Was trying to make a list of the great NFL exhibition games I have witnessed. Yeah. Operators standing by. But looking forward to Carolina-Houston at Bank of America Stadium anyway.
If you've been to training camp, and aren't star struck, you've seen players who are competing for a roster spot. Maybe they put on a move or grabbed a pass or deflected one, rushed a quarterback or protected one.
There are several players I've enjoyed watching, among them receivers Jared Green, Lamont Bryant and Seyi Ajirotutu -- whose name I am on the cusp of being able to spell without looking it up -- running backs Tauren Poole and Lyndon Rowells, defensive end Thomas Keiser, cornerback Josh Thomas and kicker Justin Medlock.
Speaking of Dwight Howard, the Los Angeles Lakers are doing a great job of acquiring talent without giving up commesurate talent. Kobe, Howard, the great Steve Nash, and Antawn Jamison, all wearing the same uniform. Like to say that I don't like teams collecting talent. But I can't wait to see this team.
Orlando got rid of a talented nuisance, ditched salaries and picked up three first-round choices. Howard is worth more, but no way was Orlando going to get it.
Speaking of Spartanburg, I've enjoyed my time here. Saw a band last night; old school, guitar gods. Walk through the front door and you walk through the band -- two members on one side and three on the other. No harm, no foul, and they kept on playing, and playing well.
I'll be back in Spartanburg next week. But when the Panthers finish praciticing today, it's time to go home.
Slower traffic use the right lane, please. Otherwise the freeway system fails and you'll feel guilty and even if you've led an otherwise good and caring life you'll get stuck behind a Popemobile on your way to Heaven and require an eternity to get there.