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Team of free agents can win, but will they?

I watched the replay Saturday of the infamous Tuck Rule game from back in January 2002. (Yes, I have no life). Anyway, that game between the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders which the Patriots won in overtime and used as a springboard to beating Pittsburgh in the AFC Championship and St. Louis in the Super Bowl got me thinking.

As I watched, it seemed everywhere I looked I saw players that the New England Patriots did not draft. I saw free agents all over the field. I saw a team that clearly stomped all over the theory that championship squads must be home grown via the draft.

Consider the free agents on the Patriots:

RG Joe Andruzzi: He was picked up on waivers from Green Bay in 2000. He signed with the Patrtiots. He started every game at right guard in 2001.

LG Mike Compton: He left the Lions and signed with the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent in 2001. He started all 16 games and in the playoffs. So, yes, the Patriots starting offensive line had a couple of free agent starting guards.

Linebacker Bryan Cox: Yes, that Bryan Cox. After leaving the Dolphins and the Bears, Cox spent three years with the Jets. Then the Patriots picked him up in 2001 and he started seven games and played in 11. He had three fumble recovers and two forced fumbles and he scored a TD. The guy was in decline but he always had been a playmaker.

Running back Antowain Smith: He was originally drafted by the Bills. He was added as an unrestricted free agent and led the team by rushing for 1,157 yards. He'd been considered something of an enigma in Buffalo. He was a locker room leader in New England.

Linebacker Mike Vrabel: The Pittburgh Steelers drafted him but let him go to New England as an unrestricted free agent. So much for that theory that the Steelers don't let good players go in free agency. Vrabel started 12 games and had three sacks with two interceptions in 2001. He got better later and had three Super Bowl rings with New England before he went to Kansas City in 2010.

Linebacker Roman Phifer: Originally the 31st overall pick in St. Louis in 1991, Phifer went to the Jets as a UFA and signed a three-year deal through the 2001 season. He was, however, cut after the 2000 season and the Patriots signed him to a one-year minimum salary deal. Phifer started all 16 games. He was re-signed after the season for three more years. He was a Pro Bowl alternate two of those three years.

Cornerback Terrell Buckley: The former Packer and former Dolphins joined the Broncos for one season in 2000 and then went to New England when he was cut. He played with the Patriots in 2001 and 2002. He was the team's nickel cornerback and had an interception in the AFC title game against Pittsburgh that helped New England go to the Super Bowl.

Tight end Jermaine Wiggins: Another Jets castoff, Wiggins signed as a free agent in 2000 and lasted through the 2002 season. He also had a big game in the Tuck Rule game.

Cornerback Otis Smith: He played for the Patriots in 1996 but left to join the Jets for three years. Then he returned as an unrestricted free agent in 2000. He started 15 of 16 regular season games and throughout the playoffs.

Linebacker Larry Izzo: He was an undrafted free agent who made the Dolphins in 1996 and stayed through 2000. The Patriots signed him in 2001 as an unrestricted free agent. There he became the special teams captain and won three Super Bowl rings. He recovered two fumbles in the Tuck Rule game. Two.

Wide receiver David Patten: The Cleveland Browns cut him after 2000. The Patriots picked him up in 2001 and he started 14 games. He was the club's leading receiver in the Tuck Rule game.

No, this is not a Patriots blog. But I happily use the Patriots to prove the point that a team can be brought together from other teams and turned into a cohesive, high-caliber ballclub.

And, yes, that leads me to the Dolphins.

As you know they've been doing work this offseason in free agency. No, they probably haven't done as much as I'd like. The flirtation with Elvis Dumervil which I reported last Tuesday and the Denver Post reported Friday didn't bear fruit. Dumervil signed with Baltimore Sunday and his salary cap number for 2013 is, get this, $2.5 million.

So the Dolphins still have work to do finding more pass rush, adding a cornerback and possibly a defensive tackle. The offensive line is still in need of an upgrade, too. Eric Winston is still a possibility. He'd like to play for the Dolphins, according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus, but would also like to get paid so there's that. The Dolphins may be waiting for the price on Winston to drop somewhat.

The Dolphins may add one or two more free agents.

And that brings up the question whether a team can win with a bunch of recently added veterans? Obviously, I just showed you the Patriots did it.

But I saw Don Shula not only fail to do it in 1995, it was something of a chemistry nightmare. And the following year I remember Jimmy Johnson cleaning house and telling me he didn't want veterans who learned to do things under different coaches to come to him and expect him to do what they were used to.

"I want rookies and players I draft to learn to do things the way I want them to," Johnson said. "I don't want to deal with fighting the veterans."

Well, the Dolphins have some new veterans now. And now it's up to coach Joe Philbin to get them to do things the way the Dolphins do things or he'll have to adjust to them.

Philbin isn't talking like he's the one who will be making the adjustment.

“They’ve got to get acclimated," he said. "We hopefully, in 13 months, we’ve been able to establish a culture and environment, an atmosphere of how we do business when they walk into that door. While these guys are veterans and we’re certainly looking for them to put their stamp on things and make an impact, they’ve got to kind of fit into how we do things. So I think it’s more them, at least, understand these are responsibilities, the obligations that come with being a Miami Dolphin and kind of fall in line and then let their football stuff care of itself."

It'll be interesting to see how that goes.

 

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ODIN,

I AM NOT BLACK , THE VIKINGS WERE THE WORST POWER TO STEAL GOLD AND RAPE THE YOUNG BOYS..

ODIN THE HERMAPHRODITE FOR PRESIDENT.

Long before Hitler even THOUGHT about it, WE took Yo Shyt........Niggy!!!!

Posted by: odinseye | March 25, 2013 at 06:44 PM

Wow Odindouche, This is even wrong for you.., HITLER, Really?
Please end your life son,That's the right thing to do.
Oh yeah, BTW, WTF s up with YG4E,I did notice he was posting for about 25 hours, I just thought he was looking to break Odindouches record.
I guess those "Marathon" Recods are hard on a person.

And, if y'all don't remember, Cox, Izzo, and Buckley mailed a picture of themselves wearing their rings and flipping off the camera to their former teammates in Miami.

I just saw my best friend come crawling out of bobbyd's mothers snatch. I guess he had one too many shots last night.

Tannehill will throw over 4, 000 yards and advance team to playoffs.

Odin, a crackhead racist, who would have thought. Rotflmao...........................

Did a black crackhead sell you wax this morning? Bwaah...hahahah................................

I'll bet the black crackhead who sold crackhead Odin wax this morning was none other than Chris Rock.

That's what you get for hanging out in "New Jack Ciy".
Wow, crackhead Odin bought wax from Chris Rock in New Jack City! Why am I not surprised. LOL......

Is odin the only blogger that get's hotties? That dude must be a stud.

Might of been Tyrone Biggums that sold that crack (half smoken, of course)!

WOW, YG4E, Dude, Please stop your Anti-Odin posts,Otherwise I'am gonna have to find another way t post my "ANTI-HIPPIE" Stuff..

Again, anybody knows another Dolphins Blog where I can see and reply to a good commentary at least once in a while?


The Normans were FRENCH you nitwit.

Posted by: History 101 | March 25, 2013 at 06:45 PM
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I'm a Nitwit? Ha Ha Ha!

You better brush up on your History, Mr. 101.

A Band of Vikings invaded France. They **OF COURSE** conquered the entire country. After looting all of France, they worked out a "deal" with the French Leader. A "deal" he couldn't refuse(if you know what I mean)LOL! The Vikings gave them back all of their country except for the Lands they wanted.

That area became the Province of Normandy and the Vikings settled there permanently and they became known as the Nords. They brought their families and entire clans. They eventually assimilated themselves with the local populations.

The Vikings did this all over Europe and the civilized world. We took what we wanted/needed. Then taught the locals and brought them out of the Dark Ages. Dublin is another "FINE" example. The Vikings invaded, settled there and built the Trading Post into a large City. They often assimilated with the locals and ALL eventually prospered. The Vikings just had to "Teach Them" how to live(how serve our interests or DIE)-LOL!

Soooooooooooo.........Mr. 101, it is YOU that is the Nitwit!

PS: Long Live The Nords!!!!

PSS: ALoco, you should be Thanking us Vikings. Why......if it wasn't for us, you and your people would still be banging Sheep and eating Horse Meat for God's Sakes!

Baaaaaaaah Bye!

I am the best Jock strap repair man in towm.

Signed,
Sir Oscar Canos

OK Guy's, I see Odindouche will ne posting/pasting for the next 6 hours so I'am outta here.PEASE.


ODIN,

I AM NOT BLACK , THE VIKINGS WERE THE WORST POWER TO STEAL GOLD AND RAPE THE YOUNG BOYS..

Posted by: ALoco | March 25, 2013 at 06:47 PM
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You assume too much and it exposes your ignorance. I wasn't insinuating you were Black. And for the record, that phrase is a term of endearment too me(I'm not into Racism!).

As far as Vikings "rapping" you when you were a little boy..............?

In "YOUR DREAMS".............Niggy. LOL...

Odin is living proof maggots mate with leeches.

They should do away with this System of maintaining a Blog by the # of hits it makes. All that achieves is attract scummy, slimy People who don't care one way or another about the subject matter(in this case the Dolphins) and only the $ they get paid for writing crap. The Herald has cleaned up a lot, at least the Spanish version, from all those jailbirds that were writing from Cuba by requiring everybody to use Facebook. I'm in favor of that for this Blog also. Or else, put more advertising on the sides here, Armando, just get rid of this trash and let us express ourselves in the appropriate manner, respectful interchange.

Rest of offseason and mock draft:

Sign KC OT Winston (2yr)

Draft- trade down (our 1st) with ST. Louis for their 1st (16th) and 3rd

1st- NC OG John Cooper- our zone blocking gaurd for years to come

2nd- Miss ST CB Darius Slay ( CB to replace smith)

2nd- LSU ILB Kevin Minter (meet the new ILB)

3rd- Ark OT Terron Armstead ( OT To develop)

3rd- GA S Shawn Williams

3rd- Ill CB Terry Hawthorne (Another young CB to mold)

4th- Mich ST TE Dion Sims (known for blocking which is needed and a huge body)

Rest BPA

Oscar, I just finished e-mailing the Herald staff and tomorrow I will be sending a letter to McClatchy Company President and CEO. Enough is enough. If the Herald doesn't want to set guidelines and moderate this blog then I will show their corporate offices what it's like to post on here. They need to make changes. FaceBook to sign in or a moderator.

bobby slime, you are the worst offender here..Who are you to complain??? Look at this disgusting filth you write:


blim, go lick your moms herpes infested pussie....

Posted by: bobbyd12 | March 08, 2013 at 09:08 PM

It's going to be a shock and a bit disappointing if Ireland has to draft an OT at 12. I'm hoping not...but I saw an interesting theory that Ireland was waiting for the price to drop on Albert for a third rounder.


Wow, crackhead Odin bought wax from Chris Rock in New Jack City! Why am I not surprised. LOL......

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | March 25, 2013 at 07:30 PM
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Why do you insist on making yourself look like the ignorant idiot you are? LOL!

Seriously YG, you can post all this made up dumb stuff. You can pretend this and that, etc, etc.

But the stuff Phins78, Mark and I posted were things **YOU ACTUALLY SAID** - ROTFLMAO!

You see the diff(wink, wink)?

Now, tell us again how SpOrano's going to be a First Ballot Hall Of Fame Head Coach.

Bhwaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaa!!!!

Tell us again how Brian Hartline played his last down of Football as a Miami Dolphin.

(In the meantime YG, just keep posting. The more you post, the Dumber you Look-LOL...)

SpOrano..........? (SMH-LOL...)

It makes perfect sense to grab a top LT at 12, that will help us enormously. Then trade up to get a CB and Eifert.

odin seriously, your posts are so full of endless stupid nonsense you have no right to compain about anybody. You create more blog pollution than all the trolls combined.

For the record, I'm in no way, shape or form, a Crackhead nor a Racist(I never liked Cocaine in any form, NEVER did. Thank God).

I'm Half Indian and Half Norwegian. I've been the victim of racist discrimination from White People as well as Black People.

It gave me a unique perspective and allowed me to rise above the ignorance of racism at a VERY early age.

Soooooooo..........Thanks Troll Boy, but ah..........NO THANKS - Dooh!!!!

Blog going to crap....

I got an idea....if you don't have anything to say...STFU....and wait for someone that does....

I don't give a crap about your bigoted views....be as racist as you want to be...just find the appropriate blog to express your profound ignorance.....

get a life....turn your computer of for a half-hour....go outside....

After the crap that is spewed on here....how are you suppose to be taken seriously when talking football...you can't be.....

Not sure that drafting an OT is going to make a lot of fans happy with us having a chance to get the best TE, WR or RB #1 prospects in the draft. People are just tired of not having dynamic play makers.

Of course you little sissy, hiding behind your computer screen using different names. I don't think McClatchy Corporate is going to be to happy tomorrow and I am showing what you wrote after I made two football posts. Have a nice night.

The draft is in about a month or so....then we can get a little real discussion....

Maybe Winston or Grimes signes in the next few days....

Ireland hasn't given the TROLLS a lot of material this FA period.....So I guess they're on to plan B...wreck the blog with inflammatory ignorance....

Kris, you routinely converse with the most offensive, disgusting and childish posters here.

You feed them.

You are part of the blame.

The dolphins are ready to make a major statement in the afc , lets enjoy it!!!!!!!!!

Afc east champions


Oh yeah, BTW, WTF s up with YG4E,I did notice he was posting for about 25 hours, I just thought he was looking to break Odindouches record.
I guess those "Marathon" Recods are hard on a person.

Posted by: Odins Bloated Liver. | March 25, 2013 at 06:54 PM
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I don't know whats up with YG, I suspect his "Self-Medicating"............"Experiments(ahem)" have gone awry............AGAIN. LOL....

I wasn't even on last night and he was babbling away about Me, Crack, Brillo and Skanky Bimboes. I think he had one too many and his "True Colors" started to "Shine Through" - LOL.
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YG, when Monkey Boy is laughing at you and calling you out, you "KNOW" you have some "SERIOUS ISSUES".

Just Saying..........

odin fills the blog with all his cut and paste and monkey buoy nonsense ad naseaum, yet Kris talks to him all the time.

dashe in your mouth how many times, how many ways? Kris talks to him.

bobby above has the nerve to complain about others when he has the most vile mouth here. Kris talks to him too.

Kris needs to look in the mirror.

Lot's of double standards here. Some of you are ok with your buddies polluting the blog with filth and silliness, yet turn around and criticize others for doing the same thing.

Can't have it both ways.

Kris,

I hope I didn't offend you.

I answered YG way earlier. You commented on it. I kept reading and made two posts all about football. The last one above at 6:08.

Then I was attacked simultaneously. Even then, I tried to keep it humorous in my reply.

You appear to be a Real Poster and a Good contributor, so I put a certain amount of stock in your posts and opinions.

Having said that, I'd like to know if you think I'm in the wrong? I know it will only be your opinion, but I am curious as I consider you a Good Dolphin Fan and Blogger.

Again, Sorry if I offended you.

4th- Mich ST TE Dion Sims (known for blocking which is needed and a huge body)

Rest BPA

Posted by: bk | March 25, 2013 at 08:19 PM
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BK, nice post! I can see you put a lot of good thoughts and effort into your Mock.

I like most of it, with one exception and one addition point in regards to the Mich. St. TE-Simms.

First, I don't like Darius Slay at no. 2. It's not that I don't like him, so much as it is, that I like Jamar Taylor(CB, Boise), quite a bit better.

Have you watched much film/youtube on Slay? Have you compared him to Taylor? Any thoughts here would be cool.

Secondly, you mention Simms being known for blocking.

Dig a little deeper, check his receiving stats and some scouting reports. He gigantic in TE terms and pretty fast by most standards.

Most of the scouting reports(I watch State a lot and they're accurate reports IMO)say he's a VERY GOOD Seam Threat and that he has the intangibles to be a very good to great blocker.

I hate State(I'm a Michigan Fan)but I like Simms. Check his receiving stats, he's a legit all around TE that's been flying a little under the radar. I think he can be had in a later round as well.

I like Simms or the very similar Vance McDonald(Rice)at your no. 4 spot. I would be happy with either one of these guys come the draft. I think either will fit in pretty good with our current personnel and our offensive scheme.

Nice Mock!

Cheers!!!!

Hey , there is an article on NFL.com about a cornerback from Houston--D.J. Hayden. He blew up his pro day after almost being killed recently. Mayock is getting a nut after watching his film. He could be someone Big Jeff has an eye on.
I still think Kelce is the best overall TE in this draft.

Look what happened. Kris said said post about Football or STFU.

Well, there's my effort. Anyone.......?
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Kris, seriously, I'd like to know if your post was directed at me specifically(or in any way)?
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Blog going to crap....

I got an idea....if you don't have anything to say...STFU....and wait for someone that does....

I don't give a crap about your bigoted views....be as racist as you want to be...just find the appropriate blog to express your profound ignorance.....

get a life....turn your computer of for a half-hour....go outside....

After the crap that is spewed on here....how are you suppose to be taken seriously when talking football...you can't be.....

Posted by: Kris | March 25, 2013 at 08:43 PM
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I don't know if it was coincidental or not Kris, but this posted right behind one of my posts. The post where I was defending myself against being called a racist crack head.

I am kind of curious.......OK, bullshyt! I'm more than curious Kris. Like I said earlier, I put more stock in your posts because you are who you are. So I would like to know if you were directing that post to me.........in any way.......at all?

Thanks In Advance.
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PS: I do have some time tonight to talk Dolphin Football. I don't know if Bobby's threat/actions scared away the Troll Brigade or not, but it did get awfully quiet in here in a hurry.

Point being, anybody for some evening Dolphin Convo?

Idiots need not apply!!!!



I still think Kelce is the best overall TE in this draft.

Posted by: Fins of Fury | March 25, 2013 at 09:42 PM
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I would like to talk some DolphinBall, so I'll bite.

You seriously think Kelce is the best?

You do know that most rank him quite a ways behind the top 2 or 3........?

Can you expound on this any?

(I don't know much about Kelce, but I'm going to check him out a little while waiting for any response)

Crackhead Odin wants to talk............. and the crikets have their way...chirp... chirp... chirp....

No one wants to talk to him. ROTFLMAO.................

Why do you guys spend day in day out being disrespectful to one another? What's the point?

Someone please explain:

Why do all of the out of touch out of towners want to run all of the Floridians off of our very own blog?

Stupidity knows no bounds. LOL...

Kelce is a tank. His low center of gravity makes him a very intriguing specimen at 6'5". If you are indeed watching tape on him, I think you will also see that he has developed into an excellent pass receiver. From what I have seen, he can high point the ball, and has the ability to adjust to passes not thrown in a lateral vicinity of his body.
He has good agility and awareness to run after the catch, as well as the power from his lower body to punish tacklers.
His blocking is sound in open space and in line.
His preliminary projection was in the 4th or 5th, but he is now considered a solid day two.
As a replacement for Fasano, I think people will say Fa-who.

I take it back YG, if you're the only Tard Option out there.

I noticed you and all your Aliases STFU when Bobby informed you of his E-Mail.

But go ahead, pretend it's some other reason. Why thats as ignorant as somebody thinking Tony SpOrano is going to the Hall Of Fame-lol.....

What was it that sold you on SpOrano YG? Was it because the two of you speak the same language?

Well ah.......Duuuuur......you know.......Um.........Duuuuuuuuh! The thing is.........and ah, you know......Ahhhhhhhh...........

ROTFLMAO, I hope you're a crack head, cause I'd hate to think anyone could be that **NATURALLY** STOOPID!

ROTFLMAO ;)

Posted by: Darkoak | March 25, 2013 at 10:12 PM

If you ever get the chance, pay very close attention.

Those screaming loudest for the blog to be monitored and censored. Are almost always the first to disturb the peace.

Numerous times Ive made peace pacts with them and honored it. Then bam! Out of the blue one them starts up again without provocation whatsoever.

They don't want peacem they only enjy giving the appearance they want peace. Those crying loudest provokes most.

They cry for peace on one hand, then ensure it will never happen on the other hand.


Why do you guys spend day in day out being disrespectful to one another? What's the point?

Posted by: Darkoak | March 25, 2013 at 10:12 PM
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You were here, you witnessed it.

I have made many......MANY Football posts tonight.

It's FeeAaaaggTard YG and his compulsion to talk to himself with all the fake names. That and Fvcking with all the posters he's jealous of.

I guarantee you that Armando could solve 95% OF THE PROBLEMS HERE BY BANNING JUST A VERY FEW ip ADDRESSES.

But hey, if Armando doesn't care and wants to count all of YG's posts and fake name hits, then it's kind of hard for us to care.

Now, I'll try to talk football again, but the Tard with the Inferiority complex makes it very difficult.

darkoak,

If Armando would ban those crying loudest for peace. I can almost guarantee this blog would be a far more peaceful place.

Bobby haha, yeah he scares us. He also said he was tracking our ip's and publishing all our private info....he also told us Santa Claus was really Humpty Dumpty and Little Miss Piggy was really an alien.

odin your last hour of posting shows how deeply in denial you are, along with some of your buds...now on the count of three, go ahead and cut and paste away...

Posted by: odinseye | March 25, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Remember, he said "TODAY". There's no greater troll sewage collection than the above mentioned poster here. LOL...

Cut paste sewage on the way. Wait for it..... wait for it..........wait for it.........

Wow - Fins Of Fury. Nice Write Up-LOL.

That was so good I thought you might have copied it from a website. Was that your own writing?

If so, pretty good man. I just started reading his scouting reports and I'm going to Youtube next.

Thanks for the Heads Up!

Agreed......Fa-Who........? LOL.


Posted by: odinseye | March 25, 2013 at 10:20 PM

If Armando banned 95% of the real trolls here, you would have no one to talk to. That would be all of your sick buddies here. LOL...

Father of the year takes the kid out shooting while he's high on morphine. Lucky you Child Protection Services doesn't blog here.

And you wonder why youre called CRACKHEAD! LOL...

I think the Dolphins will beat out either the Bills or Jets and stay out of the cellar next year.


They don't want peacem they only enjy giving the appearance they want peace. Those crying loudest provokes most.

They cry for peace on one hand, then ensure it will never happen on the other hand.

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | March 25, 2013 at 10:19 PM
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Ok YG, then explain yourself on last nights blog. I wasn't even here and you went completely berserk for an hour and a half talking shyt about me.

Or maybe you mean the pact you made with Phins78? The one you broke today, TOTALLY unprovoked.

YG, you're talking out of both side of your face and everyone here sees it.

Is it a cry for peace YG, or a cry for HELP? Cause believe Bro, you need help!

Posted by: David | March 25, 2013 at 10:37 PM

The odds of this not happening is like saying there wont a tomorrow. 3RD place atop of either of these 2 teams is new definition of cellar dweller.


odin your last hour of posting shows how deeply in denial you are, along with some of your buds...now on the count of three, go ahead and cut and paste away...

Posted by: 1...2...2.5....3 | March 25, 2013 at 10:21 PM
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My pleasure, I love pointing out Be-atch Tards with inferiority complexes so bad, they have to use fake names.

(PS: I didn't say you LIKE to use Fake Names, I said you **HAVE TO** use fake names. Fvcking Coward-SMH and LMAO ;)

Posted by: odinseye | March 25, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Crack has really fried your brain. You've had been endlessly cut paste and driveling about me the past few days before I launched my retaliatory strike last night.

To know that what I say is true, one only needs to go back a few days and read. Crack has really fried your brains, Youre believing in your own lying bullsht. LOL...

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