Panthers Win Again
September 24, 2015
The Carolina Panthers finished the 2014 season with a flurry and have picked up right where it left off this season.
The home opener was last Sunday and Panthers fans had a lot to cheer about as Carolina beat the Houston Texans, 24-17, in a hard-fought affair.
The Panthers scored 10 second-quarter points to take a 10-3 lead into halftime. The teams swapped touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters, but the Panthers held on to win it in the end.
Cam Newton was the difference between the two evenly-matched teams. Carolina’s quarterback threw for two touchdowns while rushing for 76 yards and another score. Offensively, the Panthers also received contributions from Jonathan Stewart with 62 rushing yards on 17 carries, Greg Olsen with six catches for 70 yards, Ted Ginn Jr. with four catches for 41 yards, and Corey Brown with three catches for 57 yards. Ginn and Brown also had the receiving touchdowns for the team.
The victory, coupled with a Week One victory over Jacksonville, has Carolina off to a 2-0 start. I could see the fast start continuing as the Panthers have two under performing opponents in the coming weeks. Next up is a home game against the New Orleans Saints on September 27 and then a road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 4. It’s important for the Panthers to make a push on the standings now, because the schedule is only going to get tougher.
Notre Dame And The ACC
I wondered if this would happen.
Through three weeks of the college football season, Notre Dame is the best team in the ACC. Of course, that depends on what your definition of “in” is. And that’s the issue with the tenuous relationship the ACC has with the Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame has overcome numerous injuries to start 3-0, including an impressive win over Georgia Tech on Saturday, earning a No. 6 ranking in the latest AP poll. All that would be cause for celebration for the ACC if the Irish were truly a league member. But they are not. They will play six games against the ACC, perhaps upending the playoff hopes of Georgia Tech and Clemson along the way, then either dance into a New Year’s Six game or swipe a bowl bid from one of those ACC foes they defeated along the way.
Everything about the ACC’s relationship with Notre Dame is a tenuous escapade. It needs the Irish to win in order to get high-profile matchups and build the league’s strength of schedule. It needs the Irish to lose when they play key games against the ACC’s supposed best.
This is life under the ACC’s agreement with Notre Dame. The Irish have full membership in all sports except football, but remain in more of a “member-guest” relationship in the sport that matters most.
If Notre Dame excels on the football field, the Irish enjoy the fruits of their own victories, at the expense of an ACC contender. And if Notre Dame struggles, any wins for Clemson or Florida State or others down the road will do little to improve the résumés for those programs.
In the meantime, the balancing act continues. Notre Dame heads to Clemson in less than two weeks, and if the Irish magic continues just a little longer, it might all but assure the ACC’s absence from this year’s playoff. If it doesn’t, the Tigers will have a marquee win for now, and they’ll need to root for Notre Dame for the next two months in hopes they can keep it.
Professional Athletes’ Salary Per Minute
I saw this list and had to put it in here for you to ponder.
Who do you think are the highest paid athletes per minute performing their craft?
Two boxers top the list. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fought for 36 minutes. Mayweather earned between $6 and 7 million dollars a minute while Pacquiao pocketed around $4 million dollars a minute.
Football is next. Cleveland Brown cornerback Joe Hayden tops the list in the NFP. His $23 million dollar contract divided by 30 minutes a game for 16 games works out to right around $48,000 a minute.
Floyd Mayweather: $6 - $7 million per minute
The NBA is next. It does not seem fair since neither player saw the court much last season. But Kobe Bryant earned $23.5 million last season and played 1,207 minutes for earnings of $19,470 a minute. Amara Stoudemire played 1,245 minutes for $18,795 per minute.
Next up come a pair of soccer players. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo enjoy earnings of $56.3 million and $50.2 million respectively. However, top-level soccer players play long seasons, are constantly on the field, and rarely substituted out of the game. The overall minutes played makes their per-minute earnings pale in comparison to boxing. Both players logged in the vicinity of 5,000 minutes on the field, putting their values around $10,000 per minute.
Pitchers top the list in baseball. Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers earned close to $16,000 a minute.
These jobs are truly great if you can get them.