Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Hello everyone!  Here’s what 2 Guys are reading this week:

Things aren’t looking good for Aldon Smith.

Josh Freeman should eventually beat out the incumbents in Minnesota.

Magic Johnson leaves ESPN’s NBA Coverage show, amid rumors of dissatisfaction with Bill Simmons’ increased role on the show.

Bill Barnwell does a great job discussing the Panthers offense.

The injury to Julio Jones is devastating for the Falcons.

Our friend Chris Barnewall discusses Brendan Haywood’s injury.

Nice discussion of the Pirates looking toward next season after such a great Cinderella story in 2013.

Despite the Orioles’ woes, 2 Guys reminds everyone that Chris Davis had a fantastic season.

Oh Kanye

 

2 Guys are a little late on this podcast, but Welcome to Night Vale is fantastic!  A little comedy mixed with H.P. Lovecraft… check it!

 

Have a great weekend everyone!

The Panthers and I Need To Go on a Break

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One thing you may not know about me is that I am a huge fan of the show Friends. Like huge to the point that at one point I could name episode numbers if you just described the plot of the episode to me.  I'm not that nerdy any more but I still have an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the show.

One of the most heart wrenching moments of the show is this scene where Ross and Rachel decide they need to take a break. It sucks because everyone know Ross and Rachel are perfect for each other. But neither can really figure out at that moment exactly why it's so hard for them to love each other. So they take a break to figure this out. Was it a terrible idea? Yes. 5 seasons, 2 marriages and a baby later they figure this out and get back together and all is right with the universe.  

I feel like this is where I am in my relationship with the Carolina Panthers.  I feel like we need to take a break.  Not because of anything they have done. But because of me. For the 6th straight season the Panthers have started the season 1-3 (except for the 2008 season where they started 0-4). I'm not sure how much more of this I can take.  Season after season, it's the same. They get my hopes up. Show lots of promise. Then underachieve until they are out of playoff contention. Finish the season strong and suck me back in again going into the next season.

You have to show me you are serious about changing the problems this team has. And I mean seriously change it. Not just put duct tape over the broken window. Fix the window. Get Cam some weapons. Bolster the O-Line. Get a decent secondary. And finally play with some fight and urgency. 

Who am I kidding? We all know how this plays out. You'll go 7-9.  Fire the coach. Piece together a team that gives me just enough hope to rope me back in for yet another mediocre season.  No! It stops here. No more Panthers! Unless you change, I can't continue this relationship.  

 

Panthers Fan Day and Jersey-of-the-Day

I went to the Panthers Fanfest on Saturday and had a great time.  My wife was a great sport about it, we ran in the morning 5K associated with it, and I got the opportunity to fall in love (Panthers fringe roster guy TE Brandon Williams) and be heartbroken (Cam looked a little rough) all in one day. 

There are two things I love about Fan Day at the stadium, a day where the stadium opens up and fans can come and watch the Panthers do a full practice for free.  First, I get an early look at the team on a day I don't have to take off from work.  Second, any time I go to the stadium, I get to find a Jersey-of-the-Day.   

The Panthers looked pretty good.  I was impressed with Brandon Williams, a TE who will struggle to make the roster but looks like he's in pretty good shape at this point.  I also like WR Armanti Edwards, and CB Josh Norman, who looked ready to challenge for a starting spot.   I was less impressed with QB Cam Newton, who looked erratic and threw at least two picks (one that CB Captain Munnerlyn isn't likely to let him forget.

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Also, I was impressed with fans.  I found very little fodder for jersey of the day.  Often, I find at Bank of America Stadium a gem like Chris Weinke, but this guy won this trip.  Stephen Davis isn't a person to scoff at, but most of the jerseys were current stars on the team (the overwhelming majority still Steve Smith), so I didn't have much to mock.  As a side note, I disqualify people wearing jerseys from different teams, otherwise the Washington Boars Dana Stubblefield jersey would win, hands down.  Also, a young lady with a boyfriend who had Resting Asshole Face, closely related to Resting Bitch Face, was wearing a Dan Morgan jersey, which would have won, but I wasn't going to be the weird guy who asks the young girl if I can take her picture.  I wasn't in the mood to get stabbed.

Weekly Roundup

Hey everyone, here's what I'm reading this week!

Bill Parcells says “Jason Terry Voice

Nice Seahawks WR breakdown

Lots of Randall Cobb comparisons and discussions, can’t wait to watch De’Anthony Thomas this year

Follow the NBA Summer League!

I’ll try to remember to enjoy this last year of the best Tight End in NFL History

Quick football news with fantasy football impact

This overrated Panthers bracket has been fun to follow and Dwayne and I love this Panthers site

Nats happy someone seems more cocky than Bryce Harper…

It’s official!  Welcome back Hornets!

Elena Delle Donne killing it, and is now the first WNBA rookie to lead players in All-Star Ballot voting!

 

And here’s a video of one of my favorite runs of the past few years, just to set your weekend right!