(1) Dez Bryant probably should have carried Roy Williams' shoulder pads. It's what rookies do in every NFL training camp I've ever visited. But I understand the rookie's objection. Hazing is stupid.
I've read horror stories about the extreme hazing in which some organizations, fraternities among them, engage. Reminds me why I had no interest in joining a fraternity. I couldn't have been a member anyway -- I don't own khaki pants.
The concept belongs to a different time, a time when people had less to do.
(2) HBO's True Blood is the best show on TV. Big Love is second. Can you imagine television without cable? The only network show with a shot at making my top five is "Lie to Me."
(3) I say this every year. If you love the NFL, you ought to drive to Spartanburg for training camp. Carolina's first practice is Thursday at 9 a.m. You will get closer to the players than you will at any time during the season.
I'm not talking about getting close enought to collect autographs. Autographs are for kids. I'm talking about getting close to see enough to see who can play and who can't, who looks fast, who has lost a step, and which rookies look ready to go now.
There are two qualities there that never change.
One is the depth of talent. There are so many good players and, despite the size of the roster, so few opportunities.
The other is the heat. Compared to Spartanburg, Charlotte is a cool breeze and a cold drink. Be prepared.
(4) Lane Kiffin would make a good reality show. He might make a better reality show than a head coach.