Good morning Cat Cravers, and welcome to the third edition of Panthers’ Linked Around the Web! Yes, the title has changed again, as I tweak the headline to find something I like. I think this will do, however.
I’ll start this week’s edition off with something a little light. After the jump, of course…
The poll for which team readers’ believed would win the division closed yesterday, giving everyone who wanted a say a week to cast a vote. For a number of days, the New Orleans Saints led the votes, with the Atlanta Falcons in second (for about a day), and the Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers rounding out the votes.
On the third day, the votes for Carolina had surpassed Atlanta, and was nipping at the heels of New Orleans. But New Orleans didn’t go down so easy in the beginning. However, with three days to go, votes for Carolina finally snuck up and passed New Orleans, with the result finishing strongly in Carolina’s favor.
Carolina finished the poll with 116 votes, the Saints had 87 total, Atlanta received only 14 votes, and two brave (or smart) souls voted for the Bucs. For the record, I tried to be as fair as possible in the voting. Saints fans were invited from Canal Street Chronicles to vote, and those folks passed the word along to other sites.
To make matters even more interesting, my vote was one-of-87 for the Saints.
Onto what’s making news for our Carolina Panthers on this fine Monday morning.
From Darin Gantt’s profile on Twitter, we receive an update on linebacker Thomas Davis’ health and progress.
Got a text from Panthers LB Thomas Davis. Said he ran a 4.47 40. Slower than usual, but he is less than 6 mos. out from ACL surgery. Unreal. If Davis is running 4.47s now, imagine where he’ll be by training camp. Great sign for Thomas and the Panthers. -Darin Gantt, via Twitter
Over at Cat Scratch Reader, a post was added yesterday, titled, “Where Are You Now? How Did You Become a Panther fan?” So, I obliged and gave my tale of how I became a fan of our beloved — belittled at times — Panthers. Slide over and check out the site and the thread, and tell us how you’ve become a fan of the Cats.
Steve Reed has a piece in The Star; an interesting story about new Panthers’ wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert, and rookie wideout Brandon LaFell, titled “Tolbert in LaFell’s Corner.”
I believe the Panthers start Organized Team Activities or OTA’s today, as well. And with that, comes the “Summer School Syllabus” from the Panthers’ official website.
Staying on the Panthers’ site for a few minutes, Charlie Dayton of Panthers.com, offers his two cents on the latest rankings bestowed upon the Panthers by Peter King of SI.com, in “Dayton Fliers: Preview predictions perilous.”
From Charles Chandler of The Charlotte Observer, is a piece titled “A look at 5 Panthers who can make a mark in workouts.” LaFell, Tony Fiammetta, and Steve Smith are three of the names listed.
Also out of The Charlotte Observer, is a piece written by Darin Gantt, titled “Pike can’t practice ’til school’s out.” Why? Because rookies aren’t allowed to join their teams for voluntary workouts until their college classes graduate, regardless of whether or not the player is enrolled in school. Go ahead and read it for yourself.
Add another piece by Charles Chandler, called “Clausen’s passion play starts it’s run with Panthers,” and I think we have a good mix of links from around the web, although I didn’t have to travel very far (per se) to find them.
Finally, if it interests you, the Panthers have selected and revealed the 2010 TopCats. Of course, who wouldn’t be interested in that?
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