Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Some Things Never Change

One thing remained clear in the aftermath of this weekend's NFC Championship game; Jay Cutler is still a spoiled little crybaby. For the entire second half of the game, fans could find Cutler looking like a bump on a log on the bench with nobody around him making his usual cry baby face. Injury or no injury, that image should tell you all you need to know about Jay Cutler as a leader.

Yesterday, we learned that Jay Cutler sprained his MCL in the first half of the NFC Championship game against the Packers. Most people believe that this should get him off the hook for all the criticism that he has taken in the past few days for giving up on his team. TPLIYP says nay. Yours truly has always been critical of Cutler, and will continue to be until he is run out of the league. I have my own beliefs about the actual severity of Cutler's injury or if he had an injury at all; but the last time I checked, a knee injury doesn't relegate you to the bench and make you put on a crybaby face for the rest of the game. Cutler should have at least been up motivating his teammates, or trying to help the gruesome twosome of Todd Collins and Caleb Hanie make sense of the Green Bay defense (or the Chicago offense for that matter). Instead, he just decided to sit on the bench and pout for the rest of the game.

It appeared as though Jay Cutler had turned a corner this year. With a bunch of no name receivers, he was able to help guide the Bears to the NFC Championship after being a .500 quarterback his whole career. However, in the most important game of his career he showed just how terrible of a leader he actually is. A true leader would have put himself back in that game, or at least tried to help the rest of the team to win the game. Cutler did nothing. As usual.

Friday, January 7, 2011

You're On Candid Camera

Camilo Villegas is a guy who lives for the spotlight. With his festive outerwear and flashy on-course demeanor, you can definitely tell he relishes the opportunity (and the journey) to be in front of the cameras. Well, one moment he wishes that he was not in front of the camera was on Thursday afternoon in Hawaii. Villegas flubbed an uphill chip on the 15th hole of the Kapalua Plantation course in Maui and had the ball roll all the way back down the hill to his feet. However, as the ball was rolling back to him, he flicked away a loose divot with his club. According to the rules of golf this should have been a two-stroke penalty, but it went unnoticed by virtually everyone. However, because the shot was televised it was soon noticed and Villegas was disqualified on Friday morning for signing an incorrect scorecard because he did not assess himself the proper penalty for that shot. I ask you, readers of TPLIYP, is that fair? Golf has now entered what I will call the "replay age," and will have to come up with a way to deal with these problems as they arise.

The problem with the replay age in golf is that not every golfer is on camera at all times. Unlike football or baseball where replay issues are fairly simple, without putting cameras on every single player it is impossible to see everything that goes on during a golf tournament. Over a hundred players spread out over 18 holes make golf very hard to police with video replays. Because of this, the popular players are held to different standards than the less talented players. If some straggler on his way to an 85 had done the same thing as Camilo yesterday, it probably would have gone unnoticed. But because it was Camilo, he gets a disqualification. The same thing could be said of Dustin Johnson's gaffe at the PGA Championship last year. Had Sonny Skinner done the same thing, probably only Trey and I would have noticed and the penalty would not have been enforced. I suppose ignorance of the rules should be no excuse for Camilo, but it doesn't seem fair that he might get caught for an honest mistake like that but another player might not.

Television has presented a pretty serious problem on the PGA Tour. It has created an inconsistency in rules enforcement between the more popular players and those who don't get much camera time. The PGA must make sure that everyone is abiding by the rules, whether it be through promoting greater knowledge of the rule book or somehow getting cameras on every player. Camilo Villegas' disqualification is yet another example of how more popular players are getting screwed over by increased television coverage of professional golf.