Hi, everyone. A couple of quick "Scott Says" updates:
1) My Cam Newton autograph column sparked quite an outcry last week, with mail, online polls and the comments that I read running about 50-50 as to whether Newton should have done a for-profit, $125-and-up autograph signing at SouthPark Mall. (Other NFL QBs do similar things and have for years, although usually not in their home market -- the issue was discussed following my column on a couple of ESPN talking-head shows and NFL radio).
Cam's signing went on as scheduled -- Joseph Person's story on the signing is here. As for the Panthers, the rookies report for camp on Monday, July 23rd, with the rest of the team following on July 27.
2) Ralph Lauren has done an about-face and will now start manufacturing U.S. Olympic uniforms in America -- but not until 2014. The company came under heavy criticism (check my blog item just below this one if you want to know more) from both political parties and many other pundits (including me) for having this year's uniforms made in China.
3) I have changed the "comments" policy for "Scott Says" so that I now will individually moderate and approve comments from readers, which is the way a number of Observer blogs already work.
I will still publish every negative comment I receive as long as it doesn't contain excessive profanity or things like that. This isn't to make every comment read "Oh, I totally agree with you, Scott" -- far from it.
However, in recent months self-policing hasn't worked -- I keep getting a few folks who post vicious, expletive-filled attacks that I just can't let get into the comments. Kids read these pages, too. The offensive comments kept irritating many regular readers who visit the blog for intelligent discussion and disagreement.
We're not going to be anonymous flame-throwers here; that's not what this blog is about. I do appreciate the 99 percent of you who never do that, and of course your comments (positive or negative) will still be approved by me at all times (although sometimes it will take me a few hours to get to a computer to do that, and I'm sorry in advance for any such delay). You can also email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I always answer those.