Some restaurants offer a catch of the day. So does Spartanburg. The best catch at practice Tuesday was made by Gary Barnidge. Barnidge cut across the right side of the end zone, approaching the sideline. On him, and I mean right on him, was cornerback Nate Ness. Barnidge caught the ball over Ness, just plucked it out of the air, and kept his feet inbounds. There was no margin for mistakes, and Barnidge, the fifth-season tight end out of Louisville, didn't make any.
I wish my name were Nate Ness. Gets to the point.
I kind of like rookie running back Tauren Poole out of Tennessee. He put a double move on linebacker Luke Kuechly Tuesday and dusted him. Hey, Luke. Be sure and write. Linebacker Thomas Davis talked with Kuechly after the play as they walked down the field. Kuechly, of course, has been consistently good. That's why Poole's work stood out.
Almost everywhere you go at Carolina's training camp you'll see the Olympics. But it's like background noise. It's on in the press box, at the student center where the players do interviews, at the hotel bar where sportswriters tend to eat after working late after yet another grueling day of professional football.
I think the Olympics are a great opportunity. But there are sports I can't watch -- gymnastics, men's beach volleyball and diving. Liked swimming, but I'm through with the pool. Give me track, boxing, men's basketball and surprises -- fencing, race-walking and, surprise me.
Asked Panther coach Ron Rivera what percentage of his players were happy Monday night's practice was rained out and moved into the gym. He said probably 60 to 65%. I was surprised. I figured the number would be higher.
"I'll tell you one player who was not happy," Rivera said. "No. 1."
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