A few thoughts on a rainy Wednesday:
1) Just finished some interviews in the Panther locker room. Steve Smith talked for 10 minutes, and he wasn't controversial at all. Smith began the interview by jokingly calling for some Panthers' public-relations people to come over beside him to keep him from "going off" -- that was in reference to several media members saying after Sunday's game that Smith was about to start being very critical when a Panthers PR person basically ended the interview.
But after that jibe, Smith spent a relatively peaceful 10 minutes answering or not answering questions as he saw fit -- he dodged a number of them that weren't directly about him, saying he didn't need to try to do other people's jobs.
2) I wrote my column for today's newspaper about Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace, the combustible two-man core for the Charlotte Bobcats. Given that the team's talent isn't as good on paper right now as it was six months ago, there will be more pressure on those two than ever this season. Click the link here to read that.
3) Got a funny e-mail from my friend and colleague Brett McMillan, a veteran radio broadcaster in our area. He was referring to the blog post directly below this one about funny sports quotes and pointed out one of Dom Capers' all-time finest ironic lines that I didn't remember but was glad to hear again. Said Capers once, describing how team-oriented his favorite Panther linebacker was:
"There's no 'I' in Sam Mills."
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