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Everything posted by Bronn

  1. not sure if it has been mentioned in this thread yet, but anyone else know what former Panthers receiver and guaranteed first ballot HOF is very good friends with one Torrey Smith? (hint: they share the same last name) verrrrrryyyy interesting
  2. Political Compass Quiz

    Your Political Compass Economic Left/Right: -7.0 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.05
  3. sigh... better than anything else you’ve done, imho, but I can’t encourage this nonsense... how you gonna write a song from a persecuted football player’s perspective when, in the past IIRC, you’ve argued against players speaking for themselves by kneeling during the anthem? that’s really where your problems start tbqh... you’re rapping about things of which “you ain’t ‘bout that life” maybe just record a version of Green Eggs and Ham or something since that’s more your flow and since you like sticking to vicarious subject matter... you could even edge-lord it up like you like to do and call it “Green Eggs and H.A.M.”
  4. DNA Kits

    Anyone had any experience with the commercial DNA test kits like 23andMe, MyHeritageDNA, and Ancestry? I've always been a little wary of them for security reasons, but I'm looking into getting one for someone as a gift and wanted to get others' opinions of them if they have any. TYIA
  5. Kurt Warner - literally from bagging groceries to Super Bowl champ and one of the top offenses in football. Supported by great coaching, great players on offense, and a good defense.
  6. That doesn't matter. How many first round QB duds are out there?
  7. In the NFL, it is about constantly adapting. For years now, the league has been a passing league, predominantly. That is because good defenses, like ours, focus on controlling the field in front of them and, in turn, keying on containing the run game. This season, we're seeing some transition back towards ball control offense and stout defensive squads that are well rounded from front to back. Pats - they were/are always this way. They are the standard that nobody else can really seem to figure out still. Ball control. Run when you want. Pass when you have to. Do both well. On defense, it is as simple as "do your job" and it applies to whomever they are plugging and playing at the time. Their defensive line, at the beginning of the season, was scrambling to find capable DEs to get on the field and help withe pass rush to take the pressure of their safeties and CBs. Jags - I said a season or two ago that they were building one of the best DB squads in the league. They are young too. You won't pass effectively on them, but just in case you do, they've got a capable offense now with at least three WRs better than the Panthers have at all, and a power running back with a more than capable complimentary back to answer. Jacksonville even uses the FB/HBack position more than a lot of teams are using now. Bortles is actually just adequate, and is currently doing a good Jake Delhomme impression of doing what his offense is designed to allow him to do. Vikes - Keenum is another Jake Delhomme scenario. He is playing great, yes. But he has two of the best WRs in the league in Thielen and Diggs (Smitty and Moose, anyone?) and a great TE stable to work with. His line is not great, but they are adequate. His run game took a hit early in the season loosing Cook, the rookie, but they've adapted well with Murray/Mckinnon. They are very good defensively, especially in the secondary. They are good on ST as well. They basically have a bunch of lunch pail guys, like the Patriots, out there doing their jobs. Philly - This is actually worse than a Jake Delhomme scenario. Foles will do just enough to let his run game and defense do the work. I don't think they'll beat the Vikings but, again, similar formula. Run the ball, throw to your good WRs and TE, and let your defense wear down/control the opposition. It really isn't that hard. Yes, Brady is the only elite QB of the bunch, but his entire career has been made of what these other teams are catching up to. Play to your strengths, control the ball and clock, and trust your QB to make the throws when you need them the most. No, you don't need an elite QB. You need people to do their jobs. It starts with the head coach, the coordinators and then the players. If you execute a well designed gameplan, the odds are always in your favor. That is how you win games, especially big/end-of-season games. By that time, you're a well oiled machine. The Panthers fail at this because we're trying to force players into roles they don't fit in. From Cam to CMC to Funchess to any speedy WR we've tried to field not named Ted Ginn. We're also too loyal to players past their prime (I would have rathered Charles Johnson be gone years ago,) we don't give our young guys fair shots, and our schemes are poorly designed. The successes we have had have actually been because of raw talent, not lack thereof. Until we adapt and get ahead/back into the curve, we'll continue to be on a roller coaster.
  8. what is the official tinderbox opinion on cryptocurrency?

    I've long argued against the values of gold and silver as investments, but even I have warmed to both always having at least some intrinsic value based on technology needs alone. I'm not going to go out and buy gold at $1,300+ an ounce, though, and I don't currently have any silver outside of a couple hundred dollars in junk silver coins I already had on hand. Silver is going to be climbing soon, I think, so now (or a couple weeks ago) would have been a good time to get in. That said, there's no way I would invest in a speculative currency (or even precious metals) over tangible assets. Will people make money this way? Sure, for a while. But, I still say if you're just as much of a doomsayer as I am, then you'd be better off investing in brass and lead in the long run, and stocking up on trivial things like toilet paper, matches, and alcohol, even if you are like me and don't drink a drop. Basically, cryptocurrency, in my opinion, is just a modernized version of a get rich scheme that nobody has really caught onto yet and, when they do, the bubble is going to burst.
  9. DNA Kits

    My family is pretty big on genealogy. I know where I come from to an extent (Pre-American Revolution, even,) but I think it'd be cool to still do one of the kits for myself too. My 5th generation grandfather (great-great-great-great-great) was a German immigrant and early settler in Philadelphia that served directly under George Washington and crossed the Delaware with him as one of his head war-surgeons/doctors. He helped start the whole smallpox vaccination thing and, among other things, discovered/invented the first uses of cottonseed oil. His grandson was actually one of twelve people permitted at Abraham Lincoln's bedside when he died, after he served in Lincoln's cabinet.
  10. Black Mirror

    Did a quick search and couldn't find an old topic on this (I'm sure there is one) but yeah... This is one of the best shows on Netflix. Season 4 was great. I just wish there were more episodes in a season. Each episode of this show is easily better than 99% of modern sci-fi films. Basically, it is like the Twilight Zone, but better.
  11. Bad ass guitarist

  12. Bad ass guitarist

  13. Terrelle Pryor anyone?

    I wanted him last year but he was going to be too expensive. Now that he's beat his value up a bit, I think it would be worth the risk. A definite upgrade over Russel Shepard and tbqh anything we have outside of Funch.
  14. ...but yeah, that's Scott Turner, Norv's son and former Vikings QB coach and current Michigan offensive "analyst."
  15. Congrats, bud! Looking forward to claiming I (somewhat) knew that guy before he was famous!
  16. The Walking Dead season 8

    I just finally remembered to read it yesterday. I'm not sure I'm trusting the Commonwealth at this point, and I'm not sure what to think about the Michonne twist. Overall, though, I think this could be a fresh new arc that could draw me back in.
  17. Black Mirror

    Like many episodes, that one is a great example of the lengths people will go to for fame/social acceptance.
  18. Tinderbox Off Topic

    This makes me so happy on so many levels. I didn't think we'd see this day for at least a few more years.
  19. Captain Munnerlyn's deal was terrible. What the actual hell, Gettleman? Dude gets benched for whatever, and gets burned all over the field all year, and only comes in really to blitz/get burned. Terrible, terrible deal. We lose more by cutting him than keeping him around another year. Dude has played like an outright SCRUB this year.
  20. Tinderbox Off Topic

    Obviously I'm still reeling from last night, and now reading the thread this morning about Shula getting an extension too... But... If I were Cam, I'd want to be traded. It is clear that they aren't going to protect him, or give him any weapons in the passing game, or call a game the way it should be called (aka keeping the other team on their toes.) I have no idea why we extended Stewart last offseason other than outright loyalty. We haven't used him much this year and our running game is totally unimaginative and bland. Teams stack the box when he's in the game so rather than adapt we just pull him out. L O EFFING L. I like Stew and all that, but why have him here if we are going to force CMC into the backfield? Our route designs are unimaginative. I think I saw two decent route calls last night. One to Olsen on the TD and one to CMC on his long gain. Other than that, it is bland bland bland. We need to exploit other team's zones like ours get exploited... and on that note... Our defense still plays that soft ass goddamn weak cover 2 bullshit that teams exploit all day long, and our safeties and CB2 and Nickel are just straight up trash because of it. Luke can't do it all by himself and neither can Cam. I was a little bummed about Rivera's extension and now the news about Shula is just outright depressing. If new ownership doesn't come in and make some major changes to our culture and how we operate (not being overly loyal to players who have fading talent, sub-par coaching, etc. etc. etc.) then I don't know how much longer I can even keep watching. Sorry for the rant, but I felt this was a good place for the vent.