The Paper Champions - Weekend Of Compromise (Cover Artwork)

The Paper Champions

The Paper Champions: Weekend Of CompromiseWeekend Of Compromise (2004)
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On December 23rd, 2002 a heated match between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took place. The week leading up to the game involved plenty of trash talking by athletes on both sides of the ball. Safety, Lee Flowers (now a former Steeler) got under the skin of the Bucs when he s.
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On December 23rd, 2002 a heated match between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took place. The week leading up to the game involved plenty of trash talking by athletes on both sides of the ball. Safety, Lee Flowers (now a former Steeler) got under the skin of the Bucs when he stated "â?¦they're paper champions. That's all they are, that's all they're going to be." Implying that on roster sheets and sports casts Tampa Bay looked like a great team, however when it came down to actually playing they weren't much of anything. By the time the game started was ready to go bad mouthing ensued, a fight broke out on the sidelines, and Warren Sapp even trotted through a few Steelers warming up. The pads are what do all the talking though and within the first four minutes of the game the Steelers mounted a 14-0 lead that proved to be a foundation for what became a 17-7 whooping. Flowers appeared correct on his statement for the time being. Of course a month later the Buccaneers ousted the Oakland Raiders for their first ever Super Bowl Victory.

After reading the press release for this Atlanta based band I was rather eager to hear what these guys had to bring to the field. Just check out all these sugar coated adjectives:

"Combining hi-powered hooks with full throttle rock aggressionâ?¦Ontricate, interlocking guitars, fluid bass, steadfast drumming, and earnest vocal stirs up a simmering brew of seething post-hardcore and jangly melodic rock that rises and falls with tightly wound tension."


Despite the gloating The Paper Champions stack up very similar to the comments Lee Flowers made prior to the big football game. Instead of living up to the hype and expectations written so elegantly, they fumble at the one yard line and are just another trite emo-rock four piece. Occasionally they complete a pass for a first down, for example, the intro hook to the record set's up pretty well. Although the back to back sacks of vocals that refuse to fit and lyrics that couldn't pass a physical leave them third and long. Nearly all of the songs hover around the four minute mark and really kill the play clock as nothing interesting happens within the long periods of time. Perhaps cutting down the time on their scoring drives and not wasting them for a minuscule punt could help their season out.

I can see a few fans of the genre getting into these guys, but like the Buffalo Bills of the early 90's they choke at the vital moment and come no where near gracing a coveted Super Bowl ring. At best they achieve a field goal, three points for TPC. Perhaps with a little more practice in the off-season or a free agent signing might help these guys step it up a notch. In the mean time there's always ESPN's NFL2K5.


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
meitang (October 24, 2010)

JULIstone is a China Stone Manufacturer which supply Granite Tile,Paving Stone, Granite Paving, Polished Granite ,may be you can choose something.

Anonymous (January 26, 2005)

this author has no idea what he is talking about, though well versed in anectodal sports metaphor, he reamains illeterate in appreciation of originality. if you are one of these mindless "punk" fans that credit "simple plan" "new found glory" and "blink 182" as the fathers of modern music, then by all means, don't check this record out....the paper champs wouldn't want you to....

If however, you recognize that the Offspring did for punk rock what james earl ray did for racial tolerance, then this is worth a listen....in fact, is is more than worth a listen...it is the first record in years that is legitimate and honest... a record that from begining to ending is simply perfect....

the only experience more rewarding than popping "a weekend of compromise" in your CD player, is catching these amazing individuals doing what they do best....playing live.....

if your source for the latest in "punk" is tuning in to TRL every weekday, or checking out the rack at "Hot Topic" like the author of this inanely ignorant review, then DO NOT BUY A PAPER CHAMPIONS ALBUM....

If however, you have been longing for the simplicity and truth of pure musicain-ship, absent of genres or labels or categories, then go see these guys live...buy the record...rediscover why we love music in the first place....

Anonymous (August 25, 2004)

I forgot to post my stars rating-- from the comment below

Anonymous (August 25, 2004)

After reading this review I was eager to hear a sample-- I actually like their sound, the name is kinda stupid but the songs on reasonyrecords.com are pretty f-ing good---- good review as far as the analogies but wrong on the sound part-- listen again Kirbster

Icapped2pac (August 13, 2004)

Leave the Bills alone already, dude. Fuck the Jags, they're this year's AFC sleeper. The Steelers are gonna eat the big dilznick. I MUST give props to Hines Ward, though, one of the toughest motherfuckers in the game today, and he's a receiver. Now that's ill.

Anonymous (August 13, 2004)

if you want a good atlanta band listen to me and him call it us or blame game.


Anonymous (August 12, 2004)

eagles are the best team in the NFL.

everyone else is going to be served this year.

dazed (August 12, 2004)

Shit, I saw the name and thought they might be Fury 66 fans or something.

Bucs rule. Score's for them.

Anonymous (August 11, 2004)

Go Browns.

Yeah, yeah. We'll probably only go 8-8 if we're lucky, but still, Pittsburgh blows.

Anchors (August 11, 2004)

Hahaha I made my comment without even reading the entire review. I didn't notice your Bills comment at the bottom initially.

Despite the fact they never won the super bowl (Norwood jewed them in '90 anyhow) they made if 4 straight years. No team has ever done that, or ever will. No team has ever even made it 3 straight years. They were the winningest team of the 90's, and the best team in the AFC 4 years in a row. At worst, that's better than the Eagles, who choked in the championship game three straight years, not even making it to the big game.

Anchors (August 11, 2004)

Since when is 17-7 a whooping? That's not even a serving.

Score is for my hopes that once again the Bills will return to the glory they held in the early 90's.

FortyMinutesWest (August 11, 2004)

Score is for Steelers fans and Jerome Bettis Mustard.

Anonymous (August 11, 2004)

i found the review entertaining. especially the part about the buffalo bills blowing 4 straight super bowls.

ps - there is no reason to bring american football into this debate. i happen to like them.

kirbypuckett (August 11, 2004)


- Kirby


thirtyseconds (August 11, 2004)

But I fucking detest American Football. Ugh. Almost as much as Rugby.

sickboi (August 11, 2004)

Kirby, you a good kid, but I fucking detest Steelers' fans. Ugh. Almost as much as Yankee fans.

mykindofmurder (August 11, 2004)

the fuck? dude, time is money... and you owe me.

TheOnetrueBill (August 10, 2004)

i do not know this band!

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