Always good seeing you brother. You showed up right as we de-escalated a fight that sure seemed imminent.
Hahaha awesome; some of those Cardinal fans were interesting to say the least. Crazy we bumped into one another twice by chance. Hope you get back to California safely; I just got back to San Diego an hour ago.
Awesome man I'm hoping to add some signatures to my helmet and jerseys this weekend in Arizona. DeAngelo signed my helmet after the San Diego game last year despite being around all his family members that were out there. He's a great guy and I am happy he's a Panther. Hoping he goes over the century mark Sunday!
Figured it would be good to get a count/see who had their tickets and are making the trip. I'll update the original post when I get back to San Diego tonight. I am currently enduring the longest layover ever in Chicago because I missed my flight out of Boston this morning.
Would love to meet more of you and last year in San Diego was a blast with Huddle West and the Cali Cat Pack. Hoping we could throw together a last minute tailgate and enjoy some food and beverages prior to kickoff.
I'll be there with my roommate who is a die hard Patriots fan, but I'll be giving him Panthers apparel for the day. Section 129, Panthers sideline.
Sorry to hear that but my roommate and I are headed out to Phoenix early Saturday morning. I'm still trying to find out where the team is staying this weekend so I can get a room there. We need to keep this thread or the other alive and make sure we can all get together to tailgate.
Steve Smith is the man. Hoping to run into him this weekend in Arizona so I can mention it to him. He is the greatest Panther of all time. Hoping he makes Peterson feel like a rookie again this weekend.
Here is my best attempt at a recap on the wise words of 89:
Steve Smith said the biggest thing he took away from this weekend was that he is financially secure but still doesn't have NFL Sunday Ticket and may need to make a change soon because some games were "like watching paint dry." Said it was hard watching the WAS @ OAK game so instead watched Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives after ditching NASCAR after a few laps.
Watched a bit of the Minnesota and Pittsburgh game on Redzone because the Panthers play the Vikings in a couple weeks.
Says there is nothing better than college football, misses playing college ball, and loves the atmosphere at the collegiate level.
Mentions UNC football taking a backseat to other sports at the university. Said it was tough watching "boo-boo" football of the ACC on Saturday and that the SEC is his "drug of choice" despite being a PAC-10/12 guy and growing up with them on the west coast.
Talks about play-calling at the collegiate level and seems frustrated that some coaches stray from what works and says that it is important to "not try to fix what aint broke." Steve Smith says Aaron Murray should be a legitimate top pick in the draft, as well as the Georgia kicker..."he was thumpin' the ball!"
Caller called in and the hosts, 89, and caller talked more about the UNC/ECU game this past weekend. Still nothing Panthers related yet besides one of the hosts mentioning that Steve Smith came on the year when we were 0-2 and insisted that the sky isn't falling and that there is still a lot of football left to be played.
Smith says sports are an instant gratification business and that the NFL and NCAA are copy-cat leagues. Continued on with the hosts about the Lane Kiffin firing and Larry Fedora as a coach/person.
Hosts bring up how the Panthers are in 2nd place in the NFCS. 89 says the NFC is wide open and we need to do well and give ourselves an opportunity to get into the playoffs. It is important to stay in the hunt and hit on all cylinders in the playoffs. Says teams are so different year to year, and every year brings new problems and new bad habits. Mentions Atlanta looking great on paper but in reality they are weak and soft in the trenches.
Hosts says Carolina Panthers can compete with anyone in the NFC and continues to say that the Panthers are far better than the Arizona Cardinals after watching their game yesterday and that their offense is "hot garbage" with Carson Palmer. Says Panthers defense can really take advantage of that match-up.
Asked his thoughts on the NE @ ATL game. 89 says it was passed his bedtime but the system plays a crucial role in the Patriots' success but Brady makes it all go. Says Cam isn't older than himself, so 89 knows the system better and it is no slight on Cam. 89 is a veteran and just understands the ins and outs because of years of experience and it is really that simple.
Asked if it would be worth it for the Panthers to give up a 5th or 6th to bring in Kenny Britt. 89 said we already have Ginn and LaFell and it is important to ask why he is on the trading block and it could be something to do with nothing about football at all.
Hosts and Smitty talk about our special teams being great especially our kickers. Brought up the short punts that have hit our guys and Smith mentions, from his returning days, that the returner is responsible for yelling and getting guys out of the way and other guys on the field need to relay the call... "poison! poison!"
Talked about momentum shifting in the HOU/SEA game. Poor decision making lost the game for Houston.
89 says he hopes to play for 16 total years in the league and then it is time to "iron me, and put me on the shelf."
Steve Smith says his hip is "not bad." 89 practiced today and is anxious to go up against Patrick Peterson. Says Peterson has improved since his rookie year and has put in the work to transition to the NFL. 89 just says you have to stay the course and that you will win and lose some battles throughout the day but it's important to take mental notes during the day and then apply that to the field.
Smith talks about "Raiders gettin dey ass kicked since 90'fo" when one hosts mentions them struggling since 03' after a caller brought up their game with the Redskins. Smith defends McFadden and his injury issues saying its really tough for a fast-twitch guy to get back from a pulled hamstring. Says McFadden shouldn't be used as an every-down back and they haven't adjusted to what his strengths are.
Caller asks 89 what he thought of Peyton Manning. Smith says, as a fan, that Manning is throwing that ball around like a backyard game with no one even looking to play defense. He says he is phenomenal and that they are making Decker look far better than he is but that D. Thomas is a damn good player.
Talks about Stew being stuck off to the side and on his own during rehab...which he considered part of the business side of football and Smith didn't get to see Jonathan work out today because he was busy with Cam and working on the passing game. Smith says DeAngelo has had a good season thus far and it is all about "balance, balance, balance!"
Asked about his role in mentoring the younger receivers. He says his legacy is very important to him and wants guys to say that Steve Smith helped them when he is gone and retired. Says Joe Adams had to step up this year and that guys are going to work as hard as they want and people need to work just as hard as they were when they were preparing for the draft and combine. Says playing in the NFL is like receiving your tax refund check in the mail for 17 weeks of the year. Says its all about learning how to manage money so when you get that second or third contract you can really go out and get yourself what you truly deserve rather than blowing a rookie contract early in your career.
Bye week is all about the classroom for the most during the first week. Runs some routes and works on small minute things that go along the way throughout the season. It is an opportunity to really better yourself rather than prepare for an opponent. Says bye week is a double-edged sword because you get rested and healthy but also can get complacent or rusty if you let it happen.
Says Honey Badger reminds him or Troy P. because they allow him to roam and just be himself because he is a smart and instinctual football player. 89 cannot watch football with the sound on; because announcers have no idea what they are talking about for the most part.
Steve Smith at this stage in his career says the #1 thing he needs to work on is his cardio (made that call and asked the question myself!)
I expect a 3-4 total TD game this Sunday out of Cam. Limit the turnovers as he has and we will win more than we lose. That simple. Hoping Shula turns him loose again and he takes off and runs when the opportunity arises. Cam's running ability is what makes him lethal and keeps the defense off-balance and we need to continue to allow him to run by design and when things break down because it frustrates the hell out of our opponents. I like our offense against their defense better than I do their offense against our defense so I expect a 20-14 or 24-17 game something along those lines.