I am convinced Charlotte is only about 20% Panther fans
Posted 12 November 2012 - 02:52 PM
Winning cures all ills. It's that simple.
It's that simple....and that hard. All at the same time :-(
Posted 12 November 2012 - 03:49 PM
Transplants has a lot to do with it. For example, I live in NYC now. Do I cheer for the Jets or Giants now? Nope. I'm a Panthers fan. I was going to give the Jets a go, as they are in the AFC, but they suck, so why bother. Same exact thing is happening in Charlotte. Just because they move there doesn't mean they need to switch. And they definitely won't switch for an inferior product.
Your logic doesn't really make sense.... all you need do is turn it around now that you don't live here and the Panthers suck, yo have free rein to pull for any team you want.
I'm a believer that you support your local team, just as you support your local businesses. I was a lifelong Raider fan until I moved to NC and 18 months later announced an NFL franchise was on the way, and that was before the Raiders went into the toilet so it's not like I was dumping a crappy team.
Most of the people where I live are Redskin fans because "they were the only team around..." But Charlotte is 2.5 hours away and DC is about 4.5 hours, so why not switch? Both teams suck hugely, but one is closer than the other.
Posted 12 November 2012 - 04:10 PM
If so...then you have your answer.
Posted 12 November 2012 - 04:25 PM
Would you all still be a Panthers fan first and foremost if you moved to another city like Pittsburgh. Dallas, or San Francisco?
If so...then you have your answer.
That would make sense if any of the people at the game yesterday were from Denver, or before that Dallas, or Pittsburgh, or on and on and on. When San Fran played here in 2010 it was the same way. No way 30,000 Forty Niner fans flew cross country to watch that game, or for that matter were transplants. The vast majority are North/South Carolina natives that jumped on a bandwagon and hate the home team, plain and simple.
Posted 12 November 2012 - 04:27 PM
Posted 12 November 2012 - 04:58 PM
start winning games and ALL of this changes.
Posted 12 November 2012 - 05:09 PM
Agreed, whats more sad is go watch Bobcats games this season. The Cats fans are loud, cheering and on their feet despite last season's debacle. Panthers might just have worse fan base in the NFL, maybe even worse than the jaguars.
Its a lot easier to fill a basketball arena than a football stadium.
Posted 12 November 2012 - 05:16 PM
Posted 12 November 2012 - 05:18 PM
Posted 12 November 2012 - 05:50 PM
The 1996 season, 2003, 2005 and even 2008 were the few tough years to get tickets to games.
January 5, 1997 at home against the Dallas Cowboys.... there weren't any Cowboy fans in the stadium that day.
January 3, 2004 at home against the Dallas Cowboys... same.
December 8, 2008 at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football.... no Bucs fans to speak of, same just a few days later on December 14 against the Denver Broncos when the Panthers beat their ass 30-10.
Commit to putting a winning team on the field, commit to a long-term plan to continue success, create continuity and you'll Panther fans in the seats again.
Lead the owners to another work stoppage, draw another pie chart, go low-budget roster like 2009 again and you may as well move this team because you're very close to alienating any potential fan-base for a generation.
Posted 12 November 2012 - 05:52 PM
They have a better chance of watching the Bobcats win this year with a real HC "Dunlap". Go Cats!
Posted 12 November 2012 - 06:52 PM
That said, Panther fans need to get to their seats before kickoff. I have traveled to many different stadiums and we are always fashionably late. Player introductions are a joke.
Posted 12 November 2012 - 07:45 PM
I think what has Panthers fans so pissed this time around is not that we lose some games but because our front office is directly responsible for this poo storm via controlled chaos. Marty was well aware of what he was doing when trading our picks and not filling areas of need via FA. All while JR turned a blind eye and sat back on his golf cart believing that his brand was indestructible while allowing his money, our financial and emotional investments to all be abused. This is all tied back to one overly emotional and clingly sports writer's inability to evaluate NFL caliber talent. You only have yourself the thank for this one JR, Marty should have never been your guy in the first place!
Oh, and thank the PSL holders for floating your boat the since Jakes collapse! Cant forget the little guys, right JR! (wink)
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