December 22, 2007
Here are the inactives for tonight: Linebacker James Anderson, cornerback Patrick Dendy, defensive lineman Gary Gibson, offensive lineman Evan Mathis, tackle Frank Omiyale, defensive end Julius Peppers and quarterback Vinny Testaverde. -- PAT YASINSKAS
Posted by Observer Sports on December 22, 2007 at 06:53 PM | Permalink
Found a few more..
DE Julius Peppers
QB Vinny Testaverde (3rd QB)
OL Evan Mathis
OL Frank Omiyale
WR Jason Carter
DT Gary Gibson
LB James Anderson
CB Patrick Dendy
Posted by: Don | Dec 22, 2007 6:59:16 PM
no you found ONE more, that one being something named Jason Carter
Posted by: so | Dec 22, 2007 7:43:23 PM
time for us to come back now after a 14-0 deficit. Last year we had them 14-0 then the Cowboys scored 31 straight points to win.. we can do this.. Go Panthers.....D up!!!
Posted by: Panther Fan D | Dec 22, 2007 9:16:18 PM
here we go, thats one and counting... D up!
Posted by: Panther Fan D | Dec 22, 2007 9:20:37 PM
I just want to clear this I watch Total access and they never talk about keping Marty Hurney but they did say John Fox will come back I know that marty after this year have one more year left on his contract but do he really deserve it as a GM you have to make sure that the team you will get will be consistant and not look good here and terrilbe there I hope we get a new GM we will be picking in the top 10 or at the least top 15 in this year draft we need to get talent all across the board at every position Kinda make you wonder should we have went after the Tuna who is Bill Parcell I just hope the Owner put the pressure that the Browns in the NFL and Celtic in the NBA put on their GM so we might see a better and faster reaction of getting talent .
Posted by: TELLING IT LIKE IT IS | Dec 22, 2007 11:57:53 PM
This game showed that the NFL is protecting its wallet with its officials. Two important drives late in the game and two ridiculous no calls for pass interference. The NFL's dream is for the NFC championship game to be played at Texas Stadium with Romo engineering a come from behind drive to beat Farve and the Packers. Then they would be able to promote the new generation of NFL QBs led by Tony Romo. This may sound like a homer call but remember if you will a couple of years ago when Carolina went to the NFC championship game. Late in the season they played Dallas who was also in playoff contention at the time. They threw Steve Smith out of the game on a BS call for grabing an official. Dallas is one of the biggest markets and draws for the NFL. What we saw tonight was proof that money is by far the motivating factor behind everything that goes on in pro football. This also goes for the fact that the NFL network is still not avialable for cable. The NFL makes more money than all of the other sports leagues combined, repeat, combined! This problem will get worse before it gets better.
Posted by: BDUB | Dec 23, 2007 12:05:41 AM
At least college football is not tarnished by bad decisions, greed, and questionable officiating.
Posted by: BDUB | Dec 23, 2007 12:11:27 AM
the officials cost the panthers the playoffs, go matt moore. lets trade him in the off season! go panthers!
Posted by: Radicaldad | Dec 23, 2007 12:39:38 AM
BDNB, you are 100 percent right on what happened last night. We all have to remember it is the COWBOYS, so therefore they are gonna get there way on things. I really couldn't believe my eyes on these calls, it was shocking even to some Cowboys fans at the bar. WE GOT SCREWED LAST NIGHT. Thats all there is too it. It wasn't on Sportscenter or anything, making it look like, nothing happened. Anything for the Cowboys. I would also like to say good job Panthers for atleast playing with heart, and trying to keep in play even when the refs were screwing you.
Posted by: Al | Dec 23, 2007 10:29:13 AM
I'm stunned this morning at Ron Fowler's comments regarding his shock that Mr Richardson spoke to a national media outlet (Chris Collingsworth) about the future of Fox/Hurney. Lets start with...When is Ms Caulkin (Observer President) going to fix its Sports Dept? Outside of Green and Poole (who are tops in their fields of Golf and NASCAR...note their "pro sports" dedication and heritage), the beat reproters for the Panthers and Bobcats are "bush league". They were raised on college sports and somewhere someone said "...oh and by the way, need you to pick up this NFL and NBA stuff". If I'm Mr Richardson or Michael Jordon or Bob Johnson, I wouldn't talk to the local media either. College reporting bears no resemblance to reporting on Pro sports. Pro sports requires a much higher sense of intuitive and analytical thinking than covering a non pro sport...period!
Until the Observer accepts the fact that Sports writing...and really GOOD sports writing.... sells as much if not more papers than covering a CMS Board meeting, the local medial will ALWAYS be embarrassed when "hot" sports news goes to the national media before the locals get it. Why? Becasue the pro team ownship in this town realize that the local sports media will have no appreciation for what they are being told. Nor will they reflect their appreciation in a reciprocating and meaningful way.
Lets pick an easy one...why am I not reading this morning, that when Cower announced one more year in the tv booth and within a week Richardson ending rumors on Fox and Hurney that they have "another year"...is someone at the Observer not fueling the fire to ask "Is this just a cooincidence?". And frankly speaking, if people on the street in Charlotte have heard that Bill Cower has met with Mr Richarsdon at the BoA Stadium offices sometime in the past month or so...why are our alleged Sports writiers not watching what goes in and out of the Panthers offices? You dont have to perform like this for college sports...unless of course your related to Petrino through some half breed ancestor. Pro sports...its a mandate to stay on the cutting edge.
Finally, to address Fowlers grouse about the local media not getting "first shot"...you need only look at the desk across from you. Sorenson has done more damage in and amoungst the pro sports in this region than anything I have seen in over 3 decades of tracking and supporting pro sports. He is neither clever, funny or insightful. He simply is an over the hill beat reporter who's time has past him. But remember, these are SOUTHERN pro sports that Mr Sorenson feels so compelled to spew his venom at...a club of owners and management that know about decorum and are craftsmen at the art of "grin f'ing" people and ccompanies that they need but dont care to do business with. To the old line.."keep your friends close and your enemies closer".Bravo Panthers and Bobcats! You have proved the point hat you can "lead a horse to water, BUT...". And to that end, the fans are the ultimate losers.
To the Observer Managemnt...you have failed your duty miserably to the community to be sitting back and believeing you have a team of pro sports writers. Charlotte is now booming with transplants that grew up reading their metro cities Sports section that beamed with reporters covering Sports franchises that have 100 year historys. This is no longer Aunt Bea's " trip to the big city". Get with it Observer and stop grousing how surprized you are when you dont get first run coverage...you havent earned it.
Posted by: Bob | Dec 23, 2007 11:04:48 AM
I just want to clear this I watch Total access and they never talk about keping Marty Hurney but they did say John Fox will come back I know that marty after this year have one more year left on his contract but do he really deserve it as a GM you have to make sure that the team you will get will be consistant and not look good here and terrilbe there I hope we get a new GM we will be picking in the top 10 or at the least top 15 in this year draft we need to get talent all across the board at every position Kinda make you wonder should we have went after the Tuna who is Bill Parcell I just hope the Owner put the pressure that the Browns in the NFL and Celtic in the NBA put on their GM so we might see a better and faster reaction of getting talent .Man I just hope Hrney does bettter in the draft and free agency then he ever did before and definely learn how to manage money and at the same time get alot of young or not old but experince player talent are Jerry Richardson should think about saling the Panthers to Curtis Martin .
Posted by: TELLING IT LIKE IT IS | Dec 23, 2007 11:33:35 AM
Here's an idea, don't read the paper. Who appointed you the god of media? All your crap said was that, in the absence of a story, media should make up wild rumors based on unrelated "facts" that they try to string together. The Panthers play it close to vest at all levels, and the lack of stories is a function of that as much as anything. So, go buy yourself a NY Times where sports writers are self-appointed keepers of the game, but only through their eyes and interpretation of what they think they see. The Panthers don't talk to radio or tv media, local or national, any more than they do the Observer. Change the channel if you don't like it. All this just because the NFL Network guys said Richardson said Fox is staying. Big story there. It is not like they sat down and had an in-depth interview with the new Howard Hughes.
Posted by: Perfect Killing Machine | Dec 23, 2007 12:41:08 PM
my name is ron mexico and i be a dumb ass racist who has nothin else better to do but post dumb shit on a sports forum.
Posted by: ron mexico | Dec 23, 2007 2:56:19 PM
Perfect...dont disagree at all..but you missed the point...its not just the Panthers that dont appear to want to talk to the Observer..its the B'cats as well. To your point though, The Observer makes us a "one horse town"...its inescapeable not to read the paper...unless you cant read to begin with,,,take note...I dont say anything bad about other sections of the Observer, which I believe are good in many respects..BUT...ANYBODY that has ANY close ties to pro sports in this town, frankly speaking, want nothing to do with the Observer sports reporters (other than golf and NASCAR)...why do you think we dont get good player and management interviews. And parenthetically speaking...do your home work before you pounce back. My logic of Cower and his one year, and Fox (and your right to point out it was Fox who was supported. Though he and Hurney are a tag team makes ome sense to say he was implicitly supported as well) seems to be hitting other media as perhaps "more than a mild coincidence" But your point of "in the absense of a story" suggest you would only be interested in "game details", which is only one part of Sports reporting. On theat logic, you may be the only person is Charlotte who was "ok" not pursuing why Peppers was performing below his standard. And that we had to wait 3/4's of the season to get. Not my idea of insightful journalism.
Finally...the whole notion of "non game statistic" reporting...is to give fans an "insight" to better understnad the actions of the teams they support. That said, Charlotte is a bit different in that we "own" a chunk of the Panthers (PSL's) and the Bobcats (PSL's issued this year to those who held season tix for the first 3 years)....under that model, the Sports Dept and the Teams themselves have made themselves more accountable to their fans...the pure economics of it makes it so.
So, yes, I'll pick up the Times, and the Post, and the Tribune, and a host of others to get thought provoking insight to our teams that our local paper cant. Bur remember, it was Fowler who groused about it in his column...not me taking random pot shots. That opens the door to feedback. And as Sorenson would say...it's just "In my Opinion".
Posted by: Bob | Dec 23, 2007 3:36:15 PM
I agree with BDub, except for the college football not being tarnished by greed. Any opportunity for power over people will breed greed, unless you are well anchored with outstanding morales (ie- Christian faith). Merry Christmas!
Posted by: SYRPIS | Dec 23, 2007 5:14:22 PM
Sorry you didn't catch the sarcasm syrpus. College is as corrupt as any sports league in the country. The BC$ is a perfect example.
Posted by: BDUB | Dec 23, 2007 7:12:54 PM
Is there any truth to this keeping Fox and Hurney rumor that has been going around? Come on Richardson, you've got to make a change!!!
Posted by: Matt West | Dec 23, 2007 9:39:56 PM
It's not a rumor, Matt...there's no reason not to keep the most successful combo the Panthers have ever seen.
By the way...what happened to "savior" Matt Moore and "Gotta be a starter!" Richard Marshall last night? Seems like Matty couldn't quite get rid of the ball when the O-line didn't block as well...or were they not as inspired by his presence this week? And what was up with #31 on that touchdown to TO? Was he afraid he might get hurt if he tried to wrap up?
Posted by: Michael Procton | Dec 23, 2007 10:22:01 PM
Get a life procton
Posted by: everyone | Dec 23, 2007 11:13:32 PM
I agree you are entitled to your opinion. I wanted to see more stories about some of the "human interest" of the Panthers. But, this owner has the team in lockdown. Things haven't gone his way, so the man who was so grateful to the fans is now a recluse who would rather hide in his golden tower than face some heat. He seems to think that nobody should dare to ask him a question. Well, it isn't just his team, we pay for it. Any business that ignores its customers will eventually fail. Think of the poor vendor who leases a spot in the stadium. Poor attendance doesn't really hurt the Richardson's due to the PSL fools gold we all got thanks to Satan Max Muelman, but it sure as hell hurts the small business owner who rents a booth in that stadium. You can bet they don't get a lease break from the Royal family due to poor attendance because they choose to put crap on the field. And the atmosphere! This desire to control how we behave, and that is all it is, at a pro game is ridiculous. But, all this goes on and the King and his band of simple offspring sit in silence on top of their mound of gold supplied by all of us, not saying a word, not changing a thing. They are on a different kind of welfare, but one that pays very well. They have no incentive to produce well, and their is no competition. Robber barons behaved this way. Instead of private rail cars they simply have private planes. All this is to make the point even more that it is incredible that it is so hard to get any info out of this organization. Give the Observer reporters some slack, this organization simply sticks its head in the sand and won't talk. I bet if they had to depend on selling tickets to individual games they would act differently.
Posted by: Willy | Dec 24, 2007 12:16:57 PM
My wish to Santa is Procton leaves the country.
Posted by: owen | Dec 24, 2007 1:35:55 PM
Those refs were no doubt trying to fix that game. I swear I saw Tim Daungty out there.
If the NFL can't get the calls right they just need to add more refs or have a couple refs upstairs looking at every play on TV, so they see what the fans see.
Posted by: joe | Dec 25, 2007 1:11:29 PM
1. I do agree that John Fox is a great coach, but Jon Beason talks like the ultimate k!$$ @SS. Fox needs to gut his coaching staff and find people that can get the most out of this talent--I'm saying a new DC, D-line coach, and ST coach. 2. Between Jake and Matt Moore, the QB seems solid enough to get by without wasting a draft pick. We need to draft and sign beef on the O-Line. It has been a bigger weakness than free safety. 3. Cheers to Mike Rucker! The man did what so few do in this FA era. He played his entire career with the same team. He is a man of class and principles. Thank you, Ruck for your years of service and dedication.
Dave on 12/25/2007 4:43:31 PM I just want to clear this I watch Total access and they never talk about keping Marty Hurney but they did say John Fox will come back I know that marty after this year have one more year left on his contract but do he really deserve it as a GM you have to make sure that the team you will get will be consistant and not look good here and terrilbe there I hope we get a new GM we will be picking in the top 10 or at the least top 15 in this year draft we need to get talent all across the board at every position Kinda make you wonder should we have went after the Tuna who is Bill Parcell I just hope the Owner put the pressure that the Browns in the NFL and Celtic in the NBA put on their GM so we might see a better and faster reaction of getting talent .Man I just hope Hrney does bettter in the draft and free agency then he ever did before and definely learn how to manage money and at the same time get alot of young or not old but experince player talent are Jerry Richardson should think about saling the Panthers to Curtis Martin . Also what would happen if the Falcons fire President/GM Rich McKay he 's as been succesful in the NFC south and know the Divison better then mostly anybody even though I will like the Pats or Colts Asst GM are the Cowboys Head scout and the Redskins Head sout or Asst Gm even the Chargers GM or Asst Gm some one who knows talent and gets talent without going over the cap. Scott Pioli will be the greatest decsion to make to take over this team and make them the AKA NFC Pats. AJ Smith also be a good fit I heard last night that if Chargers lose in the first round the Panthers should get him as fast as they say AJ this guy might not know coaches but theirs no tagruement he know talent from young to old and understand how to control the cap and make the right moves on players.
Posted by: TELLING IT LIKE IT IS | Dec 25, 2007 5:08:45 PM
Yeah you're right Procton, Matty sure had a bad performance against the 'Boys, didn't he? His game was so much worse than Delhomme's was against the 'Boys last year--149 yds, an INT, no TD's, sacked three times, and a fumble lost.
I guess Matty just isn't fit to hold your jock strap. I'm sure he'll publicly apologize to you, Procton, for his poor performance against the 'Boys--so much worse than Jake's--because you truly are the all-knowing, all-seeing Michael Procton, and all bow before your football knowledge.
And about Marshall's missed tackle on T.O., don't you think he learned that from the guy who wrote the book on missing tackles--your all-rookie, Chris Gamble?
And you're supposed to be the holder of all knowledge that is football; I think you're slacking on the job.
Posted by: hillbilly | Dec 26, 2007 6:10:04 AM
Give Procton a break, there isn't much to do in High Point. I picture him surrounded by a pc and lots of football magazines, scouring stats, etc. He is a stat man, no doubt. He is not a fair weather fan, I will give him that. I feel sorry for him in the sense that he seems like he is angry most of the time, and that is no way to go through life. He does seem to inspire a lot of emotional responses, which is amusing.
Posted by: Willy | Dec 26, 2007 12:28:18 PM
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