No Degrees of Separation: How the Jay Cutler Trade Affects Three Friends

Andrew RoseContributor IApril 3, 2009

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 28:  Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Denver Broncos walks to the sidelines during the NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 28, 2008 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 52--21.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Almost every Thursday, I leave work on the far northwest side of Oklahoma City and drive to the southwest side to a city called Moore. I drive here because two of my best buds live there.

We hang out, eat some food and watch "The Office." Most weeks it's just a good 'ol time. I usually listen to the local sports station in the car as I drive through the city and around 4:30 PM, one of the producers came on and said that they have some breaking news.

By now, we all know what that is.

What's interesting, in my humble opinion, is how it affects me and my friends. You see, just like all of you, each of us is a die-hard fan of an NFL team. Mine is the Packers. My friend Bruce is a fan of the Broncos. And my friend John (being a Chicago native) is a fan of the Bears.

Yesterday added another chapter to our already-interesting sports relationship. You should know that we all get along really well. John and I are proof that bitter rivals can be friends, while also being able to ridicule each other's team.

Bruce will usually root for the Packers and Bears when they're not playing each other or playing his Broncos, to show moral support.

But now everything has changed. Bruce will always hate Jay Cutler and root against him, which means my beloved Packers have gained another supporter every time Cutler steps on the field for the Bears.

As proof of this, Bruce has said he will take his Cutler jersey and tape the words "cry baby" over the name. Good stuff. 

Why did he choose to do this? Simple. Cutler is a whiny baby. It's true. Life has always somehow been unfair to him. He says he never wanted to be traded, yet he had already made plans to sell his house in Denver.

Also, I can't believe him when he says that Bowlen never tried to contact him. That's just a lie.

So, it is with great anticipation that I look forward to renewing my friendly battle of will and words with John twice a year. It will be fun to have yet another reason to hate the Bears.

It will be awesome knowing that it's now two against one and that the internal debate about which team is better is squarely decided.

Good job, Jay Cutler. You have now put yourself in a position to fail miserably. You had a good thing in Denver and you threw it away. However, you definitely made my friendships more interesting.

John, let's start this new chapter off right: Cutler cries and Rodgers rules!