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2401, 2016

Final Four: Hating on the Carolina Panthers Continues

By |January 24th, 2016|Football, Sports|Comments Off on Final Four: Hating on the Carolina Panthers Continues

We are down to the final four teams with the AFC and NFC Championship Games being played today.

I don’t believe any team could possibly have been dismissed more this season than the Carolina Panthers. Many sports commentators were referring to them as “the worst four and 0 team in the NFL” early in the season. Even though the Panthers would win one game after another, week-after-week, the media would remain dismissive and most would pick against the Panthers.

I’ve heard “the Carolina Panthers haven’t played any real teams this season” a few times even though they beat teams like the Seattle Seahawks (twice) and Green Bay Packers.

So here we are, at the NFC Championship Game. It’s being held in Charlotte (because the Carolina Panthers earned that) so they will have a home field advantage. The Carolina Panthers, led by Quarterback Cam Newton, didn’t lose a game this year until Week 16 when they lost in Atlanta to the Falcons, ending the third longest winning streak in NFL history. The Carolina Panthers haven’t lost a home game since November 16, 2014 (also to the Falcons).

Yet… in watching Inside the NFL last night on Showtime, all three picked Arizona Cardinals over the Carolina Panthers. It’ll be interesting today to watch the talking heads on CBS and Fox later today as we head into the games. If I were a betting man, I would place a bet that the majority of commentators will pick the Arizona Cardinals over the Carolina Panthers. For whatever reason, they simply do not like Carolina.

Who’s NOT picking Arizona over the Carolina Panthers, the bookies! If you want to bet on the game, there is a four point spread with the Carolina favored meaning those […]

2012, 2015

Norman vs Beckham

By |December 20th, 2015|Field Goal, Football, Sports|Comments Off on Norman vs Beckham

Field Goals with William Corbin presents:
Norman and Beckham fighting on the field during Panthers / Giants game.
Coaches across the country are frustrated with Odell Beckham Jr’s (OBJ) one handed catches and some have resorted to making kids who show off with one handed catches do push-ups. Now coaches have another reason to be upset at Beckham: Fighting.

The highlight in this game was not the battle between the whistles but the extracurricular activity between Josh Norman and Beckham. Beckham claims that “the second guy gets caught.”

This was unusual and out of bounds of how football is played especially at the NFL level. Norman says that if Beckham was a defensive player that he would have been ejected.

Here are videos of the three main altercations:

#SuspendOBJ (part 1) pic.twitter.com/tHFtxvburY
— CAR Panthers News (@CarPanthersNews) December 20, 2015

#SuspendOBJ (part 2) pic.twitter.com/SosllO1xsd

— CAR Panthers News (@CarPanthersNews) December 20, 2015

#SuspendOBJ (part 3) pic.twitter.com/3GvCR32xyk
— CAR Panthers News (@CarPanthersNews) December 20, 2015

Josh Norman is regarded in the league as a trash talker who some would regard as troubled. He has excelled this season and embraces the use of trash talk to take his opponents off of their game. He is arguably the best corner-back in the NFL this year (definitely top five any way you can break it down).

Odell Beckham Jr. has had one of the best first two years in NFL history. In 26 games he has an astounding 182 catches for 2701 yards, over 100 yards per game, and 25 touchdowns. He has patented the one handed catch which made the cover of Madden 16 and was key to their new improvements in the game. Beckham caught six passes for 76 yards with a long of a 40 yard touchdown which is […]

1109, 2015

Revenge Tour: New Side of Eastside

By |September 11th, 2015|Football, Real Deep, Sports|Comments Off on Revenge Tour: New Side of Eastside

Watch out! Here comes Eastside!
I wanted to learn more about the Air Raid offense, so I was awake at six thirty in the morning on one of my last days of freedom before fall classes begin again. I drove the forty minutes from my house to Eastside High School and witnessed something more interesting and more important than the Air Raid passing concepts of Flood, Stick, or Smash.

The grass was wet from the dew of August and the humid heat beamed down on this large grassy field. I did not know a single soul there but I was looking for the offensive coordinator Rich Hargitt. I introduced myself to the man I found on Twitter of all places, met the other coaches, and observed the military-like organization of the stretching routine.

From there I learned various minute details that non-players would never think about and realized the amount of detail and precision that go into the game of football. I observed head coach Steve Wilson install stunts to the defensive linemen so well that I knew what every stunt involved by the end of that period.

The day wore on as I continued to soak in the football knowledge I was privileged to be able to observe. The guys grew tired and didn’t meet the tempo expectations of Coach Hargitt. He confided, “This, Mr. Corbin, is called dragging a–.” Followed by, “You won’t see this in a couple of weeks,” he stated with confidence. He then ordered the entire offense in an impromptu set of up downs which resembled a form of torture. After three long hours, the practice ended in FSU drill – four downs, ten yards, and winner takes all. The defense won on fourth […]

2008, 2015

Carolina Panthers Preseason Review

By |August 20th, 2015|Football, Sports|Comments Off on Carolina Panthers Preseason Review

Carolina Panthers: My thoughts as we head
into preseason game 2 with the Miami Dolphins.
Panthers football is back and Premium News Network has you covered with in depth analysis by yours truly. I also like paying close attention the the thoughts of fans regarding the NFL and the Carolina Panthers and value the feedback and opinions. The Panthers are back-to-back NFC South Champions – but last year was not pretty at all with an 8-10 record (7-9 regular seasons).

Preseason football does not matter for the established veterans on the same team or concerning wins and losses. The preseason is a great time to evaluate rookies, new players, training camp bodies, potential guys on the bubble, and get excited about football! Little game planning is done as it is more about what the players actually accomplish. Without any further ado, here is Panthers football debut on Premium News Network!
Thoughts by Position
Quarterbacks: Cam had some terrible overthrows (think way beyond the receiver) and this has plagued him since his electric debut in 2011. This concerns me, especially since he is completely healthy (for the first time) and has yet to fix this problem. Fortunately for the Panthers, Cam is always off in the preseason (including his rookie year), but shows up big come Week 1. To be fair, Cam’s attributes are not conducive to the preseason – scrambling, extending the play, and throwing lasers across the field. Cam did go 4-4 for 68 yards and a TD in his last drive. Derek Anderson did not look particularly sharp which is surprising since he is one of the best backups in the league. He made some nice fade throws – but he caused two “delay of game” penalties and […]

2307, 2015

Real Deep with Jovan Haye

By |July 23rd, 2015|Football, Real Deep, Sports|Comments Off on Real Deep with Jovan Haye

“I cried after the first day when I didn’t get drafted.” ~ Jovan Haye
“I moved to America when I was six years old. In Jamaica we were poor – you fended for yourself. You cooked outside, butchered your own meat, had your own garden, used an outhouse and took a cold shower.” Jovan Haye described his early childhood in Jamaica before moving to the United States. He wants better for himself and his family, and he perseveres for it daily. His advice to me was “It’s gonna be tough, but keep believing. Fight the good fight. It will build character and manhood or womanhood. Always strive to better yourself, and strap on your boots.”

Jovan Haye was recruited by many top level programs such as Miami, Ohio state, and Michigan because of his abilities on special teams. He turned down these offers to go to Vanderbilt because “I’ve always believed in being different.” This includes being dyslexic.

He made noise at Vanderbilt and decided to go professional instead of play his senior year. He does not regret his decision because he would rather lose at the highest level than to play at college. But this does not erase the false promises of the draft process. “I had people saying I would go late first to early second round, no later than the third round. I cried after the first day when I didn’t get drafted.” The draft was split into rounds 1-3 on day one and 4-7 on the second day. He didn’t care about the money involved with a higher draft slot; he just wanted to be justified in leaving for the NFL. But then the fourth round went by. His feelings went from confident to […]

1707, 2015

Real Deep with Eric Mac Lain (Part IV)

By |July 17th, 2015|Football, Real Deep, Sports|1 Comment

This wraps up our in-depth series with Eric Mac Lain
Q: How was 2014?

A: We knew that we had lost all of this firepower but the way we recruit at Clemson is so phenomenal. We just reload. We don’t rebuild anymore. Guys like Mike Williams, Tay Scott, and Deshaun Watson, all of these guys just keep coming in. Wayne Gallman, TyDye, all these cats just coming in ready. Young but ready to go and I just think that this was a special season. You had so many guys step up, so many surprises. Like Tay, Deshaun. Just on the scene how fast they were ready to go and play. We just knew that we could rely on these guys – new play-makers, new faces. We had a couple of ups and downs to start the season. We started one and two. I’ve never had that kind of start to any kind of season in my life. That was really different adversity that we had to take on. I think we handled it well. We went on to win like nine games in a row . Then slipping at Georgia Tech there was so much adversity that happened in that game. First Deshaun getting hurt as well then others getting hurt. It was a good defensive game but we had two crucial turnovers that ended up as touchdowns. I think that was a gut check for us to end the season on a positive note. Playing Carolina we were very prepared for that game. The coaches did an excellent job with that – scouting them, reports that they did. We were ready for anything that they did and it showed in the game. We […]

607, 2015

Real Deep with Eric Mac Lain (Part III)

By |July 6th, 2015|Football, Real Deep, Sports|2 Comments

Eric Mac Lain on 2012 and Becoming a ‘Big Ugly’
Q: How did everybody respond in 2012 after the Orange Bowl?

A: After we got home and the seniors left, we were ready to go and get back to work. We took winter offseason workouts by storm, we really attacked those. That was one of the biggest years we had, you saw a big increase in numbers in strength, speed, all of these areas. Guys were ready to take that next step. All of the true freshman that played like Sammy, Tay (Martavis Bryant), Tajh having a year under his belt now. They were ready to take the superhero role to where “It’s all on us, we’re ready to go.” Those guys did a tremendous job leading, the defensive guys really pushed us in the off-season as well. We had a great spring, great summer workouts, and great fall camp. Unfortunately going into the season you lose a couple of games, but LSU really showed our preparation. It was total domination by the offensive and defensive lines. The score didn’t reflect it as well as it was determined with turnovers and little stuff. That bowl game was a testament to the work that we put in the offseason to come together as a team and be a dominant force.

Q: How did you move from Tight End to Offensive Line? Did you ever think you would switch positions?

A: When I was getting recruited because I was a bigger tight end in the 245-255 range people always say “Oh, you’re going to be an offensive lineman.” I never thought I would, I thought I would be a tight end. The schemes are good for blocking and catching tight ends. […]

307, 2015

Boycott NASCAR

By |July 3rd, 2015|NASCAR, Sports|4 Comments

NASCAR joined the liberal media in banning the Confederate Battle Flag and calling for the desecration of the veteran’s war memorial in Columbia, South Carolina.

Thousands across social media are now calling for a boycott of NASCAR. A common theme which runs throughout many threads is the feeling by fans that they have been “betrayed” by NASCAR.

At the time of this writing, practically every post on NASCAR’s official Facebook page today, contained at least one, if not multiple comments, regarding the Confederate Battle Flag.

While there were many comments on NASCAR’s page, we had a very difficult time finding any comments in agreement with them in regards to the Battle Flag, and most were along the lines of the following comments which have received the most likes for the day, making these the top four comments on NASCAR’s page:
Bobby Dunaway NASCAR banning the rebel flag…I personally do not own a rebel flag, but I believe that NASCAR has forgotten its roots and has abandoned the people that made the sport what it was. There was a time when you could afford to take the family to a race, that time has passed. There was a time when you had to inherit tickets to go to a Bristol race, that time has passed. I guess it is time for me to pass as well. What used to be a fun sport is now run by a bunch of politically correct people that are so out of touch that they are ruining the sport. Goodbye NASCAR.

John Morgan 15yr long season ticket holder at Bristol, tickets usually purchased for the fall Talladega race. Never again NASCAR. You wont get another dime. This PC crap is ridiculous. I don’t fly the […]

107, 2015

Real Deep with Eric Mac Lain (Part II)

By |July 1st, 2015|Football, Real Deep, Sports|3 Comments

The Orange Bowl and other 2011 Events
Q: How was the adjustment from High School ball to College? Was it a struggle or was it ‘this isn’t so bad’?

A: So we got here a little later than they do now. We got here in early July. We started going to different things, and of course there’s no pads. It’s just the guys working out. I’ve always loved to work out. It was just a little different, a little faster pace, bigger guys to work out with obviously. We also did “Skills and Drills” which is player led 7 on 7s and other individual things that we go through so there’s no pads. I’m like “Oh yeah, oh yeah I got this. Same stuff I’ve been doing.” Then fall camp rolls around and they put me in. I’m supposed to block Andre Branch. I’m 6’5” and maybe 250, and this grown man of 6’6” 290 is in front of me. So they’re just like “Block him.” I’m like “What? I can’t do that?” It was definitely an experience of ‘Was I really ready for this?’ because I redshirted. Mentally you’re a young kid going up against grown men so it was hard to make the transition at first, it’s just different.

Q: What was the atmosphere in the season after going 6 and 7? Were there rumors that Swinney could be fired if another bad year happened?

A: When we came in that summer it was different. We had the guys in my class like Stephone Anthony, Grady Jarrett, Sammy Watkins, myself, Ryan Norton, Spencer Region. All these guys are ready to work and punish people, ready to start playing. Coming off a losing season it’s different. Thankfully I’ve […]

906, 2015

Reese Colburn Draft A+

By |June 9th, 2015|Football, South Carolina, Sports, State|2 Comments

*Images borrowed from Facebook
Roman and Jennifer Colburn’s Facebook pages are filled with the sheer delight that their son Reese Colburn experienced June 6th. Reese Colburn is not able to play football – normally. This past weekend, the ten year old was a player at Clemson’s youth football camp. There, he was surrounded by his peers who are youth football players, and for today he is one of them.

Reese has Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome which is a serious birth defect. In layman’s terms, the left side of the heart is undeveloped. The right side has to take up the slack – pumping blood to the lungs and the body. For Reese, this meant having three open heart surgeries. The day he was born, he had to be flown to Boston without his mother in order to have the first surgery. Another surgery occurred at six months old and a ‘final’ one when he was two. HLHS was a death sentence in infancy until the early 1980s when the surgical process was developed. Reese survived his surgeries and is currently a happy ten year old.

Reese’s dream is to play football, but his pediatrician has to break his heart every six months and explain to him that playing football is not an option. “Some of the kids in his class started to play Pee Wee football and that, combined with not being able to fully participate in physical education, has really taken a toll on him” Roman told me. Reese can only play golf or baseball. It built to a point where he visited a child psychologist to help him work through his limitations.

Then Roman had a lightbulb moment about four months ago. Roman had played football at […]