Odd scene two hours before kickoff: the parking lot I use in real life, the one behind the Observer, was full of people. And they were happy. I’m not accustomed to seeing happy people in our parking lot.
They paid $30 to park, threw footballs, ate meat, drank beer and anticipated what was going to happen next. That’s you show up for football games three or four hours before kickoff. A Panther employee has to report to work at 7 a.m. He said the first tailgaters showed up as he parked his car.
I ran into former Carolina Panther Tim McKyer before the Carolina-Bears game. Even when McKyer said, “No comment,” he made it interesting. And I only remember him saying it once. And then he talked for 20 minutes. The man could, and can, talk. He also is one of the most underrated players in team history. He was a cornerback on the 1995 team. When he lost his starting job, he said he didn’t want to be a back-up to a back-up. He soon became an Atlanta Falcon.
Fans will disparage the Big Ten after Ohio State’s brutal loss to Southern California Saturday and Michigan’s equally brutal loss to Notre Dame. But the Big Ten is much more than the Buckeyes and Wolverines.
Minnesota, my school, won again. The Gophers are 2-0. They beat Montana State or Boise Tech or somebody. Most schools don’t have the guts to schedule Montana State this time of year. That’s not a team you want to play. It’s a team you have to.
East Carolina was impressive in its victory against Tulane. Think about it. For the first time all season, the Pirates are playing a team they’re supposed to beat. And they’re playing them in the almost empty Louisiana Superdome. So there’s no energy but that which they create. And they used so much of it in victories against Virginia Tech and West Virginia.