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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 blackpoems.net, and perhaps more importantly read my essays on race at racerelations.net. 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. Thielen hadn't had an earnest opportunity until 2016. His time came, and he produced. Once given a real opportunity, in a stretch of games, if a receiver doesn't take the bull by the horns, then who is going to take him seriously? I've seen it time and time again. Russell Shepard is a prime example. He disappeared last season when his time came, and he has disappeared now. This will be Byrd's time to produce.
  2. CMC Production The Last 2 Games

    Sorry, that's not what I meant. I don't believe that CMC is an every-down back, but I do believe that he should be more involved in the offense as a change-of-pace back, especially when the running game is not working (which has been plenty). We're going to have to get serious about Stew's eventual replacement in 2018. I don't know whether that's Artis-Payne, but it would be nice to see him get five to eight carries a game to see if he's really the possible heir (or a pipe dream).
  3. Byrd is at a crossroads. I think that these next few games are going to determine whether he becomes one to be taken seriously, or entrenches himself as JAG.
  4. People were taking Funchess down in the country (out back...behind a barn) during last off-season. He should not have received anywhere near as much criticism that he got. It's amazing what a little playing time and belief (by the coaches) will do for a gamer's perception. He's taken his opportunity and run with it. I could see it the latter part of his rookie year. He'll get even better as time goes on.
  5. Graham Gano Deserves Pie

    Kicks beyond the halfway mark are no gimmes. I wouldn't say I "trust" any kicker beyond the 50. That being said, Gano has played like a champ this year from any and all distances.
  6. CMC Production The Last 2 Games

    When Stew broke through that line, I was like the man ain't dead yet. I bet if he was running behind the Cowboys O-line then Panthers fans wouldn't talk so much poo about him. The results would be a lot different. That being said, a changing of the guard has got to be on the agenda.
  7. CMC Production The Last 2 Games

    I think when we had those couple of bad losses, Shula reverted back to what he knows. It would be nice if they'd run some more stuff for McCaffrey to get him in space, but we're talking Shula. Adapting to the game at hand isn't necessarily Shula's strong suit. We're going to need McCaffrey if we hope to get beyond the first game in the dance. Shula's got to figure it out. Luckily we didn't need to do anything more yesterday because the game plan worked to a large degree.
  8. Haters ain’t hatin today

    That's all fine and good, but I know that you're not trying to suggest to me that any coach on any level of football wouldn't run it 100 percent of the game if they could do it with the desired result. Any and every coach will run it down another team's throat with impunity if they could get away with it. That should go without saying. So, YES, running is the preferred way to move the ball! That is a football truth notwithstanding the NFL league office naturally trying to protect players and making rules that make sense from a common sense and stylistic standpoint, which ostensibly facilitate passing. Don't get it twisted! And, you'll get no argument from me about Cam. We have needed better run blocking and new blood and talent in the running game for awhile now.
  9. I trust them to get the ball across the plane, and that's all they have to do for the score. It's as close to a guarantee as you're gonna get. You don't want to get too cute against good defenses. I have no problem with it.
  10. Vernon Butler

    Henry is light years ahead of Dickson in blocking and contributing to his offense. TEs are usually big. Henry should have been the pick! Butler was a luxury pick pure and simple, and our rotation would have survived successfully without him.
  11. Haters ain’t hatin today

    We were successful running the damned ball. Our receiving corps is not the best and we were playing against a pretty good defensive backfield, but apparently some of y'all believe that we should have thrown more (when we weren't particularly successful at it)? We used the pass to keep them honest, which it did (and the moment that they fell asleep, Funchess made them pay), and we never abandoned the run which was largely responsible for our victory. That was the game plan all day long. On defense, sure, we went back to cover two for a series and paid because players took some bad angles, but closed it out by rushing Keenum repeatedly. Solid if not fundamental play calling that's seemingly boring, but it worked.
  12. Haters ain’t hatin today

    Right here on the first page:
  13. Haters ain’t hatin today

    I mean, it's not like we weren't trying to move the ball and get the first down in each of the series that are being referenced. We ran with some success in spurts, so of course running was a big part of the play calling. That's really the preferred way to move the ball. Not trying to say Shula didn't have some Shula-esque calls, but the players' lack of execution (including Cam's) tried to give the game away more than the coaches, and, as it turns out, the Vikings' lack of execution may have tipped the scale.
  14. 57 yards passing.

    I thought that we were mostly past this with Newton. Talk poo about him all you want, but he's done some amazing things despite having piss poor blind side protection and JAGs at WR for a substantial part of his career. Sure, he's not perfect, but no QB is, particularly with suspect protection. Luckily he is a competent runner that can escape trouble a lot of times, but he is still one of the better deep ball throwers in the league.Without him, this team would be lost.