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#3223643 Josh Gordon's (or at least his publicist's) journal entry

Posted by rayzor on Today, 06:35 PM

just like any person, esp. a kid (which an old fart like me considers a person in their early 20's because i remember how much growing up i and others had to do at that age) who makes a poo ton of mistakes, i hope that they grow out of it.


he (or the guy helping him write this) said all the right things and answered a lot of criticisms i had while reading it.


but i am left with two things...either he's an addict or he's dumb. i'm hoping he's just dumb. but i kept thinking this while i was reading, "i don't have a problem. i'm not an addict." those words are said more by people who actually are addicts than by those who aren't.


i do feel that if he legitmately doesn't have a problem that he has every right to defend himself. the problem he has is that he created this image that people have of him. it's his fault that people think he's got drinking or drug problems. it's not anyone else's fault. it's his and he has to own it. he is the one who put himself or allowed himself to be in situations where pot was being smoked. he is the one who drank on a plane knowing that he had agreed to stay away from it and that he could be tested at any time. he was the one who got the DUI. he was the one making mistakes and who keeps making mistakes. the burden on him is to prove that those were just isolated events and that he can control it.


i have worked with many youth and young adults who are/were trying to change their lives and also the perception that people had of them. one of the frustrating things that they all felt was that even if they had turned their lives around, people weren't buying it. you might think that's everyone else's problem, but the reality is that it isn't. you can't blame people for looking at someone who has a long history of doing dumb things and probably lying about it or making excuses and thinking that it's only a matter of time before they screw up again because, and this is the sad thing, it usually is.


what i have told people trying to change is that you can't expect people to believe you. "then what do i do to change their minds?" my answer was usually, "nothing. but you can't worry about that. all you have to worry about is yourself and making sure you get and stay clean."


i had a couple people ask me what they could do to prove that they were changed and that they didn't have a problem they couldn't control and i told them i will believe it when i don't see it happen. i got some confused looks when i said that and one girl asked me how long it will take and i said as long as it has to for me (or others) to forget there was a problem. it's something that is going to have to take a long time to work. people remember the bad more than the good. that's why i said they can't worry about that. it's beyond their control and it's something that their own personal bad decisions made happen so they have to deal with the "fruits" of their past heading into tomorrow.


all they can control is what they do and let everything else take care of itself in it's own time and always remember that the problem of perception that they have is their own fault and if they have to, use that as motivation for deciding what situations to put yourself in or actions you take. whatever it takes to help you get and keep control of your life will be worth it.

#3223619 Breaking News - Gettlemagic Selects Defensive End on the first Round.

Posted by rayzor on Today, 05:55 PM

i know i slept a long time today, but i didn't think it was long enough that i missed the draft!



i'm never taking that pill again.



#3223609 Can't decide who to pull for on Sunday.

Posted by rayzor on Today, 05:45 PM

i can't remember a superbowl that i was this disinterested in.


i'm still going to watch it, but i really don't want either team to win.


i will probably pull for the nfc and the team that knocked us out of the playoffs.


either way, an annoying team with very annoying bandwagon fans wins and the hype is going to be unbearable.


all i know is that when we play the seahawks next year i want desperately to win. i'm so tired of this poo of never being quite good enough.

#3221771 Ramsdell retiring

Posted by rayzor on 27 January 2015 - 05:10 PM

he was the only real hope for the passing game (as far as coaching goes).


our achilles heel is going to be our coaching staff on offense and special teams.


but at least we'll have that continuity that rivera likes so much.

#3221765 Cam Newton: A Franchise QB?

Posted by rayzor on 27 January 2015 - 05:06 PM

i get the feeling that most commenting in here didn't read the article and are only reacting to the thread title.

#3221622 Nickname the Falcons new stadium: A Thread

Posted by rayzor on 27 January 2015 - 02:46 PM

The Jealousy Dome

yeah, i wish the owner of my team had taken billions of tax dollars so that he could have a giant see through retractable sphincter made.

#3221616 Cam Newton: A Franchise QB?

Posted by rayzor on 27 January 2015 - 02:41 PM

Yeah, so Gettleman already said he was. So how about we stop making shitty threads like this.

did you read the linked article?

it's not the typical "shitty" topic the title would lead you to believe it is. it's actually a good read with good perspective from a non-homer pov.

thanks for your valuable contribution to the thread, tho. lol

#3221594 Nickname the Falcons new stadium: A Thread

Posted by rayzor on 27 January 2015 - 02:24 PM

serious request for future usage.

someone make an animated gif of the roof opening and closing and see if it doesn't look like some other animated gifs (that i would ban users from posting).

#3221591 Cam Newton: A Franchise QB?

Posted by rayzor on 27 January 2015 - 02:20 PM

lol and here comes the edgy contrarian "keeping it real".


#3221586 Teddy Bruschi unloads on Hurney and Panthers

Posted by rayzor on 27 January 2015 - 02:17 PM

no link huh

i was going to mention that, but then i saw it was bleacher report and was happy he didn't.

as to bruschi...what else is he going to say? admit that the reason they won was because they spied on us and recorded everything and knew what we were going to do?

and btw, cheating at an organizational level the way that they did is a bigger deal than a few guys on the OL using peds without the organization's knowledge.

what's worse? a few dirty players on a team or a team that uses dirty tactics to win?

#3221574 Nickname the Falcons new stadium: A Thread

Posted by rayzor on 27 January 2015 - 02:11 PM

i don't care what anyone else calls it. it's always going to be the animated sphincter dome to me.

#3221565 Cam Newton: A Franchise QB?

Posted by rayzor on 27 January 2015 - 02:04 PM

yeah, being in a weak division (Indy) and having a good team around you (Sea), makes everybody look better.

The NFC south seems to a little weak right now and DG will get the team to better place this season.

So this stat should look even better in a season or two.

very true.

the pats and colts have always had their records inflated because of the weak divisions they were in. i mean they were talented, but i don't think as talented as their records would lead you to believe they were.

we might find ourselves in the same situation for a while.

#3221559 Cam Newton: A Franchise QB?

Posted by rayzor on 27 January 2015 - 01:58 PM

Most people by now would likely bring up the number of wins each player has had. The funny thing was, though, when I was looking at player career stats, career wins wasn’t a category. That’s because wins are not a quarterback-specific statistic.

nothing new to many of us, but it's good seeing someone say what mny of us have been saying for a long time.

i think the writer sums up pretty well why newton hasn't gotten the same respect luck and wilson have. it's all about the media created narrative. luck is the golden boy heir to peyton. wilson is the underdog always rising to the top. newton is the villan (thanks to hacks like peter king and nolan nowricki or whatever his name is). of course bspn did him no favors while he was in college, either. they tied him to the whipping post because of something his father allegedly did.

people (esp. in the media) let the people initially spinning the story do the thinking for them.

#3220714 What are your Superbowl food plans?

Posted by rayzor on 26 January 2015 - 04:36 PM

atomic buffalo turds are a necessity.

#3220575 Football vs. Vajayjay? For humor. Curmudgeons & stick-in-the-muds need n...

Posted by rayzor on 26 January 2015 - 02:12 PM

i'm turning 45 this year and have been married for the past 12 of those years and the same gorgeous woman for 13 and i didn't pick football. i didn't even hesitate or need to ponder it.