Took the Panthers' Stadium tour today with my son. Loved every minute of it.
The guide said something pretty interesting that seems to be a change from the status quo.
He said, for the first time since our inception that anyone not on the team last year will not be given a locker in the Panthers locker room until they have officially made the 53 man roster. They will have to use locker room A (?) which I think he said was the home side college locker room (for games like the Belk Bowl or ACC Championship).
I asked him why the change on our way to the Erskine Bowles suite and he said, and I quote, "Mr. Gettleman wants it that way. If you want to be in the team locker room, you have to actually be on the team. You gotta earn your way in the locker room now".
I gave him the raised eyebrow, "No shlt?!" look and he gave me the, "No shlt" look right back.
There may be some actual changes going on, we shall see.
Got to go on the field (the black end zones DID kill the grass last year according to my most insightful guide). The new grass looks amazing.
Work is going on everywhere...forklifts forking, pressure washers washing, dudes scratching...
And lastly, Jerry started this entire billion dollar empire on a $3,500 Championship check he won in 1959.
Took pictures, drove back home in the pouring rain...blah, blah, blah.