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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. Boldin, done!

    There are examples of guys retiring during the preseason, but not so many who retire short of two weeks after signing, especially after discussing building upon their legacy and acting as a mentor "Boldin's decision came as a complete surprise especially after he talked about building on his legacy entering his 15th season and serving as a mentor for Buffalo's young group of receivers." ----John Rawrow, Associated Press Now it's not like I am the only one who lauds Boldin's reason for stepping down, but also alludes that the Bills' state of affairs may have had a little to do with it. Here is Vic Carruci's thought number 2 on the matter: http://buffalonews.com/2017/08/21/vic-caruccis-3-thoughts-boldins-retirement-punch-gut-isnt-totally-explained-desire-focus-humaniterian-efforts/ 2. Which leads to this point: I respect, as the Bills do, Boldin's noble explanation for his shocking decision. I'm sure he's being absolutely sincere in saying, in a statement he released Sunday night and reiterating during an interview that Ross Tucker and I conducted with him on SiriusXM NFL Radio Monday morning, that he wants to pursue humanitarian and charitable work rather than continue to play football. I salute and admire what he has done on those counts and that he realizes how much more there is for him to do to give back to society. I believe him when he said, during the interview, that he was profoundly impacted by the recent events in Charlottesville, Va., and that it contributed to a decision he had been contemplating for the past couple of years. But … It's hard for me to accept Boldin suddenly realizing only days after his first preseason game with his new team that he could be doing something far important with his life than running patterns and catching passes. It's hard for me to accept his abrupt change of heart wasn't impacted by a couple of abrupt moves the Bills made after Boldin's arrival. One, of course, was the trade that sent Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams, while the other was the trade that sent cornerback Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles. All of a sudden, the Bills weren't the team Boldin thought he was joining, the team he said during his introductory news conference at training camp he was looking to help win a championship, the team that he said gave him a whole lot of encouragement based on all that he had seen during his visit to Orchard Park a couple of weeks earlier. He anticipated being a nice underneath complement to Watkins' defensive-stretching skills. Now, he was working outside, hardly his strength, and the rest of the remaining wideouts were, like him, slot guys. Last Thursday night's preseason game at Philadelphia was an eye-opener as well. One, Boldin didn't look the least bit comfortable in the outside role. Darby not only was with him step-for-step, but seemed to run Boldin's patterns better than Boldin. I have little doubt that Darby made Boldin's soon-to-be-37-year-old body feel even older. Two, Tyrod Taylor's horrific showing couldn't have given Boldin much in the way of confidence. After watching his quarterback throw a pair of interceptions and nearly get picked off three times, seeing how late and wildly off-target he was on several passes, Boldin likely said to himself, "What the heck did I get myself into?" I do think Boldin would end up doing more of what suits his abilities, but I also think it made sense for the coaches to see what he can do before Jordan Matthews returned from the chip fracture of his sternum and with the anticipation that rookie Zay Jones is eventually going to grow into himself as a pro. Now those were the thoughts of someone infinitely more knowledgeable about the team than I am. And if you look at his third point, he basically says that it's not a good luck for Beane and McDermott, which is why I thought this could provide the Panthers with an opportunity in the first place.
  2. I believe that notion extends beyond football. Organizations just get so stuck in their ways that they lose varying degrees of efficiency and effectiveness by using a cookie cutter type approach as it pertains to education.
  3. Thanks, it's good to know. Yeah I see the articles regardless with a different browser, I just hate the principle and having to go through extra steps. So if Palardy is doing the same thing, then it doesn't mean anything? OK. You speak of at least a "minimum 3 more years of elite punting" like it's better than a minimum of at least 13 years of "elite" punting.
  4. And, no, this time I'm not linking the article because I'm tired of the Charlotte Observer's poo about going over my allotment and a digital subscription. They ain't the only game in town, so fug 'em! Anyway, Palardy has been doing well from all reports, so much so that it's not a stretch to believe that he really could replace Lee, and to be honest most of us probably couldn't see that coming based upon last season. I mean, there was a marked difference between their averages, and honestly Palardy was a bottom feeder in the rankings. Now, Palardy has upped his game so much that he actually might take Lee's spot. Now, I know there was at least one person in a thread the other day that suggested that Palardy might have some trade value, but we may be getting to the point where the FO is looking at Lee's trade value as opposed to the much younger, perhaps more durable, Palardy. Now one thing I'd like to add is that Lee is one of the better directional punters in the league, but Palardy looks like he has even boned up on that skill as well. Of course most of us aren't privy to the practices, but if Palardy keeps punting like he has been this preseason, then would it really be wise to let him walk if he could answer the call for the next decade or more?
  5. One of the better blocking FBs in the league. I understand why you wouldn't necessarily want him over a younger Armah, but it's not really shake-your-head worthy. The only way I might shake my head is if they try to sneak Armah on the practice squad and someone takes him. But it's not like FBs are at a premium. Then again, good ones are hard to come by.
  6. Curtis Samuel has been putting in work. He's been in the playbook, and it apparently shows according to Bill Voth's latest article on Panthers.com. "He looked good," head coach Ron Rivera said. "The nice part was that he knew where to line up for the most part, knew where to go, knew what his routes were supposed to be. "We'll have to watch the tape, but it looked like he was doing the things he needed to be." "I wanted to be out there, but some good things came out of this injury," Samuel said. "I've been in the playbook, so I was able to study rather than being out there like a chicken with his head cut off. "I had time that most people don't have because after practice when you're tired, sometimes it's hard to focus. But with me out a little bit, I was really able to study the playbook and really learn the ins and outs so I can give myself the best chance to play as soon as possible." So, now we know, Samuel seems to be pretty positive, and he has a good work ethic. Good things are on the way! http://m.panthers.com/news/article-2/Curtis-Samuel-takes-step-forward/f798de96-07ef-42e2-8092-b48c981f23c3
  7. Yeah, nothing out of the ordinary transpired here. It's all par for the course. No one's pulling a Washington here! [RG3]
  8. I don't know exactly who you're referring to (I know it's not me), but all one really has to do is read what's available and kinda read the tea leaves. During the last couple of weeks, several sources have basically alluded to the fact that the Panthers were being cautious with Cam and Samuel. Samuel's hammy was even referred to as "mild." Of course you never know, but I'm not shocked that either is advancing along. Barring setbacks, I expect both to be physically ready by the opener. And if I were taking bets today, I say they both play.
  9. I believe that there may be a tad to what you're saying about subjectivity in regards to what's catchable, but there's really little difference (though a difference) statistically regarding organizations that determine this stuff. I think what should be focused on more is the apparent lack of chemistry between Funchess and Cam. That's a two-people problem, unlike what some will tell you here. Cam and Funchess need to get on the same page. Once Cam makes up his mind and consistently goes through his reads and recognizes the open receiver, I think the whole receiving corps, especially Funchess, will be better off for it.
  10. Boldin, done!

    Release? It's still a business. He still has some value. Hell, why even sign in the first place? You're not going to tell me that he wasn't strongly considering playing this year? I don't care in that sense. I wish him well. As for why I even brought it up at all is for trade scenario purposes in reference to the team. I like to do that---think outside of the box.
  11. OLINE .

    Well, it still works. He knows we're just fuging around with him. Did anyone here know that Nate Chandler's name is actually Garland Nathan Chandler? Garland! I wonder what that was all about?
  12. Boldin, done!

    Did I blame them, or say that their present state of affairs probably helped make his decision easier? Plus I gave you a reason as to why he was likely vacillating. I'm sure that playing a long and successful career was likely the priority determination. What in the hell are you debating?
  13. OLINE .

    I mean they kinda look alike, maybe. If Horton puts on 50 pounds and cuts his hair.
  14. Boldin, done!

    Who said anything about controversy? All we're alluding to is the fact that the Bills' state of affairs made his decision a lot easier. I mean, he was obviously thinking about playing another year---even lasted until the second preseason game---but retired rather surprisingly considering it looked like this may have been his farewell tour.
  15. Boldin, done!

    Tanking is a hard sell to most fans. I mean, even the ones that understand it on an intellectual level don't like it emotionally. Some Bills' fans' thoughts: Another year wasted! One more year closer to the dirt nap! And whose to say that it's really leading to anything more than more misery? fuging Beanie Weenie! Just another instance of bombing in Buffalo. Does Beane really want to start off tanking if he can get something done with a mid to late round pick (depending upon the personnel, assuming Benjamin is not up for discussion)?