Life Theology

Jay Cutler, Colin Cowherd, and the Anonymous Commentator

Every now and then I tune into Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio. Most of the time, Cowherd annoys me. Some days, like today, he hits it right on the nose.

Today Cowherd was talking about Jay Culter. If you didn’t know, Jay Cutler, the Bear’s quarterback, did not finish this Sunday’s NFC Championship against the Packers because of a knee injury. People attacked Cutler immediately and questioned his determination and toughness — including many current and former players who Tweeted their opinion.

Current and former football players are one thing (though it is quite hypocritical because they hate when the media assumes things before they can be confirmed). People posting anonymously on message boards are another thing. Cowherd spoke about this and I couldn’t agree with him more.

I’m paraphrasing here, but he basically said, “It’s so easy to hide anonymously on a message board. It’s easy to be tough when you call into a radio show. How many of you would be posting on message boards or calling into my show if you had to tell us your phone number and address? The answer is zero.”

Technology is wonderful for so many reasons. But it also creates cyber soldiers who battle in the shadows, and would never dare step into the light of day for a fair fight.