top dawg

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About top dawg

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  • Birthday 07/08/1967

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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 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. top dawg added a post in a topic LOL..... Jags.....   

    The Jags aren't the only one
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  2. top dawg added a post in a topic Norwood will prove to be an excellent addition   

    No problem. I knew what you meant, I was speaking more to your giving him the benefit of the doubt.
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  3. top dawg added a post in a topic Norwood will prove to be an excellent addition   

    One thing that I think that we all may be forgetting is that he has been receiving professional coaching for a year and a half.  I can't speak too much for Kippy Brown and Dave Canales,  but Pete Carroll is an excellent coach.  Apparently his son Nate is helping out with the receivers as well.  I am sure that blocking has been impressed upon the kid, coming from maybe the top run-oriented offense in the league. 
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  4. top dawg added a post in a topic Panthers - Jaguars - What Jaguar Fans Are Saying   

    Our defense is just too good, and will either directly or indirectly account for two scores. By the second half they will be playing catch up, and we will be pinning back our ears. Bortles gets sacked four times and picked once.
    Black cats > spotted cats
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  5. top dawg added a post in a topic When to expect cuts announced   

    The Turk will have his hands busy tomorrow.
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  6. top dawg added a post in a topic Final Panthers Cuts   

    Carolina likes last names that begin with B. First names, meh. Plus, Brandons only last here for so long.
    It's that black cat.
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  7. top dawg added a post in a topic Norwood will prove to be an excellent addition   

    Yeah, I know. Thomas Pointed that out. Thanks,
    I guess I better edit the post.
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  8. top dawg added a post in a topic A Name To Keep An Eye On   

    You did your homework.  I ain't mad atcha!
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  9. top dawg added a post in a topic Norwood will prove to be an excellent addition   

    Gettleman has proven that he will use draft picks as trade bait in order to move up and take a player that he values. That isn't necessarily throwing them away, and is certainly not throwing them away from his perspective.  He gambled on a low round draft pick (some people here are saying a 7th) because he feels very strongly that Norwood offers great value and has skills that we need. Gettleman makes moves that are well-thought-out, not moves out of desperation. I don't believe that he is just kicking the tires on this one.
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  10. top dawg added a post in a topic Norwood will prove to be an excellent addition   

    The receiver made an impression upon Proehl last year when being worked out. Ron and especially Dave have said how smart Norwood is, and he is being taught all the positions.  There is absolutely no way that Norwood is going to be cut. Gettleman didn't trade for a guy on Tuesday to check him out for a couple of days just to cut him. Gman and company saw something in Norwood, and a lot of us saw something tonight.
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  11. top dawg added a topic in Carolina Panthers   

    Norwood will prove to be an excellent addition
    He is a well put together 200 pounds. He revealed just a little bit of shake-n-bake at the line, runs deceptively smooth routes, and has good hands. Once he really acclimates to our system and Proehl coaches him up, Norwood is going to do some unexpected damage this season.
     
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  12. top dawg added a post in a topic Nine roster spots still up in the air   

    I thought Brown was the WR3 last year behind Benjamin and Cotchery.
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  13. top dawg added a post in a topic For all of you that wish we were like the Colts...   

    And yet the Packers are in a much better position than we are, as they have drafted no less than 4 receivers in the last couple of drafts. 
    No one is saying go out and draft receivers in the first round every year, we just have to keep the level of quality and upside on the better end of the spectrum. That way, if injuries happen---when they happen---you don't have what we have now, or even last year.
    That's just my opinion. You have yours. We can still be civil to one another without being insulting.
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  14. top dawg added a post in a topic This Corey Brown Hate-Fest Is Asinine   

    We all know who has been arguing for an upgrade at the position for going on 10 years now.  
    And we all know who takes words and things out of context in an attempt to further false, stale narratives.
    Revisionist history doesn't work too well here.
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  15. top dawg added a post in a topic For all of you that wish we were like the Colts...   

    The proof is in the pudding. Only 1 Super Bowl in 20 years. So if that's "dismissal" so be it. That is the reality. If two-faced isn't slurping all over the GM's nuts and believing he is perfect, like many of you, then I am "two-faced".
    Being prepared in case there is a crisis is a responsibility of any management, plain and simple. if that's blame, then it is what it is. Stop trying to act like there hasn't been any opportunity to further upgrade our receiving corp until now. That's not the case. The Panthers have had pedestrian groups of wide receivers but for a couple of years out of 20. That's part of the reason why we've been up and down like a roller coaster as it pertains to record and playoff appearances. That's the reality.
    But for lucking up on 89 who was essentially drafted for his receiving skills, but turned out to be a beast, Moose, and now presumably Kelvin Benjamin, we haven't lit the world on fire drafting any receivers. Hopefully we will be able to add Funchess to that number.  But for Ricky Proehl, we really haven't done much of anything of note in free agency at the position either. Keyshaun Johnson and D.J. Hackett weren't good for us. That's the reality. Perhaps Ginn will finally break out this year, and be added alongside Proehl (or even surpass him) once his career here is over . As for trades, I can't even recall us trading for a receiver, but hopefully Kevin Norwood will be a most positive addition for us this year. I have to think that if Gman traded for him, then he is worth trading for. Moreover, Gman is still on the prowl for another receiver that will hopefully increase the quality of the whole group. 
    Just because I don't believe Gettleman has given the receiving corps the attention it deserves, doesn't mean that I think that he won't fix it. I do. He hedged his bets on Boykin, Brown and Bersin as sufficient depth and I wouldn't have, but he is reevaluating the position---that position---probably as the Huddle debates. If being critical of Gettleman or Rivera as it pertains to our receiving corps is "two-faced" then that's your skewed reality. If being critical and real about our up and down win-loss franchise history is "two-faced", as opposed to saying everything has been all sunshine, unicorns and rainbows, then that's your definition. I can be critical of certain things and praise Gettleman and Rivera, Hurney, Polian, etc. for other things. if other fans can't do that then they're not being "two-faced", they're just being fake. 
     
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