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#46 Lumps

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 08:33 PM

Here's a tip. At the next panther game you attend ask/discuss with the person to the right and to the left about the Panthers, players and organization and you will soon see the truth. None of these fools even know a lockout was coming until it did and what's more sad they thought we just sucked last year and don't relate it to the lockout even when discovering it. They don't know who JR is and what he was doing. Even the slightest info on the team, no one knows over 50% of the players or god forbid a back-up. This was with a 7 year coaching regime as well, they'll really be confused now. It's bad.

Why? Because they do not care enough. They do not have enough devotion...loyalty=devotion.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 08:40 PM

You're taking a sample size of corporate fans who can afford to take clients. That doesn't represent the whole fanbase.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 08:48 PM

You're taking a sample size of corporate fans who can afford to take clients. That doesn't represent the whole fanbase.


Well a lot of the people I talk to got the tickets for free. If you're in Charlotte that whole can't afford it argument crumbles. Tickets can be bought for real cheap even for good seats. Now we are talking added with gas like a two person combined-$75.00 bill, like that wouldn't be spend on a weekend anyways. If you can afford beer, cigs or internet. You can afford to to to the game. If you have a car to put gas in you can afford it. If I can afford it, you can afford it.

I do agree it doesn't represent the whole fan base, but they do represent the fan base (especially to outsiders). Can you imagine walking into another team's stadium knowing more about the home team than most the fans? Awkward. There are people there that know, they also represent the fan base, in being a rarity. Which would represent those sitting at home :)

Edited by FortySixand2, 23 March 2011 - 08:51 PM.


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Posted 23 March 2011 - 08:59 PM

I live in Atlanta currently and most of their fans lack loyalty. When the Mike Vick situation was going down the stands were very spotty during the games. They even had a coupe games blacked out. Our fans show up every year even up until the last game of last season. GTFOH

#50 R0CKnR0LLA

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 09:02 PM

These fairweather fans piss me off so bad I'm seriously about to just go root for another team...

#51 Hoenheim

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 09:10 PM

wow, this thread is still going hours and hours after I posed lol.. I didn't think it would last that long. But then again, most of us are bored.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 09:12 PM

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 09:42 PM

Yeah, like tee-ray said, Yas responsed to the article (to those who had any doubts he swings by-and possibly posts-here).

http://espn.go.com/b...have-no-loyalty

And, as a commenter at the bottom of Yas' article pointed out about that website, it clearly isn't done anybody worth talking about, considering that:

21. Tampa Bay Lightening


that they can't even spell the names of all the teams on their "list."

Likely just some stupid yank with too much time and not enough info.
No "research" was done, just a bunch of "observating" on the creators part.

Pay it no mind, my fellow Huddlers.

#54 SCP

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 11:21 PM

I wore my Panther hat to a bar in Chicago tonight. I didn't get laughed at. Course if some dude did laugh, I would have punched him in the face. So it's a win-win for me.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 11:24 PM

I like to think my loyalty makes up for most of the wine and cheese fans. Never once played with another team in madden ;)

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 11:42 PM

If I'am a Panther fan after 2010, I'll alway's be one.

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 12:58 AM

i think people who pay an arm and a leg for PSL's are more loyal than your typical season ticket holder for any other team. I'll take our fans over most.

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 09:49 AM

Update....I know some of you guys don't like Pat Yas...but I like this blog entry/article whatever the f it is
http://espn.go.com/b...have-no-loyalty

Carolina fans have no loyalty?
By Pat Yasinskas
I just spotted this poll on fan loyalty and instinctively grabbed my cell phone and called Bill Buchanan.

He was sitting at a lake just south of Charlotte and he’d already heard that the Carolina Panthers fan base was ranked No. 1 among the worst when it comes to fan loyalty. Buchanan was mad and he should be.

For background purposes, read this story I did on Bill and his wife, Cindy, and their garage. It’s a shrine to the Carolina Panthers. I’ve met lots of football fans through the years and I don’t know of any more loyal to a team than Bill and Cindy are to the Panthers.

Let’s just say I strongly disagree with the Panthers being ranked with the least-loyal fan base.

Did the team have some major problems last year? Heck yeah. A 2-14 season in John Fox’s last year was an absolute disaster. The Panthers were as dysfunctional as any team in the league. But you can’t point any fingers at the fans.

They still showed up (and we’re not going to take any shots at Tampa Bay fans because there are a lot of factors beyond loyalty that go into why the Bucs had attendance problems last year).

“Yeah, it’s been a perfect storm of bad things recently,’’ Bill said. “But that doesn’t change my loyalty. It’s my team. It’s my home. It bears my name -- Carolina.’’

Yeah, there was a point last season when Bill got so discouraged that he sent an e-mail to the team’s official website and he was venting. Next thing he knew, his phone was ringing.

“Bill, this is Jerry,’’ the caller said.

It was Jerry Richardson, the owner of the Panthers. It’s not like he and Buchanan are close personal friends. But Richardson spent 20 or 30 minutes talking to Buchanan like they were close personal friends. Bill doesn’t want to reveal the exact nature of the conversation and everything that was discussed, but he said it’s safe to say he came out of it feeling more loyal than ever to the Panthers and firmly believing better times were ahead.

“The No. 1 reason I’ve been loyal to the Panthers since the day they started is Jerry Richardson,’’ Buchanan said. “That is a man of character, integrity and honesty. I love football and the Carolina Panthers have been in my blood since the day they came to town. I think about them 365 days a year.’’

I feel Bill’s pain with this slight on Carolina fans. Bill’s a friend, a guy I met soon after I moved to Charlotte to cover the Panthers in 1999. I spent nine seasons living and working in Charlotte and got to know and observe the fan base pretty closely. There were good seasons and bad seasons for the Panthers during that time.

But one thing that never was a question was fan loyalty. I’m not talking just about Bill here. I’ve used him as an example, but I can assure you there are thousands of others just like him. I've been all around the NFL and very quickly can think of a fair number of fan bases that aren't as loyal as Carolina's. I could list them, but I won't. No sense dragging any other fan base into this swamp.

Yeah, the Panthers have had their ups and downs and there’s no question they’re down right now. But through it all, the loyalty from Carolina fans never has been down.



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Posted 24 March 2011 - 10:03 AM

Bill Buchanon died saving the president in season 7 of 24... or so I thought. Turns out he is a super Panther fan with a shrine in his garage. How is that not considered a loyal fan???

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 10:20 AM

who gives a fvck?

"our fans are more loyal than your fans. Yea, here is the survey that PROVES it"

if somebody says that to you...ever, you just punch them in the face, even if its a woman. There is no other response.

ranking fan loyalty = ghey


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