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  1. You mean OBJ is not the Dawg Pound's prototypical player? Shocking, really. Or not.
  2. Let’s not rain on the Browns’ fans parade right now, they are desperate for success. I don’t mean that in a bad way. They are one of the most fiercely loyal fanbases in sports, and just the sheer odds say they deserve better than what they have gotten over the years. And they definitely deserved better than what Art Modell did to them. Between the offseason moves and the fact the AFCN looks like it is in a downward trend, they can taste the opportunity. “However,” which is a word defined as “forget everything before this word.” Their ownership hovers over the team like a buzzard. Haslam pictures himself to be a football guy and meddles enough to prove he is not. He’s a less brash Jerry Jones with less football savvy. Jones’ successes seem like they are just the odds panning out while Haslam’s record will make them look like accidents. Accidents he may act upon and sabotage. I said in another discussion that I was born in St. Louis and became a Blues fan when I was 8 years old, so 50 years. This year, , as they kept winning in the playoffs, I told myself that their achievements were great (and appreciated), and wondered how (not if) they were going to eff it up. That feeling didn’t start to die until the clock ticked inside of about 10 minutes left in the third period of game 7, and didn’t completely die until they scored again to take a 3-0 lead and the clock ticked inside of 5 minutes. Sort of like the old Chicago saying about the Cubs, prior to their recent success, "they wouldn't be the Cubs if they didn't break your heart." I have a feeling the rank and file, veteran Browns’ fans are feeling the same way and will continue to do so as the season unwinds. Right now, they are a media script for a race where the horses are still in the gate. Per normal these days.
  3. Whatever the list is, Vick is probably on it. He was just as inaccurate from on his spot as he was when he was chased off it, maybe moreso. Then again, when he was perched on his spot he was usually looking for an excuse to be forced off it and run. The video is not making any new points, and is in fact "Passing 101." When Cam is stepping into his throws, he is very accurate. When he is stepping "into the bucket" either from pressure or just having one of those days, you get what you get. Stepping sideways also puts more pressure on his shoulder. I agree, the pass to Funchess he showed still should have been caught even though it was a less than accurate throw. The two-point conversion was an example of stepping into the bucket.
  4. I don't know that Sunday Night Football has ever been all that good. Back in the Gifford/Cosell/Meredith days of MNF, it was an event. It was a huge prime-time show. Of course, there were three major networks and each market had a couple of independent channels back then. SNF has never approached that status, and in fairness maybe never could. Now, with MNF, SNF, TNF, endless cable channels, and equally endless streaming options, all three prime-time games are shadows of what MNF was in its hey-day. The Sporting News ran a story last December on MNF that called it "Monopoly to Monotony." I think the problems now are that the prime-time game production errs on the side of entertainment over football, almost like WWE without a scripted outcome. Then you add that the league has often managed to make the game borderline unwatchable despite the increase in physical talent on the field. I thought they recognized the error in their ways when they redefined a catch from something that took two physicists and a mechanical engineer ten minutes to sort out using HD slo-mo replays to something that could be reasonably well called on the field, but I am not so sure anymore. Some writer said two years ago that if the league wanted to improve its product, the first step would be to get rid of the Competition Committee. I can not argue with that.
  5. While I didn't take the Broncos game for granted, I certainly did not expect the Panthers to lose it, let alone lay an offensive egg like they did. That finished Shula in my eyes. In the words of Mr. Wonderful, he became "dead to me." At the NFL level, failing to make adjustments and just running the same thing (unsuccessfully) over and over is unforgivable. I would not consider a run ending in a Super Bowl loss enough, either. Been there, done that.
  6. I'll be 58 next month, have been watching the NHL (and NFL) for 50 of those years. I honestly didn't think I would live to see the Blues in another Stanley Cup final. I'm hoping some of that rubs off on the Panthers this year, although I have not resigned myself to not seeing them back in the Super Bowl before I start pushing up daisies. In fact, back in December I would have bet that I was more likely to see the Panthers carry a Lombardi home than the Blues skate with Lord Stanley.
  7. This is a chicken or egg discussion: which comes first. The organization has had no consistency on the field throughout its existence. At some point the expectations are tempered. As the saying goes, the number one cause of disappointment is unrealistic expectations, and fans are deal with that after an extended period of ups and downs. Cubs fans used to always approach success with the underlying expectation of the team screwing it up. However, there may be light at the end of that tunnel. The light is not from the offseason, that is just a symptom. With new ownership, there is hope (based on the new owner’s track record in his other endeavors) that the commitment is to consistent and long-term success. We saw an offseason filled with buying (drafting) and renting (FAs) players to that end, strengthening the roster. But, it is still a paperwork exercise at this point. That is where my optimism lies. I don’t think a playoff season is unrealistic, but I also have no expectations from the Panthers or anybody else in June. Even the most stacked roster in the league could be decimated by injuries as 2019 unfolds. One more note: I grew up in St. Louis, and I will always be a Blues fan. I’m still on cloud nine over their Stanley Cup championship. However, watching the NHL playoffs unfold, 50 years of watching fits and starts made me extremely cautious as their run went on. If you follow hockey, they were tied at 2 games each in the first round vs. Winnipeg and scored the game winning goal with :15 left, in Winnipeg, to take a 3-2 series lead. I had mixed emotions, because I thought Winnipeg was a contender (and I have no animosity toward them) and it was just a matter of time before the Blues did what the Blues always did. I was pumped by the goal, but there were those but there still were those buzzards circling overhead. Those mixed feelings went away as the playoffs progressed and they made other plays at critical times, and the wins piled up. I began to buy into the fact that they could 1) actually reach the finals, and 2) possibly even win the thing if they did. Truth is, I was happy they just got to the finals, as were most Blues fans that I know. Call them tempered expectations based on history. I’m not sure my feelings at the time, which are probably now forever changed, are all that different from what most Panther fans feel.
  8. I almost completely stopped watching the NFL in the midst of the soap opera "Catch or Not a Catch." I watched a total of about 3 games worth in 2017, and two of those were complete Panthers' games (last game of the year and the playoff game were televised here in the desert). It was not the officials getting them right or wrong. I can handle that. The last straw was when I developed a keen ability to say "that was a catch/incomplete, but I know they are going to find a way to screw it up" when they went to instant replay.....and my assessment being correct well more than half the time. I can think of two things more irritating than the on-field officials getting a call wrong. The runner up is them getting it wrong and the call gets upheld on replay. But the worst thing is them getting it right and replay overturning it. That has happened far too often for my tastes and it will happen with this rule just as much as the catch/no catch debacles. I have a saying that the worst thing you can do to anybody is give them exactly what they want. This smells like another proof of that coming in 2019.
  9. The best ever? You made me laugh. Could they be the best ever for the Panthers? We’ll see, that does not make me laugh. But, ever? When I think of those, the best I have seen are, in some order: Vikings Purple People Eaters: Alan Page and Gary Larsen/Doug Sutherland Steelers Steel Curtain: Mean Joe Greene and Ernie Holmes Rams Fearsome Foursome: Merlin Olsen and Rosie Grier Chiefs 1969: Buck Buchanon and Curley Culp Bears 1985: Steve McMichael and Dan Hampton Cowboys Doomsday Defense: Harvey Martin and Jethro Pugh Bucs 2002: Simeon Rice and Warren Sapp Eagles Early 90s: Mike Pitts and Clyde Simmons Jets Sack Exchange: Joe Klecko and Marty Lyons That is some very rare air, and I am sure I am missing a few worthy of being added.
  10. "Sure, for a beer I'll pose for a pic with you guys."
  11. The old saying is the number one cause of disappointment is unrealistic expectations. Given the first five words from the OP and the Panther's history, putting this number somewhere around 8 every year is safe. I like what has happened in the offseason, but those first five pesky words keep coming up.
  12. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/23/david-tepper-is-reportedly-converting-hedge-fund-into-a-family-office-returning-outside-capital.html If true, he is thinking of ending the hedge fund and focusing on the Panthers.
  13. Should be an interesting SCF. I felt like both San Jose and St. Louis play physical enough to lock horns with the Bruins without getting out of their own game. Turned out St. Louis was also able to outdo San Jose in that respect by a noticeable amount. The Blues look like the freshest team still in the playoffs. They are a younger than the Bruins, about as much as they were younger than San Jose. It showed vs. the Sharks, but part of that may have been due to the Sharks also having to go 7 in their first two series, including facing 3 elimination games vs. Vegas. At some point that takes a toll.
  14. From Dictionary.com: Pundit (pun-dit): noun - an expert in a particular subject or field who is frequently called on to give opinions about it to the public. Most in the media certainly fit the second half of that definition. As for the first half, they are wide right. Very wide.
  15. I've been watching hockey for about 50 years now. That was one of the worst endings I have ever seen to a hockey game, one that was good up until that point. I'm not sure how that is not on the list of things leading up to a goal that can't be reviewed. While the hand pass did not put the puck in the net, it was certainly part of the sequence that did. I can understand how the officials did not see it. The referee closest to it was probably screened off. But the league looks like idiots right now with the bureaucratic explanation and the fact the replay system could not be used. It was bad enough that when the officials talked to Toronto, I am surprised nobody told them, added to the comment "you can't review that", "but one of you just told me you saw the hand pass, didn't you." (not a question)
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