I Don’t Drink The Kool Aid Simply Because I Don’t Like It !

I Don’t Drink The Kool Aid Simply Because I Don’t Like It !

I’ve never been one for hyperbole myself but it appears that the analysts of ESPN would rather come out with some of the most asinine statements imaginable simply to create that furor media frenzy needlessly . The Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton is off to a tremendous start as a rookie for the team throwing for over 850 yards in his first two games as a professional . Granted, the number one pick overall in this past NFL Draft has been lauded as the best player available of the talent to be had . Opinions being what they are , there is no denying the player is something special but it’s one thing to show that prowess in the college game , within the NFL it becomes a whole new ball-game altogether .


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Now as much as I respect the analysis provided by these individuals simply brought in to host these shows on ESPN but there comes a time when Chris Carter and Keyshawn Johnson make the statement that Newton should be seen as the “Chosen One “ amongst the players that were recently taken in this past draft . As talented as many believe Cam Newton to be , there is a growing belief that until he becomes more attuned to the NFL and his teammates then there’s no way in hell the Carolina Panthers will be viewed as a success in the NFL . Coach Ron Rivera and his coaching staff are in for an arduous season and though playing as well as can be expected the team has yet to register its first win in the NFL . At 0-2 there is a belief that once having notched that first victory the Carolina Panthers might just be able of acquitting themselves well in enough within their division (NFC South) and the league as a whole .

There’s no doubt that expectations were high for Cam Newton coming out of college given the success attained by the player while attending at Auburn . And now that player has to take his talents to the NFL he’s now being viewed as “The Messiah” and ” Prodigal Son” all rolled into one as the Carolina Panthers seek to become relevant in the NFL once again. Rivera and his staff sought to obtain the best possible talent available in the draft to complement an already experienced roster which has a mix of youth and seasoned veterans .

The Carolina Panthers will host the Jacksonville Jaguars in week three that is bound to be of real interest to the Panthers’ fans. Jacksonville at 1-1 look to be a staunch test with coach Jack Del Rio and his team facing the challenge of taking advantage of the problems that have beset the Indianapolis Colts and make an outright challenge to the now presumed favorites within the division to win the AFC South the Houston Texans (2-0). As to whether or not those teams within the division can actually take advantage of the woes of the Colts remains to be seen .

From my own perspective , I do believe that Cam Newton can be a success within this league but he’s still a work in progress , as too is his Tim Tebow whose current status with the Denver Broncos seems to come into question with each passing week in the league. It simply has become idiotic to witness the sheer ineptitude shown by the front office of the organization led by EVP John Elway . Team owner Pat Bowlem and newly installed coach John Fox have certainly got to address this issue before it gets completely out of hand and sinks this organization to even lower depths than could be imagined . It is bad enough that the team’s incumbent starting quarterback Kyle Orton has performed miserably for the Broncos during the first two games of their season schedule .

Certainly for Tim Tebow , he has done himself no favors with his alleged poor performances during team practices but it seems somewhat hard to be believed . Either that’s simply due to poor coaching by John Fox’s coaching staff and in particular from quarterback’s coach Adam Gase or quite possibly due to the fact Tebow was simply coddled as a player by his former college coach Urban Meyer while the player attended Florida . Now while the fans’ calls seem to be for Tebow to be on the field , one simply cannot be sure that the player is a sure fire guarantee to be the presumed savior of this organization . Draft choices asides and the organization’s history in that field , it has been troubling to see the Denver Broncos struggle to make their presence felt within the NFL .

The Denver Broncos for their part have had something of an inauspicious start to the season with a 1-1 record within the AFC West where they sit jointly atop of the division alongside the Oakland Raiders , San Diego Chargers with the winless Kansas City Chiefs seated as the cellar dweller in a hapless division. Kyle Orton and the Broncos next play a conference game against the Tennessee Titans in a match-up that should tell us a great deal about the temperament of this Broncos’ team under the leadership of John Fox and his coaching staff.

Perhaps it’s me but with the NCAA —- football season now up and running is now filled with more scandal than collegiate athletics would willingly care to admit . With Butch Davis having been fired the school ( UNC[ Tar Heels]) is now having to endure multiple sanctions for violating NCAA rules with regard to recruitment violations and several other transgressions that the school’s now former AD Dick Baddour has seen fit to address before stepping down in his role . I am not about to suggest that this will be the last time that we will hear or bear witness to such indiscretions across the collegiate sports landscape . Suffice to say …… where there’s smoke there is fire and there are several schools at present in college sports either fanning the flames or simply looking to put out those flames because of their incendiary nature . Think Ohio State , Miami Hurricanes , Oregon and Boise State and USC (Trojans) ? Let’s just say that until the landscape is cleaned up with any sense of urgency we will continue to see such malfeasance on the part of these schools . Never mind that we have the idiocy of college football conferences simply looking to become bigger by luring teams from one conference to another , simply through sheer financial greed . It has absolutely nothing to do with bringing about a competitive balance because as we all know the system is skewered to favor the teams within the major BCS conferences in terms of college football . Anyone who believes otherwise obviously is living in complete denial !

Now while the various polls are now out there ranking the teams within D1 football , I am of the opinion that until we are at the midpoint of the season we will not truly get a true glimpse of how things are about to pan out over the course of the year ! Certainly the rankings seem to bear out what we have longed felt about a number of teams . Oklahoma ( Sooners) , LSU , Alabama , Boise State and Stanford seem to be the standouts this early in the season . And that is with good reason as each of the teams remain unbeaten but as they get into the meat of their schedule I would preface this by saying that one or two of those very same programs are likely to slip up . Whether it this upcoming week or down the line it remains to be seen .

For myself the college football season only becomes really interesting down the stretch of the schedule when everyone seems to be aggrieved once the BCS rankings simply skewers what many of feel to be to be a brokens system and what is wrong with college football to begin with . We know that the minnows of the game will never truly be given the chance to go up against the big boys within college football . Oh , once in a while when the beat writers and fans alike show their resentment , we may well see the subterfuge take place with a proposed match-up of one of those teams on the outside looking in , as they’re given the privilege of playing in one of the lesser tiered Bowl games or BCS games . But God forbid ….. we will ever see the day of seeing the likes of Boise State perhaps taking on Auburn or perhaps Florida for the BCS national championship . What do you think would happen then amongst the likes of conference commissioners or even an idiot such as Ohio State universtity President Dr E Gordon Gee who still believes that a program outside any of the major bowl conferences is not entitled to play for the national title ? I feel that Gee should simply stick to cleaning up what we now know to be an utterly corrupt athletics program , with both he and AD Gene Smith then stepping down in shame ! I mean only these two assholes could still maintain that they were completely unaware as to the deceit , lies and subterfuge that was taking place that was being orchestrated by the program’s former football coach Jim Tressel ! Imagine that ….. ?

Amongst the presumed Heisman Trophy candidates this season the names of Andrew Luck , Landry Jones , Marcus Lattimore , Kellen Moore , Robert Griffin , Trent Richardson and Chris Rainey are being bandied about . And though there may well be justification for those names to be mentioned let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet . It’s still too early in the season to be making these type of prognostications , so give it a while and let things simply play themselves out as the season progresses .


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I know that Kool Aid can be viewed as a great elixir but in reality it’s all down to one’s preference . Do you like it sweet and mixed in with something else or do you simply drink it , as is ? It’s the same with the opinions that tend to be proffered up by the analysts on tv , so simply make of it what you will ? For myself , I tend to like my drinks shaken (preferably with alcohol) and not stirred much as in the same way as that fictional character James Bond does ! Which are you in that context ? Chime in with a comment as you deem fit with regard to the subject matter and anything else you deem to be pertinent .

Alan aka tophatal ………. https://tophatal.wordpress.com

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(1) Seen here from left to right are ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman joined by analysts Mike Ditka , Keyshawn Johnson , Cris Carter and Tom Jackson . courtesy of ESPN …..

(2) CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 18: Quarterback Cam Newton (1) of the Carolina Panthers takes the field for play against the Green Bay Packers September 18, 2011 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Packers would go on to defeat Carolina 30-23 . Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images ….

(3) Quarterback Cam Newton (1) of the Carolina Panthers runs for a gain against the Green Bay Packers September 18, 2011 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images …..

(4) Fans wear jerseys in support of Tim Tebow (15) of the Denver Broncos as the Broncos face the Cincinnati Bengals at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Bengals 24-22 . Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images ……

(5) Fans dispaly a sign in support of quarterback Kyle Orton (8) of the Denver Broncos as the Broncos defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 24-22 at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images ……..

(6) Something of an ambiguous sign by fans in support of Tim Tebow (15) of the Denver Broncos as the Broncos face the Cincinnati Bengals at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Bengals 24-22. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images ……

(7) DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 18: Head coach John Fox of the Denver Broncos watches a video replay during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images ……

(8) Quarterback Kyle Orton (8) of the Denver Broncos fumbles the ball and as he is sacked by Michael Johnson (93) of the Cincinnati Bengals in the third quarter at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The fumble was recovered by Domata Peko (94) of the Cincinnati Bengals as the Broncos defeated the Bengals 24-22. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images …….

(9) Wide receiver Tim Tebow (15) of the Denver Broncos tries to avoid cornerback Leon Hall (29) of the Cincinnati Bengals at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images ……

(10) Quarterback Andrew Luck (12) of the Stanford Cardinal scrambles to pass during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Wildcats 37-10 . Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images ………

(11) Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones (12) fires a first quarter pass during an NCAA college football game against the Florida State Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, in Tallahassee, Fla. Oklahoma would go on to defeat FSU Seminoles 23-13 Getty Images / Ahmad Kilyan ……

(12) Running back Trent Richardson (3) of the Alabama Crimson Tide breaks away from defensive back Ryan Downing (22) of the North Texas Mean Green and defensive back Royce Hill (21) of the North Texas Mean Green for a 71-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter on September 17, 2011 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Alabama would defeat North Texas 41-0 . Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images …..


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13 thoughts on “I Don’t Drink The Kool Aid Simply Because I Don’t Like It !”

  1. Sometimes I wonder why the pundits on the major networks say the things they do.

    I wonder if their bosses tell them to say certain things to move the dial.

    I don’t hate on ’em, knowing they often have hours to kill to fill time.

    I merely take their statements with a grain of salt.

    So far, Cam’s good. It’s been two games. I’m not sure why so many panties are currently wadded.


    1. Chris Humpherys

      You do know that the best way to catch flies is either with honey or a lump of shit don’t you ? Hence the reason behind some of the asinine analysis and commentary we tend to hear ! I mean , who but Keyshawn and Cris Carter would go homoerotic over Cam Newton after two god-damn games ? I mean it’s not as if the Panthers have actually looked that good in their losses .

      ESPN should stick to what they do best and that’s provide the televised games and inform the fans knowledgeably with the pertinent information . If I am looking for bullshit then I’ll take in a talk show as “ The View” and have those “heifers” …. simply bitch and whine , rather than listen to the idiocy forthcoming from the likes of Hoge , Schlereth , Ditka , Carter , Johnson and Berman ! Need I say anymore on the matter ?

      tophatal ………………..


    2. Chris

      Let me pose this question to you ………. if you were a Panthers’ fan would you be happy with the play of the team and what you’ve seen so far ? Isn’t it about wins and losses at the end of the day , rather than the performance solely of one player (Newton) ?

      (Alley Baggett)

      It’s like eating Chinese you have the Moo shu-pork …… the next minute you’re still hungry and it’s the case here with the lovefest concerning Cam Newton .



  2. Cam looked great at times, but bad at times as well. I’m surprised how good he’s doing so far, but I’m sure he’ll hit a wall when teams figure out where he has success. After that, if he makes the adjustments, then I’ll start calling him a phenom.


    1. chappy

      As a fan of an NFL team which would you prefer to see from a player such as in this case Cam Newton ? Wins or great performances with the team still end up losing ? Clearly the fans in earnest want to see their teams win , not lose and then they can be heard saying …..” but our qb played well in that loss ” ! Newton was good but he wasn’t great so let’s not get ahead of ourselves as clearly has been the case with both Johnson and Cris Carter ………. they’ve drank far too much of the damn Kool Aid ! It ain’t crack but it seems to have got them into a tither ! Don’t get me wrong I believe he can be successful in the NFL but it will be predicated upon the front office surrounding him with players that complement his skillset but at the same time the player has to prove that he can play the position and show that ultimately he’s a leader .

      The jury is still out on Cam Newton and the Panthers ! And the same can be said about the situation that Tebow now faces in Denver with the organization ( front office ) .

      tophatal ……………


  3. The asshole experts at ESPN are so full of shit about Cam Newton. This kid can flat out play and he isn’t stupid like some many of the butt hole experts at ESPN said. They are fools. BCS ahs one to many letters it is the BS championship. Settle it on the field.


    1. Bobby Gee

      There’s no denying that Newton can play but he’s yet to lead his team to a victory and he’s unlikely to do that given the way that he and they are now playing . His game has been littered with errors and that is now incumbent on his coaches teaching him to correct that and providing the Panthers with a better chance of winning .

      I can tell you what I believe will happen within college football and that will be the formation of super conferences . With that will come a structural break up of the conferences as we know it with there being only perhaps four or five relevant super conferences with the NCAA being left on the outside looking in. In terms of a national championship it will be decided on the field but not with a playoff structure unless it’s dictated by the broadcast networks .

      tophatal ………………………


  4. I spend enough time watching the games that interest me and I have better things to do than listen to a lot of conjecture from people who’s opinion I don’t care about.


    1. aero

      I feel the same way about these analysts as I do with the present bunch of morons seated within the Congress and Senate ! They provide about as much insight as a proctologist during an examination . Only one individual will be happy with the event , in this case the examiner with his finger up your asshole , the politicians telling us what they think we want to hear and the lame ass idiot analysts of ESPN !

      tophatal ……………..


  5. 2 games ain’t a season….he plays for a TEAM….only thing is the TEAM don’t know it!
    After all, it IS a TEAM sport. No matter how great a QB is, he is only one guy….takes a whole team.


  6. al clements

    Cam Newton may well play on a team but let’s not kid ourselves here the front office had a lot riding on the decision drafting him number one overall .

    It’s now incumbent upon the coaching staff to get him and his teammates playing to the best of their abilities . They’re 0-2 within the NFC South and looking pitiful . Newton can throw for all the yardage he wants but what counts are the numbers tallied in terms of the wins , not much else beyond that counts . It’s the same thing with Tebow and the Broncos !

    tophatal ….


  7. I think Cam has enormous upside and encouraged the Panthers to select him in a post prior to the Draft. He has not disappointed. That being said, he’s been on the field a lot because their defense has been quick to give him the opportunity to do so. I suspect he will have a big stats year but as we all know it is a team game and they need help. That defense won’t be enough to get him many wins this season but it won’t be from his lack of trying.


  8. sportsattitudes

    The expectations go with the territory when you’re drafted number one overall and it will never let up for any player in a similar position within the NFL . For Cam Newton he has to prove the doubters wrong as Rivera and his staff go about assembling a team good enough to be considered a legitimate contender within the NFL .

    This roster and Newton will be a work in progress but the real issue will be the patience of the Carolina Panthers’ fans as the franchise seeks to become better .

    Thanks for chiming in with a comment and by all means do take the time to make a return visit !

    NB: NFL all time #1 picks

    tophatal ………………..


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