Scott Fowler’s quick takes:
▪ I was impressed during my brief look at rookie receiver Devin Funchess in Carolina’s rookie minicamp, but it did make me do a double-take when I saw him wearing No. 17. Funchess will need to score a few times before I associate that number with anyone but Jake Delhomme.
▪ Can’t wait until the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship Sunday. It’s always my favorite day of the tournament.
▪ I absolutely love the vitriol in New England’s heated, 20,000-word defense of its actions in “Deflategate.” As I’ve said, I thought the Patriots’ punishment was severe but right on target. Given the impending appeals, though, the only certainty right now is that New England’s legal fees – as well as the NFL’s – are going to be nearly unfathomable.
▪ Wouldn’t it be great if Tom Brady held a news conference and actually answered questions about all this? The more silent he stays, the worse he looks.
▪ Our Rick Bonnell reports that some players at the NBA Draft Combine have been asked during their team interviews how they would escape from a blender. Sounds like a Salvador Dali fever dream – where exactly do you get a 7-foot blender?
▪ So Johnny Manziel has moved to a golf-course community in Ohio and plans to live a quiet lifestyle after his stint in rehab. Any bets on how long that will last?
▪ It has been a year now since Greg Hardy was arrested, setting in motion the events that ended up with Hardy leaving Charlotte for the Dallas Cowboys. It seems more like 10.
▪ My 11-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter were debating what my wife was putting into their school lunchboxes one morning this week. As she tried to add a few cashews or macadamia nuts to the mix, they both said they didn’t like those.
Exasperated, my wife said: “Well, what kind of nuts do you like?”
“Doughnuts!” my daughter said.