Atlanta owns the Panthers, at least that is how it seems. Why is it that every time the Panthers play the Falcons that it seems like we've stepped into the twilight zone? Weird stuff happens… players that do nothing the whole year suddenly become all pro. Referees decide to make an example of our game and call penalties on every play. Stuff like that. It's crazy. I am sick of Vick.">
Atlanta owns the Panthers, at least that is how it seems. Why is it that every time the Panthers play the Falcons that it seems like we've stepped into the twilight zone? Weird stuff happens… players that do nothing the whole year suddenly become all pro. Referees decide to make an example of our game and call penalties on every play. Stuff like that. It's crazy. I am sick of Vick.">

Drawing a Blank: Week 4

"Jerry! Jerry! Do you have my rent money yet?" Arthur Blank yells at Jerry Richardson across the field.<br><br> Atlanta owns the Panthers, at least that is how it seems. Why is it that every time the Panthers play the Falcons that it seems like we've stepped into the twilight zone? Weird stuff happens… players that do nothing the whole year suddenly become all pro. Referees decide to make an example of our game and call penalties on every play. Stuff like that. It's crazy. I am sick of Vick.

"Jerry! Jerry! Do you have my rent money yet?" Arthur Blank yells at Jerry Richardson across the field.

Atlanta owns the Panthers, at least that is how it seems. Why is it that every time the Panthers play the Falcons that it seems like we've stepped into the twilight zone? Weird stuff happens… players that do nothing the whole year suddenly become all pro. Referees decide to make an example of our game and call penalties on every play. Stuff like that. It's crazy, and I for one am just sick of Vick. Vick has had a less than average year, but you wouldn't know it by listening to the national media.

I do find it interesting that panic has set in with some fans after 3 games. We knew this stretch would be tough – we knew that after losing Adam Meadows and Bruce Nelson that this was going to be even tougher, and after losing Steve Smith and Stephen Davis that it would be even more tough to get through this part of the schedule. They are only 1-2, and it's a long season. Are there problems? Yeah, but everyone has problems… we'll have to see someone step up and make plays. I'm personally of the opinion that 35+ year old guys are not the way to go… (cough * Willig * )

The Falcons are at 4-0 and play their next two games against the Lions and Chargers. It's possible that the Falcons could go 6-0 to start off the season. If that's the case, the best the Panthers could hope for would be a wild card. It's also possible that the Panthers come back from Philly sporting a 1-4 record. Denver and Philly are tough places to play, and you KNOW there is a lot of animosity in Philly towards the Panthers. Already my stomach is rumbling for that one… It could be a long October for Panther fans.

How bad are the Buccaneers? Personally, I love it. I love the look of futility on the faces of a once arrogant group of fans, who've been humbled by age and the salary cap. Yeah, I remember you guys hooting and hollering about signing Todd Steussie. As bad as Matt Willig is, Todd Steussie was worse – and I'd rather pay for Willig than Steussie at this point in their careers. At least we're not in denial that Willig is terrible. I love seeing Jon Gruden, Simeon Rice, and Derrick Brooks humbled… but it's not the same. I wish Keyshawn Johnson and loud-mouthed Warren Sapp could have rode that sinking ship with them. It won't be as fun playing the Bucs without those two.

Losing Steve Smith was a big blow. I don't think he'll be back this season, but that isn't based on anything scientific. It's just a gut feeling. When you have a broken leg and hurt "some stuff in there" as Smith said on WFNZ a few weeks back, I think it's going to take a long time for him to regain his speed and agility. Losing Smith was like losing your right arm and having to learn how to do everything with your left arm while you deal with the pain of losing your right arm at the same time. It'll take time to get used to it, but I think ultimately it'll make the team stronger.

Hopefully, Jake Delhomme will be able to make it through the season healthy. He's taken some good shots already this season, and as we all know it just takes one solid hit the right way to set him out the season… then we'll be staring at Rodney Peete and Chris Weinke try to run for their lives behind that horrible offensive line. Can you imagine that? I'd equate it to handing someone a spoon and telling them they have to fight a hungry lion… with one stipulation, that you have to use the spoon with your foot. I have no faith in this offensive line, but I have even less faith in that offensive line with either Peete or Weinke behind it.

Speaking of Freaky stuff against the Falcons, we STILL have yet to have all of our linebackers healthy against Vick. How crazy is that? I think Short filled in admirably, but I had been looking forward to that aspect of the game for months, and when I heard Bill Rosinski say that Fields came out of the game and went into the locker room, I thought of the bad Ju-Ju against the Falcons that we can't shake and just shook my head.

Speaking of the Falcons fans… I've never seen a more obnoxious group of fans in our stadium. I was embarrassed for them. It's fine to cheer on your team, but to act like you've won the superbowl after each score is absurd. To try to incite fights, knowing that nobody is going to take you up on it inside the stadium shows your cowardice. The little mini parade you had with the dancing and the flags and towels waiving was semi-amusing though. It's flattering that you take beating the Panthers that seriously, because it shows deep down that you fear us. For you to celebrate like you just won the lottery, no… that just isn't happening again. And another thing; ladies, whoever told you that having your saggy bellies and breasts flopping out of your child size T-shirts is sexy is lying to you. Nobody cares to see your stretch marks crying out for help! Cover that mess up when you are in our house next time. And to the Fellas: How bout you figure out that a single-digit jersey on a 400+ lb frame makes you look like a fool.

I did like that "ATL, ATL" chant you all had going though. Good idea to reference the abbreviation of a city whose name is only 7 letters long in the first place. It's like people from Boston chanting "BOS" or Miami "MIA".

We enjoyed your good sportsmanship as you gloated up and down the stairs waiving your towels and T-shirts in our faces, purposely stopping on the stairs or walking inhumanly slow just to piss-off the Panthers fans behind you. We enjoyed your smack as you lined the exit ramps with your Falcons faithful and shouted your barbs and nonsensical rhetoric. It's a free country, and I understand you reserve the right to make yourself look like an idiot. Just don't get mad when we refer to you as what you represent yourself as.

And ah, the referees. How can we let you go this week without chastising the wonderful protection job you all did on Michael Vick. I don't think the president gets protected that well by the secret service. Six Falcons first downs due to penalties, and most of them coming on third downs, meanwhile Mike Rucker is being held around the neck and spun around directly in front of one official on a couple of occasions and no call is made… however, when Kindal Moorehead brushes Mik Vick on the helmet, well it's a 15 yard penalty. Can we please get some consistency? There were some horrible, horrible calls and no calls in that game. I'm not saying it's the reason the Panthers lost, but it helped. Jim Mora "breifed" the Refs that it would be a physical game beforehand, and that they should watch out for Vick's welfare. Mora knows that as Vick goes, so does he - He knows where his bread is buttered. But it's a new day, a bright new week, and if the Panthers Front 4 can stop playing Playstation long enough to practice stopping the run, we might just pull to 2-2 against Denver heading into Philly.

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