Tuesday Tidbits: June 21

Last week, the tidbits were missing. It's my fault. I forgot. I had so much going on coming off of a day off, I didn't know which way was up. Tuesday was Monday, and by the time I realized what atrocity had occurred, it was too late. I am ashamed. Anyhow, it's a new week, and another chance to bore you with the Tuesday Tidbits.

Fox is relaxing
It's nice to know that Coach Fox has taken a few weeks off and has taken the family down to Florida for vacation. He really has done a masterful job of bringing the Panthers back from the ruin that was the George Seifert era here in Carolina. Although I haven't agreed with the hiring of Dan Henning, he did play a role in getting the Panthers to the Super Bowl in 03.

Mike Minter
The Panthers avoided a huge PR fiasco by re-signing Mike Minter to a long-term deal. Perhaps more than any player in Panthers history, Minter is truly ingrained in the community. He's a deacon at his church, he has businesses in the community and he doesn't get in trouble -- he doesn't even use curse words. If there is one player on the Panthers that you want your kids to be like, it's Mike Minter.

"I have always wanted to play and finish my career with the first team that I went to," Minter said. "I love the guys that I am playing with. I have been through some lean years here and I feel like the best is about to come and I want to be part of that. Plus, my family and I have been here for eight years, and we have established some deep roots."

Rudeness is destroying the world. Well, at least the Mall.
You know, I can't hardly stand going to the Mall any more. People have gotten to the point that the only way they could be more inconsiderate and rude is if they were to throw feces in your face as you walk.

1) scooting over - You'd think that people mastered this in grade school, but as many of us know, they did not. You know they see you coming, you know they see you also have no room, yet they don't care if you run into the wall or store fixture. Why not?

2) impeding someone's path deserves an "Excuse me" - What ever happened to "excuse me"? If you step in front of someone's path, do it quickly, and say excuse me. NEVER walk out of a store blindly into incoming traffic and go against the grain. That is extremely rude.

3) stopping in the middle of the mall walking area - If you stop in the middle of the mall walking area - and I mean just dead stop and scratch your ass or to ponder what that moist feeling in your undies is, then expect to get run into. This is one of the more rude things you can do at the mall, and one of my pet peeves. If I'm behind you, you may get ran over by a stroller or two.

4) hogging the isle - We've all seen someone hogging an isle. Sometimes it's a woman with a stroller or cart parked precisely in the middle of the isle while she looks at something 20 feet away, or sometimes it's the pot-bellied middle aged man picking his nose as he tries to figure out which camera he likes best. The proper way to look at something is to pick a side and look. If you need a close-up, move in closer. Be aware of those around you.

5) reign in your kids - The mall is not a racing track, playground, or otherwise experimenting place for your 2-3 year old kids to act like wild animals. If you and your herd continue to walk shoulder to shoulder as slow as possible, expect people to be pissed-off at you and make nasty comments under their breath. If you do allow your toddlers to walk, at least hold their hands.

6) hold a door and don't let it slam in someone's face or sneak through it as they are holding it open for their pregnant wife - This has happened to my wife and I on occasion: Someone letting the door hit us nearly in the face/stroller (while the wife was pregnant no less) or you are holding the door open for your kids/spouse and someone jumps IN FRONT OF THEM to exit/enter the building. I don't mind holding the door for you, but if you disrespect my family in that manner, I may even CLOSE it on you on purpose. Every time this happens, I can hardly believe someone would do that, but yet, it happens every-so-often.

The best thing you can do folks, is teach your kids respect and manners for others - even if no one shows it towards you, teach them respect. That is your duty. It is your duty also to be aware of your fellow shoppers and mall patrons.

Freddie Jones, oh the possibilities
Early in his career, Jones was a pass catching monster. When he went to the Cardinals, he went to the NFL equivalent of Siberia. In Carolina, he will have a chance to be on a more complete team, and will add his pass-catching acumen to the arsenal. Adding Jones gives the panthers a big, reliable pass catching target that they will be missing now that Muhammad has moved on to Chicago. I believe all this talk about Jones becoming a blocking TE now is just cover - Teams know that when Mangum comes out and Jones comes in, they are going to pass. Now, they won't be as sure. They'll mix it up, but don't be naive - Jones is by far the best pass-catching TE on the roster right now and they will use his ability for their advantage and not allow him to be a liability in the blocking schemes. Look for a lot of two TE sets this year with Mangum and Jones.

Movie of the Week
No, it's not Batman Begins. I haven't seen it yet - GOSH.

Something About Mary , starring Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz. If you haven't seen this movie yet, you probably never will. It came out in 1998, and has been on TV numerous times. It was on over the weekend. Ted (Ben Stiller) falls in love with Mary (Cameron Diaz), but has an unfortunate accident and ends up losing touch with the girl he is in love with. After years of no communication, Ted hires a private detective (Mat Dillon) to track her down, and hilarity ensues. Written and directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly, this movie is a BUY and not RENT quality movie.

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