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Odds & Ends- Volume 44


Colin Kaepernick, Bobby WagnerI think 49ers fans have absolutely no reason to panic.

Many 49ers fans are beside themselves after their loss to their hated rivals,the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday 29-3. The 49ers committed 12 penalties and had five turnovers. Yet many fans are hard pressed to accept it.

Look,it is only one game out of 16,folks. To panic after two games is a little overkill. Did you guys really think that you would go 16-0? With this tough schedule? You are dreaming.

The thing is you lost to a very good team. Some of you fans probably think they are not as good as they were last year, but last night proved otherwise. This team is for real, they are dangerous, and I think they have a chance to be the NFC representative in the Super Bowl. I am not saying they will be, this is after all Week 2, but they are looking very strong out of the gate.

As for the 49ers, they will be fine, the Colts are coming into town and are not indoors. They should be able to beat them,right?

RedskinsIt may be time to worry in D.C.

The Redskins are now 0-2 after a close loss to the Eagles last Monday and getting blown out of the water by Green Bay on Sunday. In both games Washington has been slow in the first half only to have better second halves.

Also in doubt is Robert Griffin III and his health. Many are speculating that he may have returned too soon from the knee injury he suffered last season. Griffin has stated that whatever blame is to come to him should and I agree to an extent.

Right now one has to wonder if he should take a seat and get all the way healthy while Kirk Cousins takes the reigns to get this team back to where they were last season. It might not be that bad of an idea.

On Saturday, Rutgers University football retired their first ever number in school history and it was none other than the most inspirational ELeGrandplayer they have ever had, Eric LeGrand. His No. 52 jersey will now no longer be worn by any other Scarlet Knight.

LeGrand was paralyzed from the neck down in 2010 in a game against Army and was greeted by a standing ovation at halftime during Rutgers’ game against Eastern Michigan. The ceremony featured messages from former teammates and coaches, including former coach Greg Schiano, now the coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“Keep living the way you are,” Schiano said. “You are inspiring all of us.”

LeGrand had a message for everyone in attendance at High Point Solutions Stadium.

“Help me get back on my feet and walk again,” LeGrand said at halftime of Rutgers’ 28-10 victory. “Always remember each and every day — believe! It’s in me and it’s in you guys, too.”

There was no better choice for this school’s first number retiree than LeGrand. Retired numbers are meant for the legendary players or the most memorable or the ones who have had the most impact. LeGrand definitely fits that and definitely deserves this honor. I don’t know if he will ever walk again,but I know there are so many hoping that he will get that chance.

PanthersPreThe Florida Panthers should really schedule their preseason games a little better.

Monday the team had a doubleheader against the Nashville Predators, the second game started at 7 p.m., but the first one was at 2:30 p.m., that’s right, 2:30 p.m., when everyone is at work.

The result of the 2:30 p.m. was an almost empty BB&T Center and more players on the ice than in the stands.

Panthers President Michael Yormark explained the dismal turnout to Yahoo! Sports: “This is the third consecutive full season (excluding last year) we have hosted a weekday preseason doubleheader with Nashville and one of the primary reasons we began this series was to afford both franchises the opportunity to evaluate their full training camp rosters in a game situation in just one day. And while the day game attendance is not as high as we would like we believe the doubleheader still represents a unique opportunity for our fans.”

“However, in no way does today’s attendance reflect our expectation for the upcoming season. In fact we fully expect an Opening Night sellout, our new full season equivalent ticket sales are up 41-percent over last year and we also expect the 2013-14 season to be the fourth consecutive year in which we see an average home attendance increase at the BB&T Center.”

I surely don’t think the Panthers will be playing in front of 20 people every night, but scheduling this doubleheader could have been done another time, like perhaps a weekend when people are, you know,available. I think it is safe to say the weekday doubleheader is over and done with in Sunrise, Fla.


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