InterestsI 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.
Sure, it's still early, but it's not like we're observing a rookie being bounced around like a pinball here (and yes, that is a pun). Oher, once the raven that soared to the mountaintop, should be beyond being pushed around by little cocks, barely out of the coop, trying to make a name for themselves Last year many of us were blinded by off-season and pre-season platitudes of being saved by the Bell, but this season I, for one, don't plan to be blindsided. We need to keep an Eagle-eye on this situation early and often. The party line is only as strong as its weakest link, so the FO needs to get its story together, Oher else.
It's just too early for predictions. Right now is the time to be quiet and observe. Counting anyone out (or in) right now is simply a matter of playing on mental monkey bars. We have to keep an eye on camp, the games, and we will get our ultimate answers with the cuts. I am just so pleased we have a solid level of competition.
Looks like I was right not to count out the golden-haired boy. I can't wait to see what comes of Berse, Brown, Hill and Boykin. I'm more disappointed that Hill isn't looking the ball in than the pot charge.
I'd rather everyone play well, than one play great, but if I had to choose for one to be great, it would have to be Oher. Seeing Cam get pummeled last season, the low being against Philly, was enough for me as a fan to never desire to take part in that experience again. It was saddening, but also maddening. I know that he was taking the real beating, but I was taking an emotional beating, cringing with damned near every snap. I never want to go through that again.
Glad that i am not the only one that thinks that's a little weird...perhaps even a little disturbing. Who cares if it is a celebrity? If we're all honest with one another, we're just big boys anyway. Grown men take pics with one another all the time...most just don't take pics of another man's ass and post it on the Internet, much less a football forum.