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    I certainly bleed my Panther blue, and have followed the team so long, that I'm beginning to feel like history as opposed to remembering history. That being said, I follow the Panthers very closely and am truly a Panthers fanatic in the best sense of the word.

    In addition to following the Panthers and the NFL, I also write poems and essays regarding different aspects of race relations in America, and sometimes the world. You can see some of my poetry at, and perhaps more importantly read my essays on race at Yes, I know that dealing with racial issues can seem somewhat taboo at times, but my goal is to provide forums where people can at least open up a dialogue and discuss racial issues forthrightly, but respectfully. It is my dream that people will get to a point where, like Dr. martin Luther King expressed, people will be judged by their character and not skin color. Moreover, I have been known to write reviews and opinions on different aspects of the wireless industry, and other issues that affect consumers.

    Lastly, I am a family man who works a penny ante job, enjoys sports and very few TV shows, and plays video games. I am in some ways the quintessential "starving artist", who somewhat revels in being a rebel and covets a Bohemian lifestyle.


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  1. Try to stick more to the veggies than fruits (which have a higher sugar content). My wife lost 100 pounds on a mainly raw food diet. You can basically eat all you want. Keep it interesting with different veggies. The more colors, usually the better. You'll literally burn calories with all the chewing also. One thing you can try is to sprinkle a mixture of onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper on your salads (and I personally add a bit of powdered red or cayenne pepper for a kick). I also add in some pineapple tidbits, sliced apple, pears, or whatever fruit sometimes. Personally, raw cabbage is a favorite of mine. I use it as opposed to leafy greens in my salad sometimes. And try and stick to romaine lettuce as opposed to iceburg which basically has zero nutritional value. The pounds will fall off of you, and I don't care how much you eat (or may be think you can eat because you'll get full). I have to add some lean meat to my diet though (baked or grilled turkey, chicken or fish). Protein is super important to keep muscle, and---a lot of people don't know this---it will keep you looking younger. Some people eat beans/lentils, but I just can't do it because it's personally a pain to eat so many of them. That's my experience and preference though. It's just more efficient to eat lean meat because it packs more protein which your body needs. I don't eat meat some days though, but I found that I need some to not get "too small," which my fat brother-in-law said I already am. I'm almost 50 at 183 and 5'11¾. I keep mental notes of my caloric intake and have been doing so for years, but I don't really worry about the raw veggies and fruits because they are generally super low in calories. The struggle is real!
  2. I don't believe there's anyone that thinks Cotchery had the talents, potential or sheer ability of Benjamin. Cotchery was always the consummate professional however. No one questioned his work ethic or determination. KB needs to consistently put in the effort, and dominate befitting of his size and skill. The good thing is that he is still learning to be a pro, and though a little older, still has time to pull it all together and make his mark. It's kind of amazing that even in an arguably down year, he was still fairly productive. He needs to stop the disappearing acts this year though, and go hard every down. As for Funchess, I don't know why you don't want to at least acknowledge that the kid seems to have some skills like Gettleman said (in so many words). During the camp last year, there were more than a few people who said that he was the best receiver, and some speculated that his upside was greater than Benjamin's. Then, the seasoned happened, but a large part of his lack of productivity was due to misuse or comparatively little use as G-man and Rivera have admitted. So, in my mind, the jury is still out on whether he can have a KB-esque impact, or more. As a Panthers fan, you should welcome that, not be indignant about the possibility, whether you believe it or not. As for me, I don't care who steps up the "most," as long as everyone steps up.
  3. I was referring to Smitty whose career YAC is 5.5. BTW, so far in their short careers, Funchess is at 4.0 and Benji at 3.1.
  4. No one really knows what Funchess can bring to the table. Funny you didn't mention YAC when making the comparison...
  5. I don't get your need for one of them to step up and be the "unquestioned #1." All I want is for them to make the play when the ball comes their way, and get open sometimes when the other one (or two) is getting doubled. I could care less about one rising above the other one, but if it happens, fine! What I truly want is the corps as a whole to rise.
  6. I would like to say that most Huddlers are smart enough to realize that a 600-700 yard season and multiple TDs means a lot in this run-first offense, but you never know with some people. Me, myself, I don't judge everything by sheer yardage, but I do expect the ball to be caught and for receivers to get open by a couple of yards when someone else is getting doubled.
  7. I tried to find some info on Garrett and Ross, but there's nothing at this point. A writer at SB Nation said that Garrett had a good minicamp. Teddy Williams is impressed with Fred Ross FWIW. @Jeremy Igo didn't give us too much on that front. I suppose we can all least until Rivera just goes with the veteran status quo, regardless of who does what during the preseason. I kind of hate preseason.
  8. There are a few entertaining Gettlemanesque quotes in this piece, but I like this one the most. It's what some of us have been saying for months. "It's his turn, it's his time," Gettleman said. "He's obviously talented. He had a good camp last year, and Ron's right - we didn't use him like we probably should have."He's come back strong, so here we go." ---Gettleman on Funchess
  9. I don't generally be an apologist for anyone, except those who have not gotten enough time to show their wares. I am not an apologist for Cam, Gettleman or Rivera, and I'm certainly not going to be for Shula. He has been in football for a long time---hell, he has a helluva pedigree, so he should know how to scheme around weaknesses. If personnel is not up to snuff, I get it, but you at least have to use what you have in the most efficient manner possible. And as far as in-game adjustments, I don't want to hear about how hard it is because that's what this experienced football coach is paid to do when the going gets tough. If they figure you out, and you know that they've figured you out, as a coach, you have to do something different...At least give it the ol' college try. If the coaches are just going through the motions because the status quo is all they know when the going gets tough, then players are eventually going to follow suit. So, Shula is not blameless for last season. He played his part, as did Gettleman, Rivera, Cam and maybe some others. He is part of that elephant in the room. This year, with the additional weapons that he has---the supposed mathchup nightmares---he better show some marked progress because his status quo really ain't all that remarkable but for one season.
  10. You're old and experienced enough to know that nothing is a sure bet except death. There is optimism, and then there's just getting drunk on the Kool-Aid. Put the pitcher down, and remember Murphy's law.
  11. Much like it has been in the NFCS for basically forever, I just don't believe anyone knows what's going to be what until the season begins to evolve. They lost their OC. We lost our DC...blah blah blah and meh. Any talk of decline and a rise to supremacy in the division because of this or that is simply speculation born of idleness. We'll see what happens as the season unfolds.
  12. I guess he lost a bet.