A couple of notes as we head into the weekend:
-- Sounds like it's going to be a beautiful weekend in Charlotte -- likely one of our last great ones before the cold sets in for good.
With that in mind, I wonder how many people will show up -- and actually stay -- through four quarters of Panthers-Baltimore Ravens football at Bank of America Stadium Sunday?
With Brian "Who?" St. Pierre quarterbacking Carolina, the game at least has an element of mystery. But the Panthers are injury-ravaged and weren't much good before that, and the Ravens are healthy and have been off for 10 days.
I'm 6-3 picking the 1-8 Panthers so far this year week-by-week. This week's pick: Baltimore 24, Carolina 10.
-- I listened to a bit of John Kilgo calling the Davidson basketball game in Puerto Rico Thursday (Davidson lost by 14 to West Virginia). I really like listening to Kilgo -- something about listening to that gravelly voice, mingled with his occasional and outright disgust when something goes wrong, gets me tickled. When Davidson missed its 19th straight 3-pointer in the game, Kilgo said angrily: "That's 19 straight whiffs for Davidson." He sounded like he was ready to go out there and fire a couple of threes himself.
-- If you're going to be in the Birkdale//Huntersville area tonight, I'll be at the Barnes and Noble there from 6-8 p.m. Friday signing copies of some of my sports books (including the one just published called "What It Means to be a Tar Heel" and/or talking about The Observer, story ideas or whatever else is on your mind. Feel free to stop by, and please don't feel compelled to buy anything.
The first 10 people who come by and mention directly to me that they saw this info in the "Scott Says" blog will, however, get a free signed copy of my 2004 Panthers book, "Tales from the Panthers Sideline." Jake Delhomme is on the cover of that one, so you know that was awhile back.
-- I really enjoyed doing my story today on Bob Moore, the 84-year-old high school referee who has reffed for 51 straight seasons in the Charlotte area. Here's the link.
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