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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. Philly Brown had shoulder surgery

    No wonder Funchess was more efficient... That's what happens when you get open. As for the other stuff, what does it matter? You have your opinion and I have mine. Sometimes you don't have to explicitly say something to make an implication, but if that's not what you were doing, then my apologies. This is the Internet, and there are instances of miscommunication because you can't actually see nonverbal cues. That being said, you can't be surprised when someone basically takes your words about a "common" and "disturbing trend" of valuing players that basically are unproven (for various and understandable reasons) as a mischaracterization of what they are really doing, which is basically being hopeful for an upgrade at a particular position. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being hopeful, and it's really to be expected.
  2. Philly Brown had shoulder surgery

    First off, I didn't give an explanation to anything. I basically said that Brown should have been more productive for the amount of time he was on the field. That is my opinion, and the numbers bare it out. Secondly, I don't have to pretend about what I see and what I desire. There is ample room for improvement, and that is pretty much undeniable. Whoever provides it, the number on the jersey is of no consequence. Philly surely ain't gonna do it on the mend. You guys prop up Philly, but then talk poo about the others---others with arguably better upside and measurables who have put in a lot of time and work to get an opportunity to be here, and those whom coaches have praised for putting in a lot of hard work and effort to improve their craft. You don't know what the hell they can do at this moment in time (and specifically, you need to stop saying what Funchess can't do).
  3. Philly Brown had shoulder surgery

    The rating is based on a receiver's efficiency, pure and simple. Funchess couldn't have possibly gotten as many targets as Brown. Moreover, part of the metric behind it is a receiver's ability to get open. Steve Smith was hurt for a substantial part of last season (which of course greatly decreased his targets, but he is still one of the most ist efficient receivers in the game.
  4. Philly Brown had shoulder surgery

    What we need right now is to get the passing offense running at an optimal level as opposed to being in the bottom third of the league. Most are hopeful that the return of Benjamin and the continuing evolution of Funchess will go a long way towards that end. Brown had more snaps than any receiver last year, arguably markedly, and his production was not in line with the opportunities that he had on the field. I am on my phone right now, so I am too lazy to pull the links, but if you look up PFF's Wide Receiver Efficiency Rating (WRER), Brown ranked 115th out of 134 receivers. By the same token, Ginn was 4th and Funchess was like 21st or something. So regardless of people trying to trumpet Brown getting separation, he is still not as efficient as his counterparts. Not only do the eyes see that he doesn't give you as much bang for your buck (so to speak) as many receivers in the league, the stats bare that out as well. He should be on the bench, and would be for most teams. As for the Huddle, I find your characterization somewhat funny. I don't find anything disturbing about fans wanting the team and/or the personnel on the team to improve. Improvement is what leads to championships and sustained success. One major way to improve your team is by upgrading the quality of every position on the team, much less the skilled positions like wide receiver. If being hopeful that new blood that is infused into the franchise will give the team a boost as a whole is a crime, notwithstanding so-called proven veterans, then most of us are guilty as charged. I know that I am. Thankfully Gettleman doesn't believe in resting on his laurels, continues to try and upgrade the team, and has the proclivity to take the emotion out of the equation that determines what is best for the franchise.
  5. Philly Brown had shoulder surgery

    You would think that Huddlers would have raised their standards from one offseason to the next. The myth that Brown is this WR with the upside of a one---err two, was basically disproved by his meh performance last year. I want better, and I hope that we get it.
  6. SF 49'er safety Jaquiski Tartt

    We have some guys in Bradford and Sandland who believed in themselves enough to gamble at smaller schools when the bigger ones weren't giving them a chance. That's great.
  7. SF 49'er safety Jaquiski Tartt

    Sam Shade, ex-NFLer and his coach/mentor, believes that Bradford can play at this level. Consequently, he switched to Samford because Arkansas St. wanted to force him to be a safety.
  8. Zach Sanchez on the radio

    The Zach Sanchez wouldn't play for me (possibly Android), but I will try it on my laptop. Thanks. Boy, Cash sounds like one smart cookie. Anyone that isn't rooting for this kid has some secret issues. I can't wait to see what he brings.
  9. Let's play pick two running backs

    I still say Todman should have beaten out Fozzy for the job, but Rivera is loyal to a tee.
  10. Let's play pick two running backs

    Fozzy is not an every-down back. He is put into situations to succeed by being a change of pace scatback. That is why his YPC average has increased modestly as a Panther. Before Charlotte, when teams were actually trying to force a square peg into a round hole, his production was pedestrian at best. I want backs that can do more than fake it when they have to carry the load.
  11. Would a Tennessee Titans RB > Fozzy/CAP/Wegher

    People can fool themselves all they want, but the acquisition of Murray and the drafting of Henry is an indictment of last year's group. Mularkey doesn't believe he had an every down type of back apparently (and he is no stranger to the run), but I suppose any one of the group could surprise. I just wouldn't count on them being better than what we already have.
  12. Would a Tennessee Titans RB > Fozzy/CAP/Wegher

    I would allow any one of them to compete, but honestly they are probably good depth. The Titans have given Sankey and Andrews the opportunity to take the starting job. They obviously weren't too impressed, getting not one but two players that are higher on the totem pole. Cobb is the only real wildcard (though there is now at least some degree of questions of durability), and I don't think that they'll just let him go. At this point, for me, CAP and Wehger have more upside.
  13. Let's play pick two running backs

    One legit fumble and a screw-up---lack of chemistry--between him and Cam due to not having enough time to work together hardly means there is some ongoing problem, or even a foreboding of a problem. He needs more reps as a pro to really come to any conclusions. That's just the bottom line.
  14. Hitner to the Rams?

    But he disappeared on the biggest stage.