Jake Delhomme was the cover boy of my "Tales from the Carolina Panthers Sideline" book from 2004.
I wrote the book above six years ago, back when Jake Delhomme held the Carolinas in the palm of his hand.
The Panthers had just reached the Super Bowl in Delhomme’s first year as a starter here, and Delhomme had thrown for an NFL-record 211 yards in the fourth quarter alone of the Panthers’ heartbreaking 32-29 Super Bowl loss to New England.
Six years later, Delhomme recently got fired by the Panthers – a move that brought a storm of emotion from everywhere, including Delhomme himself.
For a moment, let’s take a pause during this harried Panther offseason. I want you to recall happier times about Delhomme. He deserves that.
This book may help. I’m going to randomly give away FIVE free hardback copies of my Panthers book with Delhomme on the cover.
If you win one, I will sign your book to you or whomever else you like and then mail it to you. I will randomly pick five names Friday at noon from all the entries to my “Free Delhomme Book” contest.
Here’s how to enter: Write a comment below recalling your favorite Delhomme memory. On the field, off the field, wherever. It can be a sentence, a paragraph – whatever. We’re not judging these on the writing quality – the drawing will be random. The comments can be anonymous or with your name attached.
Then, YOU MUST ALSO cut and paste that very same comment into an e-mail and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, ALONG WITH your name, address and a valid phone number. (Don’t put your address and phone number on the blog comment, of course – put that only in your private e-mail).
If you don’t take BOTH these steps – 1) posting your comment on this blog and then 2) e-mailing it to me with your personal information added -- your entry will not be eligible.
Let’s limit it to one entry per person, please, although members of the same family can all enter individually.
I’ll leave this contest open until Friday at 11 a.m. and then RANDOMLY draw out the winners’ names. Winners will be contacted by me via e-mail no later than Friday, March 12 at noon, and I’ll also post their names on this blog that same day by 1 p.m.