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!