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Rick Bates

  • joined Feb 26, 2010
  • last login Aug 27, 2014
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Editor for Cat Scratch Reader, the official SBN site for the Carolina Panthers.

Born in 1959, child of the 60s and 70s. Now living in Apex, NC.

A Fan Of...

  • MLB Atlanta Braves
  • NFL Carolina Panthers
  • NCAAF Wake Forest Demon Deacons
  • NCAAB Wake Forest Demon Deacons
  • NHL Carolina Hurricanes
  • Golf Old Tiger
User Blog

Panthers to draft 7th (maybe)

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Attempted humor while progrostubating the April draft order.

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CSR Fantasy Football Smack Talk - Playoffs Edition

The playoffs start tonight for the CSR Fantasy Leagues, and it's time to get serial. Let's hear some of your best smack talking as we move toward the Championship of each League, and crown the...

Poking a Little Fun at Draft Predictions

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A fun look at Panther mock drafts, with reviews. Plus bonus BAMF mock draft from TV and Movies

CSR Fantasy League Updates

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The Fantasy Playoffs are just two weeks away for the nine CSR Leagues.  It's time for League Commissioners and Owners to weigh in on their respective seasons.  Let us hear your raves and your...

Eight Games In: My take on the 2011 NFL season's top stories

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What are the most noteworthy stories of the NFL season so far? Here's the top-10 that came to my mind.

It's the Bye week. Think I'll take a stab at a Mock Draft

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A bit of a different approach to the Panthers' mock draft.

Fantasy Football: The CSR League Competition Standings (thru week 4)

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We're four weeks into the the season, and it's time to take a look at where the individual League Leaders stack up among all of the nine CSR Leagues (other than CSR6 and 9, who failed to report). ...

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Attention: All CSR Fantasy League Commissioners...

UPDATE: I have info from all Leagues Except CSR6, CSR7, and CSR9.  Just a gentle nudge here. It's about time we update the community on how things are looking in our respective leagues.  We have...

Know when to Hold-em', know when to Fold-em'...Week-3

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I love good analysis, and I love honesty.  There are many good/great articles over at FantasyFootballMetrics.com, but I want to specifically share an exerpt about Cam.  RC Fischer mans up and...

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CSR Smack Talk Threads - Week 1

Are you ready to RUMBLE?? Not only are our beloved Panthers playing today, but we also start the journey to EXTREME bragging rights. Along the way, players may have something to say to their...

Fantasy Football Answers to CSR questions

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Thanks to RC for the insights provided.  It's all for real, starting tonight, so everybody's looking for an edge in their Fantasy League.  They're running a "Question of the Day" feature over at...

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CSR 3 - Smack Talkin' Time

The CSR3 League is shaping up to be ultra-competitive, at least for 2nd place. The BAMF Overlords (Rick) will rule with an iron fist, but I suppose there's always the "any given Sunday" hope for...

Fantasy Owners - Submit your questions for Fantasy Football Metrics

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Now it's for real, in a Fantasy kind of way. RC Fischer from fantasyfootballmetrics.com has agreed to provide answers to questions submitted by CSR members regarding Fantasy Football.  As many of...

Fantasy Football Answers, Courtesy of Fantasy Football Metrics

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Below are the answers to some of the Fantasy questions submitted by you guys earlier this week. FantasyFootballMetrics.com *Note, Fantasy Football Metrics looks at player performance in a couple...

Submit your Fantasy questions for Fantasy Football Metrics

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RC Fischer from fantasyfootballmetrics.com has agreed to provide answers to questions submitted by CSR members regarding Fantasy Football.  As many of you know, FFM uses proprietary metric...

I've got good news, and I've got bad news from Saturday practice

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Let me see, is it better to start with the good or the bad?  Probably be the bad, so folks end on a positive note.  So here goes. According to Steve Reed, "Schwartz hip injury may be serious."  He...

Fantasy Football Answers, Courtesy of Fantasy Football Metrics

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Below are the answers to some of the questions submitted by you guys earlier this week.  May the Schwartz be with you.Note from RC Fischer at fantasyfootballmetrics.com: *Note, Fantasy Football...

Rivera not taking chances in 1st preseason game v. G-Men

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With Ron Edwards, Gettis, and Zack Williams already lost for the year, BAMF will be cautious about who plays tonight against the Giants.  As a result, there will be a chance to shine for some of...

New Panther Profile: TE Ben Hartsock

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New Panther Profile: TE Ben Hartsock

Looks like we found our vet backup QB

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The Oregonian is reporting that the Panthers have signed free agent QB Derek Anderson.  Not Bulger, not Jake, not Donner, not Blitzen. No new other than the signing at this point, hot off the...

Free Agent 'Seas': AFC North and NFC West; The End.

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I learned a lot by going through this exercise.  It's so easy to just focus on the Panthers situation; but it's something again to look around the league to see what other teams are dealing with. ...

Free Agent 'Seas': AFC South and NFC North

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This is the continuing story of how the Panthers' position in the Free Agent market stacks up to all the other teams in the League.  It's very important to know who will be shopping and who ...

Free Agent 'Seas': AFC and NFC East

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This is the continuing story of how the Panthers' position in the Free Agent market stacks up to all the other teams in the League.  It's very important to know who will be shopping and who will...

Free Agent 'Seas': AFC and NFC East

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This is the continuing story of how the Panthers' position in the Free Agent market stacks up to all the other teams in the League.  It's very important to know who will be shopping and who...

Free Agent 'Seas': AFC West

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This is the continuing story of how the Panthers' position in the Free Agent market stacks up to all the other teams in the League.  It's very important to know who will be shopping and who will be...

Free Agent 'Seas': NFC South - What are we really up against?

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Anybody remember last year when we dumped all those veterans and salaries? (I kid).  There were a few other teams that had the foresight of JR to ready the ship for the coming storm, while others...

Remembering Jim Johnson: The Architect

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We all know Sean McDermott is a disciple of the late great Defensive Coordinator for the Eagles, Jim Johnson (may he rest in peace).  Johnson's success in Philly was about out-thinking his...

Dollars and Sense: Current Players and Free Agency (UPDATED)

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See UPDATE at bottom of storyI previously predicted that there would be "special" rules for Free Agency in 2011 so as to limit the chaos in this already bass-ackward offseason.  My prediction was...

Free Agency: Predictions,Salary Cap status, and Good Info for Future Usage

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Recent news on the CBA negotiations is very promising (no jinx), but provides no details either. I’m going to stretch a bit here and say that the new deal will include a modification to rookie...

Would You Trade Smitty for This Guy?

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Pro Football Focus ran this article about a little known Nose Tackle in San Diego.  His name: Antonio Garay.  Per PFF, the potential is off the charts for this 31-year old Tackle, but he played the...

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