top dawg

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  • Interests 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. Seriously wtf is this Charlotte?

    I have been one of Cam's most ardent supporters, and will continue to be, unlike some bandwagon hypocrites who love him now that he is fulfilling their requirements on a fuging football field.
  2. Seriously wtf is this Charlotte?

    If you're referring to me, you're the real fuging "slob".  Professional athletes are men just like I am, and unlike you I don't hide behind a keyboard or the Internet. Everyone knows who I am if they care to look. 
  3. Seriously wtf is this Charlotte?

    The media on its most elemental level reports news. Plain and simple. As I alluded to before, there are all kinds of persons in the media coming from all kinds of perspectives, and "repping" all kinds of readers. Reporting is a balancing act. Cam will have neutral parties that try and keep reports on him balanced, detractors who will spin stories to make him look bad, and supporters who will spin stories to put Cam in the best light possible. This is what the media does. There are good writers and bad writers and everyone in between. The writer is largely in the eye of the beholder.  My give-it-take-it comments are regarding peers and fans, and aren't even narrowly directed specifically towards Cam. If you dance and prance---your sidelines or not---and chide people about emotional Band-Aids---if you're on a message board claiming how you're going to beat the crap out of an opposing team, and basically saying that they don't have a chance, or gleefully noting how  the other fans are crying, salty and butt-hurt because their team got blasted by yours, and then act the same, old butt-hurt way when all your boisterous exclamations turn out (or basically turned out, as in demoting action) to be absolutely wrong, you have to take your ass whipping like a man. Lastly, you didn't answer my question. I have been publicly critical of Nolan Nawrocki (who has basically been "checked" by his peers and own stupidity like I alluded to earlier about the checks and balances of the media), and dumb-ass Rodney Harrisson for his hurt-Cam comments. I am fairly sure that there are others within the traditional media who are just as irresponsible and basically unprofessional, but Scott Fowler is not one of them. That is my assessment---like it, or not.  
  4. Seriously wtf is this Charlotte?

    Yeah, I hope that he continues to have fun---just be himself---but just remember that you also have to "man up" when you lose. Just like having fun is part of the game, losing is a part of the game.
  5. Seriously wtf is this Charlotte?

    When has the traditional media disrespected Cam? If you're saying that this article is disrespecting Cam, then you're just as emotionally butt-hurt as the rest of the Panthers fans who shouted "it's all in good fun", when Cam was "just being Cam", and telling people "Too bad they dont make Band-Aids for feelings."
  6. Seriously wtf is this Charlotte?

    You're correct. But you must remember that the two writers are coming from two totally different generations and perspectives.  I am not going to slam any one of them. To me it's fairly interesting to get all the different points of view.  Bottom line with me is that if you give it, then you have to take it. 
  7. The same ones we were discussing this time last year (OT, DE, DB, WR, etc.) I doubt Johnson is done. He may be done making huge money, but I doubt that he is "done" as a "player" in this league. The tank is not empty, he just needs to get his wheels rolling again.
  8. Who Should Go or not resign

    One good thing about it, this year there is no lightning rod that should cause a whole lot of dissension in the ranks, except maybe for Stewart. I think that it's pretty known that his going or staying hinges upon the checkbook. 
  9. Seriously wtf is this Charlotte?

    When will the crying stop? The media is doing what the media does. And, like it or not, the media does have a certain amount of power. The power of the pen is real, but there are many writers, laws and standards---not to mention the public---that is the system of checks and balances for stories that take flight, fall to the rocks, or go nowhere. Many Panthers fans are giving the media, Denver players and fans, fans across the NFL, and other people who are chiming in for other more socially sinister reasons exactly what they want by all the push-back.  I love Cam, and have always supported him when it wasn't cool to do so, but that doesn't mean I am going to support his every action. It's the same way with Dave Gettleman or anyone else. And I have said as much before.  There are two sides to the story, folks. If you win larger than life---grating on people's nerves with an in-your-face kinda style---basically, if you're going to "give it"---you have yo be able to "take it" when you lose. That's what men do. Unfortunately humble pie doesn't necessarily taste so good. Ask others as you were forcing it down their throats. "Too bad they dont make Band-Aids for feelings." Just like you expect the opposition to "man up" in your victory, you have to have a thick skin when they "come at you" in your defeat. That's how it works, people.  Even my largely immature 17 year old son (who of course would deny that fact), who is pretty much given into all the "swagged-out", showboating, "fun" loving elements of this new and up-and-coming generation surprised me when he said Cam should have handled the media better after his loss.  Time to get back to discussing the future people. Most of us think that it's a bright one. Time to get back to arguing about free agents, draft picks, and team building. Let others state what I see as pretty much the obvious. It's all part of the process. Hopefully Cam and everyone involved will learn whatever lessons that need to be learned from a nice season that ended with an upsetting defeat. As has been said, it's ultimately a game. Learn to keep it in perspective.  
  10. Who was at fault?

    I'l take the present special teams any day over what we had (mediocre over sub par).  I liked Ginn when he actually had an opportunity. The rule changes lessened a return man's impact.  Generally, special teams were adequate, just not great.  I'm not going to overthink and outweigh last night's performance. Upgrades are probably on everyone's mind. If G-man can sneak a guy in that he thins will upgrade that phase of the game, he will undoubtedly do so. 
  11. Im with Sean Payton's Vicodin.. Just ban me also

    LOL. PU was an alt that played this place like a Stradivarius. Meh.
  12. Winning with grace

    We didn't necessarily win with grace, so it's a little hypocritical to call out someone else.   Truth is, we should lose with grace as well, and unfortunately part of that is taking your medicine like a man.  Too much of this And this And not enough humility.   I believe that some MVP QB said it best: "Too bad they don't make Band-Aids for feelings."  
  13. Do you trust Gano?

    I hate for games to come down to kicks because I don't totally "trust" an kicker, but I trust Gano less than the top tier kickers in the game today, especially when the game is on the line. As for Nortman, he is mostly good. He needs to be more automatic because he tends to fug up every once in a while with a shank (at what seems to be the most inopportune time). I trust him more than Gano though. Just like there are worse options, there are always better as well.  Sometimes they just have to present themselves.
  14. Bayless and Stephen A on Mike Shula

    Shula still fuged up though.
  15. First of all, yeah I said it: Funchi! If we can have a Benji, we can have a Funchi. Devin Funchess seems to have fun playing the game, and he has some positive chi going on that just pops off of his personality on and off the field.  Did you see that incredible catch last night? It was absolutely marvelous! I don't absolutely know why we didn't see more Funchi this year, but I can only assume that he didn't know what the hell was going on half the time (like Cam joked about earlier this season in one of his pressers). So I also say it in a facetious manner. But, I am excited about Devin. He climbed and two-handed Cam's overthrown ball like a boss, and he really made some clutch catches all season long...when he was in there---on the field, of course.  He is not in Ron's doghouse, but he was on Ron's porch. He is going to have to have to find a way to impress Ron (and company) enough to get off the porch and run with the big dogs on a consistent basis. His route running needs some work, but you could see his improvement over time---much like the changes in a time-lapsed video---because it was that noticeable, at least to me. He probably needs to block better. He has work to do, but Ron and Shula are going to have to let this kid play. Just imagine the duo of a more polished Benji and Funchi on the field together. That dream is still very much in play, my fellow brethren.   But getting back to that catch though...and a couple of others this season...those are the catches of a big time baller.    P.S.: Man if we could somehow get Alshon...