Posted on: September 5, 2008 6:05 am

2008-09 NFL Projections - NFC South

I’m wondering, while I watch tv, if I’m going to once again see Jake Delhomme hawking Bojangle chicken.  Don’t get me wrong, Bojangles has good chicken for a fast food chicken joint.  But it was kind of funny seeing the Carolina Panthers quarterback throwing a box of chicken on a football field, when he should have been throwing a football.  Maybe that’s the real reason for his elbow surgery?

NFC South:

#4) – Atlanta Falcons – this team has been hurting since the loss of Michael Vick and the subsequent rats abandoning ship.  The pickup of Matt Ryan was definitely a plus, but let’s face it, this kid is a rookie in a division that three other teams have playoff potential.

#3) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – I was originally going to place this team 2nd in the division, however, I noticed they just acquired Sean Mahan from the Pittsburgh Steelers.  If no one noticed, Mahan was on that Steelers offense that allowed Roethlisberger to get sacked, how many times?  Okay so they have a good defense, however, the question will be, can Tampa Bay keep it’s quarterbacks from getting hurt?

#2) – New Orlean Saints – This team was going to be 3d however, I had to bump them up seeing the new acquisition to the Bucs.  I know, how can I put this team so low with the likes of Drew Brees, Marquis Colston and Reggie Bush, one word, defense.  So I see a duel between #2 and #3 in this division.  Don’t get discouraged, this team has the possibility of picking up the wild card.

#1) – Carolina Panthers – Jake Delhomme is healthy, Julius Peppers promises to be a beast on defense.  Jeff Otah definitely helps the oline and Johnathan Stewart is going to be a fantasy football freaks dream. 

NFC South Division Champion – Carolina Panthers
Posted on: January 25, 2008 2:38 pm

Weekly Rant

Okay, honestly, I'm not experiencing any hormonal effects here this week, since it may seem that I've climbed on my soapbox.  It's just the nervous energy being emitted lately has got me tense.  Some people have, in the past, thought I was empathic.  I scoffed at that idea (and then ran to www.m-w.com to find out what that meant).  Okay, so it doesn't mean pathetic, which at times I can be.  Trust me, you haven't seen me when I'm sick. 

- Empathy:  2: the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner; also : the capacity for this

I'm thinking of how I just now made my dear grandmother (a retired english teacher), smile from her grave by learning a new word and passing it on.  It could be possible that I'm empathic.  If that's so, my Patriot fan friends may want to think of taking up yoga, meditation or valium to stay calm, just so ya'll quit affecting my ulcer.  (Just teasing).

It's going to be a long two weeks for those of us addicted to football.  Many of us have already resorted to watching old games and perusing information on past superbowls.  We'll try to keep ourselves busy, ignoring the mild shakes and withdrawals.  I suspect many of us come week two will be seeing pink elephants and suffering serious DTs. 

It's going to be a long two weeks for sports analysts too.  Having already gone through analyzing the stats, they're looking at other areas to report on.  Pete Prisco has introduced us to the possible drama that may unfold between Tom Brady and the paparrazi.  See Brittany, looks like you may not be the only one with those dread photographers following you all over.  I'm waiting for Clark Judge to come back and tell us about how Eli Manning was caught at a late night stop through a Wendy's drive through.  Sorry guys, I know there's only so many things you can write about and the different angles until it comes time to start reaching.  I wish all analysts luck for the next two weeks.

Steelers lost another casuality from the pro-bowl.  Troy Polamalu has bowed at due to an injury with his knee.  Guess it's the wisest thing, especially since he's been there before, why aggravate the injury?  But geesh, how many more injuries are going to come up for the Steelers.  Tyrone Carter dropping after the Denver game, Aaron Smith going on IR, Willie Parker in the Rams game.  It was reported that Hines Ward had knee surgery and now Polamalu with his knee strain.

Looking around the NFL and seeing the number of injuries being nursed, to include the surgery on Philip Rivers knee, I' m going to try to convince my daughter that sports medicine is the way to go once she looks into med school.

Okay I've heard of rats abandoning the ship when it's sinking, but not crawling back onto it.  Though Gamecock fans may not be too happy with the current game of duck, duck, goose, I think it's funny that Brian VanGorder decided to go back to the Falcons  as their DC after being hired by Spurrier.  Yes Steve, I'm sure you're neck was red for awhile.   Of course, news in the NCAA corrider does report that Ellis Johnson will be replacing VanGorder.  Can't blame VanGorder though, he is probably the best one that would know the strengths of the Atlanta Defense.  It will be interesting to see what Mike Smith will do with that team.

With Mike Smith leaving the Jacksonville Jaguars to become headcoach for the Atlanta Falcons, one has to wonder how that change is going to effect the Jaguars next year.  I'm sure Del Rio will find a capable replacement.

Anyway here's hoping for a good weekend...oh wait, there is no football.  Okay here's hoping we all survive the withdrawals that will accompany this weekend due to no games. 

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