The new trend is Blaine Gabbert. Suddenly, he is the No. 1 player on the draft board, the player many project the Panthers to take with the first pick in the draft.
Wouldn't shock me if the Panthers take Gabbert. Would shock me if they take him with the No. 1 pick.
Shock isn't strong enough. Whatever comes after shock, that's what I would be.
I'm going to the Charlotte-Albany indoor football game tonight at Bojangles Coliseum. I've heard enough talk about football. I want to see it. Carolina Speed includes a five-year NFL vet and another player with a Super Bowl ring. Went to practice last night; lots of local guys, lots of speed -- the latter makes sense -- and no pretension. Saw one star: QCB.
If you go to Panther training camp, you realize there are not nearly enough job openings. A lot of talent is sent away. Great that players have a place such as the Speed to land. Only $10 to get in; at some stadiums and arenas, $10 will get you a beer.
Arizona's second-half run against Duke was breathtaking. That was the best sustained basketball I have seen any college team play all season.
I keep thinking about Stephen Jackson's performance Wednesday night against Indiana. The man had one good hamstring, one good leg, yet insisted on being on the court. And he insisted on returning to the court, disdaining the bench for an exercise bike when he was out of the game.
We make sports more than they are and call athletes courageous when they aren't. But what Jackson did was courageous. Stephen, I salute you.