Random thoughts: Silva vs. Bonnar, Bears-Packers, Rose new shoes and more
Bears woes and annoying Packers’ fans
So the Bears lost to the Packers, I’m sure you’ve heard of this by now. Especially if you live in Illinois and have to deal with annoying Packers’ fans who think it’s necessary to shit talk at every given moment after a victory.
Which brings me to another issue, why are there so many Packers’ fans in Illinois? Most of them aren’t from Wisconsin, most of them tend to root for the Bulls and Cubs, but when it comes to football, it’s the Packers. Just seems odd to me, I guess it’s convenient since the Bears have sucked for 27 years and the Packers had Brett Favre and now Aaron Rodgers. I guess I should just start rooting for the Heat, it would definitely add a few years to my life.
Let’s get back to the point, that game was just awful, the final score didn’t even tell the story. I’m still not convinced it was Cutler out there and not Rex Grossman disguised in the #6 jersey. It’s seriously a curse, when will the Bears have an actual quarterback? The Bear’s QB debacle makes the Bull’s SG hole seem reparable (Ben Gordon is somewhere in Charlotte celebrating his first complement ever). Jay Cutler is the Carlos Boozer of the Chicago Bears. He’s straight up surgical versus poor teams, and is absolute garbage versus tough competition. Everyone complains about our O-line, but you can’t tell me there weren’t plays where he had tons of time and threw it to a Packer.
The good thing is it’s only Week 2, and the Packers are certainly Super Bowl contenders once again, so nothing to ashamed about. I’m not hitting the panic button, but nonetheless, changes need to be made.
What is with Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar?
After the UFC 153 headliners Jose Aldo and Rampage went down with injuries, which has become much too frequent nowadays, Dana White put together a month’s short notice main event of Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar. Yes, the same Stephan Bonnar that put on a 15 minute slugfest versus Forrest Griffin and put the UFC on the map. But that was seven years ago. He’s 35 now, hasn’t fought since last November, and while he’s won three straight fights, I refuse to forget his embarrassing loss to old geezer Mark Coleman at UFC 100. Not to mention Silva opens up as an astronomical -1350 favorite, which gives him approximately a 93% chance of winning. That pretty much makes Silva the biggest favorite in combat sport history.
This raises the question, what was Dana White thinking putting this fight together?
Well, believe it or not, I don’t entirely disagree with his decision. First off, it’s Anderson “The Spider” Silva. I’d put down $50 to watch him fight a blind paraplegic. OK, maybe I wouldn’t go that far, but the point is if Anderson Silva is fighting, I’m watching. And I’m sure that’s how most fans feel.
On a related note, the card is in Brazil. So everything I just said about Anderson Silva, multiply by 100 for Brazilian fans.
Lastly, while Bonnar may be washed up, casual fans could really care less. People know the name because of his big fights and he always engages and puts on a show. Maybe this won’t be his most competitive fight, but he’s gonna lace up his gloves and brawl.
In the end, this fight may be hugely one-sided, but scrapping this fight together was better than cancelling the card altogether, especially after the UFC 151 debacle.
Could Braxton Miller be the next RGIII?
Before you attack me for biggest overstatement of the year, remember that Robert Griffin III wasn’t even a starter at this point in his career. Understandably Braxton Miller has faced pretty soft competition thus far (Miami OH, UCF, Cal), but man, has he looked good.
To start off his sophomore campaign at Ohio State, Miller already has 988 total yards (611 passing, 377 rush) and 12 touchdowns (7 passing, 5 rush), including a 72-yard pass to Devin Smith to win the game versus Cal with just under 3:30 left. This is the same guy that threw a single completion in a win over Illinois last year. Urban Meyer has really coached this kid up and he’s blossoming into a star.
At 6’2” 210 lbs, Miller has the size and athletic ability to make it in the NFL, but he’s still got a long way to go. With the influx of hybrid QB’s in the NFL, such as RGIII, Cam Newton, and Russell Wilson, Braxton Miller might be a name to remember.
Derrick Rose Video Reaction
If you haven’t watched this video yet, please do. This video is both heart wrenching and comforting at the same time. I’m torn that Rose is so emotional about his ACL tear, but at the same time it’s refreshing to see he’s still hungry and passionate for the game.
This goes to show that his five-year, $95 million contract with the Bulls and his 14-year, $250 million contract with Adidas hasn’t gotten to his head at all. Instead of celebrating the release of his new kicks, he’s still sobbing about the injury that’s keeping him away from the game he loves.
Even after all the money and accolades, Rose continues to embody the same humble kid from Chi-town. If there was ever a player that would recovery from such an injury, it would be Derrick Rose. His recovery is just another competition for him, and as always, he doesn’t just wanna play, he wants to be MVP.
He’s more than Chicago’s favorite player, he’s a symbol. With all of the controversy in the news about athletes facing jail time for countless crimes, it’s comforting to see an athlete be a superstar on and off the court. Call it cliché, but Derrick Rose is Chicago’s Red Knight.