I really do not care--it is the same bunch who says "Super Bowl" after every free agent signing. Besides, there may be someone who missed it the first time around.
thanks. i actually did miss this the first time around somehow.
seems like a great idea. players who don't get much hype, but who still have a lot to offer or who just want to get noticed get a chance to be seen by teams looking to find someone they might have otherwise missed out on.
the timing is good as well. no special trips have to be made by teams since they will all be represented there anyway.
bucs: get a stud QB and lovie pick up an aggressive minded OC and himself turn into an aggressive minded coach.
saints: a miraculous fixing of their cap, brees find the fountain of youth, them to live up to the hype they seem to generate yearly
falcons: a HC that actually wants to be there who isn't overrated from being in the right place at the right time (gase/quinn) and them to somehow pick up a stud future HoF TE, an OL that isn't broken, steal all the personnel from a top 5 defensive team, and matty ice hit puberty.
we know that we can win the division and looking at how all three teams are in bad shape we should be able to win it again
bucs still don't have a QB and they still have an overrated mediocre antiquated conservative minded coach,
falcons have no defense and no OL and no run game and a gambling fool for a GM and nobody wants to coach there,
and the saints have a HoF QB who is on a rapid decline, but whose contract (along with 4 others who will be either the first or second highest paid at their position next year) prevents them from doing much to improve anywhere and will be lucky to get their team under the cap without having to cut every reasonably priced player who won't kill them with dead money and replace them with scrubs from the CFL
we will be going into the season with 6(?) starters who were rookies this past season who will now have a year under their belt. i would expect a couple of them to lose their jobs to some upgrade somewhere and/or hit the rookie wall, but for the most part they along with the rest of this very young and solid team should improve heading into next year.
what we need to see is a greater sense of urgency heading into the season. jeremy talked at length about how that was absent from the team and said that it could very well cost them early wins and it definitely did. they need to come back hungry and ready to fight. i don't want us to blow our load all at once in the first part of the season like many teams who come running out of the gate looking like champs, but then peter out halfway through the season and miss the playoffs. i want us to still play our strongest ball in the last couple months and go into the post season hot, but i also don't want us to go into that hot streak having to dig out of a hole that we dug for ourselves.
with more money to spend and a GM that seems intent on bringing in a better class of "diamonds in the rough" as well as another solid draft class, i think the talent will be there on both sides of the ball and hopefully STs won't be the albatross around our neck it typically is.
all things are lining up for a successful run next year. i still have no faith in shula or rodgers and very little in rivera's ability to judge talent or manage the game, but this team has heart and talent. if they can't achieve great things next year, imo, it's on the coaching staff and their ability to take the talent that they've been handed and make it produce.
we also need to get rid of this "under the radar" and "underdog" mindset where we (fans and players alike) are afraid of being the king of the hill and being recognized as talented and having the expectations that come with that. it seems we want success, but quite a few are afraid of either failing or being the one that everyone wants to take down.
i expect this team to win and be not just better than average, but great. we have the talent on both sides of the ball to do it. now it's just a matter of doing it. potential energy needs to turn into kenetic energy.
until we start winning on a regular basis, cam will get more blame than he deserves...esp. from narrow-minded sources. i accepted that quite a while ago. this is true with any QB. they get more credit for wins than they deserve and more blame for losses than they deserve.
cam is a dynamic personality, though, which means responses to him will be exaggerated.
we saw last year while we were winning the cam haters disappear. they only show up when things aren't going well (which was the case for this season despite winning the nfcs and a playoff game).
winning cures everything. when we start winning and cam does better, those people will either change their minds or crawl back under their rock.
people don't like it when their team loses and they look for the one simple reason their team is losing and lazily they look at the easiest to blame source, the QB. that's no different here.
the constant bitching about cam from the usual sources is annoying, but, again, it's just a few people doing it and i'm just not going to get worked up over those few no matter how noisy they are because 1) they are who they are and not worth the energy or listening to and 2) they don't speak for or reporesent me or the vast majority of fans. until we start winning, tho, we will hear them whine and bitch about him.
but, i believe in this team and i believe in cam and know that once we start winning regularly and cam gets more consistent with his young group of WRs and surprisingly solid OL, those clowns will shut up or continue to look as foolish as they always have.
i've got a little bit going towards my retirement fund at work, but not very much.
instead, right now i'm working on making sure the property my family has is paid for and self sustaining within the next 10-15 years. the plan is for this year to have an outdoor wood boiler/furnace that heats the home and water installed using standing dead trees from and around our 40 acres. this year we are also starting the ball rolling on getting a micro hydroelectric generator that is powered by the overflow pipe from our 2.5 acre pond that has only stopped once for a week or two in the past 15 years. we also have another stream that as far as i can remember has never stopped that we can use as a backup.
we have a good large garden that produces quite a bit every year and we do a lot of freezing and canning. we have probably 15-20 blueberry bushes, a couple pear trees and plum trees, about 10 apple trees and about 15 peach trees. the blueberry and pear trees are the only heavy producers right now. the apple and peach trees should be in the next year or two.
also the pond is stocked with catfish, largemouth bass, and bluegills which we will be restocking either this spring or the next. there is also plenty of deer in the area of which we harvest 3-4 a year. i have friends that have chickens that lay too many eggs who bring over excess, but i will be buying some from them soon so that we can start having our own egg layers. i am also going to be working with one of my cousins who is in the poultry industry to start raising chickens ourselves. we would probably do 2 flocks of about 30-40 a year. i am also looking for a local hog farmer to supply us with one or two hogs a year that we will slaughter and process ourselves and i have a friend that raises rabbits who is going to help me build a couple hutches and setting me up to raise my own.
we have 20 acres of lob lolly pines that was harvested and replanted by weyerhauser which will be thinned in about 10 years and then ready to harvest in 30. i plan on purchasing 30-40 more acres of mostly cleared land and planting long leaf pine trees which has needles that will be bailed and sold to landscapers. i have friends that are doing that with 20 acres right now and from one harvest annually clear about $25k without having to do any advertising. they have people driving up from georgia to buy their needles.
the goal is to have as little overhead as possible and to provide for ourselves as much as we need to live on and keep our good interdependant relationships with family and friends to help with whatever needs we have and help them with theirs. surplus food and wood will be used to barter for goods and services that will hopefully be provided by people i know. whatever i can't work out with bartering, i will pay using what little retirement i have built up as well as money from other ventures i plan on having as well as doing odds and end jobs.
my hope is that at least one of my daughters will settle down with their families here and help take care of whatever i can't or at least some close family member.
if that doesn't work out and i just get too tired or unable to take care of things around here, then sell the property and move to sarasota florida and finish off my days with my wife and near my brother and his wife down there.