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  • Luke Kuechly caddies for Greg Olsen at celebrity pro-am

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago

    No disrespect to Rory McIlroy or the many other world-famous golfers on the course at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, but the big draw of Wednesday's pro-am in advance of the Wells Fargo Championship was a pairing of Panthers.

    Tight end Greg Olsen and linebacker Luke Kuechly formed the most Carolina-friendly grouping in the bunch, pairing with local product and PGA Tour pro Johnson Wagner. Kuechly, still recovering from a shoulder injury, caddied while Olsen reportedly managed to break 100.

    Greg Olsen and Luke Kuechly were as big a draw -- if not bigger -- than Rory McElroy on the range. #WellsFargoChamp pic.twitter.com/XlHO3evdg2

    Local reports indicated that teammates Ryan Kalil and Mike Remmers and head coach Ron Rivera were in the gallery to watch the duo bang their way around the course. Not bad for an off-day's work.

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  • Yo, QB, let's kick it: Tom Brady and Vanilla Ice hang out

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago

    Tom Brady was about 13 when Vanilla Ice hit No. 1 with "Ice Ice Baby," so it makes sense that the New England Patriots quarterback would be hanging out on stage with the rapper and reality television star.

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    At an Under Armour event, Vanilla Ice took this selfie and posted it to Twitter. What do they say about a picture saying a thousand words?

    What a great day at #ArmorDay chilling with Tom Brady pic.twitter.com/JVS79VBTNE

    Vanilla Ice also was feeling the love from Lindsay Vonn and Jordan Spieth.

    Ultimate photo bomb by @JordanSpieth! @lindseyvonn pic.twitter.com/G5VpDvPMLD

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  • Panthers kicker, NASCAR driver get a taste of the other's jobs

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 day ago

    The NFC champion Carolina Panthers are the toast of Charlotte. NASCAR is based in Charlotte. So it stands to reason that the two Queen City entities would cross paths every now and then. On Wednesday, Panthers kicker Graham Gano and driver Austin Dillon met at Charlotte Motor Speedway to give each other an idea of how to do a very different job.

    First, Dillon tried to kick a field goal ... and did pretty well, all things considered:

    .@austindillon3 hits the 10 Days of @NASCAR Thunder with @GrahamGano as holder. @MarcusSMI what's his prize? pic.twitter.com/xWaaIhYf5t

    Now throw in a full rush and a crowd full of screaming fans and see how well he does. (For non-NASCAR fans: Dillon is the guy who took over driving the legendary #3 of Dale Earnhardt, so Dillon knows a thing or two about pressure.) Gano offered up a bit of his own expertise:

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