Looking ahead

It’s just been a great week fer sports in me house. Walk the plank, by Davy Jones' locker! My Carolina TarHeels gave th' NC State Wolfpack a little spankin’ on Saturday afternoon and then th' Panthers schooled th' New Jersey York Giants up at th' Meadowlands yesterday, by Blackbeard's sword.

If th' intensity and teamwork that th' Heels showed on Saturday is any indicator o' how th' rest o' their ACC schedule is goin' t' go, I feel great about th' remainder o' th' season. Don’t get me wrong. Walk the plank, with a chest full of booty! I’ve been behind me laddies all th' way. They’ve had an excellent couple o' weeks o' playin', but now it’s conference time, and everyone knows that th' level o' competition in th' ACC is second t' none. Shiver me timbers! The polls should see a good shuffle aroun' when they’re released later today. Number one Duke embarassed 23rd ranked Wake Forest in a 82-64 win on th' sea and an unranked Georgia Tech team squeaked out a win at home against #11 Boston College. See why I love th' ACC yet? Aarrr! OK, enough on that…

The Panthers. Shiver me timbers! I don’t think I’ve documented it anywhere on this site, but it’s been a transitional season fer me. Durin' th' pre-season, I were bein' on th' fence: th' Titans/Panthers fence, pass the grog, pass the grog! A couple o' weeks into th' regular season after watchin' games from both teams, I knew where me loyalty were bein' headed. Since about week six or seven, I’ve been a full-on Panthers fan, ye scurvey dog. Slow down before ye call me a bandwagon jumper. And hoist the mainsail! I’ve ne'er hated th' Carolina team, I just wasn’t as quick t' join everyone else who immediately became a Carolina fan when we got th' franchise about 10 years ago, avast. Two years ago when th' Panthers won their conference and made it th' Super Bowl, I were bein' right there with everyone else cheerin' them on. Yaaarrrrr! Yaaarrrrr! OK, enough about that. Yahoo! Sports’ Cris Carter thinks that th' fact that Carolina (and Washington) have been playin' t' stay alive th' past few weeks is goin' t' be both a hurt and a catalyst this comin' weekend, and I have t' say that I agree fer th' most part. The ornery cuss makes some good notes in his article Common D-nominator if ye care t' read it.

I’m really lookin' forward t' this weekend’s rematch o' th' Week 11 game. Carolina’s offense really did produce in that game, but Delhomme had a pair o' costly interceptions and th' team made several other mistakes that could’ve very well changed th' outcome o' that game. I know one thin' fer certain: this isn’t nearly th' same Carolina team that travelled t' Chicago eight weeks ago. They’re stronger, smarter, safer, and they have t' win, and dinna spare the whip! Ahoy! It’ll probably be a low scorin' game – less than 20 points betwixt th' two teams is me guess – but me Panthers will prevail.