Myth Busters

Chicago sports are full of myths. Here are the cold, hard facts

June 12, 2009, 6:23 PM

By: Tom Waddle

Have you ever seen that show on Discovery called "Myth Busters"? It features two guys who make it their business to either dispel or confirm urban legends and questionable assertions. More times than not, they come to the conclusion that what you've been told or what you've come to believe is TOTAL BUNK! I think it's time for a little sports-themed myth busting.

Myth:

Jay Cutler is immature, not a leader and will implode during the course of the regular season when he realizes the lack of talent around him. He's not a top-10 quarterback currently in the NFL and the Bears won't be significantly better with him rather than Kyle Orton.

Fact:

Jay Cutler is a normal 26-year-old who is experiencing the learning curve that is the NFL. The group around him, although not All-Pro caliber, will improve with his mere presence in the huddle. If you put him through a series of physical tests and drills, most intelligent scouts would rank him in the top three. The intangibles will come with age. Any nitwit who doesn't acknowledge that Cutler is a significant upgrade over Orton needs a sports exam. Which he or she will promptly fail.

Myth:

The NL Central is one of Major League Baseball's top divisions.

Fact:

The Brewers have one legit starter in Yovani Gallardo. The rest is a collection of "just guys" who all have an ERA of 4.5 or higher. Contrary to popular belief, Trevor Hoffman will eventually give up a run or two, the bullpen will come back to earth, and Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder aren't enough to win a division by themselves.

The Cardinals are injured, thin and not real impressive past their No. 1 starter. Manager Tony LaRussa will get high marks for getting the most out of this year's team, which will fade down the stretch like last year's team.

The Astros are bad, the Reds are young and the Pirates are … the Pirates. Yuck!

Myth:

Waddle hates Ben Gordon.

Fact:

Ben Gordon is Waddle's favorite Bull. Waddle also believes the Bulls would be best served saving their cash and spending it on a big man who can play the pick-and-roll with superstar-to-be Derrick Rose. Gordon is a good guy, a true pro, a hard worker and someone who brings his best effort every night. He's also 3 inches too short, not a great defender and needs the ball too much. I wish him all the best in his next city.

Myth:

The aforementioned Rose is just a product of his environment and isn't responsible for the wake of impropriety he allegedly left behind in Memphis.

Fact:

If it is proved that he indeed did commit academic fraud and didn't take the SAT, he is responsible for his own actions. I'm not suggesting we stop cheering him on at the United Center. I'm not suggesting we look down on him forever. But what on God's green earth is wrong with asking people to do the right thing and assume responsibility for their actions. None of us is without fault. Not acknowledging one's faults is a character flaw.

Myth:

Not eating a gyro makes you less of a man.

Fact:

Whether it is a gyro, a hot dog, a burrito, cabbage, meatloaf, liver and onions, or a tasty filet, you control what you put in your mouth, I get to choose what I put in my mouth. I don't like heights; I'm afraid of snakes, rats and spiders; I'm claustrophobic. All good reasons to question my manhood. What I choose to eat is not a good reason to start the "wuss" chants!

Myth: The Blackhawks' run in the postseason has made everyone a hockey nut.

Fact: Most will still change the channel when the teams on the ice aren't wearing an Indian head sweater. By the way, Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals is Friday.

Myth:

Silvy is a neurotic sports geek.

Fact:

OK, you got me there. But he's a hell of a sports talk radio show host and he's my partner, so only I can make fun of him!

The King has spoken.

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