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Dorian Gray

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#2617346 Mel Kiper Jr's first mock draft 1/15/2014

Posted by Dorian Gray on 15 January 2014 - 01:43 PM

People really don't know who Brandin Cooks is? Biletnikoff Award winner over Watkins and Evans, and his weakest game all season was 9 catches for 80 yards and a touchdown against Stanford. He went over 100 yards 8 times and went over 200 twice.  I'm not saying I'd take him there (depends on what other receivers are available), but he's a really talented receiver.  Quick, shifty, and ALWAYS gets open. Which we desperately need since our current receivers can't get any separation, even when Cam has 4 1/2 hours to sit back there and look around.

#2591297 Is He the Right Man?

Posted by Dorian Gray on 06 January 2014 - 11:01 AM

We took the exact guy I said we should avoid... and I dont have advanced analytic software, lol. We took Biz. Who did we miss out on? Klay Thompson. Kawhi Leonard. Nikola Vucevic. Kenneth Faried, among others... those are HUGE misses when looking at what Biz is right now. You can't miss like that.


This is the biggest thing to me, personally.  Cho seemed absolutely infatuated by Bismack, and I'm not entirely sure why.  Sure, the guy is super athletic, but he was raw as hell as a basketball player and still is.  He was a gigantic project to take with that pick.  And that's not just an "in hindsight" observation.  I went to the draft party at Time Warner that night and everyone around me wanted Kemba and Kawhi.  EVERYONE.  These are fans we're talking about, not experts with all this analytic magic.  Had we done that, there's no need to draft MKG and we probably end up drafting Drummond.  So now you're talking about a core of Kemba, Kawhi and Drummond, which is pretty damn nice.  Does he still take Zeller in this scenario?  Probably, because he had the "Bismack Crush" on him too.  But even in that instance, we don't need to offer Big Al his big contract because now we have two promising young big guys down low and a ton of cap room.  I feel like the poor drafting has really derailed the rebuilding movement.

#2591173 nfl to increase # of wildcard spots in the playoffs

Posted by Dorian Gray on 06 January 2014 - 10:09 AM

adding another wild card spot would also add another week to the playoffs.


No it wouldn't.  It would add another game to Wild Card Saturday and another game to Wild Card Sunday.



1 PM - AFC 2 vs. 7

4 PM - AFC 3 vs. 6

8 PM - AFC 4 vs. 5

#1 Bye


1 PM - NFC 2 vs. 7

4 PM - NFC 3 vs. 6

8 PM - NFC 4 vs. 5
#1 Bye


Or something to that effect.  And then the Divisionals would be exactly the same with 2 games each day.

#2579031 Playoff Tickets

Posted by Dorian Gray on 01 January 2014 - 11:10 AM

Just bought two overpriced tickets from Ticket Exchange for slightly over double face value.  But you only live once, and I'm so fuggin excited about this season, so let's goooooooooo!!!!!!!!

#2540792 Team to unveil new Hornets logo during halftime of Dec. 21 game

Posted by Dorian Gray on 11 December 2013 - 08:45 AM

This is a fan-made logo (bolded so no one will think this is the real one, lol), but I think it's pretty good and would be happy if something like this ended up as the final logo.




#2540089 Team to unveil new Hornets logo during halftime of Dec. 21 game

Posted by Dorian Gray on 10 December 2013 - 03:07 PM

Press release:



The Charlotte Bobcats announced today that the organization will introduce the brand identity of the Charlotte Hornets during halftime of the first Buzz City Night on Dec. 21 vs. the Utah Jazz. The Dec. 21 Buzz City Night is driven by Mercedes-Benz and will include Mercedes-Benz sponsoring a Buzz City long-sleeve T-shirt giveaway to the first 10,000 fans in attendance. Tipoff for the Bobcats-Jazz game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.


The game will serve as the official unveiling of the Charlotte Hornets brand identity and will include the introduction of logos and wordmarks that will be utilized when the Hornets name returns for the 2014-15 NBA season. Bobcats Chairman Michael Jordan will lead the unveiling event during a special on-court ceremony at halftime.


“We are excited to introduce to our fans the next step in our overall brand identity as we transition to the Hornets,” said Bobcats Sports & Entertainment President & COO Fred Whitfield. “Our fans were the driving force to bring back the Hornets name and we wanted to share this announcement with them. In addition to the logo unveil, we are excited to celebrate the first of our five Buzz City Nights. These nights will provide great opportunities to honor the rich history of Hornets basketball with our fans in unique ways.”





Also announced Dell Curry, Muggsy Bogues and Kelly Tripucka bobblehead nights throughout the rest of this season.

#2292612 Bobcats Event Thursday Night

Posted by Dorian Gray on 19 July 2013 - 11:48 AM

And then there is this asshole who takes a picture 5 hours before the event and sends it to deadspin to mock (although a couple of the number things made me snicker).




Yeah, that was pretty lame of them to put up.  You mean the place isn't packed out at noon on a Thursday before ANYTHING is scheduled to happen?!?!  You don't say!


I saw the Bring Back The Buzz Twitter kept sending Deadspin pictures of the packed crowd throughout the night, but I don't think Deadspin ever used any of them.

#2292595 NBA.com: New Orleans, Charlotte working together during transition of nickname

Posted by Dorian Gray on 19 July 2013 - 11:39 AM

Really cool story on NBA.com about how the New Orleans and Charlotte franchises came together in a great way around the Hornets nickname.


It also mentions that our franchise is making a donation to their Gulf Coast Preservation Fund after all this is over.  Classy move by the organization.


“We are very pleased to transition the Hornets name to Charlotte, where the name has a unique fit and meaning to their fans, much like Pelicans has to our fans and our region,” Benson said. “Working together with the Charlotte organization we were able to make this happen with the fans of both communities benefiting and we look forward to working with them on finalizing the specifics of the transition. We are also very thankful to the Charlotte organization for their contribution to the Pelicans Gulf Coast Preservation Fund. It speaks to the positive nature when two teams work together for the better good of our game, our league and our communities.”



#2292421 Bobcats To Start Re-Brand Immediately

Posted by Dorian Gray on 19 July 2013 - 09:19 AM

This is tremendously exciting.  I remember going to the Hive as a kid to watch those guys who were in attendance yesterday (Tripuca, Bogues, Curry) and that place was always rocking.  A lot of great memories there.  My credit card is going to take a beating once the official merch is released.  Oh well...it'll be worth it.


Also, FWIW, this is an awesome Hornets forum.  I usually just hang out in the Panthers section, but this place is tight.  Love the pinstriped background.

#2118417 Joe Flacco "Cold Weather Superbowl is Retarded"

Posted by Dorian Gray on 29 January 2013 - 04:51 PM

Bunch of warm-weather-lovin ninnies in this thread.

You got me. When I'm outdoors at a sporting event, I'd rather be in nice weather than crappy weather. I'm just crazy like that.

#1960901 Stewart the new featured RB

Posted by Dorian Gray on 24 October 2012 - 07:27 AM

Williams and Stewart could still be a great one-two punch at running back if we actually had a rushing offense to speak of. Unfortunately our offensive line is crap and the coaching is worse, so the "featured" back only gets the honor of being tackled in the backfield while waiting on the read-option decision.

#1956623 Players' Twitter reactions to Hurney being Fired

Posted by Dorian Gray on 22 October 2012 - 12:22 PM

Of course the players are going to stick up for the GM. He's the one that either drafted them, gave them ridiculous contracts, or both. The results of this team speak for themselves.

#1929368 Grantland: Punting on 4th-and-1 candidate for worst coaching move of the year

Posted by Dorian Gray on 01 October 2012 - 09:50 AM

You can't just look at the situation as one play. You can't say "any NFL coach would have done the same." Because any other NFL coach doesn't have our JV DB's. You HAVE to take into consideration how bad our defense is and, particularly, how bad our secondary is. You HAVE to take into account that Nakamura and Norman were getting torched all game. If we had the Ravens defense, of course it's smart to punt there and we should've done it. But we don't. We have defensive backs who are worse at judging the ball in the air than high school players. All you have to do is throw it up, and our guys will jump at it while it's still at its peak. The strength of our team is running the ball. We have $2.9 trillion tied up in our backfield. And you're telling me we don't trust them to get ONE YARD with the game on the line? Come on man.

#1929332 Grantland: Punting on 4th-and-1 candidate for worst coaching move of the year

Posted by Dorian Gray on 01 October 2012 - 09:35 AM

Hindsight is always 20/20.

A lot of people thought it was a bad move as it was happening. You need 1 yard to put the game away. You have Newton, Stewart, and Williams. You have almost 200 yards rushing already. You just got the first down the play before but fumbled it back. You've got Tolbert blocking. You're in Atlanta territory. Your defense has already given up huge plays in the passing game. Your secondary is hot garbage. You have the worst safety in the league. They have Matt Ryan and 2 big play receivers. They had taken a screen pass past our entire defense already.

You show guts and try to win it there. You don't put the game on your woeful secondary, no matter how unlikely it seems that they'll get beat (although it wasn't very unlikely considering how poorly they'd played all game).

#1929307 Grantland: Punting on 4th-and-1 candidate for worst coaching move of the year

Posted by Dorian Gray on 01 October 2012 - 09:22 AM

Did Rivera really doubt his team's ability to convert after they "failed" to convert on third down? That seems impossibly short-sighted, especially considering Newton actually made it past the sticks before having the ball knocked out of his hands. Since Newton arrived in town, the Panthers have faced third- or fourth-and-1 on 24 occasions. They've converted on 21 of those 24 opportunities.

Given his team's particular mix of strengths and weaknesses, and the extremely high stakes of the situation, Rivera's decision to punt is a strong candidate for worst coaching decision of the year. ESPN Stats and Info's win expectancy model estimates that it dropped Carolina's chances of winning from 83.5 percent to 57.4 percent without adjusting for the specific skills of the two teams; chances are that Rivera dropped his team's "true" chances of winning by 35-40 percent by punting.


That 21-of-24 stat makes the call look even worse. At least the lunacy of it all is getting national attention.

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