While many can sympathize with Kristin Cavallari, the Christmas night game between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers has special meaning for Jay Cutler. His health remains the biggest obstacle, but if he returns get ready for the birth of a hero.
Cutler hints that with good luck he may return for Green Bay Packers game
No one dare give the Chicago Bears a chance to make the playoffs at this point. Caleb Hanie hasn't moved the offense past the 10-point mark in two games. Matt Forte remains out with a lingering knee injury and now Sam Hurd brought more bad news to the team with his arrest for dealing drugs. No team has had a rougher week, and no story sets up for a more dramatic turn. The Bears know their task clearly. With three games left on the schedule, they must win out to have a good chance at the playoffs. Unfortunately, one of those games is against the undefeated Packers. Aaron Rodgers himself said that the task of his team after clinching the number one playoff seed is keeping Chicago out of the playoffs. Perhaps it's his good memory that recalls last season when the Bears tried doing the same thing to them. Now the story stands flipped. The Packers have little left to play for, while the Bears are fighting for their playoff lives.
Scenario can't materialize unless Caleb Hanie beats Seattle Seahawks
If ever a win could mean more to a city, Jay Cutler returning on Christmas to beat Green Bay would rival any moment in Chicago sports history. Likelihood of it happening isn't great, but possible. Jay went on a radio interview with ESPN 1000 and said there is an outside chance he could play on Christmas. It all depends on how quickly his thumb heals. Recent news suggests it's not quite ready. However, in the NFL, one week can make all the difference. Of course all of it will mean nothing if the Bears lose to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Backup quarterback Caleb Hanie hasn't had the greatest success filling in as starter but he tends to play his best when the stakes are the highest, as he did against Green Bay in the NFC championship last season.
Kristin Cavallari can't let Cutler absence ruin her Christmas
One person who might not like seeing Jay return for that pivotal game is his fiancÃ©e Kristin Cavallari. The reality TV starlet hoped for a lovely holiday celebration but through unfortunate NFL scheduling she must celebrate with her family instead. It's hard to not sympathize with her. A day like Christmas gets spent with loved ones, but when a game means so much to so many, not even holidays escape them. Kristin should understand what her future husband can become if he plays on that Sunday night. Her fears of his health are warranted, but his legacy in one of the greatest cities in the United States might reach folk hero status just by playing. Coming back from a broken thumb is hard enough. Doing it against the undefeated defending champions on Christmas night in front of millions of people? Those stories create legends.
Everything is speculative at this point. Nonetheless, Chicago Bears fans can't help but pray to the healing gods for one single stroke on the most important thumb in their city. Jay Cutler proved he's tough. Can he prove he's got heart too?