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Rick Bates

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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.

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The Quest for the Holy Lombardi Grail - Chapter 5

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Our tale so far: Chapter 1 - The VisitationChapter 2 - Send Out the ClownsChapter 3, Scene 1 - Oddbark and the VillagersChapter 3, Scene 2 - Dark Days of YoreChapter 3, Scene 3 - The Tale of...

"Charles Johnson: Already Elite"

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(Tip of the cap to lj1983, who put up a fanshot of this article before I found it). Pro Football Focus is arguably the most objective and comprehensive site in terms of grading player...

The Agent 89 Interview with PFW: Fanshot Follow-up

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After reading all of the responses to the original fanshot, I was forced to admit that "Smith Clears the Air" was an incredibly poor title choice.  A thick fog and fishy stench remains in the air,...

Smith Clears the Air About His Future

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After reading the exerpt out on NFL.com, I went right to the PFW interview for the full story. What impressed me most? He was humble and accountable for his own lack of success last year, and he was playing hurt but didn't tell anybody. I like this Smitty. I would keep this Smitty.

26 Guys Who Could Get Screwed - Pro Football Focus

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While affirming that 2010 rules will likely be applied in 2011, this list shows players that would, in previous years, have become UFAs. Instead, they will be RFAs; hence, they're screwed. The top two on the list will be very familiar names, as is the 24th name. There's also a few guys we often include on our FA wish list. Now you must consider the loss of draft picks.

Panthers 2011 Draft Pick Profile: CB Brandon Hogan

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After taking care of the Quarterback and interior DL positions, the Panthers focus moved to Cornerback.  With Richard Marshall apparently headed elsewhere, the Panthers turned their eyes to a...

So much for the Draft. Now what's for Dessert?

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I want to provide my follow-up to the great summary already provided by James.  Of course, our (fans) opinions will be as widely diverse as the oft-ignorant experts.  Also, while it is SOP to...

Results: I Want to Play a Game Again

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 Jigsaw has completed his tabulations.  Below are the final predicted 1st pick results as submitted by CSR members.  He has also included the results from the previous Game back in early March for...

Patrick Peterson - Comments from Tiger Fans

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I found this while looking around the Buffalo Rumblings site (props to MattRichWarren). It's interesting to read what LSU fans had to say about PP7. IMO, he's the guy the Panthers should be targeting, so I'm putting this out there in support of that opinion. Dareus would be a close 2nd for me, but the draft depth at DT has me pulling for Peterson. Most think we'll go QB, and while I can respect the reasoning, I'm in the BPA club with the number 1 pick.

The Quest for the Holy Lombardi Grail - Chptr 4, Scene 2

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Our tale so far: Chapter 1 - The VisitationChapter 2 - Send Out the ClownsChapter 3, Scene 1 - Oddbark and the VillagersChapter 3, Scene 2 - Dark Days of YoreChapter 3, Scene 3 - The Tale of...

Ranking the Top "Big WRs"

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I regularly check in on R.C. Fischer and team over at Fantasy Football Metrics, just to see what they've been doing lately regarding the upcoming draft.  I know many of the CSR faithful find this...

I want to play a game (Again)!!!

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 These are the rules.  They must be followed exactly, or there will be disproportionate and indescribable consequences. You are in the draft day war room for the Panthers.  You have 30 seconds...

It could happen... Re-visiting the Rules of 2010

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In my prior post, I not-so-emphatically opined that the 2011 season will be played using 2010 rules.  I provided some links, and I pieced together my belief regarding the pending ruling on the...

A (Very?) Possible Outcome of the Lockout Injunction Suit

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How likely is it that the court-ordered mediation straightens out the whole CBA mess? I’m going to stick my neck out and say... not bloody likely.  So, then what happens? Well, after scouring the...

"Modern Times: The Quest for the Holy Lombardi Trophy" - Chapter 4

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UPDATE - Author's Note:  This series of posts was introduced in the hopes of providing entertainment only.  You will not find any breaking news, serious opinions, or editorial commentary.  When I...

A.J Green and "The Millen Effect" - Drafting WRs too early

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I realize that most of the viewership here is aware that Matt Millen used the Lions' top pick on WR after WR for what seemed decades, and the Lions stayed in the worst to very, very bad category. ...

Louis Murphy Arrested for Viagra Possession

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Nominee from the Categories: 1) Can't a Guy Catch a Break 2) Here's a Little Something to Lift Your Spirits

Biggest need = QB, then what? Let's take one more look...

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Obviously, unless you're sure Clausen or Pike are "franchise" type QBs, that's our most pressing need.  I would argue that there is no QB in this draft that will be ready to start this year. ...

The Quest for the Holy Lombardi Grail - Chapter 3, scene 3

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Chapter 3, Scene 3 begins with Lucinda recounting her life story to her daughter, Anastasia.  Much will become clearer about Anastasia's future role in our Quest, yet not all will be revealed.  I...

The Quest for the Holy Lombardi Grail: Chapter 3, scene 2

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We return now to the year of our Lord MCMXCIV, The magnificent panther, Queen, sped through the woods with speed and quickness greater even than Sir CJ2K through a bad tackling aerial defense...

The Quest for the Holy Lombardi Grail - Chapter 3

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 Recap of the story so far:  A young Anastasia befriends a gigantic black panther while lost in the forest, and is currently hurrying home.  Lords Hurney and Rivera, with Sir Chudz and Sir...

QB metrics updated based on Wonderlics - Bombs Away

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R. C. Fisher at Fantasy Football Metrics has written a very interesting article that includes the newly exposed Wonderlic results.  I have been following and reporting his progress for our members...

Breaking News - Our first Wonder"leak"; Ricky Stanzi, QB, Iowa

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Honestly, I'm not trying to come off as the #1 fan or Agent for Ricky Stanzi (I've never seen the kid play), but it so happens that my source (R.C. Fischer) has obtained Stanzi's Wonderlic score...

UPDATE: It's Wonderlic'n Good (or Bad)

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Some of you will, of course find reason to to argue with RC's great experiment.  Others do believe in the predictive potential of statistics. Below are exerpts from the fresh-off-the-presses...

NFL Players' Union is no more... so what does that mean?

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 My take on the decertification is that it was virtually inevitable.  I do not believe the players' ever intended to reach a compromise agreement, and their ridiculous last minute request for 10...

Results: I Want to play a game

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Click at top of graph for full size viewWe'll play again just before draft day!!! Here's the Raw Saw Data:Click image for full size view

UPDATED: Gabe Feldman aka "The Sports Guy" on NFL Network last night

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Some of you may recall articles I have previously posted about the CBA, citing Gabe Feldman, Law Professor at Tulane University specializing in Sports Labor Law.  As I sat down for a little NFL...

I want to play a game!

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These are the rules.  They must be followed exactly, or your head will (possibly) explode.  I know you wouldn't want to clean that up: You are in the draft day war room for the Panthers.  You have...

The Quest for the Holy Lombardi Grail - Chapter 2

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The Panthers Quest for the Holy Lombardi Grail - Chapter 2

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