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Understanding the Kraken

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Luke Cage    539

An interesting article about the psyche of Greg Hardy. Not sure if it has been posted:

http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/dish/201211/nfler-has-bizarre-gameday-alter-ego

By now, opposing offenses realize they can't take the Carolina Panthers' defensive line for granted. They've seen the film, and they know that Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson have blossomed into one of the best defensive end tandems in the NFL.

What they may not realize is that when they are going up against the Panthers, they are actually facing a giant sea monster bent on destruction.

Every Sunday, Hardy transforms into an alter-ego he calls "Kraken," a name taken from the enormous mythological sea monster. He paints his face black, puts on back- or white-colored contact lenses and even affixes a piece of tape with the name "Kraken" over "Hardy" on the back of his jersey for pre-game warmups.

"The Kraken is a giant monster that just demolishes everything that moves," Hardy told the Charlotte Observer last year. "On Wednesday or Thursday, I go down in my subconscious. I find him, and I unlock the cage. About Saturday he usually comes out. Then he's always out on Sunday. I don't control him then. What he does when I'm not there, I don't know."

Hardy's alter-ego has served him well, as he has tallied 6.5 sacks through nine games this year, but it has also led to some embarrassing moments. Last year he forgot to take off the "Kraken" tape and was fined by the Panthers. A few weeks ago against the Redskins, Hardy's emotions got the best of him, and he yelled at his offensive teammates towards the end of the game.

The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Hardy has a few other eccentricities. He loves riding motorcycles and driving at high speeds, and he even posted a photo on Twitter that appeared to show him driving faster than 100 mph. But after a crash last year which resulted in a foot injury that sidelined him for most of the 2011 preseason, he ditched the motorcycle before the 2012 preseason.

"You think the guy’s a little off. Then you have a chance to talk to him and you realize, 'Oh yeah, this guy’s a little off,'" defensive tackle Dwan Edwards told the Observer. “It all kind of matches up between his personality and the stuff that he does."

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Kurb    4,984

"You think the guy’s a little off. Then you have a chance to talk to him and you realize, 'Oh yeah, this guy’s a little off,'" defensive tackle Dwan Edwards told the Observer. “It all kind of matches up between his personality and the stuff that he does."

LMAO

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Panths    76

"About Saturday he usually comes out. Then he's always out on Sunday. I don't control him then. What he does when I'm not there, I don't know."

I love this psycho lately. I hope he keeps showing up in games.

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Darth Biscuit    12,503

Stanley McClover (sp?) used to bark but was useless. At least GHB gets results with his weirdness.

I don't care if the players run around wearing antlers in pink tutus singing christmas songs as long as they are playing hard and doing their jobs. Hardy is playing well above expectations... and I love it, plus he's firing up the other players.

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Mr. Scot    34,532

Reminds me of John Randle. He was bats--t crazy on the field (and off).

Hardy's actually improved a lot this season. He's really starting to show up. There was a time I thought he might just fade away.

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Rubi    777

I officially take back all the crap I've talked about this guy. Hardy is an absolute nut case...and it's awesome haha...I go down in my subconscious and find him, unlock the cage.

Lol that is epic

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Bronn    4,342

If only his talent level matched his inensity level...

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad he's a Panther and think he can be special...

I'm just saying that, right now, I'm kinda unimpressed...

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