Grits, Gravy, and Gumbo: NFC South News for Friday, March 1st, 2013

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Updated: March 1, 2013

Happy Friday, WCSN readers! Welcome to WCSN Grits, Gravy, and Gumbo, your daily serving of NFC South News for Friday, March 1st, 2013.

On this day in 2013, Jon Vander Woude published his final WCSN Grits, Gravy, and Gumbo. I have thoroughly enjoyed writing this links column for the last few weeks, but it takes a hefty amount of time, which I have been finding in short supply lately. Plus, I really miss writing other articles, and doing this has made that impossible. So thank you all for reading (or at least pretending to), and, should any of you be interested in continuing this fine tradition, please contact our fearless leader at .

In more important news, there have been several events on March 1st that have actually been notable. The Hoover Dam was completed on this day in 1936, ensuring that Michael Bay would have the basis for a terrible plot to ruin Transformers seventy years later.

Speaking of terrible movies, Titanic became the first film to gross worldwide on March 1, 1998. This tells us clearly that girls will waste their money to see romantic movies over and over more than guys will with good films. !

Can you hurry up and die already? I was sick of this movie before it started.

Can you hurry up and die already? I was sick of this movie before it started.

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Run stuffer Roy Miller could be playing for a new team in 2013.

Run stuffer Roy Miller could be playing for a new team in 2013.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Free agent defensive tackle Roy Miller looks like . Negotiations between Miller’s agent and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have broken off, and it appears that the two sides are too far apart on his value to come to an agreement. I don’t know how much money he wants, but the Bucs can’t really afford to lose Miller, who was the anchor of their top-ranked run defense last season. With one of the worst pass defenses in the league, they at least need something defensively to hang their hat on.

Buccaneers.com provides a , which is one of the few offensive positions where the team actually has a need. There are a glut of tight ends who could hit the market this offseason, including former Buc Dallas Clark, and the draft also appears to be stocked with potential difference makers at the tight end position. The Bucs should be well suited to add a weapon here and have an even more dangerous offense in 2013.

Atlanta Falcons

continues their look at key Atlanta Falcons free agents, this time , who has been with Atlanta for the last eight years. They offer what seems like a prudent solution to me. If the Falcons re-sign William Moore, then let Hope walk and get a younger backup. If Moore proves too expensive and leaves, keep Hope around as a veteran presence and draft a young guy to groom. Now Falcons fans can only Hope the situation doesn’t leave them wanting Moore from their safeties in 2013.

Head coach Mike Smith is being , his alma mater. Congratulations to Mr. Smith; I am sure it is difficult to get this honor from a university with such a rich history of athletic success. In all seriousness, Smith has done an excellent job as an NFL coach, and I’m going to guess he’s the most famous sports alumnus of ETSU.

Even Cam Newton doesn't believe the Panthers will be winning the Super Bowl next year.

Even quarterback Cam Newton doesn’t believe the Carolina Panthers will be winning the Super Bowl next year.

Carolina Panthers

Our dear friends at have put together another shameless play for page views slide show about the Panthers, this time . I wholeheartedly agree that, with a young quarterback and stud linebacker to build around, a few years of good drafting while they wait out their bad contracts could have them amongst the league’s elite in 2015 or so.

Wait, did they they mean Carolina could contend for a Super Bowl in 2013? Yeah, and if you believe that, I have some valuable Green Bay Packers stock to sell you. Carolina could well surprise and challenge for a playoff spot this year, but win the Super Bowl? Come on, let’s be serious here.

Bryan Strickland of , so he has listed . All five performed well at the Combine, all five play a position of need for Carolina, and all five had excellent college careers. In short, I think any of the five could help the Panthers reach the Super Bowl in 2013.

Drew Brees leads a strong group of recent free agent signees for the Saints.

Quarterback Drew Brees leads a strong group of recent free agent acquisitions for the New Orleans Saints.

New Orleans Saints

Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune has a detailed examination of since 2006. The Saints have done an excellent job bringing in talent through free agency, signing quarterback Drew Brees, linebacker Jonathan Vilma, safety Darren Sharper, and running back Darren Sproles, amongst other contributors. Given their current cap problems, they should focus right now on improving their ability to draft and develop guys over bringing in veterans.

General manager Mickey Loomis has a wonderful , including the state of the team, the salary cap, and the acquisition of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. It’s a fascinating read, so I recommend you check it out.

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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jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

sad but true

El Oso Blanco
El Oso Blanco

 Religion aint nothing but a business. You dont need religion in order to be a good person. 

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

best NBA joke I've seen in a while: 

  • The Los Angeles Lakers  at Staples Center. The Lakers have gotten themselves back into playoff contention, winning 12 of their last 17 games, or as San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich would call it, "a cataclysmic spate of losing that would cause to one to question the very nature of existence."

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

pretty solid hockey joke too (well, more a Philly bashing)

  • The Chicago Blackhawks ran their point streak to 20 consecutive games,  on the road. The Blackhawks opened the scoring a mere 12 seconds into the game as Jonathan Toews kicked the puck into the net. "It's getting kind of spooky," Toews said after the game when asked to explain the run the Blackhawks are on. "It's like God himself wants us to win all these games. But the Flyers once went 35 in a row unbeaten, and, clearly, God has no home in Philadelphia, so I'm at a total loss."

Bro Montana
Bro Montana

 Are you around? Any advice on taking a deposition of a hostile witness, or party to be more exact?

SDL
SDL like.author.displayName 1 Like

Sure... what kind of info do you have available on the witness?  What kind of case?  

Do you have access to any prior testimony by the witness?

Have you done written discovery about this witness and his / her opinions?

What do you hope to get out of this witness?

Discovery deposition or intended for use at trial?

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Basic advice: Lead the shit out of them (i.e., ask nothing but leading questions).  This is essentially cross examination.

There are shit-tons of reference materials out there... trial techniques guides, etc.

If you know a practicing lawyer who has worked in whatever area you're in, you can almost certainly  get an outline for this sort of thing...


Bro Montana
Bro Montana

  It's for a pretrial practice class. It's a divorce case and I'm deposing the wife. No written discovery or past testimony or anything - we just have a fact pattern. I just didn't know whether to go with broader questions at first and then narrower leading questions or to ask only leading questions. Thanks for the info - I'll see what I can find online. 

SDL
SDL

Naahhh...

Here's another tip:  Whether you're a believer or not, there's some pretty good stuff in the Bible:

As a lawyer:

- cast your bread upon the water (whether you're helping out a colleague or a friend)... it'll come back to you

- as ye sow, so shall you reap (karma is real) what comes around goes around (no matter where you practice... what you do may or may not echo in eternity, but it sure as hell can either pay off in the future or come back to haunt you)



Bro Montana
Bro Montana

  steven.miracle@marquette.edu 

Thanks a lot, counselor. I owe you one. 

SDL
SDL like.author.displayName 1 Like

Seriously:  your GF has a classmate that does this work.  

Here's a tip you can use for the rest of your career: 

Never 'reinvent the wheel' if you can avoid it.  If you can get a good outline and use it as a starting point, you're miles ahead.

Gimme an email address and I'll send you an outline (I'll hit up a colleague)


Bro Montana
Bro Montana

  Yeah, those are all issues but my client has a prenup that gives the wife nothing (so she is going to say it is inequitable). My girlfriend's firm does only corporate work but I'm checking to see if I can find anything from WisBar. Thanks for the tip. 

SDL
SDL like.author.displayName 1 Like

I have studiously avoided divorce work for the last 22 years, but  I have colleagues who do nothing but.

I can probably get you a stock / standard / form outline pretty easily and you can adapt it to your case.

Divorce is different... if the case is tried, I'd say the odds are that it's to the court (this makes a big difference).  The goal is "equitable division of the marital estate"

- spousal support / alimony / child custody / child support at issue?

I'm guessing it's a discovery dep of the opponent spouse in a Wisco divorce case?

Aren't you shacked up with a practicing shyster?  Somebody in her firm or a classmate of hers does Wisco divorce work... (I'll bet)

Hit her up for an outline and then adapt it to your case


El Oso Blanco
El Oso Blanco

The Jets are working out David Garard and Brady Quinn. This management needs to be fired, they keep bringing in terrible QBs

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

 the problem is they're not going to bring in a GOOD quarterback, because then he'd beat out Sanchez and they'd have a $9M backup.

El Oso Blanco
El Oso Blanco

 Cut Sanchez

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

  they owe him almost $8M in guaranteed money.  He's their starter for 2013 because of the dumb extension they gave him in 2012.

ReggiesNoJackpondavre
ReggiesNoJackpondavre moderator

hahaha


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Borderline Football Brilliant
Borderline Football Brilliant

I don't have anything against people having public opinions, but athletes turned activist annoy me as much a celebrities.

SDL
SDL

 

Why?  What does an activist's profession have to do with your opinion of the activist?

He's hyper and a present member of the indolent rich.  (i.e., he's got enough cash and loads of free time... you can only play video games for so long)

Green and Gold
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Cullen Jenkins will visit the Giants as a free agent on Friday, according to a source

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

Regarding salary cap woes, I think it starts in the uncapped year.  You get some mega free agent contracts signed.  Those contracts are then the basis for teams re-signing their stars.  They were so massive, though, that they structured them to move the biggest cap hits towards later in the deal.  


Well, we're now a few years down the road, and those big cap hits are starting.

niemerg1
niemerg1 like.author.displayName 1 Like

just found this online again...completely forgot about this commercial...god it looks like he's smiling at a hooker after he forced her to do unspeakable things....

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

I am proud of the fact that I managed to trash Michael Bay, his Transformers movies, and Titanic in this intro.  Going out on top!

Borderline Football Brilliant
Borderline Football Brilliant

True, but, as the author, you should realize that this particular article should cater to the fans of the teams. Save your trolling for the comments.

On the other hand, it's your last one. Might as well go out with a bang.