A few notes as the Panthers draw closer to their 1 p.m. game with Minnesota:
1) Joe Person and I offer a video preview of the Minnesota game here, which includes an interview clip of Cam Newton saying the Panthers could be “undefeated” right now if not for his turnovers.
2) If you haven’t checked out my blog item right before this one, you owe it to yourself to at least read the comments. There are close to 200 of them now, and they are well-reasoned and sometimes very funny responses to the controversial theory of a passionate Washington Redskins fan who lives in Charlotte about why no Panther fan 23 years old or older should be trusted. It’s a great debate. Thanks to everyone who contributed such thoughtful responses – I read every one of them -- and thanks, too, for keeping those responses clean.
3) Cam Newton, who started playing football at around seven years old, was asked Wednesday what advice he had for kids who wanted to follow in his footsteps. I thought he gave a good response to the question, and here’s an excerpt:
“Have fun,” Newton said. “I think during my whole journey to where I’m at right now, I’ve seen so many people get burned out. And that’s a large part due to parents, a large part due to pressure…. “Have dreams. Set goals. Stick to it.
“It’s like if you go to Wal-Mart and you [want to] make a playhouse, you’re not just going to do it blindly. You need a manual. So you have to look at something and set dreams, and that’s going to be your blueprint to success. And have fun doing it. The day you’re not having fun that’s the day you should just stop doing what you do.
"I can honestly say I love coming and waking up in morning and playing football…. Special thanks to my kindergarten teacher that said on career day that you want to wake up and do something you enjoy doing.”