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#1835894 Ryan Kalil: We Will Win SB XLVII

Posted by GRWatcher on 25 July 2012 - 11:44 AM

How will we ever fly under the radar now? Thanks a lot, Ryan.

Sarcasm, right? We weren't flying under anyone's radar before this anyway. Cam and the Panthers have been talked about on Total Access every day this week.

I love this! I can picture Gross calling Kalil, laughing and saying, "Way to go! We gotcha' covered!" lol

It's now my desktop at work. :)

#1825432 Stephen Davis already experiencing memory loss

Posted by GRWatcher on 13 July 2012 - 06:43 PM

I believe that all NFL Players have a medical plan, if so...there medical coverages through the NFL, should cover the injuries. This plan should work much like the medical plans many of us has on our jobs.

They are covered under the team's plan while playing. If they played for more than 3 years, recent era players have a retirement plan but I don't think it covers medical. Older former players do not have the same level of retirement pay. How would you like to pay $2000-3000 per month for medical coverage with a high deductible just for you, not your family, because you played pro football? I heard once that is the amount charged the retired players by insurers.

I agree that the players should accept more responsibility for their health, but does anyone remember the backlash Jay Cutler received when he sat out a playoff game injured?

Or the year long criticism of Rothlesberger by Hines Ward just a few years ago?

Priest Holmes saw different colored skies sometimes.

I feel bad for Davis and the rest of the guys of that era. They were just ignorant warriors. Guys coming through today will get less sympathy years from now.

I support this lawsuit. Most of these players were in leather or thin plastic helmets with little padding. And were 'encouraged' to return to the game. Most team doctors back then couldn't spell concussion let alone know the symptoms to look for. If there was scholarly knowledge back then, it took the NFL way too long to implement any safety precautions. Then the amount of money provided the retirees for treatment was meager and fought the whole way.

LP is correct about what a lawsuit does to business cultures. And the larger the group bringing the suit, the better. That is what Davis has done. Added his name.

He's only 38 years old. 38! Not 70 or 80. And knows this will happen sooner rather than later:

there isn’t no telling what day I’ll forget everything

#1795016 Anyone else besides Smitty get 1000 Yards Receiving This year?

Posted by GRWatcher on 07 June 2012 - 12:06 PM

I am willing to bet good money that Lafell won't go over 1000 yards

Sorry, I have no money, good or bad. :(

And I'm not a betting woman.

#1733912 Can You Bring It! On Sept 16Th?

Posted by GRWatcher on 17 April 2012 - 06:54 PM

I'll be there, in full throat. lol

Section 136

Thanks SCP, for reminding me to add the section.

#1710951 Bruce Campbell A Panther...

Posted by GRWatcher on 30 March 2012 - 08:51 PM

We forget that our head coach and offensive coordinator played the Raiders twice a year. They probably saw more tape on Campbell than we think and had the reaction of the Chargers D-line to his play for 2 years even if it was limited. It may not mean anything but I wouldn't jump to conclusions.

That this young man has overcome and dealt with what he has to get to this point, earning the honors that he has along the way, is remarkable in itself. He may be just the exemplary type of person that Rivera seems to seek out. Remember, he had total faith in Cam as a person when few others did.


lol especially on this board, no one should be throwing labels around
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Bruce Campbell is a Panther now and I support him 100%.

#1557605 Mora and Pitts to announce this Sunday's game

Posted by GRWatcher on 10 December 2011 - 01:12 PM

true that. But I still prefer Billick.

I like Mora as a person and he doesn't do too bad on game day. We've had worse. His problem in Atl was Vick and he got shafted in Seattle. College will do him good.

I prefer Billick too. He's one of the best IMO for helping to understand the thought process behind calling certain plays. He's helped me understand Chud's game plan better. I enjoy his little, "Oh boy!" lol then you know you'd better be listening because you're in for a treat of an explanation.

A little Cam-love never hurt anyone. :P

#1475108 QB debuts against the Panthers over the years

Posted by GRWatcher on 21 October 2011 - 12:26 AM

I knew someone was going to bring this up.

:idea: Maybe ..... different coaches, different results??

#1313023 8/6 Practice (and Fan Fest)

Posted by GRWatcher on 06 August 2011 - 06:33 PM

My Observations from fan fest today:

All in all a pretty good day. It is definitely weird not seeing number 4 out there though.

Thank you! :)

#1306579 RIP Bubba Smith

Posted by GRWatcher on 03 August 2011 - 06:57 PM

RIP to one of the biggest men in football. Loved to watch him play.

#964567 Great Artice on JR by Rick Bonnell

Posted by GRWatcher on 05 January 2011 - 12:46 AM

Listened to it live. It was embarrassing. If he soooo needed to know who everyone in attendance was, he needed to come in prior to the conference to find out or have a camera with a feed to his pre-conference area and someone brief him.

As someone from here on twitter said, he sounded like that old, drunk uncle.

:iagree: I don't feel like that was the same Jerry Richardson that we have seen before. It certainly wasn't the same man who spoke during Mike Minter's retirement press conference just a few years ago. He did seem to ramble and lose his train of thought at times. Seems the only thing he was focused on when speaking about it was the CBA negotiations.

I also think it will not help us sign any FA's, whenever we do get around to signing FA's. Or signing the first choice for coach.

And you guys can joke around all you want about his treatment of Fogerty but as a women I was offended by his attitude.

#928368 Just got an autographed Panther football

Posted by GRWatcher on 17 December 2010 - 12:31 AM

Lady, I remember years ago when you were unemployed & looking for work. What a turn around!

Congratulations! Must be a staff you're very proud of. Merry Christmas!

#927432 NFL Players Health Insurance: The Basics

Posted by GRWatcher on 16 December 2010 - 01:49 PM

Am I the only one that finds it funny that people that are making 6 figures and above are worried about health care? I would understand if it kicked in after they retired or injured like a retirement plan, but come on they can pass on the gold plated grill and pay for there own insurance when not on the field.

Most people can afford heathcare on 50,000 dollars or more. I know I do and I dont come close to that figure.

Did you even bother to read the whopping 3 posts in this thread? Or are you just here to spout your 26-year-old's opinion without reading or thinking?

Here, read this. Slowly, so you don't hurt yourself.

For many spectators, the thought of a professional athlete needing help with medical insurance can sound ridiculous. Sure, they make millions of dollars a year, or at the very least a few hundred thousand, so they can just buy their own health coverage. What most people don’t realize is that health insurance for most NFL players is much more expensive than that of the average American, and that’s already expensive!

Injuries don’t just disappear when a player retires. These preexisting conditions linger and hamper former athletes for much longer, sometimes until they die. Not to mention some require ongoing treatment because they’re constantly living in pain. All of these factor in driving up insurance premiums.

One of the underlying issues is that players want better health coverage because they are becoming increasingly aware of the dangers they could face in retirement.

While superstars like Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Tom Brady may not necessarily need the financial assistance in their post-career lives, there are literally thousands of current and former NFL players that do.

When players are retired most no longer make millions. In fact, the majority of players do not make millions in their 3 years in the NFL. And now the owners and league want an 18 game schedule.

Have you even tried to buy insurance with a major pre-existing condition? Insurance not subsidized by an employer? Or after retirement? Or tried to cover major health issues without insurance?

Well, until you do, STFU. I don't find anything about this funny at all.

#916707 I have 2 tickets to give away but there are stipulations

Posted by GRWatcher on 10 December 2010 - 11:58 PM

For family reasons we can't make it to Sunday's game with Atlanta. I have 2 $97.00 tickets, section 136, row 11, seats 17 & 18.

I will email the tickets to whoever can meet my stipulations. Is "stipulations" too big a word for you? Well, here's my terms of sale.

(1) This section is at the visitors tunnel so there are a few things you must commit to do. Boo the Falcons as loud as you can as they leave & enter the tunnel. No excuses! ["I was too busy guzzling my beer" won't work.] If you stay for the end & there are empty seats around you, as children come down to see the Falcons allow them to sit in the empty seats and wait for the team. They are children, be kind.

(2) Because of where the section is you may have quite a few Falcon fans around you. Heckle them all you want. But no fights, no swearing, no violence. I'll hear about it, don't think you'll get away with it.

(3) It will cost me $1.95 per ticket to email them to you plus I paid $97.00 each, so you must PM mush with a donation for the Huddle bike collection. Whatever you can give. I don't need to know how much, just that you did.

Yeah, it's part of the heralded wine & cheese lower bowl. We always yell and scream and stand to cheer our team. I've even silently prayed a little this year. Only once in 15 years has anyone asked us to sit down. We didn't but we did lean to one side, it was an elderly gentleman who couldn't stand well.

So which of you poor whiny college students can meet these stipulations to sit practically for free where you can see the blades of grass on the field?

PM me. First come, first served.

#872579 When did you realize we sucked?

Posted by GRWatcher on 15 November 2010 - 01:01 PM

We all saw this coming in the off season when they let go of all our veterans and signed nobody significant in return.

Hurney doesn't deserve the job if most people could see it coming yet he couldn't.

Honestly, when you don't work for yourself you have to do what your boss says to do. And "we all" is about 6 people that posted it on this board.

A lot of people in here voting that they knew in the offseason. I remember a great portion of this board was optimstic about the season. A lot of 9-10 win predictions. Fast forward to this poll, and more people on here saying they knew we'd be bad in the offseason, LOL

Like I've said many times, the realists on this board get a lot of poo before the season...but they're usually right. The homers are usually always wrong, and shockingly, the Sky Is Falling crowd was actually right this year haha.

I knew in March. Said 2 wins once but was jumped on so never posted in a prediction thread again. Was ragged about it & the reasons until Zod posted it.

This doesn't mean that I don't support the team. I do. Just have to look at it differently this year. I am an optimistic person, just look at my sig. :smilewinkgrin:

#862988 People missing the point

Posted by GRWatcher on 09 November 2010 - 01:32 PM

There was only one mistake here and cutting the veterans and keeping Fox were all part of it. It wasn't to save money down the road or even save much cap space, it was going on the cheap to save money in 2010 plain and simple.

First of all the idea that we got rid of a bunch of contracts by dumping the veterans that would have hurt us next year or beyond is totally overblown. There were 3 guys who had contracts for 2011 and beyond out of the group of nine starters that were released. Diggs had just been signed to an extension in January of 2010 and then cut 4 months later. Why?? Because when Peppers left the philosophy changed and we gutted the team. Otherwise explain why you would give a guy an extension and then cut him 4 months later in the off-season when there were no injury issues or even draft picks that we made to change the idea of keeping him.

But I digress. Look at Kemo and Lewis, when we didn't give them the bonus in the off-season their contracts reverted to 1 year deals which would have been off the books in 2011. Hoover's contract was up after 2010. Moose would have been fine with a 1 year deal. Jake was going to get paid one way or the other so keeping him wouldn't have hurt at all. Vincent's contract was up as well. Peppers was gone and there was nothing we could have done about it but everyone else was clearly going to be gone after 2010 anyway. So the only other guy who was cut to save perhaps 2-3 million a year was Harris. Please show me all of these bad contracts we cut and all the cap space we saved. It isn't there. Jake, Harris and Diggs were the only guys of the veterans who were cut who were even on the books beyond 2010. And a good case could be made in light of this season that Jake, Diggs and Harris could have helped this team a lot. We cut Jake to help Moore who lasted 2 games, don't have a WLB right now with Beason moving to the middle, and I think even losing a step Harris is much better at strong safety than Godfrey who still looks lost out there half the time.

The reality is that cutting the veterans and not cutting Fox is all the same mistake. The mistake is that Richardson was hell bent on saving money this year not down the road. So cutting most of the veterans was not cutting bad and costly contracts, it was cutting money this year. Keeping Fox was the same thing- saving the 6 million we were going to lose if we paid him.

This is half of THE big mistake JR made. The other half was to set things in motion to spend as close to nothing in 2011 as possible.

All thoughts & actions have a starting point and this was it. No tenders were made for more than 1 year. Not even the 2 coaches we signed were offered longer than 1 year contracts. They haven't extended any current players.

JR had no choice but to keep John Fox, apparently he didn't think there was anyone else on staff that could do it. No other head coach possibility with any talent would agree to sign a 1 year contract. Why would they with all the CBA uncertainty? I talked about this last spring, JR didn't have many choices because of bad decisions he had already made. And he stubbornly plowed forward.

The fact is that Richardson didn't care what the product on the field looked like. He is saving money and that is frankly all he cares about right now. The apology to the fans crap is about as phony as you can get.

I can not ever believe that anyone in the organization ever thought the Panthers would be this bad. I do doubt, however, if JR ever thought that he was fielding a playoff team. His first thought was saving money. I'll accept his apology when he gives me money back for this year's season tickets.

Some how, some way, I'm wondering if Danny Morrison didn't come in with tall tales of how he pulled off such a "cleansing of the soul" once.

And don't ever, ever compare what JR did this year to how the Steelers or Packers handle their team. Neither team has ever handled their personnel this badly. What JR has done is insulting to the entire NFL. It's our players who will suffer the most. My livelihood is not dependent upon what JR does.

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