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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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    Even if they are "mediocre secondary players," I will take that considering what we've had the last couple of years. Furthermore, Jackson and Elder are unknowns, but there's reason to be encouraged (especially in Jackson's case). Moreover, the book isn't finished on Bradberry.
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    Tepper speaks at Carnegie Mellon

    It's just a super nice change of pace to have an owner that is not averse to the public eye, especially when he actually has something worthwhile to say.
  3. Thomas Franck of CNBC perhaps believes that the money aspect of David Tepper's purchase of the Panthers shouldn't be understated, at least for those who are interested in the deal from an investment perspective. "But while the deal represents a huge initial buyout, Tepper is likely betting on reliable returns. The Pegulas, for example, have the value of the Bills climb to $1.6 billion in just two years, netting $200 million more than their initial investment. But Tepper is also likely watching the industry as a whole as the way people enjoy football continues to evolve." Actually, I think that he's betting on more than "reliable" returns. After all the formalities, Tepper will have already purchased the team for at least 100 mil under Forbes' estimated worth. Now he's set himself up for the long run. He is obviously a forward thinking guy in all respects who also really loves football (which will hopefully bode well for our team), but he also loves to exponentialize (yeah, that's a word I just made up) his money. And with all the down-talk about the NFL and its viewership, including by Mark Cuban, Tepper is obviously looking at the bigger picture (if not another picture entirely). "And that...could have been one of the reasons Tepper considered buying a sports franchise, according to CNBC contributor and Short Hills Capital Partners founder Stephen Weiss. "'There's always going to be a profit angle, a return on investment calculus,' Weiss said. 'It still has to be profitable.' "Weiss, who's known Tepper and other owners of major sports franchises over the years, said that to assess viewership with the traditional measures may slowly be becoming an outdated model. "'You can't just go by viewership on the major networks, you have to go by other factors because you've got other avenues of revenue," Weiss added. "You've got Amazon, you've got YouTube: That creates arguably even more of a bidding war as well as more ways to leverage the product.' "The Panthers deal also comes just after the Supreme Court's ruling allowing states to legalize sports gambling. While the NFL has long opposed legalized sports gambling, the allowance could potentially spell additional revenue sources." I thought Cuban was simply just wrong about the NFL as an investment, and Tepper's purchase of the Panthers pretty much solidifies my belief. He knows the NFL and he knows investments. And to think that I wanted Cuban to buy the Panthers when it was first apparent that Jerry Richardson would be forced to sale, but Tepper may have just dropped down like manna from football heaven. Not that Cuban wanted the Panthers (or any NFL franchise) or is in an express competition with Tepper, but I believe that in terms of his perceptions of the NFL as an investment, Cuban just got pwned (to use a more modern term)! Richardson may have been pwned too---may have. Sure he and the league were pressed to get a deal done in order to stop the sale process from dragging over into the summer and fall, but you know who wasn't pressed? And who among us now really believes that Tepper wasn't fully aware that the Supreme Court decision on sports gambling couldn't happen any day around the time that he was inking his signature on the contract? The dude is sharp! I know J-Rich isn't dumb, but I doubt that that court decision was even on his radar, much less his mind. In any event, Tepper got a deal on this franchise. "'It's like owning a Picasso. There aren't many out there and they rarely come up for sale,' said Joe Favorito, a Columbia University professor and strategic communications executive in New York. 'You can't find another business, no matter what you do, that if you just maintain it, it appreciates in value like this.'" https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/20/david-teppers-latest-investing-move-the-nfls-carolina-panthers.html
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    Will these players stick?

    I always have a certain level of excitement about a fringe player or two. I think it's somewhat normal...at least for the optimist. Within that same vein, you may be absolutely correct about Cox, but I wouldn't limit the kid (in my mind) at such an arguably early juncture. Measurables are sometimes vastly overrated. We sometimes fall in love with measurables, right or wrong, unjustifiably so.
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    The good thing is that we were still right there. With the additions that we have made on offense, alone, we will hopefully overcome those sumbitches this year, and everyone else.
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    Whether our O-line is worse remains to be seen. Overall, I think that if it is that much worse, I think that Turner will better be able to scheme around a weakness. I absolutely and unequivocally believe that our secondary is that much better. Some of y'all obviously don't realize just how bad we were and have obviously never seen Cockrell or Searcy play. And this is not to say that the secondary will be all-world, but that it will at least be a believable NFL unit.
  7. I understand, and that argument is respectable.
  8. Come on, people I know more than Aggie listens to hip-hop. Have some pie, rather good, bad or ugly (not trollish). @[email protected] Lyon where you and Lucious at?
  9. Just for the record, I don't believe in screaming "racism" at everything, but I also don't believe in putting my head in the sand either and trying to conveniently be dismissive of racism, subtle or not, out of the sake of convenience or comfort. Racism and especially its effects are so easy to see because all you have to do is look at the social and economic disparities in all areas of society to know that it still exists. Now you can try and put it down to nonwhites being inferior mentally or whatever you want, but at the end of the day, I and others know that's pure bullshit. The reason there are such great disparities along racial lines is because of historical racism and discrimination that has been woven into the fabric of America. And that's really not a mental challenge to figure out. Even as it pertains to law and justice and the way that it is exercised (or not), there is a disproportionate number of nonwhites in jail based upon committing (or not) similar crimes. You speak of dishonesty, but you're the one being dishonest. But why not? The status quo works great for particularly white men in America.
  10. First off, I'm old school, and really haven't appreciated rap since Public Enemy. Of course having a son that just hit 20 and is fully on board with today's rappers, we've had plenty of debates about the genre. He says the artists of today are more versatile and talented in their delivery (even if they ain't singing about anything of real substance). He says that today's young people just want to vibe to the beat and get "lit." Seeing the likes of Lil Pump, XXXtentacion, and others, I have come to understand (through much reluctance) that he may be right. That being said, my son is throwing his first track out there which embodies this new new wave of artists. Yeah, I'm dad, so maybe I am not as objective as I'd like to be, but, honestly, I think this short little audio track is banging. I certainly have heard stuff on the radio that's not as good. What you think? @AggieLean, bump it in the Piedmont!
  11. I'm up between 3:30 and 5:20 AM most days. And, yes, I have the royal wedding on.
  12. Oh, the more than convenient I-don't-know-if-it-was-because-he-was-black argument. That's your go-to argument---your perverted---err, inverted panacea, you know, the one in your alter-universe that allows you to do nothing anytime and every time that a white person executes racism (however subtle or not so subtle) upon persons of color because all is right with your world.
  13. Too difficult to stick to the issue at hand I see. Go talk about .06% of the fuging murder rate to the Garner and Castille families... There are plenty of bad people in the world, but I don't believe that it's too much to expect those who have sworn to serve and protect to NOT be among them.
  14. Well it's pretty obvious that all police need to be compelled to do cultural sensitivity training so that they can hopefully garner a better understanding of people from different cultures and/or ethnic communities. If I had my way, they would do more to get out and actually talk to and meet the people and families on their beats. Perhaps then it wouldn't be so easy to dehumanize someone based on lack of familiarity (not saying that all police do this).
  15. What a stupid, prolifically ignorant response! This is about the dumbest response to the real problem of police brutality upon people of color that I've ever seen on the Huddle. Mind you, I'm not talking about Kirk's innocence or guilt, but the real problem of police brutality that is being perpetrated by bad cops---and, yes, I said "bad"---too many times that most can count. So, yeah, I'm anti bad police. I love good policemen---you know, the kind that actually treats every human being, regardless of their color, with human dignity and respect---the kind that won't go into a situation with a rush to judgment, fear, or stereotypes based upon skin color. Gotdamn! I knew that ignorance, apathy and lack of understanding exists in this place, but damn! Carry on (with your passive-aggressive anti-non-white behavior)! And no one needs your hollow "Good day."