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#1 mush


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Posted 05 January 2014 - 10:34 PM


True Stats of Huddle History:


I was registered user 812 back in 2004.


Most nights back then there were only 3 registered users online after 2am.


In 2007 a French jagoff hacked the website, took it over for awhile, causing Zod to lose a nights sleep and subsequently ban everyone from France from new membership...a ban that lasts to this day. 


In 2006 Sports Illustrated named The Huddle the #1 Panthers fan website.


Zod printed up a few thousand business cards and we used to hand them out to people on the streets in 2004 and in the stadium to get the name out and build up business. 


At the end of the day, this website was simply a small business endeavor that panned out. 


Zod has been basically a small independent man starting up a website that got me into OTA's and 6 weeks of training camp being able to get the same interviews as other major media sites.


Within 3 years of starting the website, I interviewed players and asked them if they had heard of the huddle and most said they were familiar with it. 


At one point that media relationship cracked and I got thrown out of a Panthers practice.  The Panthers were very nice and professional about how I got kicked out as well. 


Several marriages have happened as a result of this website, and yes, hot chicks do post on message boards.


Many guys have scored with women on this website.


This website gets more website traffic than any other single radio or tv station's website in this market. 


Every single year this website keeps growing.  This website has constantly had to upgrade capacity. 


Jerry Richardson once called Zod asking exactly where the Huddle Tailgate was so he could come out and sign autographs. 


Huddle members have given over $20,000 and hundreds of bikes to Panthers toys for tots drive.


Saints fan has shipped hundreds of dollars of fresh seafood to Huddle tailgate before.


At the end of the day, most posters on here are good people and many people here have either been entertained, met good friends, or had good times on this website.  Now there are radio ads, TV ads, etc for the site and it was all started just by a small business minded guy who really started it all just as a way to keep up with people from his house.


maybe some others can add things to this history that they can remember. 









#2 KendrickPanther



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 12:22 AM

I can tell you I read this site for years but whenever I tried to register the confirmation email never came through. I wasn't able to register until the Facebook feature came out two or three years ago.

#3 Squirrel


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Posted 06 January 2014 - 02:22 AM

The lounge usedto be bussier in the offseason then the football section.

#4 lightsout


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Posted 06 January 2014 - 02:46 AM

The Lounge used to be absolutely crazy with activity as early as a few years ago. Maybe I just don't come in as much, but it doesn't seem that it's as active. 

There were several dark moments and terrible users/threads. The massive crash.

There was also the reaction to Pickles that lead to the largest schism between users I've ever seen (perhaps rivaled by the split of opinion on Cam pre-draft). 

The TB has a history as well. Rebel Yell (lol). 

#5 mush


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Posted 06 January 2014 - 05:15 AM

We used to have some good draft parties too.  Christmas gatherings, game viewing parties, etc.

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 08:02 AM

The huddle made many awesome tailgates happen. I joined up here around 04, after the panthers.com forum went bye bye. I've tried to quit this bitch many times (salty and kurb have nuked my account by request) but I always come crawling back, begging for forgiveness.

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 08:11 AM

I used to hang around at the tailgates in like 06-08.  Draft parties too. Good times, good times...

#8 Inimicus


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Posted 06 January 2014 - 08:19 AM

Never offer a couch for sale on the Huddle.




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Posted 06 January 2014 - 08:22 AM

Panthers huddle used to have locker room section where u paying $12 a year and u get access. Many female huddle members posted their nudes. Then it became one big porn section and Zod had to take it down.

#10 Jase


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Posted 06 January 2014 - 08:26 AM

The lounge was active back when we actually had hot women that posted on message boards. :-(




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Posted 06 January 2014 - 08:55 AM

Ms Sky, Boo, Monkey Butt, Hot Mess, Pantherchic and many more fine women. Now this place is a one big sausagefest.

#12 Kevin Greene

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 10:16 AM

Not a good place to buy a couch.

Miss talking Barry Bonds with KT in the MLB section and Kobe in the NBA section.

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 01:57 PM

Don't forget about Survivor!!! 


Talk about a time sink. It was insane how much time you had to invest in that game, but it was a blast.

#14 cookinwithgas


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Posted 06 January 2014 - 02:12 PM

Little PANTHERS Huddle cookout from 2005.

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#15 Hawk



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 02:43 PM

great post mush...I for one can honestly say I miss the contributions you used to make daily to the huddle...now it's a pleasant surprise to see you post at all.  Too many people fall into that category these days unfortunately.



I remember years ago getting booked for a training session down in South Carolina.  I was already a member here but I'd never been out that way or met anyone from here.  The welcome I received when I got to town was unforgettable.  A night out with a few of the regulars, tailgate on gameday, ticket with the lovely Miss Skyy, hell, I even wore a Steve Smith jersey to the game (overtop my Seahawk shirt) to watch the panthers beat the falcons.


I've been back twice since and loved every minute of my time there.


this was a very different website back then, that's for sure.  seemed to have more focus on getting to know people and making friendships etc....I'm sure that still happens today too, but not as much in my opinion.


I'll add to your trip down memory lane....the huddle...where only a Canadian Seahawk fan would be a Survivor Champion, still to be defeated by the way.....named a Mod, and of course, the huddler of the decade award winner.



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