Posted on: June 10, 2009 1:38 pm

GM, Ford and our world

If anything GM is going backwards as far as product. They announced that they will be getting out of the medium duty truck market which was one of their biggest profit margin vehicles. Ford has pretty much put them out of business in that arena. They just can't compete.  Camaro is pretty much the only bright spot in their lineup. The rest of their product is almost unchanged under the skin with the
exception of one hybrid model.

I met with the owner of my store which is a Ford store yesterday for about four hours and he also owns a GM franchise. He kind of has the inside scoop on what is really happening with GM and he told me some interesting things. I can't share it all but what I can tell you is that GM sent out a letter to all of their franchises that basically said sign this letter or you will be forced to shut you doors on Friday. This Friday. The letter was very onesided towards GM of course. Saying things like you cannot sue us but we will be allowed to sue you. Everything was in GM's favor basically taking away almost all power the owner has within his franchise. If you did not recieve this letter you got the wind down letter saying we're shutting you down, on Friday. If you're a stand alone Cadillac dealership that is not next door to a BMW, Lexus or Mercedes dealership, you are done. Close your doors. If you don't return this letter by Friday to GM you are done, close your doors, your new cars are now used, your parts are yours, your warranty claims are yours and you will get no support from us at all. This has never happened in the history of the car business. Starting Monday for those who agreed to sign the onesided letter there will be a restructuring of stores and GM will decide which stores they want to keep open and which stores they want to shut down. So, it should be a pretty interesting next couple of weeks to see which stores survive and which stores shut their doors. There will be major changes for the stores that survive in the way that they are ran and that's really all I can say about that.

It's the end of the world as we know it!

Big Papa D Cool

Posted on: June 9, 2009 3:07 am

A little off subject for me

First of all, I'm not an Obama supporter. Lets just get that out there. I voted for McCain I was born a Republican and I'm from Texas. Enough said. Obviously something needs to happen to reform our healthcare system, right? Are you more upset that he lied or are you more upset at his plan? I'm not much of a politician but I do know that they lie. Now, Obama scares the (four letter word) out of me but he has to do something. What do you think he should do in this situation?

I happen to be a sales manager of a Ford dealership in Northern California and it really frustrates me to see our government bailing out companies like Chrysler and GM who have been so irresponsible. Unfortunatley, if he didn't do what needed to be done our country would most likely be in a world of hurt right now. Ford saw this coming and has been reducing expenses for the last three years meanwhile producing some of its best product EVER! Surpassing Honda and Toyota in quality. In a way the two companies who have fallen on their faces could potentially come out of this ahead of Ford if the consumers feel like they want to buy a car that they have a vested interest in. This is all very frustrating to me!

I'm definitely not defending Obama as some of his latest overseas comments have scared the (four letter word again) out of me but I'm not sure he has much of a choice in some of these matters. Do I think that McCain was the better canditate? Yes. Do I think Obama is stuck between a rock and a hard place? Yes.

Big Papa D is a confused man right now, ask me something about sports and I can give you a clear cut answer!Cool

Category: NFL
Tags: Cowboys
Posted on: May 7, 2009 11:32 pm

Cowboys offense

The other day someone asked me what I thought of our wide reciever situation in Dallas. I think when you have a tight end like Jason Witten you don't need a strong number two wide reciever. Witten is their number two recieving option if not their number one recieving option after losing Terrell Owens. The guy does everything right. At practice and on the field Witten is a true leader. We have Patrick Crayton, Miles Austin and Sam Hurd as our two, three and four recievers. Crayton has been a little inconsistent but has earned the trust of Romo. Austin and Hurd are very green but have the ability to be solid backups. I don't think we are going to see the same Dallas offense we've had the past couple of years. I believe that we are going back to the old school Dallas offense. Power running team. I think that we are going to do what we do best and that is pound the rock! With Marion Barber and Felix Jones healthy we are going to be tough to stop in the run game. We will use the run to set up the pass and that should take the pressure off of Romo, Williams and co. Look at the Cowboys offense before Felix Jones got hurt last year and that is what you will see this year! If we can keep our offensive unit healthy and give Romo some time in the pocket the Dallas Cowboys will be tough to stop! I will get into our defense later.

Big Papa D Cool

Category: NFL
Posted on: April 27, 2009 5:39 pm
Edited on: May 7, 2009 1:19 pm

Couple Things

First of all, the Cowboys draft was horrible. We didn't get one impact player that can step in and help us next year. I like the Mcgee pick because we were in desperate need of a backup quarterback and I think with Jason Garrett coaching him up he'll be a good quarterback in this league. Other than that, I've never heard of most of these players. We needed help at the safety position and I don't think we drafted a guy that can step in and start right away. We drafted a bunch of developmental players which could work out but we'll have to wait and see. The only positive I can take from our draft is that we can develop these players for depth.

Second thing is the rookie pay scale. The league and its owners need to step in and do something about this. To guarantee $41.7 million to a rookie who has never played a game in the NFL is ridiculous! If this pick doesn't pay off for the Lions it could set them back financially for years to come. I'm not saying that Stafford isn't a good pick but he's making more money than players who have actually proven themselves. I think that unless this issue is addressed the NFL is heading for a disaster. Teams can't afford to take on these kind of risks! I don't understand why a guy like Cassell isn't making this kind of money. Here is a guy who has actually proven himself in this league and isn't making near the kind of money being paid to Stafford. Where is the logic here?

And that's all I have to say about that!

Big Daddy D
Category: NFL
Posted on: December 16, 2008 9:35 pm

Sounding off

Tackles are one stat that has always amazed me. I got into a debate with a Redskins fan about whether London Fletcher should be in the pro bowl over Bradie James. Neither made it of course but his argument was that know one had more tackles in the past 6 years than Fletcher. Here was my argument:

Middle linebacker Patrick Willis of the San Francisco 49ers was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2007.

If you trust his statistics, he should have been the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year as well. Maybe even the NFL Defensive Player of the Decade.

Willis was credited with 226 tackles by the 49ers – a staggering 42 more than the league's next most prolific tackler, Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens.

Willis collected 117 more tackles than the starting NFC middle linebacker in the Pro Bowl (Lofa Tatupu, Seattle Seahawks) and 99 more than the AFC starter (DeMeco Ryans, Houston Texans). Was Willis that much more active, that much more proficient than any other defensive player in the NFL?

There is no doubt that London Fletcher is one hell of a player but tackle stats are a little shaky to me. 28 of the 32 NFL teams do not even consider tackles an official stat.

Big Papa

Posted on: October 10, 2008 9:01 pm

Ronnie Brown

I am heavy into the fantasy circles and what I am hearing a lot of is "Ronnie won't be able to post big numbers because they will be stacking 8 in the box" and so on. Well, let me tell you why Ronnie will put up great numbers the rest of the season. Reason #1: Chad Pennington. All I can say is "WOW!" Who would of thought that he would be posting such great numbers. At least compeltion percentage wise. I bet the teams that were thinking about signing him this pre-season are kicking themselves right now. Chad is doing what he has always done, not making mistakes, not turning it over and putting the ball into the playmakers hands. Noodle arm and all. Reason #2: Offensive line play. He's been sacked 8 times this year. Not great but not bad either. J.T. O'Sullivan and Ben Roethlisberger have been sacked 20 times each. Miami is 8th in the league in TOP. Which means that the offense is staying on the field longer that two thirds of the rest of the league. We all know how that benefits running backs late in games. And reason #3: Ricky Williams will keep him fresh taking some of the tougher short yardage runs. Fortunately for us fantasy players Ricky isn't vulturing Ronnie at the stripe. Ronnie has 6 rushing touchdowns so far this season putting him on pace for 24 this season. (6 in 4 games) The first two games combined he only had 18 carries and 1 touchdown. Short story long, I like Ronnie Brown's chances this year

Big Papa

Posted on: September 6, 2008 1:58 pm

Cowboys depth

With the depth on the Dallas Cowboys roster this year I think you will be hard pressed to find a team that will beat the Cowboys for the top spot in the NFC. Terrance Newman will not be starting this week and knowone is panicking. Normally, everyone would be freaking out with our top corner out but with Pacman or excuse me, Adam, on our roster and starting in his place, it's no big deal....While I do think Braylan Edwards is due for a huge day they will be no match for the mighty Cowboys.

Big Papa

Category: NFL
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