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Last updated: Tue. Jan. 07, 2014 - 03:03 am EDT


Cheap Shots: Cold Chicago winter, but warm Cutler contract

If you watched BCS on TV, you saved some cash

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The Chicago Bears signed quarterback Jay Cutler to a new seven-year deal. The Bears hoped for a shorter term but buckled during negotiations when Cutler was able to maintain the poker face he's sported since 2002. Reports are the deal does not include the postseason.

Everybody has their price

ESPN reported that tickets for the BCS national championship game Monday night between Florida State and Auburn were selling for as cheap a price as we've seen in years. The median price on the resale market was $799. You know what that means? We need a new definition for the word cheap.

Didn't we try that once?

The Cleveland Cavaliers' offer to trade Andrew Bynum to the Los Angeles Lakers for Pau Gasol hit a snag over the weekend. Apparently the snag arose when the Lakers front office said, “Wait, this is the same Andrew Bynum?”

He enjoys yelling

University of Iowa men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery was ejected for a temper tantrum in the Hawkeyes' 75-71 loss to No.4 Wisconsin on Sunday. Some analysts expressed outrage over McCaffery's outburst. I remember when there had to be flying furniture for tantrums to cause any controversy.

Team January

Notre Dame's men's basketball team upset Duke in its first conference game since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference. Irish fans weren't surprised. After all, the game took place in January, not March.

Harbaugh, the excitable boy

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh called wide receiver Michael Crabtree “the greatest catcher of all time” after their win over the Green Bay Packers. It's hard to say who's slighted more with that comment, Jerry Rice or Johnny Bench.

How did that happen?

The Kansas City Chiefs blew a 28-point lead to lose to the Indianapolis Colts in their AFC wild-card playoff game. It's hard to explain how that happens, but they just didn't have any Luck.

This column is the commentary of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel. Email Reggie Hayes at

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