A couple of notes as the NFL season looms:
1) NFL.com's Steve Wyche has listed Carolina Panther starting cornerbacks Chris Gamble and Richard Marshall No.5 out of the 32 CB tandems in the NFL. That's a bit unusual in that neither Gamble nor Marshall have ever made the Pro Bowl or been much of a big name in the NFL, but the two have definitely become a solid pairing. Here's the link if you're curious about Nos.1-4.
2)Julius Peppers has had quite a preseason in Chicago, where teammates and coaches are raving about his ability (no surprise there) and he's also been elected a defensive co-captain along with LB Brian Urlacher (given Peppers' reticence, that's a surprise).
3) Watch for expanded NFL coverage in Thursday's sports section and online, as we preview the Panthers and the league in-depth and Tom Sorensen and I make our annual predictions about the Panthers season. Incidentally, we got a question during my online chat Tuesday about who would win in a streetfight between myself, Sorensen and Bobcats writer extraordinaire Rick Bonnell. I voted for Bonnell. The quickie online poll, however had Sorensen first, Bonnell second and me dead last.