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Best Beer You've Ever Drank

17 April 2015 - 12:47 PM

I know, I hate picking favorites too. But this is dedicated to the one beer you tried that sent you in directions on the space/time continum that you never knew exisited.


I'll start with mine, Manchester Star.





Manchester Star is a 7.3% abv, dark ale, with chocolate, malty overtones and a warming finish made from 100% British ale malt, chocolate malt and Goldings hops.




Obligatory bald British guy review:




Ridley Nears Medical Clearance

29 March 2015 - 05:39 AM

Running back Stevan Ridley is scheduled to make his first visits in free agency this week as he explores potential opportunities for 2015 that would have him playing elsewhere from New England. Ridley tore his right ACL on Oct. 12, had surgery Nov. 18, and is on target to receive full medical clearance in about six weeks.


Cheap and capable of being a bell cow back. Seems like just the kinda player Gettleman likes

Call to Cut Ties with Hardy was Big Cat's

23 March 2015 - 01:33 PM


There was a time when the Panthers considered hanging onto free agent defensive end Greg Hardy.

But that time ended when owner Jerry Richardson decided he didn’t want to go down that path again.

Richardson told David Newton of ESPN.com that the decision to let Hardy walk was his alone.

Whose call would you think that would be?” Richardson said.

Multiple players had lobbied for Hardy to return, but in the end, the owner’s opinion was the only one that mattered.

Asked why, Richardson replied: “We do the right things.”




I agree with the call, but this is more for those who believe that Richardson doesn't have a direct say in contracts and personnel.



FEMA to deny funds to warming deniers

23 March 2015 - 12:04 PM


The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making it tougher for governors to deny man-made climate change. Starting next year, the agency will approve disaster-preparedness funds only for states whose governors approve hazard-mitigation plans that address climate change.


This may put several Republican governors who maintain that the Earth isn't warming due to human activities, or prefer to take no action, in a political bind. Their position may block their states' access to hundreds of millions of dollars in FEMA funds. In the last five years, the agency has awarded an average $1 billion a year in grants to states and territories for taking steps to mitigate the effects of disasters.


"If a state has a climate denier governor that doesn't want to accept a plan, that would risk mitigation work not getting done because of politics," said Becky Hammer, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council's water program. "The governor would be increasing the risk to citizens in that state" because of his climate beliefs.

The policy doesn't affect federal money for relief after a hurricane, flood, or other disaster.




Put up or shut up

Panthers Predraft Visits/Meetings and What We Can Foolishly Read From Them

22 March 2015 - 10:35 PM


The good thing about the current administration, is you can kinda make a good natured guess about what's going on based on the evidence at hand. Not too many smokescreens with Riverboat and Nippleshorts.

Looking at the list of meetings and workouts, I think we can make a few awkward swipes as to what the Panthers plan to do in 5 weeks:

1. The front office wants to protect Cam and give him weapons: The majority of visits so far? OT, RB, and WR.

Like it or not, RB remains a serious position of need. Stewart is great when healthy, but any GM betting the house on JStew's health is likely going to be looking for places to live soon. Also, his contract.

2. Ginn is a short term answer: Lockett, Montgomery, and Crowder are all WR's, but they're also the top returners available. I think it's almost guaranteed we will pick a KR/PR in the later rounds.

It's pretty clear we fans weren't the only ones pawing at the bottle when Bersin went back to field punts.

3. Gman will grab a dlineman or two: If a nice shiny pass rusher is available, Dave won't think twice. Who's to argue with a plan that brought NY 2 rings? Also, we're looking for long term replacements for Cole and Edwards.

4. Tackle will probably be covered in the second round or later: Most of the OTs being brought in are second tier or less. Compare that with RB, WR, CB, and LB where we're bringing in top tier prospects that could easily go much higher than our pick. This points to us waiting a bit for an OT as Dave and Co probably don't see a good amount of first round value.

5. We're probably getting a fast LB and/or CB: they want to speed up the D and ST's, so why not do it all in one fell swoop? Waynes, Darby, and Kendricks are all speed merchants and would improve ST coverage as well as defensive depth.

Obviously anything can happen on draft day, and at 25 you have to wait to see what falls to you. Still, I think the visits along with Gettleman and Rivera's press conferences give us a decent glimpse of what they hope to accomplish.