I'm not the kind of guy who trolls through websites looking for my name. But I talked to a buddy from ESPN.com this morning and he said the Cam Newton column I wrote Tuesday attracted national attention.
This is the part where I pretend not to care. I do care. I just don't care too much.
Here's a conversation that will never take place.
ME: I was mentioned on Dan Patrick's radio show, ma. They talked about me on ESPN 2 or 3 or 5. And I was in Pro Football Talk. I made it, ma. I made it.
MA: That's nice, son. Does this mean you're going to move out of the basement?
I didn't say in the column that the Panthers were going to take Newton with the first pick in the draft. I said either they plan to take him or want the rest of the NFL to think they are.
You can dispute what I wrote if you choose. Talk among yourselves. But I don't make stuff up.
ESPN and I were first to write that the Panthers planned to take Andrew Luck with the first pick in the 2011 NFL draft (had he come out). Shocking, right?
I was the first to write that the 2010 season would be John Fox's last as head coach of the Panthers, the first to write that Fox and his staff and general manager Marty Hurney would return for the 2010 season, the first to write that the Panthers offered to make Julius Peppers the highest paid defensive player in NFL history and the first to write that Jon and Mark Richardson, the sons of owner Jerry Richardson, did not, as the Panthers announced, resign. They were fired.
I'm not bragging.
I'm saying, simply, that credibility is more important than attention.