Scott Fowler

Quick takes: No. 17 for Carolina Panthers still Delhomme, for now

Carolina Panthers rookie wide receiver Devin Funchess wears No. 17, the same number as former quarterback Jake Delhomme. Here he turns and runs upfield after catching a pass during the team's rookie minicamp in early May.
Carolina Panthers rookie wide receiver Devin Funchess wears No. 17, the same number as former quarterback Jake Delhomme. Here he turns and runs upfield after catching a pass during the team's rookie minicamp in early May. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

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.

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