Daily Blog 2.0
Thoughts From the Couch -- 08.01.11
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A lot has happened in the NFL since I last wrote something here, and we finally have a re-certified union and a proposed CBA (it's not 100% official yet) which led to a free agent frenzy over the past few days that has never been seen before in the NFL.
There's been quite a bit of chatter criticizing the Panthers for spending a shit-ton of money over the past few days to keep all of their free agents, and the favorite insult to be thrown around was "Why would they over pay for players from a 2-14 team?" Well, it's a good thing that I'm here, because I'm about to tell you why.
The players the Panthers "overpaid" for were not the reason the team suffered through a 2-14 season last year. If the Panthers would have had any one other than Golden Boy Jimmy Clausen at QB, they would have been much better than their record showed. They had talent at every position other than QB, and they wanted to keep that talent on the roster to build around it.†
Whether you want to believe me or not, or call me a homer, or whatever -- the fact of the matter is that Charles Johnson, DeAngelo Williams, Jon Beason, Thomas Davis, and James Anderson DESERVED their contracts, otherwise the Panthers wouldn't have given them the offers. If the Panthers had that much money to spend, don't you think they would have thrown a shit-load of money at guys like Nnamdi Asomugha if they didn't think their own players weren't worth re-signing? Me either. And before you say "But Thomas Davis has been hurt two years in a row.", keep in mind that it's a deal that is incentive-laden, and the real dollar figure if he does end up hurt again isn't that bad of a cap hit.
One other thing I'm glad about is the new rookie salary scale, because instead of owing Cam Newton $80M dollars with $50M guaranteed like the Rams owe Sam Bradford, the Panthers only owe Newton a grand total of $23M in guaranteed money over the next four years. If he sucks (which I don't think he will, but anything's possible), then the Panthers aren't on the hook for an insane amount of money like teams have been in the past.
Whether you agree with the moves the Panthers made or not, the one thing that no one can say anymore is that Jerry Richardson is a cheap old miser who refuses to spend his money on his football team. I think he's proven that by throwing around money like PacMan Jones at a strip club over the last 5 days, and it just proves that he knew what he was doing when he shed extra cap space at the beginning of last season to prepare for the new CBA terms. As I sit back and watch as other teams are trying to cut players and restructure contracts to get under the new salary cap, I can't help but chuckle because those are the same teams' fans who liked to poke fun at the Panthers for being the cheap kids on the block last year, and now the Panthers are not only able to keep their own players, but were able to get a few other players from other teams.
Speaking of getting players from other teams, the Panthers flat out ass-raped the Bears last week when they practically stole Greg Olsen from right under their nose. A top-tier TE for a 3rd round pick? Where do I sign up? Olsen will contribute immediately and, along with Jeremy Shockey, gives the Panthers their first legit TE threat since Wesley Walls played for the team back in the 90's.
Anyway, I think I've talked enough about the Panthers. I'm just glad that football's back, and before long we'll be watching teams half-ass it through Pre-Season games. I don't know about you, but I can't wait.
Well, that's all I've got this week. As always, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section.
Until next Monday...
Storminnorman's Sports Views
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First of all I would like to welcome back the players to practice and the start of the NFL season, I was not looking forward to college football as its replacement this fall. I would also like to reintroduce you to the best wide receiver in the NFL, Calvin Johnson.

How well Calvin and the Lions do, will depend on the health of this person........

If the Lion's want to be successful this year, they had better find someone quick enough to block on his blind side something Jeff Backus seems not to be able to do anymore. I am not saying Backus cannot play anymore, but maybe if he was on the left side of the offensive line blocking Matt Stafford may survive his third season in the NFL, and the Lions can make the playoffs this season.

I would love to see what Matt Stafford really can do for a full season, but as for the mentioned reasons above he may not. I do not think his shoulder can withstand another season, if they cannot pass protect for him. Why do you think Joey Harrington and Jon Kitna left, because the O-line could not block for them.

Joey Harrington and Jon Kitna were not bad quarterbacks, it just seemed like they were running for their lives more often then not when it came to third down passing situations. If you give Matt Stafford any protection whatsoever, the Lions win 10 games and make the playoffs and or win their division.

Packer fans, you won your Super Bowl but the Lions are getting close to challenging for the Division and dominating it with their defense. Has anyone noticed this, Jim Swartz is building the same kind of dominating defense like the one he was used to seeing during his time in Tennessee, Nick Fairly even though a so-called project, will just add more team speed on defense......

I predict in three years you will see the DETROIT LIONS in the NFC Championship game, and on their way to the Super Bowl. I also will state for the record, that it will not be the only time that it will happen........

Thanks for reading my crazy post, full of dreams, as every new sports season brings hope for our teams. I will see you all next week, and no the heat in the Midwest has not eaten away at my brain or common sense..... :O)

Is The NFL Ready For Some Football?
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Tags: NFL MLB NBA PGA

Are you ready for some football?† I know that the fans are, but I do not think that any of the NFL teams are ready.† The NFL staggered the start of training camps depending on when the first pre-season game is going to be played.† My favorite team, the Arizona Cardinals, was supposed to start last Wednesday, in actuality they are starting†this morning,†a full four†days after their camp was supposed to have begun.† Have they signed any of their rookies?† No and this perplexes me, because I was under the assumption that the rookies had a salary cap depending on where they were drafted.† No negotiations, "Just sign here on the dotted line green pea".† The Cardinals situation is no different than any other team, it is a giant cluster f*ck throughout the NFL right now.† †Do not think for a moment that NFL football as we know it is anywhere back to normal.

The Cardinals pulled off one of the major trades of the NFL so far; they traded Pro Bowl cornerback Dominique Rogers-Cromartie and a second round draft pick next season for quarterback Kevin Kolb.† The trade was necessary for the Arizona team, their quarterbacks (four of them) stunk last season following the retirement of future Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner.† The only problem is that Kolb is not allowed to practice with the team until August 4.† What is up with that?† This rule seems pretty ignorant to me.†

The major league baseball trading deadline is fast approaching, and so far I think that San Francisco and Philadelphia have just made great trades for their trades with Carlos Beltran going to the Giants and Hunter Pence going to the Phillies.† My team, the Diamondbacks, does not need any hitting as they lead the National League in home runs.† They could use a back of the rotation starting pitcher and a shut down reliever.† The trading deadline is Monday; we will see what else transpires with the contenders.

Meanwhile Tiger Woods is about to make his return to competitive golf and I, for one, hope that he can return to his former dominating self again.† Professional golf needs Tiger to start winning tournaments again, if only for the fans.† I would love to see him win his 19th major at the PGA Championship this year.† Tiger is playing at Firestone Golf Course in my birthplace of Akron, Ohio this weekend, a place where he has won seven times.† We should be able to see if he has his game back together by watching him this weekend.† I know that many of you think that golf is a boring sport to watch.† I am not among you.

As for professional basketball and their strike, I leave you with the comment that I would love to see Kobe Bryant end his career by playing a few years in Turkey.† Like Kelly Pickler (who I do have a crush on), †I do not think that Kobe is the smartest tool in the shed.

I leave you with this tune which sums up my feelings on both Kobe and the NBA strike.† Thanks for your patronage and have a great week.

saying IT without saying IT...
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We have a family tradition...

It's a family superstition...

And this tradition...

And this superstition...

Happen a few times a year...

During baseball season...

The most recent rendition of IT was the other day...

Something special was happening...

And I needed to call my son...

Not there...

Had to leave a voice mail...

And tell him about IT...

But I couldn't exactly say what IT was...

But he knew what I meant...

Then my brother Chris texts me...

And tells me about IT...

Without saying IT...

Now I call my brother Scott...

But first of all...

I wouldn't say we are a real superstitious family...

But I would say we are superstitious about IT...

Because when you get a call...

Or you get a text...

And the person calling...

Or the person texting...

Is saying IT without saying IT...

You know exactly what he means...

So I call Scott...

Scott answers...

On this particular day Scott is working on the Amtrak...

But he fields my call...

And he's glad he did....

"Hi, Scoot..."

(That's his nickname...)

"Guess what I'm doing..."

"I'm watching the Angels game..."

"Oh, really," he replies...

"And IT is a really, really good game..."

(He is starting to get my drift...)

"What inning???" asks Scott...

"IT is in the eighth inning," I say...

"Who's pitching?" he asks...

"Santana," says dvt...

"I think you really, really need to check IT out.."

"Will, do," he responds and the call is complete...

The communication is complete...

I said IT without saying IT...

I just had to say IT the way I said IT...

Or else IT wouldn't have happened...

IT doesn't always happen when we make the call...

Or the text...

Because maybe someone else in the world blew IT...

By saying IT...

Dummy...

But not on this day...

We dared not mention IT...

Because IT will definitely NOT happen if we say what IT is...

IT is our superstition...

IT is our tradition...

IT is our condition...

Did IT happen???

You bet IT did...

For the ninth time in Angels' history...

Ervin did IT...

All because we said IT without saying IT...

So the next time IT is underway...

You can call me...

Or you can text me...

Or you can facebook me...

But don't you dare say IT...

No matter who the pitcher is...

Or IT will go away...

Much to our chagrin...

Because IT is our tradition...

And our superstition...

And I thank you for your cooperation...

IT means a lot to me and my family...

dvt

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Talking Sports (What Lockout)
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL

Hey has anybody heard that the NFL lock out is over? There has been no coverage of it at all. Iím glad they feel that they have done a great justice for the fans by ending it. I donít know about you but there was no donít in my mind that they wouldnít miss a down.

Gentlemen as a shareholder in the NFL (I spend x amount of dollars and time a year on tickets and other NFL stuff)† as do many of you. What have we gained, nothing I paid for my tickets in March as my man Scottjax did.† So lockout or no lockout the only thing that has changed is the best live and television entertainment from September through Febuary is back. Donít tell me you are soured on the NFL youíll be watching on September 11 as I will. You will enjoy every single down and game no matter who the teams are and who is playing you will totally enjoy every minute of it as will I. In February after itís all said and done youíll want more because you didnít get enough as will I.

Letís face it as much as we talk about billionaires messing with millionaires and as much as we would like to say we have had enough. Itís addicting itís like Duncan Hines we always come back for more. I love it and you love it, all of it. Itís not only the NFL , it;ís college, high school and Pop Warner itís the damn game of football and itís addicting.

We know the NFL will be playing for 10 more years without a work stoppage and in the big grid iron in the sky Landry turned to Lombardi, Landry with his wide brim hat and Lombardi in the overcoat with the shorter brim hat. They turned and said I canít believe the owners are going to allow only 14 practices in full pads. Hank Stram dressed immaculately chimed in and says gentleman that is the business of football what did the owners really concede by doing that. Lombardi with a broad smile takes a drag of his cigarette and says not a damn thing. We would have been pissed. in our day. Landry just nods with his stoic look. Than Landry pauses and says no two a days during camp. Lombardi smiling again and just says lazy ass spoiled brats. In comes Sweetness with a smile broad and his soft voice . He says coach these guys are bigger faster and work out harder than we did back in the day.. They will get hurt quicker and faster. The three coaches look Stram says good point kid but they are still lazy asses. They all laugh.

The new CBA does two things that I think is good it takes care of some retired players who have gotten screwed for years especially the guys who ended up crippled and didnít get crap for it will get taken care of going for it. Not so much the retired guys of years past but the guys playing today.

I also like the limit on rookies damn kids havenít played a down and they are make more money than guys that have been around for five years. Guys that have struggled and have worked their tails off to stay with a team.

Finally, it forces the cheap skate owners to spend some cash. Thatís should create a level playing field for all teams. We they have to spend 99% of their cap money. That may force some of these owners to pony up and the fans of those teams may actually gain something.

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