Three quick thoughts on a Wednesday:
1) FoxSports.com has the Panthers No.31 out of 32 teams (ahead of only Buffalo) in its latest power rankings. Ouch. I'd put them a little higher right now, but not much -- around No.27 (also ahead of Lions, Browns, Raiders and Rams).
2) I wrote my column today on Kyle "Rowdy" Busch, who says he would trade all 80 of his wins in NASCAR's 3 biggest series for one Sprint Cup championship this season. Busch gets married to aspiring model Samantha Sarcinella on Dec.31st, so his offseason will be pretty good either way.
3) Darin Gantt had a nice piece for our newspaper today about the Panthers' problems at the No.2 wide receiver spot. I found this chart particularly interesting about the players Carolina had a shot at but didn't get in the offseason. Out of all these guys, I like Boldin the most -- that would have been quite an acquisition and would have fit in well with what Carolina likes to do.