Sadly, Kalas is Outta Here

Just wanted to chime in today on the death of broadcasting legend Harry Kalas.

Although I’ve worked for Comcast Sportsnet, the broadcast partner for the Phillies, for seven years, and even worked at NFL Films, where Kalas also worked, I’ve never met the man. But that doesn’t mean I don’t know him. Living in the Philadelphia area for all but seven of my years, I grew up and grew older with Kalas, and I knew him. So did everyone else.

When I was a very young, before the internet and, hell, before cable TV, there wasn’t much for a young kid to do in his room late at night other than listen to ball games on AM radio, and I spent a lot of time listening to Kalas call Phillies games from about 1978-1983. Being a Dodger fan, I always stayed up late for the broadcasts when they played in LA, even on a school night. It was fantastic. The only time I ever rooted against the Phils is when they played the Dodgers. Otherwise, I ignored my general (but not total) dislike for Philadelphia fans and rooted for what Harry was rooting for because he was so likable and so memorable. [...]

First look at the 2009 QBs

It’s already magazine time for us, and while we’re not putting out a ton of content right now, that doesn’t mean we’re sitting around the office watching clips on YouTube or checking our Facebook pages.

Okay, maybe we are a little.

Most of the time, we’re working on content for our 2009 magazine. We’re trying to get as much done as possible before the draft because, once that occurs, we’re in serious Magazine Mode and our deadline comes quickly. This year, we’ll be publishing the magazine a little earlier than usual, so we should have a good amount of 2009 content up in just 4-5 weeks. By the end of May, we’ll have the entire print magazine up on the site, and we’ll be rolling big time with a ton of content.

It’s still a little tough, however, to formulate strong opinions on players and team because the draft is a big part of the puzzle, and teams are still signing free agents (and making trades). We’re not totally clear on things like how the OLs are shaping up, and we don’t know a ton about player roles in those cases in which they’re up in the air. I also haven’t studied the [...]

Breaking down the Jay Cutler trade

Okay, here’s my spin on the big trade from yesterday.

First up, for the Bears. It’s always a risk to mortgage your future for any one player, but unless Cutler implodes off the field, this move has little downside for a franchise and fan base that has been without an elite passer since WWII. I’m big on building a team, or at least an offense, from the QB position up, and the Bears now have immediate credibility on the offense. They now have something to truly hang their hat on offensively, and they haven’t had that for a long time.

We get access to tidbits of information all the time, and one thing we heard late last year was that the Bears had come to the realization that Kyle Orton wasn’t the answer. He’s not bad, but unless you have the 2000 Raven defense on the field with him, he’s just not good enough. He’s limited as a passer, particularly his ability to hang in the pocket and deliver the ball down the field for big plays. I saw several times last year when WR Devin Hester was open deep, yet Orton couldn’t get him the ball. The Bears really had no [...]

Cutler is worth the fuss

Jay Cutler is as arrogant and surly as they get. He’s clearly a guy who’s been ridiculously spoiled by his incredible athletic ability. It’s obvious that he’s dominated at every level he’s competed in, and he was probably a major pain in the ass playing sports growing up, all the while destroying his opponents.

Still, I just can’t help but dig the guy. It’s the arrogance that makes him so good, and if you didn’t know it already, he is very good. Great, actually.

I couldn’t care less about his career 17-20 record, either. Anyone who points to that and disparages Cutler hasn’t a clue. All you really need if you need proof that Cutler is better than just about everyone else in the league is vision. To say the guy passes the eyeball test on the field is an understatement.

Anyone who points to Jay Cutler's record as an indication of him being overrated needs to see an eye doctor.

Denver’s problem under Cutler is their defense, clearly. It really sucks. They can’t stop the run on the D-line, don’t have a pass rush, their LB corps has been a disorganized mess, and their [...]

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