Grits, Gravy, and Gumbo: NFC South News for Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

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Updated: February 19, 2013

Good morning everyone! Welcome to WCSN Grits, Gravy, and Gumbo, your daily helping of NFC South news for Tuesday, February 19th, 2013.

On February 19, 1945, the United States Marines landed on Iwo Jima, leading to a brutal battle that lasted over a month and resulted in over 26,000 soldiers being killed. The battle also led to the iconic image of Marines raising the American flag on the summit of Mount Suribachi, the highest point on the island.

It turns out this unfogettable picture of Marines raising the American flag above Iwo Jima was scooped.

It turns out this unfogettable picture of Marines raising the American flag above Iwo Jima was scooped.

Sadly, this was not the first American flag raised on the summit that day. Five other Marines had hoisted a smaller one a few hours earlier, but the Secretary of the Navy took that one for himself, necessitating the planting of a second flag. Typical greedy bigwig, you know?

NFC South News

I shall plant my flag here and claim these NFC South links as my own!

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback John Holt passed away last week.

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback John Holt passed away last week.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In some sad news, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback John Holt, who started for the team for five years in the 1980s, . He was 53 years old and is survived by his wife Janet, to whom he was married for thirty years. Condolences go out from all of us at WCSN to Janet and all of Mr. Holt’s friends and family.

Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer also owns Manchester United, and this details the success they have been having this season. In addition to leading the English Premiere League by a healthy margin, the club is also reaping in record-setting profits. Buccaneers fans can only hope Manchester United hasn’t run the Glazer’s well of luck dry. Save some for the other side of the pond, chaps!

News leaked last night that Tampa Bay defensive end Da’Quan Bowers was arrested for . I don’t know how he could possibly think the weapon would get through the airport scanners, but these guys don’t get paid for being smart. Of course, Bowers needs to be careful, because legal stupidity and poor production on the football field are rarely a combination that provide much job security.

In his first five years on the job, Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith has been one of the most successful first-time head coaches in NFL history.

In his first five years on the job, Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith has been one of the most successful first-time head coaches in NFL history.

Atlanta Falcons

The NFL is unleashing a new test on the prospects at this years’ Scouting Combine, one that is designed to measure the football intelligence of an athlete and give an understanding of how quickly he might mentally assimilate to the NFL. Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff was , so Falcons fans can only hope his knowledge of it gives him a leg up on his peers when it comes to using it as a tool to evaluate possible draft picks.

A 13-3 season in 2012 gave Atlanta coach Mike Smith the distinction of having the in NFL history. Seem like an obscure record to you? Me too. But it does nicely highlight the success that Smith has had since taking over the Falcons gig in 2008. Now Atlanta fans would appreciate it if he could translate that success to the playoffs (or are we still blaming those failures on Matt Ryan?).

Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera shared his wisdom and experiences with up-and-coming coaches last weekend.

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera shared his wisdom and experiences with up-and-coming coaches last weekend.

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera had a busy weekend as the . Rivera talked for more than thirty minutes about the value of being patient and persistent when searching for the right coaching job, noting that it was not until his ninth head coach interview that he was finally offered a job. I highly recommend you all take a few minutes to read this article, which contains much more information that I could even begin to put down here.

Fullback Mike Tolbert, a free-agent acquisition of Carolina’s in 2012, . This is a good thing for Carolina, as Tolbert excels at both blocking and carrying the ball, and may be the team’s No. 2 running back if they decide to get rid of DeAngelo Williams due to cap concerns.

New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints will ask veteran defenders to provide cap relief. The team, which needs to shed almost $30 million in salary, already last week. If the cap is that big of a concern, the team could always try to move some money to secret bounty-based bonuses that don’t count against the cap. It’s not technically legal, but the league will never find out if you don’t leave an electronic trail.

Larry Holder of the Times-Picayune . I kind of doubt this happens due to New Orleans’ cap situation and their lack of marquee free agents. The only player who might make sense is left tackle Jermon Bushrod, but I don’t think New Orleans could stomach the $9.462 million cap hit.

Can the Saints afford to place the franchise tag on Jermon Bushrod (right), or will monetary restrictions force them to let him leave in free agency?

Can the New Orleans Saints afford to place the franchise tag on Jermon Bushrod (right), or will monetary restrictions force them to let him leave in free agency?

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Jon Vander Woude enjoys writing in-depth analytical articles that examine statistical trends in the NFL offseason. He also covers the Chicago Bears beat for Water Cooler Sports. Despite growing up in Michigan, California, and Miami, he had the good fortune to be reared by a father who grew up in Chicago raised him to root for the Bears, Bulls, and Cubs. Feel free to write him at with any questions, comments, or suggestions for future columns. Connect with

238 comments
robertj72
robertj72

Quick question: Why doe the "are we still blaming that on Matt Ryan" link to my More Perfect Union article? IS that a boo-boo and it should link to the The Iceman Goeth article?

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

 it links to your author page.  Rourke put that link in, not me

robertj72
robertj72

  I see...just curious. When I clicked it I was hoping to find another more prominent writer ripping Ryan a new one...LOL

Borderline Football Brilliant
Borderline Football Brilliant

I'd bang the chick that played Nova on the Planet of the Apes.

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 Then, for sure.  Now?  Got a current photo?

Draji, the D is silent
Draji, the D is silent

I'd bang Thomas Jefferson's wife

grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr


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But this does make a lot of sense.  I mean, she looks the forerunner of your Nose Girl.

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 Even Jefferson wouldn't.  So he did some other stuff.... that one maybe, could probably, I'm sure its possible, call racist.

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator like.author.displayName 1 Like

Drivel?

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 He'll come out of nowhere now just to sanctimoniously tell you how he isn't into prostitution, it never really got him going, but he loves a woman's eyes, and did you see some magazine cover from Germany, or whatever.

reggiesnodeuce
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hahahaha...literal lol there.

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I probably would have drilled Betsy Ross, but the other day I learned she didn't actually design the first American Flag.  So I'm out.

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

 She only sewed the flag, if I remember correctly.

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  Even that is pretty questionable.  Turns out some dude that designed all sorts of shit for 'Murica probably designed it (it says so in congressional records), and no one has a clue who actually sewed it, but it probably wasn't some widow.  Her family submitted a bunch of affidavits about how they'd heard the family story that she did it.... and that's all they got.  This counselor says that is a far cry from "proof."

Bro Montana
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 that was the deal breaker, eh?

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  Hell yes.  I'm a proud American.

Sidenote: tiny dude without a nose like!

Bro Montana
Bro Montana

My friend is making fun of me because I wouldn't bang Laura Bush

Draji, the D is silent
Draji, the D is silent

  

Wow, you know law school is boring when you start talking about banging politicians wives

Maized and Confused
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You and your friend have very weird conversations.

Bro Montana
Bro Montana

  I wasn't even part of it. I just interjected to say "She's fucking 66 years old."