Worst Panthers fan ever? Or Sensible?
Posted 10 November 2012 - 11:51 AM
Posted 10 November 2012 - 01:03 PM
Posted 10 November 2012 - 03:11 PM
He is not a bad fan for selling his tix for 4 times the face value rather than sitting in the stands, away from his family to watch this garbage that JR has fielded for the past 3 years. This constant bickering amongst our fans complaing who is a real fan and who isnt has got to stop! ...and stop wining about the difference in winning and losing is the fans. Cheering fans is not the difference between winning (Steelers, Patriots and Packers) and losing franchises (Dolphins, Jets, Panthers, Browns). Its the front offices job to make\keep us competitive! Wake the fug uuuuuup!!!
Under these circumstances its not about being a true fan, its about being having common sense and not being a dumb ass for not taking the cash at 4 times the face!
Posted 10 November 2012 - 04:29 PM
Until the 2010 season we made one road trip to an away game each season, which typically averaged a $1000 weekend. There's $15k.
So when Jerry Richardson put the Panthers into "full garbage- there's a lockout coming mode" in 2010 and the product on the field wasn't worth half the price of admission. I actually gave away tickets that season because I couldn't sell them. Those of you who attended games in 2010 will remember scalpers getting $5 a tickets for lower levels, maybe $10 for clubs. It was ludicrous.
At that point, the wife and I had been attending games for 16 seasons. Our tailgate group diminished over the years, we watched some of their kids grow up from one home game to the next, one season to the next. Some moved away and still try to make a game or 2 every season. Others have given up altogether and the Hartigan's parking lot on Cedar Street next to the practice field is no longer the happening tailgate spot which brought even JR himself out to visit at least 2-3 times a season.
And we're all 18 years older now as well. The drive, when you get older, is a real pain in the ass. The product on the field is crap, no one seems to care if it is or isn't and, as much as I love the game, I am now completely indifferent to the Panthers winning or losing- I don't really care. I'd rather sit home and have the choice of 2-3 early games, watching the more interesting match-ups and maybe 1-2 late games. I go to a Panther game and by the time I get home Sunday night, I've spent 12-14 hours of the day driving back and forth, watch a struggling team that I no longer really care about one way or the other, and I have to get up and go to work Monday morning.
For those of you who want- do the math and tell me how much $ I've spent in the last 18 years. Then tell me I'm not allowed to sell my tickets, give them away or fugging shred them if I want. Sorry, I'll do whatever the fug I want with my tickets.
Posted 10 November 2012 - 04:40 PM
no point in owning them if you're indifferent. no one is making you keep them. sell them if you don't enjoy them again. and no....i know you're going to take a loss, but what makes more sense, forcing yourself to buy the tickets and going through the hassle of trying to sell them so you don't take a hit or just unloading them.
and no....you can do whatever you want, but don't exect anyone to applaud your "commitment" to the team for all those years if you're just going to get them into the hands of fans from other teams. don't expect anyone to feel sorry for you being in that situation either.
getting panther home game tickets into non-panther fans hands is a douchey thing to do...but it's a free country so have at it.
Posted 10 November 2012 - 06:36 PM
...if you're just going to get them into the hands of fans from other teams..."
Let me ask you a question. Does evevryone who buys tickets from Panthers.com. Ticketmaster, Stubhub or buy PSLs from the team have to sign something disclosing they are, in fact, a fan of the Panthers? If I get an offer for the PSLs, you want me to not take a reasonable offer unless it's from a Panther fan? Child, please. Half the corporate PSLs sold are handed out to clients from out of town on business or just as a schmooze tool. I guess it's okay for those corporate PSL owners, but not me, huh?
Posted 10 November 2012 - 07:20 PM
I'm a PSL owner. Have been since '95. Attended all but three (3) games until the 2010 season...
Good post. I don't blame you at all, especially after the big F-U given to the fans by JR in 2010.
If the Panthers put a good product on the field and consistently do all they can to maximize the potential of the franchise, the fans will come and stay. Worst case, should a fan no longer be able to attend for whatever reason, the PSL's will still be a hot item because of the heightened fan interest.
How anyone could criticize someone that invested so much time and money as this gentleman did is beyond me.
Posted 10 November 2012 - 07:37 PM