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  1. Ernesto McGillicuddy

    Today.... I'm a PATRIOT

    Where does your money come from, anyway? Family money or your own? (Don't say a mix - no such thing.)
  2. Ernesto McGillicuddy

    What do the six highest paid QBs have in common

    That said, don't wanna miss the main point. There will come a time when a marquee team decides to drop a talented QB at the end of his rookie contract simply because you can't win with a megamillions quarterback. At some point soon after, you'll start seeing QB salaries as a special carve-out from the salary cap. One cap for QBs, another cap for the whole rest of the team.
  3. Ernesto McGillicuddy

    What do the six highest paid QBs have in common

    Brady gives steep discounts because the team funnels money to him through other ventures, like the ones he co-operates with Guerrero. Biggest scandal in the NFL.
  4. Ernesto McGillicuddy

    Black Monday News

    I know I'm just trying to console myself about being stuck with Rivera for another year, but I feel slightly less bad about it with each HC vacancy that opens up. With over a quarter of the league's teams needing a new head coach, good candidates will be very hard to come by. And the situation we'd be offering a candidate sucks compared to some of what other teams can offer: Uncertainty around the franchise QB's health, picking at #16, not a ton of cap space, and so on. Tepper's deep pockets could only do so much. Still not much consolation, though.
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    Breer believes the Panthers will make no changes

    One major difference is that successful teams with "incomplete" rosters still get production and quality out of their worst sub-units. No one thinks you can have stars at every position, but everyone agrees that a well-built, well-run team will earn at least small victories across the entire roster. Whether that's coaching, or whether that's careful selection of players - maximizing returns on minor investments - is more of an open issue. But this is a roster with zero results from key groups.
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    Rashaan Gaulden and the future at Safety

    What was promising about Gaulden? The fact that he was drafted in the third round?
  7. Ernesto McGillicuddy

    Cam replies to his girlfriend's post

    And in view of how he is comporting himself on social media, I think the Huddle is in for a rude awakening about the question of whether or not Cameron Newton has the character to lead this team. lol
  8. Ernesto McGillicuddy

    Cam replies to his girlfriend's post

    I think Cam is in for a rude awakening on the tight ass thing.
  9. Ernesto McGillicuddy

    Breer believes the Panthers will make no changes

    You don't have to be very smart to inherit money. Only a minority of NFL owners are self-made. Blank, Bisciotti, Pegula, Tepper, Khan, Snyder, and Ross (sort of). Kraft is borderline. Then there's these guys: Cardinals: Bill Bidwill, and now, effectively, Michael Bidwill Bill made the ingenious business move of being born, and inherited the team from his father, who literally bought it on a whim during a luxury yacht cruise - a tactic still revered by business writers and consultants. Michael will inherit it from Bill, having also made the ingenious move of being born. Self-made factor: Zero Bears: Virginia Halas McCaskey Virginia, through her exertion, hard work, and ingenuity, was born on January 5, 1923. She would go on to inherit the team. Her sons, Michael and George, are currently pulling themselves up by the bootstraps and may inherit the team after she dies, but only if they work hard and prove themselves worthy by making THE BEST DEALS. Alternately, if they are breathing. Self-made factor: Zero Raiders: Mark Davis Having spent nine months in the womb as a precocious business genius, the young savant popped out onto the business scene in 1955, ready to kick ass and take names. Later, through a series of cunning business moves such as breathing, not dying, and still being alive, he inherited the team from his father. Ever wondered why he wears his hair like that? It's to hide his giant business brain. Self-made factor: Zero Bengals: Mike Brown Mike Brown's long, nine-month struggle to be born was finally rewarded when he inherited control of the team from his father years later. Self-made factor: Zero Browns: Jimmy Haslam In a coincidence still remarked upon today, young Jimmy turned out to be the best and most qualified candidate for a series of increasingly senior jobs in his father's truck-stop empire. In fact, he was such a prodigy that he won a seat on the board of directors while still a college sophomore, attending board meetings of a multimillion-dollar company in between bong hits. Upon taking the top role in the company, he pioneered clever business tactics like openly cheating his customers and then buying his way out of a prison sentence. Self-made factor: Was at least along for the ride in the later stages of the building of his father's empire. Cowboys: Jerrah Jones Jerry built an oil empire using one clever, super-smart advantage that kept him ahead of his competitors: His father was a multimillionaire and he had easy access to capital. He also invented the cotton gin. Self-made factor: At least built his own businesses and expanded on his father's wealth. A bit unfair to list him with these other clowns, but he's still a silver spoon baby. Broncos: Pat Bowlen At age zero, young Pat made the savvy business move of being born into a family of oil magnates worth hundreds of millions. This is the money that was, much later, used to buy the team. Self-made factor: Zero, as regards buying an NFL team. He did, however, become a modestly successful lawyer in his own right. Lions: Martha Firestone Ford 25 years before she was born, Martha had the foresight to found the Firestone tire company. Later, she had the presence of mind to marry a fellow captain of industry, William Clay Ford. I haven't bothered to look up the details, but one assumes that his fortune was derived from brilliant business expertise, and that being the grandson of Henry F*cking Ford is merely a coincidence, a piece of trivia. Self-made factor: Look at her name - a regular Penelope Rothschild-Rockefeller. I made Penelope made up but she would probably be a better owner. Colts: Jim Irsay Having beaten the odds - rising up to the status of an NFL owner from a hardscrabble background as the son of a billionaire NFL owner - Jim sadly still went on to become a crackhead, proving that poverty is no easy trap to escape. Self-made factor: Zero as regards being an NFL owner, quite significant as regards becoming a crackhead. Chargers: Dean Spanos Natus est, vidi, vici: He was born, he saw, he conquered. Having made his fortune through the brilliant business coup of his father knocking up his mother, he promptly retired from the business world and never used his beautiful mind again. Self-made factor: Zero point zero Vikings: Zygi Wilf After earning his law degree, young Zygi floundered for a time as a mere lawyer before hitting upon the shrewd idea of instantly becoming an executive in the family business, which happened to be massive real estate empire. It is unclear whether the $600 million he used to buy the Vikings came from his earnings as a nonpracticing lawyer or from his family's multibillion dollar real estate fortune. Some say the latter, but they are probably bitter nonpracticing lawyers who haven't earned as much money not practicing law as Zygi did. Self-made factor: He is at least an active and successful executive in the family business, which he did not build. Steelers: Art Rooney II In 2017, Art Rooney II achieved his longtime dream of owning an NFL team when his father passed away and left him an NFL team, as his father had done before him. Having cemented his place in the family business of being born and/or dying and passing property between generations, he can be called a "self-made man" in the sense that a baby sort of "makes itself" by reading DNA code while in gestation. Self-made factor: Being born is harder than you think. Could you do it again if you tried? I rest my case. Jets: Woody Johnson Woody, at a precocious negative nine months of age, proved his business acumen by being the only one of millions of spermatazoa to successfully fertilize a certain very important egg belonging to a woman who was banging, like, a ninth-generation heir of the Johnson & Johnson company. Do you have any idea how many people aren't born? Trillions. For the average spermatozoön, their career in business ends in a tube sock or a Kleenex or a Fleshlight. Not Woody! That's what it means to be a master of business: Beating the odds. Self-made factor: Master of business. Rams: Stan Kroenke In 1974, Stan invented the innovative business concept of marrying Ann Walton. Later, he pioneered the concept of using inside information on the location of new Walmart stores to make an easy killing by buying up adjacent lots and developing them. He met Ann on a skiing trip in Aspen, being "already wealthy from real estate" by virtue of his own efforts father. Self-made factor: Similar to lottery winners. At least they bought a ticket, right? In fairness to Stan, he's made himself more money than he would have done by just sitting around, but he'd be a billionaire either way. At a certain point it's not business savvy; it's just greed. Saints: Gayle Benson Proved her business acumen, in a way, by marrying a billionaire in 2004. In previous decades, while married to a different man named "T-Bird" (surprisingly, not a billionaire), she ran an interior design business which "struggled financially" and was "sued frequently" and also, y'know, "charged with theft". She was in heavy debt when she married Tom Benson, but has proved more successful in business since then, becoming a billionaire through pioneering business models like her husband dying. Self-made factor: Probably harder to snag a billionaire than a man named T-Bird, but then again maybe not. Giants: John Mara, Steve Tisch Sadly, the business advice book that these two co-authored, How to Make Billions by Being Born, was withdrawn from print after complaints from buyers who tried the method for themselves and didn't get the same results. As we know, some people in this life are just whiners who resent the success of others. Self-made factor: Mara is a third generation owner, Tisch is second generation mega-wealthy Texans: McNair family Demonstrating their business savvy, the members of the McNair family were still alive when Bob McNair (actually self-made!) kicked the bucket, resulting in the 200-IQ strategic coup of inheriting an NFL team. Self-made factor: Zero Seahawks: Allen family See Texans, but the patriarch was less of a sh*thead. Self-made factor: Zero 49ers: Jed York Jed, proving himself a quick study, cracked the code to business success on March 9, 1980, which also happens to be his birthday. Happy birthday, Jed! Self-made factor: Zero, and literally named "Jed" Chiefs: Clark Hunt An impoverished street urchin, orphaned and starving on the streets of Calcutta, Clark went to work at age five sewing footballs in a sweatshop and, by dint of fiscal prudence and wise investments, eventually scraped together enough pennies to buy an NFL team. His grandfather, the oil billionaire H.L. Hunt, is surely smiling in heaven. A movie based on his life, Slumdog Millionaire - itself an adaptation of the Clark Hunt biography by Horatio Alger - was released in 2008. Self-made factor: Next level Eagles: Jeffrey Lurie After earning a lucrative doctorate in social policy from Brandeis University, Jeffrey was able to leverage his knowledge of whatever social policy is to join his family's pre-existing $3.7 billion business conglomerate, where he gritted his teeth, buckled down, and earned that return on massive accumulated capital. Self-made factor: Just another one of those social policy fortunes Buccaneers: Bryan Glazer and siblings It seems that there may be a pattern among NFL business mavens - specifically, many of them seem to have explored the low-risk, high-reward business model of being alive when someone else dies, preferably your father, and preferably your father is a billionaire who owns sports teams. It seems like a conservative investment strategy, but perhaps there's something to it? Self-made factor: Made fortune with pioneering business model. Titans: Amy Adams Strunk Per Wikipedia, an "American businesswoman" whose business ventures include being alive in 2013 when her father died and appearing in his will. Runs multiple businesses - so efficiently, in fact, that she is able to run over a dozen massive businesses while working a two-hour week. Is this the future of the "American businesswoman"? I say yes. Self-made factor: Have YOU ever appeared in a will? Didn't think so. Green Bay Packers A bunch of fat blowhards in Wisconsin inheriting made-up bullsh*t shares from other fat blowhards in Wisconsin. Self-made factor: They have only themselves to blame.
  10. It was a big secret to certain people who continued to insist, against all visible evidence, that Cam was completely and totally his normal self and it was racist to suggest he had a shoulder injury and wasn't playing as well as usual.
  11. Ernesto McGillicuddy

    Its time to fire Rivera

    Don't break the bank now, lad.
  12. Ernesto McGillicuddy

    Couple more observations

    I understand the difference vs. other block types, but have never seen anyone refer to this as a "wham" block, that term generally being reserved for a completely different type of block. Anyone else seen that?
  13. Ernesto McGillicuddy

    Couple more observations

    @leoslayer, obviously
  14. Ernesto McGillicuddy

    Couple more observations

    Where'd you play? I've just never seen "wham" used for a simple OL double team. Not saying no one ever has, but that's odd to me.