Friday, December 15, 2006

The New Guys

You have your work cut out for you if you are the starting Quarterback against a New York Giants defense. Chris Weinke had that last Sunday on his first start in over 4 years. He made mistakes, admitedly saying "I cannot go out there, turn the ball over three times and still expect to come away with the win. It was fun to get back out there. I love to compete and I had my opportunity on Sunday." Weinke is starting in favor of an injured Jake Delhomme who is recovering albeit slowly. It does not look like he will be at a pro level by this weekend but he talks of the swelling going down. A thumb injury for a quarterback is hard when that digit is the main strength and grip on the ball. Injuries like that have plagued the Carolina Panthers as of late but that is not always a bad thing. With both normal starting cornerbacks, Ken Lucas and Chris Gamble, out with injuries, an up and coming star of a rookie, Richard Marshall, has been able to show off a bit more. With 5 starts he has pulled down 3 interceptions, 2 defensive fumble recoveries, and, while on the special teams, has tied the record for most tackles at 12. The team will need all of these guy playing thier best and helping in any way they can as the defending Super Bowl Champions, The Pittsburgh Steelers, travel to meet The Carolina Panthers in the Bank of America Stadium this Sunday @ 1:00pm.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Delhomme might Stayhomme

After suffering from a sprained thumb in last Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme has missed 2 consecutive days of practice. Rest is needed if Delhomme intends to keep his attendance up. Thus far he has started 59 consecutive games and coach John Fox would love to see him this Sunday against the New York Giants, who's defense is doing great this year. When asked about the treatment he was receiving for his injury, Delhomme described it as being a guinea pig. Ice is being applied regularly and the several different machines in the training room are being used liberally. "Whatever they want to do, if we can get it to work, then we will get it to work." he was quoted as saying.

Chris Weinke is ready to step up if Jake cannot make Sunday's game against the Giants stating "I have been in this offense for 5 years now. I know what I need to do with the football and I will be excited if the opportunity arises." Starting is not about preparing for the other team though, as they are preparing for you.

Delhomme might Stayhomme

After suffering from a sprained thumb in last Sunday's game against the Philidelphia Eagles, The Carolina Panthers Quarterback, Jake Delhomme, has missed 2 consecutive days of practice. Rest is needed If Delhomme intends to keep his attendace up. Thus far he has started 59 consecutive games and Coach John Fox would love to see him this Sunday against the New York Giants, who's defense is doing great this year. When asked about the treatment he was receiving for his injury, Delhomme described it as being a guinea pig. Ice is being applied regularly and the several different machines in the training room are being used liberally. "Whatever they want to do, if we can get it to work, then we will get it to work." he was quoted as saying.

Chris Weinke is ready to step up if Jake cannot make Sunday's game against the Giants stating "I have been in this offense for 5 years now. I know what I need to do with the football and I will be excited if the opportunity arises." Starting is not about preparing for the other team though, as they are preparing for you.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

What Are You Doing Tonight?

Don't have plans tonight? Make plans with the Carolina Panthers as they take on the Philadelphia Eagles. With the Eagles severely missing Donovan McNabb who is out for the rest of the season because of a torn ACL, this should be a good win for the Panthers. And if the Panthers want to stay up with the New Orleans Saints which already won today, they will definitely need this game.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Carolina's Hoover Explodes On Field,Not Sidelines

If you read Ed Hardin's assessment of the Panthers' Brad Hoover in Greensboro's News-Record.com, you might be imagining that Hoover was recruited from an asylum. Come to think of it...part of his popularity with Carolina fans has been his rabid intensity. What had them cheering Monday night, however, was just his gaining ground -- and a TD -- just when we really needed them, to win a game over the Tampa Bay Bucs that should never have been in jeopardy.

Well, Brad did turn 30 over the weekend. Happy birthday, Hoooooover!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Panthers Should Ease Back Above .500

It's a safe bet that the Carolina Panthers did not spend their bye week on rest and recreation. Neither players nor fans are satisfied with our current status at 4-4, especially when our last game with the Dallas Cowboys should never have been in the L column. Was it any comfort that the Cowboys got some of their own back at the hands of the Washington Redskins, leaving Dallas also at 4-4? Not really.

So let's look ahead. Next game: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers come onto our turf for Monday Night Football. That one should be a safe bet, too.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Madden: Carolina Panthers a work in progress

Read Scott Fowler's interview with John Madden and enjoyed Madden's comments on the Panthers and on their upcoming game with the Dallas Cowboys. Overall he seems to think our Panthers are "playing well inconsistently, if that makes sense." It does to me.

I think we've got a chance to be more consistent than the Cowboys next Sunday, when they'll be trying to adjust to Tony Romo as their QB in his first-ever NFL start.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

A Very Merry Christmas From The Panthers

For OVER 10 years now, the Panthers have assisted families through the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services' Christmas Adopt A Family Program. Holiday meals/groceries, clothing for each family member and new toys are provided by the Panthers. All of this takes place at a neighborhood fire station.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Have the Carolina Panthers Got a Streak Going Yet?

I for one think we'll see a lot more than two wins in a row, now that the Carolina Panthers are on the prowl again. Maybe some of the preseason hype had our Cats distracted. Meanwhile, the New Orleans Saints seemed to be playing over their heads, and actually came into today's game with a perfect three wins in a row.

This was the start of swinging the NFC South pendulum back to where it belongs. I hope you had tickets to be right there in Bank of America Stadium to see Steve Smith catching everything in sight and DeShaun Foster running 43 yards to try to put the game on ice after the two minute warning. Turns out that ice was a little slippery, and the Saints fought back with an 86-yard run and even a 2-point conversion. But we (well, Nick Goings) pounced on the onside kick and the end result was a victory for Carolina, 21-18. Roarrrr!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Excuse Madame, can you tell the future?

I like the whole crystal ball theory better than anything I have been reading on the net lately. People are talking about the Miami Dolphins like they might do something next year and of course we can’t ignore the Dallas Cowboys and their smart-mouthed celebrity Terrell Owens. All of it makes me want to hurl. All the Dolphins have is Randy Moss and Terrell Owens hasn’t benefited any of the teams he has attempted to destroy. Some NFL teams need to be reminded that hiring a super star doesn’t always pan out the way you want it to.

Take the Philadelphia Eagles. Can we not learn from each other’s mistakes in this league?

Monday, June 19, 2006

Panthers Predictions Sound Good

I’ve been reading that the Carolina Panthers will be in the Super Bowl in Miami next February 4th. Okay!! Plus, the people with the crystal ball have also picked our opponents as well: the Denver Broncos. They’re calling it “the Battle of the Jakes” in honor of Jake Delhomme and Jake Plummer. Sounds like a great match-up, and best of all—we win!

Um, just like we won Super Bowl XL like Sports Illustrated said we would last year? I think I’d rather get tickets and see for myself.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Panthers in Prescription Trouble

I read a story on ESPN about a doctor who pled guilty to conspiracy to provide a number of Carolina Panthers players with steroids. It says he prescribed the hormones to players who wanted to bulk up and it was found that the players filled the prescriptions multiple times at the same pharmacy. This doctor has also been implicated in the death of a woman who received an experimental intravenous treatment from him before her death.

Another article on the subject says Todd Steussie filled his prescription for testosterone cream eleven times in eight months. Testosterone is known to be a steroid and is banned by the NFL. I cant believe I missed this story when it came out. I hate to see our players mixed up in drug scandals. It’s a disgrace. Read the stories:


ESPN - http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2456904

CBS - http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/03/29/60II/main683747.shtml

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Draft Day Results for the Carolina Panthers

My favorite pick from the draft is fifth rounder Jeff King. He is excellent at breaking through the opposing team’s defenses to catch passes and at making holes for the run. He is just what this Carolina Panthers team needs; a body between the runner and the defense, and a tight end who can put some touchdowns on the board.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Any thoughts about the 2006 NFL draft?

The 2006 NFL schedule is out and it looks good and challenging for the Carolina Panthers. We will play the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals for the first time ever so this will be a record setting season almost automatically when you consider all the firsts we can accrue. I am really excited about the draft and want to know what positions you think we should be shopping for and who you think could fill what roles.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Rebuilding again and it’s a little scary

I am really concerned about this Carolina Panthers team. I predict we are going to see a lot of changes over the next few months. Sixteen players have become free agents at the same time and that could spell trouble for this team. Hopefully we can put together a stronger team for the 2006 season. Who do you think we should be chasing and why?

Sunday, February 12, 2006

I’m Jealous of Traveling Panthers

The Carolina Panthers didn’t get a trip to the frozen north for the Super Bowl but a few of them are headed to the temperate shores of beautiful Hawaii. That in one event I would love to see. Does anyone have any spare Pro Bowl tickets?

Sunday, January 22, 2006

We’ve Got Delhomme and You Don’t

The Carolina Panthers are set to battle the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship on Sunday for the right to play in the Super Bowl. We slaughtered the Giants and we beat the Bears. The Seahawks got here so they are a great team, but they don’t have Jake Delhomme and this is his year. We started this post-season as a wild card but soon proved to be the stronger team against formidable opponents. The Seahawks don’t stand a chance.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Who’s the Best? Panthers! Panthers!

The Panthers running game has been on fire for the past two games. Boasting 451 yards in two games, the Carolina Panthers rushing offense is unstoppable. Our running backs have to give credit to the offensive line that made the holes and attacked the Giants rush defense aggressively. We completely shut out the Giants on Sunday and as they were attempting a comeback Marcus Washington intercepted Eli Manning’s last pass of the game for the win. Out played the Giants looked disappointed in the loss. Eli Manning had his worst game ever and was plagued by turnovers forced by the Panthers fiery defense.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Delhomme and Deshaun Destroy Falcons

The Carolina Panthers won their battle against the Atlanta Falcons 44-11. It was a fitting end to the season and after our win over the Cowboys this team looked unstoppable. The great feats of Jake Delhomme had a lot to do with our success on Sunday, but the offense deserves the credit for the win because they dominated the Falcons from right out of the gate. The line was blocking for the run and wide receiver Ricky Proehl caught some great passes from Delhomme including one for a touchdown. Deshaun Foster ran 70 yards for a touchdown breaking the Panthers previous record.