Lauren Brownlow

Superheroes, old GMs and recruiting in this week's Twitter Mailbag

Posted June 15

Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers runs a drill during the NFL football team's minicamp in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

As the NBA and NHL seasons both came to a close this week, we've entered a bit of sports purgatory. Which is probably why this week's round of Mailbag questions were all over the place, but....all sports related! Mostly. Let's get right to it!

You know how much I love Panthers' questions! That Peppers' sack total is tricky, man. I'm sure you asked this because in all but one of his NFL seasons, he's had at least 7.0 sacks and hasn't gone below that since 2002. He's a physical freak, so I'm not all that worried about age. As for motivation? Eh. We'll see.

My issue is playing time, and so that will sort of depend on what Charles Johnson can do this year. If he's not good again, Peppers will probably start at end opposite Mario Addison. Seven sacks is a tall order - in the last three seasons, the Panthers have only had one player each of those seasons get at least seven sacks. I'm going to say under....but barely.

Ron Rivera winning four coaches' challenges? Well, he's actually on quite the hot streak. After starting out his career 6-13 (3-9 in his first three seasons), he's 17-12 in the last three seasons and 14-8 in the last two. He went 10-7 back in the Super Bowl season, and naturally lost both challenges in the Super Bowl itself, not that I'm counting. Those 10 wins were his most in a year. He was just 4-1 last year. I'm going over four, but barely.

With that McCaffrey over/under 8 total touchdowns (rushing and receiving)? I can't believe that I, the queen of pessimism, is doing this, but...OVER. OVER, I SAID! The real over/under is the number of times I will type his name after this Mailbag that I will continue to have to Google him to make sure I spelled it correctly. I will set that at 12.

And last, but not least....when will 28-3 get old? I've shared my thoughts on this before, but I couldn't enjoy it when it happened and I still have only a very lukewarm enjoyment of it. Don't get me wrong, I don't like Atlanta. But I have always felt that the more I enjoy the Falcons blowing a 28-3 lead, the more likely something equally or even more painful is to happen to the Panthers.

I will say that as a sports culture, now that the Warriors did not indeed blow a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals, it should ... not distract us from the fact that the 2016 Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals with the unanimous league MVP and the most regular-season wins in NBA history.

Yeah, see, that one is still funnier to me.

At first I was going to say no way. Chris Rock's "stay down, you're old" was so full of dismissiveness and pity. But really....Mickey's kind of was, too. The main difference is that Mickey told Rocky to stay down because he thought Apollo was LITERALLY going to kill him. I don't think Chris Rock thought Richard Jefferson was going to be killed by Kevin Durant.

The moment after Rocky gets up, though? The look on the face of Apollo (played perfectly by Carl Weathers) is one of my favorite moments in movie history. It's just perfect. Click on the video to watch it again if you don't believe me.

Just watched the end of that scene. Why is it so dusty in my house?

This is actually difficult for me. I'm not the biggest fan of Urban Meyer, the human, but I think he's a great coach and respect what he's done. I also think Jim Harbaugh is pretty clownish and I am annoyed by his constant presence in the news, and yet I don't think he's a bad guy per se. Or at least, not any worse than most elite coaches.

I will say this: if Harbaugh slept in a tree outside my house, not only would my son not go there but I would also call the police on him. That foolishness is not cute and I don't want my son thinking that it's okay to have some weirdo sleep in a tree outside your house because they want you so badly. This is why promposals have become a thing.

This is sort of a trick question, though, because I'd want my son to decide for himself. If he felt that Harbaugh's crazy was what he wanted, and could explain to me in both football and educational reasons why, then I'd be fine with it. Same goes with Meyer. Either way, it means I'm not paying for college.

If I were picking for myself, I'd pick Meyer, for the record.

I would never claim to speak for Hurricanes' fans in the area, but I would imagine that it has to hurt/bother them/whatever at least a little bit less now that it's his second title, right?

In this black-and-white, binary sports world we live in, frequently more than one thing can't be true: like it can't BOTH be true that Jim Rutherford's departure from Carolina was good for both parties AND that Rutherford is a really good GM. How could he be a good GM if it was good that he retired and left the team? Well, it is. Sometimes, you can be in a relationship where you're both good people, but you don't really work TOGETHER anymore. It was like that for these two parties.

And if Hurricanes' fans embrace the petty? Good. I get it. I still can't hear the name "Marty Hurney" without going into an involuntary full-body cringe. By all accounts, he's a nice man. He certainly did some very good things for my team. But I can't. Embrace the petty if you want to, Canes fans. Or just be dead inside. Either approach works.

Hmm, gosh, Richard I think it would have to be this:

Why didn't anyone think of giving you a superpower where you, like, grow to be 50 feet tall only after you drink a cup of male tears?

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