twitter accounts to unload on the guy.

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

~ Darnell Dockett/Arizona Cardinals

Its hard to know, but it def looked like it. RT @LSUFAN869: @LanceMoore16 Cutler gave up wouldn’t you say?

~ Lance Moore/New Orleans Saints

All I’m saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee… I played the whole season on one…

~ Maurice Jones-Drew

I’m no fan of Jay Cutler.  The Chicago Bears are not my team and he’s not the guy I’d want leading my team as the quarterback.  Maybe he’s a little soft and spoiled.  Maybe he’s the modern-day Jeff George or Cryin’ Ryan Leaf.  Nobody likes a prima donna.  I get that.

What I like even less are a bunch of jock sniffing sportswriters and NFL players like Kerry Rhodes, Darnell Dockett and Maurice Jones-Drew whose teams didn’t even MAKE the playoffs sitting on their butts talking (or tweeting) all this CRAP about another man’s guts.   My threshold for pain is not yours and vice versa.  I love those old war stories about old players like Jack Youngblood balling on a broken leg or Ronnie Lott having part of his thumb removed so he get back in the game.  That’s all very macho  but Jay Cutler is NOT Jack frigging’ Youngblood.

NFL Network analyst Deion “Prime Time” Sanders said about Cutler,  “Folks I never question a players injury but i do question a players heart.”

What the hell does a guy who played as soft as Sanders know about “heart?”

You can look through every highlight NFL Films has on Prime Time and not find one hard hit.  More often that not the Sanders method of tackling an opposing player was to push them out of bounds if they were near the sidelines or grab a leg, hold on for dear life and wait for reinforcements.

Cutler’s body language on the sidelines was lousy.  Maybe he wasn’t listening to the plays being called in or trying to advise third-stringer Caleb Hanie.  And maybe–just MAYBE–he was bummed out to the max at not being able to play in the biggest game in his career.

A true Monster of the Midway stands by his man.

It’s not as if Cutler was having a great day anyhow before he was taken out of the game by head coach Lovie Smith.  Cutler finished the day with 14 attempts and 6 completions for 80 yards and one interception.

“I don’t give a shit about players around the league who are watching the game from home,” said Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.”It’s easy to talk shit about someone while you’re sitting on your couch watching the game. That’s all I’m saying. I don’t understand it. I don’t get it. Let them sprain their MCL — or do whatever he did to his knee — and let them get back in the game. Let’s see them do that, see how well they run the ball, or see how well they do at whatever position they play. I don’t agree with it. It’s easy to write that stuff on the Internet.”

Against the Seattle Seahawks–the “champs” of the putrid NFC West with a 7-9 record who stomped Lance Moore’s Super Bowl winning New Orleans Saints into a greasy stain—Cutler ran for two touchdowns.  He was sacked 57 times behind a rickety offensive line.  I watched him get pounded like a nail by the New York Giants who took him down nine times and beat the hell out of him.  Cutler is also a Type 1 diabetic who has to check his blood sugar during games.  This guy may not the most macho stud in the NFL, but no way is he a pussy either.

If you turn on the radio or ESPN you’ll hear a ton of former jocks and current jock-sniffing yakkers rip Cutler as a gutless coward who quit on his team in their biggest game of the season.  There will be polls asking if Cutler faked his injury.  There is one thing they will all have in common:  not one of them will have the ability to read Jay Cutler’s mind or walk in his shoes.

Urlacher has been the unquestioned leader of the Monsters of the Midway for ten seasons and he’s a throwback to other Bears linebackers such as Dick Butkus and Samurai Mike Singletary.   If Urlacher has  Cutler’s back and  his teammate was hurt that’s good enough for me.   It should definitely be good enough for the losers around the league who were running their mouths instead of running down the field on NFL championship Sunday.

I’ve never blogged about Jay Cutler or the Chicago Bears before and I doubt I ever will again.  At least I sincerely hope it’s not over something as ridiculous as this.

The Bears lost the game, but did Cutler lose the Bears?