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Cam Newton said this week he will throw at all-everything Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman Sunday – and he had better.

It is back to the future for the Charlotte Hornets in a lot of ways this season – from the team’s nickname to their uniform to their teal and purple colors. But most importantly, the retro vibe will extend onto the court. Like the Hornets of the 1990s, who were consistently a playoff contender, the 2014-15 version will be a force in the Eastern Conference as well.

Kentucky’s John Calipari breezed into Charlotte Wednesday, fielding the most-hyped college basketball team in the country as usual and charming his way through a series of interviews at the SEC men’s basketball media day.

A normal football game lasts 60 minutes. Sunday’s between the Carolina Panthers and Green Bay Packers was over after 13.

While the defense is the No. 1 concern for the Carolina Panthers right now, the offense didn’t do its part, either, on Sunday in a 38-17 loss to Green Bay.

It happened 15 years ago, but “The Draw” by Carolina Panthers quarterback Steve Beuerlein that beat Green Bay at Lambeau Field in 1999 remains firmly embedded in Panthers folklore.

If there isn’t at least one 100-yard rusher when the Carolina Panthers visit Green Bay on Sunday, it will be surprising.

Since Lance Stephenson was a high school basketball prodigy in New York, his nickname has been “Born Ready.” From what the Charlotte Hornets and their fans have seen so far, however, Stephenson is still working on getting ready to be an impact player. It may come soon. But this isn’t just a “plug-and-play” sort of deal.

The Green Bay Packers have been around nearly 100 years. They can boast of 27 players with a Packer pedigree in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. And a future hall of famer will be playing quarterback for the Packers when Green Bay hosts the Pantherson Sunday at Lambeau Field.

A number of Panthers fans were screaming online after Sunday’s tie against the Cincinnati Bengals that coach Ron Rivera should have gone for it on fourth-and-1 from the Cincinnati 18 and three minutes left in overtime. I don’t agree.

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Scott Fowler is a national award-winning sports columnist for The Charlotte Observer.