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Letters: Tough week for Jay Cutler

If Bears quarterback is injured, does that mean he's soft?

January 28, 2011

Everyone is blaming Jay Cutler for the Chicago Bears' loss. The real fault goes to George Halas for signing Sid Luckman, who in the seven years between 1940-46 won four NFL titles. What Mr. Luckman did was to forever spoil Chicago fans.

There has never been another Luckman in Chicago and most likely never will be. Grow up, Chicago. Not only is Luckman gone, but so is Michael Jordan.

Robert Silvers

Beverly Hills


So I see a bunch of reporters and girly men excoriating Cutler for what they deem is a "boo-boo." Spoken like those whose only association with athleticism has been longing to be a jock since they were 10 years old. In other words, losers who would crumple like a Dixie cup at any physical contact. Cutler, as was noted, is a diabetic who has overcome a debilitating disease to be a starting QB in the NFL. Questioning this guy's heart is an insult.

Melissa Verdugo

Rancho Palos Verdes


Hey, did I miss something? Since when did they start giving out M.D. degrees on Twitter?

Wayne Muramatsu



The heated controversy swirling around Jay Cutler's decision to leave the playoff game highlights the confusion men have about what constitutes "manly" behavior. What makes a man tough these days? Is it to be reasonable and stoic, or allow intense aggressive and competitive feelings to rule behavior?

Should Cutler have been a passionate warrior sacrificing his health and future career for this team? Yet haven't men been taught to be "emotionless," as Cutler was chided for being on the sidelines, as a hallmark of masculinity? Or should caveman mentality prevail for the sake of male egos?

Men are growing more stressed every day by the changing social and economic environment. They can't even agree among themselves how to reconcile these issues. As a woman, I feel for them even if they can't feel for themselves. I hope someday soon men will be given the knowledge and room to develop a healthier conception of their manhood that includes just being human.

Dr. Evelyn Kohan, psychologist



Reading Sam Farmer's article "Super Bowl tickets are super costly" caused me a chuckle. I had a Rams season ticket for 22 years, and for the 1966 season it cost me $3.90 a game for 10 games. I couldn't get my regular-season seat for the first Super Bowl in January 1967 between Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers and Hank Stram's Kansas City Chiefs. I got a seat high up in the corner in the closed end of the Coliseum for an appalling increase to five bucks for the game.

Ken Johnson

Pinon Hills, Calif.


The teams playing in the Super Bowl could have been named after birds, ferocious animals, Native Americans or even departed spirits. But only two NFL teams represent industries, and they will be playing for the title.

Surely Packers vs. Steelers is an indicator of economic recovery.

Gary Osheroff


Wrong message

Recently, the Angels ran an ad saying that a prospective 2011 fan could enjoy "Celebrating 50 Years of Angels Baseball" by saving up to "68% on Yankees, Dodgers and Red Sox games." Shouldn't the reason for going to see the Angels be about seeing the home team? Is this a happy anniversary?

Jack E. Oakes

Santa Ana

Puck bias

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman can't fine me $50,000 (as he did Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi), so here goes …

The Kings were hit by a tragically bad call in the "stick-above-the-crossbar" goal in question last week. What good is replay when it's not used properly?

Bettman says there's no bias in the NHL front office. Sure. The head disciplinarian, Colin Campbell, has a son playing in the league. He also played for four NHL teams and is a former coach. I'm sure there's no bias against anyone who knocked him or his son around!

Hockey operations executive Mike Murphy was a former coach and (Kings) player, possibly disgruntled. I thought all the "clubby" NHL execs left when John Ziegler was booted out as commissioner in 1992.

Discipline is handed out so unevenly, some days a good hit is legal, other days it's a penalty/suspension.

Jeff Prescott

La Jolla

Not too appealing

USC sends its new president, Max Nikias, and new athletic director, Pat Haden, to the NCAA offices to appeal football sanctions. Pat Haden is quoted as saying the likelihood of any success in reducing sanctions is 10%. Pete Carroll, Reggie Bush, Mike Garrett and a host of others who were on USC's payroll during the offending years are gone. Because of this the sanctions should be reduced?

Did someone forget to remind attorneys Pat Haden and John McKay before they left for the appeals hearing that current Coach Lane Kiffin was an integral part of the same USC football staff that looked the other way while Reggie Bush and family took monetary benefits while Bush played at USC? What message did this send to the NCAA? USC should have delivered Kiffin's firing to the NCAA to show any true remorse.

Johnathan Colin

Redondo Beach

Trouble Bruin

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