Archive for December, 2009

Foxism of the Day: 12/29/09

29 December 2009 2 comments

Okay, I know he said this yesterday, but I was too busy to post it.

John Fox, on Steve Smith’s recovery time from arm surgery (emphasis mine):

Right now, as far as I know, he’s day-to-day. He had good surgery. I don’t even think he’s out of the hospital yet. I’ll let you know when I find out more information.

It really doesn’t get any better than this. You have to love the guy for his ability to answer the tough questions the media throws in his face.

On a side note: Smith is expected to have a smooth recovery and be ready for the team’s offseason workout programs.

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How bout them apples?

27 December 2009 Leave a comment

Wow! I knew the Panthers were capable of beating anybody in the league if they would get their act together and play up to their potential, but I never thought they would completely dismantle the Giants like they did today. 41-9 … are you kidding me? That’s freaking awesome. The only thing that would have made this win better for me is if the Panthers could have clinched a playoff spot — but oh well, I’ll take it anyway.

Thanks to the joy of holiday travel I was unable to watch the game on tv, but I was fortunate to listen to the majority of it on the radio as I was on the road for most of the morning with my family, and I really wish that I could have watched today’s game. There’s just something special about seeing your favorite team obliterate another team on Sunday afternoon, but I guess I’ll have to settle for listening to it on the radio.

This win is the Panthers’ 2nd in a row against teams either in the playoffs or in the hunt for a playoff spot, and even though it is nice to see these performances at the end of a non-playoff season it makes me wonder where this team was earlier in the year when they still had a chance to make a Super Bowl run.

But, a win’s a win, and there’s not much to complain about based on what I’ve seen over the past two games. And, I really believe that Matt Moore has solidified his case for the new starting quarterback — because if his performances over the past two games hasn’t convinced Fox that he deserves the job, I don’t think he ever will.

Sometimes the rules should be bent

20 December 2009 5 comments

Sometimes, the sheriff needs to look at the circumstances and bend the rules.

Chad Eight-Five, the oft-misunderstood wide receiver/diva of the Cincinnati Bengals, has stated that he wishes to honor his former teammate Chris Henry, who passed away this past Thursday, on Sunday by wearing the number 15 instead of his usual 85.

But, the sheriff thinks that it’s a bad idea.

Obviously, the threat of a fine has never made Eight-Five turn away from doing what he wants. After all, we are talking about the man who wore a sombrero on the sidelines after scoring a touchdown. But, in this case, I feel that sheriff Goodell might be going a little overboard with his stance on the “letter of the law”.

Let’s face it: it’s not like Eight-Five is pulling another publicity stunt like he did when he changed his name. He’s actually trying to do something positive. He’s trying to honor his dead teammate by wearing his number on Sunday, and honestly, I can think of a hundred things that Eight-Five could do that would be worse than that.

An even bigger problem is that if Eight-Five decides to go through with his plan, and the sheriff decides to lay down the law and hit him in the wallet, the NFLPA can’t cover the cost of the fine like they said they would.’s Adam Schefter:

NFL rules prevent the NFL Players Association from reimbursing Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco for any fines he might incur should he decide to wear Chris Henry’s No. 15 jersey Sunday.

NFLPA spokesman George Atallah had tweeted earlier Saturday his organization would cover the fine.

The organization has already established a memorial fund for Henry and plan to match any fine for Ochocinco to that fund and/or the Players Assistance Fund.

But the NFLPA is prohibited from reimbursing the fine money that would be automatically withheld from Ochocinco’s paycheck by the league.

Ochocinco wants to wear Henry’s jersey to honor his former teammate, who passed away Thursday, just as he did during practice last week, but league rules prohibit it.

Ochcocinco is familiar with NFL rules. He was prevented from changing the name on his jersey two years ago unless it was his legal name; later Chad Johnson changed his legal name to Chad Ochocinco.

The Bengals are planning to wear a No. 15 decal on their helmets. But Ochocinco wants to further honor his teammate.

Take a second and re-read that last sentence: he wants to further honor his teammate. That’s it. Nothing more, nothing less. And, it’s absolutely pathetic that he will have to pay a fine if he decides to do it.

Sometimes it’s just best to bend the rules a little when circumstances like this arise. But, I am reminded of the time that Jake Plummer wanted to honor Pat Tillman and the NFL said no (and that one was even worse because Tillman died in combat) — so I don’t expect anything different this time around either.

And it’s just a crying shame.

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RIP Chris Henry

17 December 2009 7 comments

Official police reports now claim that former Cincinnati Bengals WR Chris Henry has died from multiple injuries sustained in an automobile accident yesterday.

According to several reports, Henry was involved in a domestic dispute with his fiancee yesterday when he allegedly jumped in the back of a moving pickup truck his fiancee was driving, and was later thrown from the vehicle. His body was found on the side of a residential road in Charlotte, NC and he was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at approximately 6:30 this morning.

While I do think what he did was monumentally stupid, now is not the time to discuss what he could have done to avoid this mess. However, I wrote an article about this story for my weekly column at You Gab Sports, primarily focusing on Henry’s lack of responsibility in the situation (and the premature reports of his death). If you’re interested in reading it, you can do so by clicking here.

Please keep in mind that it was written before Henry passed away, and it should not be taken as “speaking ill of the dead” — because he was alive at the time the article was written, and the primary focus of the article was on the premature report of his death by the media, not the domestic situation between him and his fiancee*.

My condolences to the Bengals and the family of Chris Henry.

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* – In other words, please don’t think I’m being insensitive.

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The injuries just keep coming

16 December 2009 Leave a comment

The Panthers have placed RT Jeff Otah on injured reserve, ending his season.

Sometimes, you just have to accept the fact that your team is going to be one of the unfortunate ones to suffer through an injury-ridden season, and you have to accept the fact that your team will not perform up to the standard that you had set for them at the beginning of training camp.

I knew it was a bad sign when Ma’ake Kemoeatu went down on the first day of training camp (the first day!) with a season ending ACL injury, but I never would have imagined that injuries would have dominated the Panthers this season the way they ruthlessly have.

Take a look at this list of players:

Ma’ake Kemoeatu
Josh McCown
Louis Leonard
Thomas Davis
Jordan Gross
Jeff Otah
Jake Delhomme
Chris Harris
Charles Godfrey
Deangelo Williams
Julius Peppers1

Do you notice a common thread among these players? These are all players that have missed at least 1 game due to injury this season or have been placed on IR.

This is not just some random group of people — we’re talking about the anchors of the offensive line (Gross and Otah), one half of the most important part of the offense (Williams), and three of the leaders on defense (Peppers, Davis, and Harris) — and not to mention the starting and backup quarterbacks2.

Have the Panthers played up to expectations? No, of course not. But, they have had a lot to deal with this season: poor quarterback play, terrible coaching and game-planning, and key players missing due to injuries. It’s really no surprise that they are 5-8 and out of contention for the playoffs.3

Oh well, there’s always next year I guess.


1 – Peppers didn’t miss any games due to injury, but he was only available on obvious passing situations (ie – 3rd and long) for two weeks because of a broken hand.

2 – Ok, I will admit this one isn’t that bad, but still — if I’m going to make excuses for why the Panthers suck this year, I might as well milk it as much as I can.

3 – They’re still mathematically alive at this point, but a lot has to happen for them to sneak in the back door and take the 6 seed — so much that I don’t see it happening and have prepared myself to jump on a bandwagon once the playoffs start.

Charges against Beason to be dropped

11 December 2009 1 comment

Awesome development in the Jon Beason case involving the night-club incident where he allegedly attacked a fellow patron of the club in a “drug-related dispute”.

The Herald, via CSR:

Mecklenburg County prosecutors won’t pursue the criminal charges filed against Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason, his attorney said Friday.

Attorney George Laughrun received a two-page notice that the case was being dismissed, saying that the Mecklenburg County district attorney’s office didn’t find sufficient evidence to continue to the case.

“That was a pretty big vindication of Jon,” Laughrun said.

There is still a pending civil suit in the case, but the good news is Beason won’t face any jail time and will have less to worry about when he prepares to play every week.

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Looks like Moore will get another start

10 December 2009 Leave a comment

Nothing has been confirmed yet (because we all know that Fox likes to keep his opponents guessing until the last possible nanosecond), but it appears that Matt Moore will start for Carolina this Sunday against the Patriots because Jake Delhomme is still unable to grip and throw a football1 due to his broken finger.

I hope that Moore gets the start, because I’m anxious to see what he can do against a formidable opponent. The 1-10 (now 1-11) Buccaneers playing without their best CB2 didn’t really give the proper challenge to find out just how good (or bad) Moore is.

Sure, it was a nice way to shake off the rust from riding the bench for 2 years, but now is the time to really evaluate what he has for the future so the front office knows how to handle next year’s draft.

The Patriots will be in a pissy mood after losing to Miami last week, and will be playing at home, where they are 6-0 on the season. Hopefully the Panthers can pick up a much-needed win and move to 6-7 and get some help from a few other teams and get back in the wild card hunt3.


1 – Not that he could really throw it before.

2 – Aqib Talib

3 – I have to keep my hopes up until they are mathematically out.