A quick take today: After attending the Carolina Panthers' training camp Sunday morning, the public is in love with Cam Newton. He, and the other two quarterbacks, did not do much throwing in the morning, but clearly, if the fans had their way, Newton would certainly be QB1.
Wofford College (Spartanburg, SC) is a great place to watch practice. Held inside Gibbs Stadium, there actually was some shade in the corner of the hill above the end zone, and several fans enjoyed the view from there. We brought an umbrella to keep the hot South Carolina sun from doing to us what it is doing to everyone's lawn. Parking is FREE and it is a very short walk from there to the stadium. Thankfully, you get to pass near, but you don't have to go through, the Fan Zone. Lots of shirts, mugs, pennants and other collectables are available. I was happy that the VERY cold water was just $2.00 per bottle. Nice to see they are NOT trying to kill fans with prices.
After practice, the team headed over to the campus cafeteria, where fans could actually eat with the players (okay, in the same room as the players). Cam Newton did sign as many autographs as anyone, which was nice to see.
It is very early, but you have to THINK this team will be better than last year's debacle (2-14). And I have no problem with Cam Newton being the back-up for several games. His learning curve is very steep, and he will need time to acclimate to the speed of the NFL and the complexities of the new system head coach Ron Rivera is installing.