Archive for the ‘Big East’ Category

Curtis Martin Feels Bad For The Patriots

September 20, 2007

Even though Curtis isn’t in the pros anymore, he still keeps making news and as always is one of the more frequently mentioned Panthers around these parts. He was interviewed on The Best Damn Sports Show (click here for the clip on MSN), and of course the topic moved to his former employers and their video taping habits.

Martin said he feels for the Patriots organization, feels they didn’t need to do this but never says he doesn’t believe it was happening or anything like that. He does however say this is the first time he’s heard of anything like this, which none of the hosts seem to believe.

Other subjects were his potential to be in the Hall of Fame in 2011, and he says he thinks he has a great shot. If he’s not a first ballot inductee I don’t know who is.

There’s also a picture of Martin from his high school days and a mention of playing at Pitt. Check out the video link above.

In another interview, this one with Sports Business Journal, Martin talks about the behaviors of big money pro athletes. I got this story via Money Players, so check out their summary for a couple of the q&a’s, but you need to be a subscriber to SBJ to read the whole thing.

One more Martin note…when freshman LeSean McCoy went over 100 yards rushing against MSU on Saturday he was the first Panther freshman to have consecutive 100 yard days since Mr. Martin in 1991.

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Ruben Brown Does Not Throw Up

September 20, 2007

At least not on purpose before games. This is a weird story I found via LionBackers.com while searching for some info on Brown not participating in practice on Wednesday. (It doesn’t seem serious, might just be giving the vet some rest during the week. Wouldn’t be surprised to see that most Wednesdays or Thursdays for the rest of the season.)

Apparently while with the Buffalo Bills Brown watched Jim Kelly and Glenn Parker force themselves to throw up before every game:

Ruben Brown was a wide-eyed Buffalo Bills rookie in 1995 when he heard the sounds of retching in the locker room bathroom before a game.

Brown figured one or two of his teammates were battling a case of nerves, or perhaps a tainted helping from the pregame buffet.

It turned out Bills quarterback Jim Kelly and offensive lineman Glenn Parker were forcing themselves to throw up.

“If they didn’t puke before a game, they didn’t feel right about going out there,” Brown said.

That is pretty sick. Who knew NFL players have eating disorders.

NFL Week 2 Wrap-Up

September 20, 2007

OK this is extremely late, but it’s just been a really hectic week.

Indianapolis Colts 22
Tennessee Titans 20

Clint Session saw action on special teams, in what I believe was his first time on the field for a regular season game. He got his name in the gamebook about as quickly as possible, assisting on a tackle on the opening kickoff. Unfortunately that’s the last we heard from him. At least his team is 2-0.

Houston Texans 34
Carolina Panthers 21

Nick Goings got his action returning kicks Sunday. He had 5 returns for 101 yards, for a nice 20 yard average and a long of 29. Pretty good day. Oh wait, there was that fumble. Some Carolina fans (by some I mean most fans on Carolina message boards) are blaming Nick for a large part of the loss. I think that’s overreaction, but here’s what happened. After their first possession of the second half Houston went up 24-14. Goings takes the kick and the Panthers are looking to answer and stay in the game. Instead he fumbles and it’s ran in for a touchdown by Houston…31-14…ballgame. Houston seemed to be moving the ball well on Carolina anyways, and there’s no way to say Carolina could have gotten back to within three on that drive…but Nick looks like the goat in Carolina.

San Francisco 49ers 17
St Louis Rams 14

Shawntae Spencer had another pretty decent game as the nickel back for the 49ers, with 4 tackles and a pass defensed.

Of course as punter for the 49ers, everyday is a busy day. Andy Lee had 8 punts and put 4 of them inside the 20 with only one touchback. He averaged over 41 yards per punt, and he was obviously placing a good number of those punts so he wasn’t just booming away.

Cincinnatti Bengals 45
Cleveland Browns 51

First of all, this game was awesome…love seeing the Bengals lose to the Browns. Darnell Dinkins played on special teams and finished with two tackles, one solo. He also returned a kick as an up man for 11 yards.

Seattle Seahawks 20
Arizona Cardinals 23

Larry Fitzgerald had a pretty active day catching the football but still didn’t get in the end zone. He finished with 7 catches for 87 yards, giving him over 21 yards per catch.

Gerald Hayes had a decent day as well with 7 tackles, 6 of them being solos. He didn’t get creditfor a forced fumble in the official stats, but anyone watching knows Hayes made one of the biggest plays of the game. With the game tied and less than two minutes to play Hayes disrupted a handoff in the backfield that led to a fumble and the Cardinals getting the ball at the Seahawk 36. That set up Neil Rackers for the game winning field goal. The one knock on Hayes is that he isn’t in the backfield much and doesn’t get sacks. Hopefully we see a lot more plays out of Hayes like that this season.

Kansas City Chiefs 10
Chicago Bears 20

Ruben Brown had a typical day for a lineman – only in the stats when things go bad. He picked up a holding penalty in the fourth and had a tackl when Chicago was intercepted earlier in the game.

Kris Wilson got his second NFL start at fullback  for the Chiefs, and it went better than his first game. He ended up with 4 catches for 34 yards. And no fumbles. Was still a weird day for Kris though, as after the first half of play he had 2 catches for 35 yards, including a catch and run for 31 yards. In the second half he had 2 catches for -1 yards.

New York Jets 13
Baltimore Ravens 20

Darrelle Revis got his second NFL start in as many games for the Jets. He finished nicely with 6 tackles, 5 solo and 2 passes defensed.

Hank Poteat also saw playing time for the Jets, but had no tackles.

Antonio Bryant Is A Free Man

September 18, 2007

Antonio Bryant had his suspension lifted by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday. He is now eligible to join any team without missing any additional games. The teams I’ve seen mentioned as possibilities have included Dallas, Jacksonville, Washington, San Diego and Cleveland.

He will almost definitely be signing with someone soon, and we’ll update when we hear anything.

Oh and I’m getting to the NFL roundup for Week 2, just been a busy day.

Palko and the “Truck Stick”

September 14, 2007

I have to admit I have no idea what a “Truck Stick” is…but Cracked Femur has it’s top 5 offensive hits ever dealt in college football. Palko running over that BC Safety in the YouTube video below is number 2. Check out the whole list because Iron Head Heyward makes the list as well.

I know this has nothing to do with Palko being in the pros, but any excuse to watch this video again seems good enough for me.

Extra credit for someone who can explain to me what a Truck Stick is and how it’s relevant to the list they put up.

News & Notes – Brown, Spencer, Palko

September 13, 2007

Just a few small items to wrap up, none really needing their own post.

Chicago Bear Ruben Brown has not practiced this week because of a shoulder injury and is listed as questionable for week 2.

Shawntae Spencer did not practice Wednesday with an elbow injury, but is listed as probably for Sunday.

Tyler Palko was signed back to the Saints practice squad after being released from their 53 man roster  on Tuesday.

NFL Week 1 Wrap-Up

September 11, 2007

Each week here at PITP we will be recapping all of the games that Panther Alumns took part in. Let’s get moving on week one after the jump

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HB Blades getting some love in Miami

September 8, 2007

hb bladesThe Palm Beach Post has a piece on HB Blades this morning, because the Dolphins play Washington tomorrow in their season opener. Blades is a South Florida native, coming out of Plantation High.

Oddly enough the article starts out with a kind of backhanded compliment from Coach Wannstedt:

“It’s funny. His dad is taller and faster, but you could see his dad’s instincts in him,” Wannstedt said.

The article goes on to talk about his father Bennie Blades and HB making his college choice with a purpose: to make a name for himself on his own, not in his father’s shadow at the University of Miami. There is a lot of talk about his relationship with his father and his uncles, growing up with his grandparents…for a kid who grew up with a father who was making Pro Bowls, you’d think HB would have had a great childhood. That isn’t the case, and to this day he doesn’t speak much to his father:

H.B., who will make his off-season home in Washington, said he doesn’t speak to his father often.

“I tell people all the time he’s learned from all the mistakes we’ve made over the years,” said Bennie Blades, now a dean of students at the Academy of Coral Springs, a private school for at-risk children.

Though H.B.’s relationship with Bennie and Brian was strained, he had a strong bond with uncle Al Blades, his mentor who was seven years older. Al Blades sat next to H.B. in 2003 when he signed a letter of intent to play at Pitt.

HB will be playing special teams tomorrow for Washington and will be the backup at all three linebacker positions. Playing behind London Fletcher, you can’t expect to see him much but he’s lucky to be learning under a very good middle linebacker. In a couple of seasons it’s easy to think that HB will be starting somewhere on that Washington defense.

Rumors…and an apology

September 8, 2007

Let’s start with an apology. Sorry to Tyler Palko for missing his big move on Thursday. I was writing this article on who was still on NFL teams while he was being moved up to the 53 man roster of the Saints. I listed him as on the Practice Squad, but he was on his way up to the 3rd QB spot that night against the Colts. So Congrats to Tyler, even if it’s a little late.

As for the rumor, there seems to be a lot of talk going around that the Cowboys are looking for another wide receiver especially with Terry Glenn still hobbling around. One of the main names that seems to keep coming up in these discussions is former Cowboy Antonio Bryant. One thing that could hurt Bryant though is that he’d have to serve a two game suspension that is still pending when he gets back.

Just one other small thing, Lousaka Polite gets a mention in the Chicago Tribune in a notes column about being the newest Bear:

Fullback Lousaka Polite,whom the Bears signed to the 53-man roster this week, has blended in without much fanfare—not that he was expecting any.

“It’s a relief, considering I just got released [by Dallas] a couple of days before,” Polite said.

“I like the vibe. I like the team. I can’t wait to do my best to help out.”

Polite isn’t totally unfamiliar with the Bears. He has had numerous phone conversations with starting fullback Jason McKie because both have the same marketing agent.

Revis vs Brady

September 7, 2007

Darrelle Revis

The Star-Ledger has a story talking about rookie Darrelle Revis being targeted by the Patriots in the season opener this Sunday. Revis may start if Andre Davis is still hurting, but if not he will be the starting nickel back and will see plenty of time on the field.

If Revis starts he’ll be going up against either Randy Moss or Dante Stallworth. Ouch. If he’s playing nickel back he’ll most likely be on Wes Welker, not exactly an easy assignment either. Talk about being thrown right into the fire. Revis of course is saying all the right things:

“It (targeting him) might be in their game plan and it might not,” Revis said on Monday. “My focus is to go out there and play the defense that’s called and work with my teammates. I expect to be picked on. That’s what is going to be in my brain. I’m a rookie. They’re going to try to find things and go after me.”

Slowing down this explosive passing offense is one of the biggest reasons the Jets traded up to get Revis, who was considered the top cornerback in the draft.

“I just thank the Jets organization for believing in me, bumping up in the draft to come and get me,” Revis said. “Now, I just want to contribute to the team and play team football.”

So, to sum things up. He’s drafted by a team from New York, to stop a certain teams’ offense, who happens to be the first team they play, and who also happened to pick up Randy Moss, Dante Stallworth and Wes Welker in the off season…oh and that team also has this guy named Tom Brady at quarterback. No pressure.

We’ll be watching this one closely to say the least and will have plenty of reactions after the game Sunday.