Charlotte didn't give the Carolina Panthers $87.5 million to update Bank of America Stadium. Charlotte invested $87.5 million.
There's a difference.
The agreement, which still has to be approved by the City Council Monday night, ties the Panthers to Charlotte for at least six years and probably ten.
Many of you resent giving millions of dollars to a millionaire. But by any quantifiable standard this is a good investment for Charlotte.
An NFL schedule is not as a attractive as an NCAA basketball tournament bracket. But it still looks good.
Opening the season at home against Russell Wilson and Seattle is a fine way to start. The Panthers were outplayed and outcoached in their opener at Tampa Bay last season and needed months to recover. If they can begin 2013 the way they ended 2012 they'll be golden. Momentum, however, ends when the season does.
If I'm a fan, and have disposable income to dispose of, I pick a game and go on the road. There are some great destinations. Scott Fowler and I draft road games. Hate to use my first pick on Minnesota, where the ice age has yet to end. But that's the land of my people.
Walked Taz the greyhound last night at 10:30. Woman in an outdoor mall near the house saw the dog, pointed and yelled something in a language I didn't understand. Lean and dark, she walked hurriedly to a group of friends at a table outside a coffee house and they took turns petting Taz and talking to him.
He was thrilled. With dogs, there is no language barrier.