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#1 jgraham

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:48 AM

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Hello Everyone,

I’m glad I’ve found this place! I’d just like to introduce myself here so when my questioning becomes boring people will at least understand where I’m coming from!

I’ve been following the sport now for only two seasons but an hooked! I’m from a town near to Liverpool in England and American Football has always been a sport I’ve never really had any links to. Last season a few friend invited me onto a Fantasy NFL league and despite my reservations (I knew nothing) I got involved. I picked a ropey team and as Peyton Manning was one of the few players I’d heard of I drafted him first….that didn’t work out well! So week 1 I draft a free agent by the name of Cam Newton who’d gone through the draft unsigned, luckily for me! I’d already picked Steve Smith up in the draft and so I had those two in my team…the rest as they say is history! I started to take more and more of an interest in the Panthers and was really enjoying seeing the game played in a way I didn’t realise it could be. For me a QB got the ball and passed it – Cam Newton changed all of that and now I’m addicted to the game & the Panthers! I watched every game this season on a stream and have 2 jerseys (both with Newton on the back as they’re the only ones I can buy over here!).

I’ve read a lot on here and if I’m honest a lot of what is said goes over my head as I’ve still got an awful lot to learn about the game and its complexities. But I’m keen to do just that and so I may be asking one or two dumb questions on here but just bear with me and I’ll get there!

My take on the team at the minute is this – We’ve got the team in place to make a mark in the competition, we were unlucky in many respects early in the year but down the track we started to show that we are the team many fans seemingly believe we are and we’ve got a real shot at winning our division next year. We’ve beaten the Saints twice this season and should really have two victories against the Falcons but we all know we were unfortunate there. Sticking with Rivera in my opinion is the right choice, we’re going in the right direction and a new coach now would set us back. Lets hopefully ride this wave into next year, pick up another gem or two on the draft and see the Panthers make play off football!

Looking forward to getting involved on here!

Oh – are there many UK based fans on here?

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:52 AM

Glad to have you, and welcome!

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:54 AM

You might also be interested to know that one of the premier American Football analysis websites was actually founded by a Brit: http://www.profootballfocus.com/

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:56 AM

Welcome!

#5 jgraham

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:59 AM

You might also be interested to know that one of the premier American Football analysis websites was actually founded by a Brit: http://www.profootballfocus.com/


Thank you for that! I'd not seen that before now so will have a look through it.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:01 PM

Welcome! There was a thread not too long ago with some our international fans introducing themselves.

American Football is easy to learn but difficult to master. That kinda shows at times with our coach, but I think he's finally got rid of some of his stubbornness. I hope you're right about sticking with him. I was as down on him as anyone during the season. But now that he's coming back, it's time to put that aside and support him until this time next year.

You should find some older games to see Steve Smith in his prime. If you think he's impressive now, your jaw will hit the floor when you see what a young Steve Smith was capable of doing.

#7 KendrickPanther

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:02 PM

If this is real, great. But I've spent a lot of time on UK soccer forums. I'm calling Panthertrain84 troll.

#8 Argus Plexus

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:03 PM

There is a lot to learn. Dont worry, you will get the hang of the terms and such as time goes by.

#9 jgraham

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:08 PM

Welcome! There was a thread not too long ago with some our international fans introducing themselves.

American Football is easy to learn but difficult to master. That kinda shows at times with our coach, but I think he's finally got rid of some of his stubbornness. I hope you're right about sticking with him. I was as down on him as anyone during the season. But now that he's coming back, it's time to put that aside and support him until this time next year.

You should find some older games to see Steve Smith in his prime. If you think he's impressive now, your jaw will hit the floor when you see what a young Steve Smith was capable of doing.


I will have a look for that thread.

With regards to learning the game, I think i'm ok with the basics but when it comes to understanding the variations on positions - slot reciever for example i'm out of my depth. That will come though and this off season i'll do more to understand that.

I think there's a lot to be said for continuity in sport, if you are able to become comfortable with the personnel and what you are being asked to do then you with more often than not improve with time. There's obviously a point at which you've achieved all you can with a certain club/team but I definitely don't think that is the case with Rivera. I think the players are on the same page now and we've learnt an awful lot as an organisation this year, enough I believe to make sure we don't make the same mistakes again next season.

I'll do that with Steve Smith - I love to watch him, his attitude to the game is great and nobody is in for an easy ride when they're covering him! I guess as well part of why Rivera staying is good too is Smith I think I read somewhere wasn't keen on starting over again and with Rivera we'll see another year from Smith.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:10 PM

If this is real, great. But I've spent a lot of time on UK soccer forums. I'm calling Panthertrain84 troll.


I've spent more than enough time on football/soccer forums over here so I can completely understand you being sceptical!

I'm genuine though, i'm sure that will become apparent soon enough!

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:39 PM

Welcome aboard!

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 02:28 PM

Welcome, what does "ropey" mean?

#13 jgraham

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 02:49 PM

Welcome, what does "ropey" mean?


Thank you

Ropey - sorry that's probably a very English term, it means questionable or dubious. So in the context i used it my team selection in the first draft was questionable with a few strange picks.

A question for you - what does your signature mean? i've seen that adopt a player on a few sigs, how does that work?

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:00 PM

Welcome to the topsy turvy world known as CarolinaHuddle.Com. Where 90% of the members think they're experts on what's happening or should happen with the team, but 20% have a good grasp on the English language.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:05 PM

This is such an obvious troll.....nobody responded for over an hour so he bumped it with a 20 post alt. What kind of 20 post guy is hopping on to welcome somebody new?


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