Running back DeAngelo Williams was among the first to charge up the hill from the field, several teammates a few yards behind him. It has been that kind of camp for Williams. Nobody has been able to catch him.
Within minutes some of the players were in their cars. They drove single-file out the gate to freedom. Just to remind them that there are referees away from the field, a Spartanburg
Gentlemen, stop your engines. The luxury vehicle parade crawled past.
“Just want them to slow down a little,” the officer said.
Three players – quarterback Lester Ricard, receiver Chris Hannon and safety Quinton Teal – stopped to sign autographs. After the others left, Teal continued to sign. Some players had hit I-85 before Teal put down the last pen.
Maybe Teal, who played at Coastal Carolina, couldn’t tear himself away from South Carolina Spartanburg Spartanburg
I’ll miss the Sake Grill, where the employees are friendly, the food is good and you couldn’t blow $25 on dinner and drinks if you tried.
I’ll miss the Lime Leaf, a tremendous Thai restaurant.
I’ll miss shooting bad pool on the good table at Club 299, also known as the bar at the Marriott.
I had it working, rails, bank shots, everything. And then I looked up at the TV and saw Pat Yasinskas, who a year ago covered the Panthers for the Observer and would have been in the bar with me. There he was on ESPN, for whom he reports, wearing the same checked shirt he wore in Spartanburg
I’ll miss that Marriott. It looks like a big city Marriott but the employees treat you as if you’re at a ma and pa hotel. By the end of camp, they know you. I forgot the charger for my cell phone, saw there was a store on
Mark brought out a box full of chargers, the item most likely to be left behind. We couldn’t find one that fit – my cell phone takes no pictures, sends no text messages and was built in 1959. I wanted to hit the gym before I started writing and thanked him for his help. Mark asked if I could leave the phone.
About 20 minutes later he brought it, and a charger, to the gym. Service such as that is why customers return – to hotels, bars, restaurants and almost every other business.
It’s cool to spend most of 2½ weeks in another culture. Observer sports columnist Scott Fowler might have Beijing Spartanburg
I think Teal, a second-year safety from Bennettsville , S.C.
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