Saturday, December 4, 2010

And the book winners are....

I had a "Free Friday" sort of contest yesterday, in case you missed it. I told people at the bottom of my Panthers-Seahawks prediction blog that, because that was the 1,000th blog post in the 2-plus year history of "Scott Says," I'd give away 5 signed copies of my "Tales from the Carolina Panthers Sideline" book in a random drawing.

You had to e-mail me to have a shot at winning, and you only had until 6 p.m. Friday to do it.

Several hundred people did just that. I started off trying to respond to the e-mails individually, thanking everyone for their entry and for reading "Scott Says." After awhile, though, I got overwhelmed and had to write my daily column for Saturday's newspaper (on the ACC title game in town Saturday), so I'll thank you again here and apologize for those who didn't receive a personal reply from me.

As for the Panthers book winners, I used a tool from "Random.org" to make sure it was truly random. I got entries from Austria, Canada and probably half the states in the U.S. for the contest, but the winners turned out to be fairly close to home. They were:

Bryan Detwiler (Davidson); Evan Hill (Charlotte); David Kempert (Raleigh); Anne Cathey (Huntersville) and John Dimier (Charlotte).

"Tales from the Carolina Panthers Sideline," incidentally, can still be found in some bookstores, but not too many since it was originally published in 2004 after the Panthers' Super Bowl year. If you're still really wanting it, check your local library and/or my personal website at http://www.scottfowlersports.com/, where it's available cheaply and where you can also see a selection of my personal favorite Charlotte Observer stories over the past decade or so.

This Panther contest made me think of one other thing, though. I'm certainly not going to write a book about the 2010 Panthers and this awful season. But, if I did -- or you did -- what would we call it?

I'm going to give away two more copies of the Panthers book to the folks who submit the best -- i.e., likely the funniest -- title for a proposed book about this 2010 Panthers season.

Rules: Use the blog comments section directly below this post so everyone can enjoy your submission. DO NOT submit more than two proposed titles per person. DO NOT use any obscenities. Other than that, anything goes. You DON'T have to post your full name or address in the comments section -- once I announce the winners, you can contact me with that info.

You have until the 4:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec.5th kickoff between Seattle and Carolina to submit these proposed titles, and I'll announce the winners in my traditional postgame "5 things" blog that will be posted no later than 8:30 p.m. Sunday night.

Again, good luck if you choose to enter, and either way, thanks so much for reading "Scott Says" and The Charlotte Observer!

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here is a title for it. "What Happens When A Team Owner Is Also A NFL Contract Negotiator"

Idlewild said...

Season on the Cheap. How to alienate your entire fan base in two easy steps.(raise ticket prices and gut the roster)

Sheldon said...

World's Worst Hurney-a Ever!

Sheldon said...

"A Punt is not a Bad Play," unless it is the owner who is punting away the whole season.

Alan said...

"Just Pick a Four Letter Word": The story of the 2010 Carolina Panthers

Anonymous said...

Kitty Litter: The scoop on the 2010 Carolina Panthers

MichaelProcton said...

A Bad Year to Have a Bad Year

Peter said...

It was what it was. Coach Fox's final season.

Peter said...

Hold explosive teams to field goals, run draw plays on 3rd and long and other game strategies from the 2010 Panthers season. A primer on how to get the first draft pick.

Brett said...

"Youthful Movement: How Jerry Richardson would've hired the janitor to QB if he could've saved a nickel doing it."

Anonymous said...

Turn Ineptness into Luck. a How To:

Anonymous said...

A Billionaire's Guide to Underachievement

Anonymous said...

Get'em Over a Barrel, Then Sock It To'em.

Anonymous said...

From Flipping Burgers to Flipping Middle Fingers

Harry Nurkin said...

inhosma"The Fox and the Big Cat:A strange tale about the Zoo called the 2010 Carolina Panthers"

Chris said...

The Story of the 2010 Carolina Panthers: "Why?"

-The games were not interesting enough to watch, and now you want to read a book about those games?
Why?-

Brad's Blog said...

A Lost Season: How the Carolina Panthers released and squandered players (and disillusioned fans) in the 2010 season

A Season of Fumbles: How Carolina Panther fans were screwed by poor ownership, consistent coaching and awful play in the 2010 season

Chuck T. said...

Book title ideas:

The Treason Season
2010...Boys to Men
Fox in the Cradle
Jerrys' kids
The collective bargaining season
The Season with no reason
Veteran Vindications

Anonymous said...

"Woes Along the Carolina Sidelines."

Lynne Stevenson said...

Scott, I still want an autographed copy of your book. When are you doing another signing/reading or can I order one from you directly? I did not know that you were giving away copies and missed it...

Bryan Kessler said...

Indecision Points

Quit, Punt, Lose

Anonymous said...

How to Become a Billionaire Without Really Trying - and Proving It.

Lame Ducks are Just Lame

Anonymous said...

Yo JerryR. Luck is your man. We know you hurting but dont get any dumb ideas to draft Auburn QB Cam Newton when skips his senior year and enters the draft. Preacherman Daddy already selling him to the pros. Fellow GameCocks dont feel bad about last nite. Cheats never win in the end.


www.nytimes.com/2010/11/24/sports/ncaafootball/24newton.html

Vikram said...

Title of the book:

W A S T E
We Are the Sorriest Team Ever

2010 Carolina Panthers

Cover pic: John Fox with his face down and a few players in the background with a clueless expression

Anonymous said...

How about

How many schmucks would a lame duck dump if a lame duck could dump schmucks

Nick said...

"The season that wasn't - one final trip inside the Foxhole"

"Fox-osophy - If it's broke, don't fix it. The quest for the #1 Pick"

Anonymous said...

The NBA is buying the Hornets from George Shinn, making them the first team owned by the league. Now if the NFL would just step up to the plate....

Scott Fowler said...

Guys: Funny (and painful) stuff. Could have selected most any of these as winners -- very creative -- but I'm going to go for Alan's "Just Pick a Four-Letter Word: The story of the 2010 Carolina Panthers" and Michael Procton's "A Bad Year to Have a Bad Year." Yall contact me via e-mail at sfowler@charlotteobserver.com please for your copy, and thanks everyone, for playing. (Also, Lynne Stevenson, please e-mail me directly at that address if you need more book info)