Many made treks this year and lurk on these forums. People that flew from Chattanooga or drove from Lynchburg. People from far away places like Tupelo, Mississippi or Brentwood, Missouri came to Charlotte and were too shy or tech illiterate to post their experiences for all to see. We heard you.
Just because the vivacious and the tech-savvy posted their experiences and got lots of pie and accolades and you decided to remain in the shadows for whatever reason doesn't lessen your impact.
To everyone that experienced and backed the 2013 Carolina Panthers season, well-known on these forums or not, you made a difference, I made a difference and this forum made a difference.
Every small voice, when joined with a voice beside of it, creates the voice of a nation. Panther Nation will not go 5 years without being heard from again.
I applaud lilSmitty and OPFIM, but we are legion, and we grew today, and we will be back, much sooner than later.
Perennial playoff participants started in 2013...today was a good day.
Considering where we are as a franchise, with so many young players at key positions, this may be the most defining weekend in franchise history. Careers may be made or broken 3 days from now.
For many reasons, including this message board and the camaraderie it has developed in me, this has been my most favorite year ever as a Panther fan and I hope this ride does not end with a whimper. This game may well be the catapult for Cam, Luke, Star and Ron, the definer for CJ, TD and Kalil and the finishing touch for Smitty and Gross. I think we can have an effect on Sunday's outcome, but only if we act as one.
If you have a ticket...if you are going to attend this game...plant your ass in your seat at 12:30. Prepare yourself to yell until the blood vessels in the whites of your eyes burst. Prepare yourself to tell the good doctor behind you to fug himself when he asks you to sit down. Prepare yourself to forgo food at halftime so that you are still in that same seat when the 3rd quarter begins. Prepare yourself for the valleys and the highs that will inevitably come in this game. Prepare yourself for the game of a lifetime.
The siege is upon us and spirits are high. We go into battle together.
Operation Barbarossa failed...so shall the Saints.
Panther Nation rise up!
Now, more than you ever have before...KEEP POUNDING!!!