Scott Fowler

Fowler: We’ve hit 5 million views, folks! Now it’s your turn to write a blog post – and win!

The online version of the “Scott Says” blog has existed since 2008, and I am pleased to report that the blog recently surpassed 5 million page views for its lifetime.

To celebrate, we are going to have a contest. We are going to give away five books – one for every million page views – as a small token of appreciation to all the loyal readers who helped the blog reach this landmark.

This is your chance to write something sports-related that will appear both in the newspaper and online on the blog. All you have to do is answer one question, and answer it in 100 words or less:

Why do sports matter to me?

I am looking for personal memories here more than big-picture ideas. Specifics, not generalities. How sports make you feel. And only 100 words or less, please! More words than that, and I will certainly read it, but you won't be eligible for the giveaway.

There is a limit of one entry per person. You can submit your entry via email to me at Include your name, hometown and phone number.

I will pick three winners from those entries, and those three folks will get to pick whether they want to receive a signed copy of either The Charlotte Observer’s just-published, celebratory book on the life and career of Dean Smith or my most recent Carolina Panthers book. Those three winners also will have their entries appear on this blog and in the newspaper at some point.

Don’t feel like writing anything?

I can't blame you – sometimes I don't feel like writing anything, either.

In that case, just enter the contest without the 100-word essay. Send me your name, hometown and phone number via email at I will have a random drawing for the last two books between those “non-writing” entries.

The deadline to submit your entry – whether you choose to answer the question or not, and remember, just one total entry per person – is Sunday, March 8th. I will announce the winners by or before Wednesday, March 18th. If you want to mail your entry instead, send it to:

Scott Fowler

Sports Department//Newsroom

The Charlotte Observer

600 S. Tryon St.

Charlotte NC 28202

Good luck, and thank you again for your help in getting the “Scott Says” blog to the 5-million mark.