A few items as another week gets rolling:
1. I was on WBT-AM 1110 radio this morning talking about the Panthers with Al and Jim. First question out of the box: "What's gone right with the Panthers?" I was temporarily stumped.
2. I recovered, though, and started talking about the pass rush. If you like quarterback sacks above everything else, the Panthers' 0-2 preseason start has been a dream for you. There have been 22 sacks in the two games -- 11 for and 11 against. And the Panthers have 5 guys with two sacks -- all of them defensive linemen. Julius who?
3. My column for Tuesday's paper and online will review "Jordan Rides the Bus," the latest ESPN documentary in the "30 for 30" series. It debuts Tuesday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
This one was made by Ron Shelton, the director behind such fictional sports hits "Bull Durham" and "Tin Cup." I talked to Shelton about the 52-minute film (without commercials) -- it's all about Jordan's one season in the baseball minors in Birmingham in 1994.
Interestingly, Jordan wouldn't consent to an on-camera interview for the documentary. However, he didn't try to stop the documentary from happening, either, Shelton said, and because of that tacit blessing, a lot of folks talked to Shelton for the documentary that might otherwise have not.