Grits, Gravy, and Gumbo: NFC South News for Thursday, February 21, 2013

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Updated: February 21, 2013

Good morning, faithful WCSN readers! Welcome to Grits, Gravy, and Gumbo, your daily serving of NFC South news for Thursday, February 21, 2013.

This date is chockfull of historical events, and here are a couple of my favorites:

  • In 1804, the first self-propelled steam locomotive was operated.
  • In 1842, the first United States patent for the sewing machine was issued.
  • In 1925, published its first issue.
  • In 1948, NASCAR was incorporated, setting itself up for decades of near relevance.

Personally, I don’t care about NASCAR at all. Watching people drive in circles for hours on end is the definition of boring. But based on stereotypes which I assume to be 100 percent accurate, most Southerners do. Since this is the NFC South news, I’m going to assume that is the most important historical event ever for the majority of you.

The only exciting thing about cars driving in circles is when they crash (assuming nobody gets hurt).

The only exciting thing about cars driving in circles is when they crash (assuming nobody gets hurt).

NFC South News

I’m revving up these links!

Da'Quan Bowers might not be sentenced too harshly for his gun violation.

Da’Quan Bowers might not be sentenced too harshly for his gun violation.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stephen F. Holder of the Tampa Bay Times says that there are that could help Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers get a more lenient sentence for carrying a loaded gun into an airport. It sounds as though Bowers had a license for the gun, and voluntarily told airline personnel that he had it in his bag. Dennis Coppin, Bowers’ attorney in this case, believes that the charges will be completely dropped, although he might be a little biased in his assessment.

The NFL Scouting Combine is nearly here and with it a wave of speculation on who teams are interested in drafting. One side benefit of the Combine, however, can be that general managers have a chance to talk to agents of their current free agents about new contracts. General manager this week. I can’t really blame him for being all work on this trip; it’s not like there’s anything else to do in Indianapolis in February.

Could the Falcons draft Eddie Lacy to fill Michael Turner's shoes?

Could the Falcons draft Eddie Lacy to fill Michael Turner’s shoes?

Atlanta Falcons

takes a look at what the Atlanta Falcons should do with . They find that he is too valuable to let walk and insist that the team needs to re-sign him. They even go so far as to say that Walker “could easily become the best rotational defensive lineman in the NFL.” This is going a little far in my book, but I will forgive them, since Atlanta fans can’t reasonably expected to know what a good defensive lineman actually looks like.

Meanwhile, examines the . First round running backs are generally not a popular choice anymore, but Atlanta will likely need to replace Michael Turner, and Lacy could be a good fit on that front. I still think it likely the Falcons go for pass rush with their first pick, but that might not be necessary if they re-sign the best rotational defensive lineman in the NFL.

As an added bonus, here is a talking about tight end Tony Gonzalez, the upcoming draft, and the rest of the NFC South. The main reason I am linking this is because the guest expert is ESPN.com NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas, and I know how much all of our WCSN regulars revere and respect him.

This may be his first Combine as a general manager, but Dave Gettleman is no rookie to scouting players.

This may be his first Combine as a general manager, but Dave Gettleman is no rookie to scouting players.

Carolina Panthers

This week’s Combine will be the as general manager of the Carolina Panthers, but he’s not worried. Gettleman has been an NFL scout since the 1980s and has been attending the Combine annually for almost as long. Being the man in charge of making decisions may be a new experience for him, but fans can rest assured that Gettleman has plenty of experience in personnel evaluation to fall back on.

For a story on the lighter side of things, the Charlotte Observer brings us a report on quarterback Cam Newton, who recently helped . The girlfriend took a moment to comment on how amazing it was that she was talking to Newton before saying yes. It sounds like Cam may have unintentionally stolen the show, but I am sure it is a fun memory the bride and groom will remember for the rest of their lives.  We here at WCSN send out our warmest wishes to the happy couple, and thank Brian (last name withheld) for his service to our country.

He may be a mountain of a man, but Shaq is apparently dwarfed in popularity by Drew Brees in Texas.

He may be a mountain of a man, but Shaq is apparently dwarfed in popularity by Drew Brees in Texas.

New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints quarterback Monday night, a well-deserved honor for a high school star who was overlooked entering both college and the NFL. According to the article, Brees stole the show from other luminaries like Shaquille O’Neal and Ricky Williams. I think it would have been fun to see Brees (6’0”, 209 pounds) next to Shaq (7’2”, 360 pounds).

Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune lists . In typical lazy writer fashion, he gives no reasoning (other than listing their 2013 salaries), and asks fans who they think should be cut, restructured, or receive less money. Head on over and share your superior knowledge!

Editor’s Note

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About the author

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

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 Apple says only 16gb goes in my machine but 32gb is zooming right along...

So what gives? Are they not being entirely forthcoming when they say your machine is limited to a certain amount of RAM (in my case, 8 GB), or is the machine simply ignoring the 16 extra GB this person installed? I would have figured the machine wouldn't even boot.

J. Walter Weatherman
J. Walter Weatherman

Apples:

The limitation imposed is based on the chipsets used on the computers motherboard. For example, the noted Apple maximums you mentioned for the MacBook Pro and the Mac Pro, are smaller than the maximums that those machines can address in practice. The MacBook Pro tested maximum is 16 GB according to . And as for the Mac Pro its maximum is 128 GB according to .

As noted on Intel's Specs, the CPU supports a different maximum than the chipset on the motherboard does. The supports up to 288 GB.

And as for the it supports up to 32 GB.

So these limitations come from engineering decisions made by Apple based on what kinds of chipsets are selected to be installed on the motherboard and what those chips support is what enfoces the maximum amount of RAM that a particular Mac can address at or below what the CPU can actually address.

As for why Apple under rates their maximum numbers for RAM on some Macs, thats for Apple to know and for us to wonder. However, admittedly it is a nice practice to for whatever reason Apple has. Although, the Mac Pro supports more RAM than Mac OS X can address, according to OWC's testing on Mac Pros, ,but other 64-bit operating system can get to the full 128GB.

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 Thanks for the quote. My machine keeps crashing due to RAM issues, so I can't respond in a timely manner. I am about to lay down some cash to get new RAM. I could upgrade to 16 GB and it looks like OS X would be able to address it just fine, but I think I will stick with 8GB for now. The most I do is photo editing and video watching. If prices continue to drop, I could always upgrade to 16 GB later.

J. Walter Weatherman
J. Walter Weatherman

Scroll down to :  Physical Memory Limits: Windows 7

Theres an example of how windows works.  The 2 differences are 32 and 64 bit

J. Walter Weatherman
J. Walter Weatherman

Windows, depending on the version, will only notice cetain limits. Not sure how apple works.

J. Walter Weatherman
J. Walter Weatherman

And even when limited, you can still stack as much as you want, it'll still work, but will only recognize so much.

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  So basically, this person wasted money by putting extra RAM in his machine that it's not even using? I mean, I can upgrade my machine to 16GB RAM for only $100, but it's a waste of money if only 8GB will be utilized.

J. Walter Weatherman
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  In windows you right click on my computer, and it'll tell you how much it recognizes.  But apple being the "work" computer, I don't see how they would limit you to 8gb.  thats just weird 

El Oso Blanco
El Oso Blanco

How can you not like the Daytona 500? And its not people driving in a circle! Imagine driving in a circle at 200 mph with the person a few feet in front of you and a few feet behind you doing the same thing. Most of us would shat our pants.

adambballn
adambballn

  Awh... so the tables have turned!  Now we know how you feel about hockey.

El Oso Blanco
El Oso Blanco

Imagine the crowd of rush hour traffic. Now imagine the same crowd going 200 mph. Thats NASCAR in a nutshell. 

It doesnt look like much on TV, this is one of the events you have to see live. 

Bro Montana
Bro Montana

 Because you see any of that shit when you watch it on TV

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 I think it would be fun if I were in the driver's seat. Watching someone else doing it is yawnworthy.

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Speaking of which, we should have a Cube II FFA someday. It's free; you can run it on a crappy machine (it works on my PC that only has 2 GB RAM); it works in Windows, Mac, or Linux; and we could all play online in our private map. You can also design your own maps in real time with co-op edit.

EvilDonkey-R.H.I.T.
EvilDonkey-R.H.I.T. moderator

 suaerbraten?


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  Yep. It's based on the Quake engine, but it's fun. Has a huge, thriving online community. Sometimes it can be hard to find open servers, because they're always packed, but you can run a server on your own computer with no perceptible performance hit.

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I hope whoever came up with the name Barkevious Mingo never got laid again.

EvilDonkey-R.H.I.T.
EvilDonkey-R.H.I.T. moderator

 wha?!?!? it's so regal!!

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  It's as regally dumb as most video game handles.

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 In Cube II, you can have any handle the map admin will allow. So on my map, you could.

J. Walter Weatherman
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  God damnit, Vulva Whistle with 2 kills and 18 deaths just killd me!!!!

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  Fortunately for them, it's a rare event. I suck at FPS.

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  It's always fun when "You were killed by Vulva Whistle" pops up on the screen.

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  As do my Vagina Puppet and Vulva Whistle handles. Not to mention EjaculatingClitoris.