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#2857071 Panthers Training Camp Tips

Posted by KendrickPanther on 18 July 2014 - 01:46 PM

If someone really cares about getting an autograph they have every right to stand there looking silly with the children. Just don't be a jerk about it. Some parents use their kids for autographs and that is the same thing to me. They just avoid the shame of standing there begging someone younger than them for a second of their time.


Cam does not sign for every single person. On any given day there is 2-7 thousand people that would love to have a Cam Newton autograph. Waiting in the prime spots with nothing to do for hours helps your chances but it guarantees you nothing. I would gladly trade a signature to enjoy my day in the sun watching guys fight for their livelihood. Cam did say he prefers to sign for people that are excited, but don't make an ass of yourself.


In Gibbs Stadium Zod pointed out the prime Autograph side. This is true but in 2013 they taped off the best seats for "VIPs". There are still many good seats but the supply is much smaller than the demand. You must arrive early.


If you send your children into the fray, keep a close eye on them. Don't let them disrespect adults or other children. And don't let them get bullied. People go nuts for Autographs, my 5 year old was excited at first but soon became frightened. It can be a mele like that time Tom Cruise pulled that kid over a fence.


Watch your kids with the markers too. My 5 year old drew a line on her Panthers Jersey with a sharpie with all the pushing and shoving. Byron Bell took off his shoes to give to the kids and people started trying to push her out of the way. When she received the shoe she tried to put it on the ground because she is 5. So just keep an eye out for their behavior and safety.


Fair warning. Even the most excited kids lose interest during practice. If you are on the hill they will run around in packs like feral animals. Bringing a football or Frisbee to toss around is a great idea if they find some open space.


Some of the best days to go are during the rain. It's very relaxing. If you wear under armour type clothes then getting a little wet shouldn't bother you. Just leave the electronics in the car.


There are drinks and hot dogs on site. They are fairly low priced and fairly low quality. (relative to sporting events)


I would never recommend going to training camp with expectations for an autograph. There are just better ways to get them. Don't be the guy that drives 6 hours for an autograph and holds a grudge when you don't get one. Veterans sign the fewest autographs in my experience. 


She got this for being polite and encouraging.


#2856351 Visited the Hall Of Fame. Panthers Represent!

Posted by KendrickPanther on 18 July 2014 - 01:06 AM

Thanks for taking the time to share your experience.

Might have to check that place out for myself someday soon... after the Panthers win the SB.


That would be the perfect time to go. They had a 26 minute video celebrating the Seahawks win. I chose to skip it.

#2856336 Visited the Hall Of Fame. Panthers Represent!

Posted by KendrickPanther on 18 July 2014 - 12:38 AM

I've always wanted to pay a visit to the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. With our recent success I thought it might be a good time to check it out.
Let me start by saying I've always had this assumption Ohio was grey and miserable all the time. It was actually quite nice as you can see in the below pictures. There were rolling hills of green trees, blue skies, and a light breeze with temperatures in the low 70s.
We start with Johnny U. Best known for throwing a touchdown pass to Jerry Richardson in the 1959 NFL Championship Game.

As I followed the chronological order of the Hall it was difficult to find Panthers connections as we came into the league just 20 Years ago. One thing did catch my eye. A tribute to one of the greatest defenses of all time. Ron Rivera was a rookie learning the ropes and occasionally pitching in. His tackles were not recorded but he did register a 1/2 sack, interception, and fumble recovery.
As we get into the 90s our Franchise becomes part of history, joining the greatest sports league in the world. This ticket has some meaning to me as the Hall Of Fame Game is the day I became a Panthers fan.
As we go through the 90s and 00s our franchise receives no mentions as we failed to make a lasting impression. Reggie White had several photos and displays but never as a Panther (and rightly so).
As we get to the most significant recent moments a relic from Tampa is on display.

Yes, that is the ball Cam unselfishly gave to Katie Brown after breaking the record. The Panthers equipment staff quickly negotiated a trade and the ball now sits in the same room as Johnny Unitas's high tops.


Having finished the main historical section of the museum we head to see the Busts. It's a pretty cool feeling seeing them all as a whole but individually it's pretty unremarkable. The real excitement was watching these guys play. 
Mike McCormack
Reggie White
I have to say Ditka had the best bust. Only the Saints could make this man a loser.
Next we make our way to the "Pro Football Today" Exhibit. Here we find displays of achievement from the past 2 seasons.
Luke's uniform from his record breaking performance against the Saints is on display
Also on display are all 2014 First Round Draft Cards. I think this has been circulated before but it's pretty funny.
We finish up in the Hall of Super Bowl Champions. There is no joy in this room for Panther fans. There are some pictures of our 2003 team on a video kiosk but I rather not talk about it.
One last memento as we approach the gift store.
That pretty much sums up the Hall Of Fame from a Panthers fan perspective. I enjoyed learning about professional football as a whole and took pride in the representation of our organization. I've included several more pictures that I enjoyed.
Ever wondered what a Bill Belichek playbook looks like? Here is one from his Super Bowl win over the Bills as a Coordinator for the Giants. Maybe someday we will see his notes from our walk through in 2003.
Jim Brown is honestly the baddest man on the planet. Watching his NFL Films tape is like watching Super Man play Football in High School.
Contrary to popular belief, player safety has been an important issue since the earliest days of football. The rule changes today are not a sign of the "softness" of our society. There was a time when men scoffed at face masks because they were for "wimps". Note the equipment hanging around these players necks. Those are "helmets". Designed to protect the nose from retreating into the brain. 
If only I could buy season tickets for 10 times what the Bears were asking for in 1928. I wonder what a Beer cost?
Marion Motley is one of my favorite players to watch in the old NFL Films shows. A 270 lb Fullback with a mean streak.
While Reggie White made a name for himself in Philadelphia and Green Bay. He left and played hist last snaps in Charlotte. He chose to make Charlotte his home until his tragic death in 2004.
This silly drug store toy inspired the name of the greatest day on the American Sports calendar.
And finally we come to Cleveland. As I said before I was shocked at how wonderful the weather was in Ohio. It inspired me to head to Cleveland and see Great Lake Eerie. As I approached the city clouds descended. It was like a cartoon cloud that followed a sad person. The city is filthy and full of abandoned buildings. Every corner has a sketchy bar. The water is dark, the skies are grey. The city is the epitome of misery. I can see why Lebron claims to be from Akron where the sun shines brightly. I'm glad I went just to confirm every story was true and understated.

#2849918 Madden 15 Features Cam Newton in "The Gauntlet"

Posted by KendrickPanther on 14 July 2014 - 08:30 AM

I don't own a smart phone but I would buy a Cam Newton ringtone if they made one.

#2849899 Kid sees Cam on Plane... writes him a note

Posted by KendrickPanther on 14 July 2014 - 08:03 AM

And I spoke to someone that is famous but not in the sports world. They say they try to blend in as much as possible in public places (good luck Cam). Because If you stop and sign autographs or take pictures your draw attention and people start to recognize you and before you know it you are surrounded.

#2849895 Kid sees Cam on Plane... writes him a note

Posted by KendrickPanther on 14 July 2014 - 08:00 AM

Good for the kid. It's really tough for Cam to be perfect to everyone he meets. He probably meets hundreds or even thousands a week. But for every one of those people it's something they will never forget.


It's always a struggle when I see athletes. On the one hand I want to go up, shake their hand, tell em how much I enjoy their work. But they can't stop and talk to every person in Charlotte so I usually keep walking.

#2846412 D.Williams...props to a good guy...on and off the field

Posted by KendrickPanther on 11 July 2014 - 01:05 PM

I don't understand why some of you are so passionate to accuse a man you never met. You have no idea whom he is or what state of mind he is in. Sure, It's possible the man is a loon that likes being thanked and getting free stuff. But it's one possibility of thousands. Give the man the benefit of the doubt.

#2842326 Where are the action movies?

Posted by KendrickPanther on 07 July 2014 - 07:12 PM

Hollywood has gotten so artsy you don't see as many great action movies. Sure there are action movies, but they don't get the big names and funding. I saw Battleship on HBO, it was ok. Not great but ok. 


What you end up with is all the old farts from the golden age of action movies doing B movies like The Expendables and Red.


I'd just love some new ideas. No remakes, no comic books. Get me something fresh.

#2842098 Parody of ESPN WC Coverage

Posted by KendrickPanther on 07 July 2014 - 03:43 PM



I thought it was funny. Pretty accurate too.

#2841151 Post a pic, any pic.

Posted by KendrickPanther on 06 July 2014 - 03:15 PM


#2840686 I was there when...

Posted by KendrickPanther on 05 July 2014 - 02:54 PM

I was at that game in Atlanta! Riot! I was sitting in a sea of red and making every falcant fan wish they had of bought my seat just to keep a Panthers fan out of it.

One of my fondest memories is gathering behind the Panthers bench in the 4th quarter. No Falcons fans in sight.

#2839569 I was there when...

Posted by KendrickPanther on 03 July 2014 - 04:47 PM

I was there when this happened.



#2839565 I was there when...

Posted by KendrickPanther on 03 July 2014 - 04:45 PM

I was there for Dwayne Jarret's only career touchdown.

#2838747 Can somebody cheer me up?

Posted by KendrickPanther on 03 July 2014 - 12:46 AM

4 years is a long time. And 4 years is the calendar US Soccer fans live on. In 4 years Dempsey, Jermaine Jones, Beasley, and Howard will be old men. Besler, Gonzalez, and Fabian will be 29 or 30.


New names will rise, high hopes for others will crumble. Six 2010 players made the 2014 roster. That's it. Stuart Holden was supposed to be a big star, imagine him playing in front of Jones and Bradley, but life is cruel.

#2838740 Julian Green

Posted by KendrickPanther on 03 July 2014 - 12:31 AM

Don't bring Byron Bell into my Julian Green thread. Athletically speaking they could not be more different.


I wanted to see Green in this World Cup because young men floundering on European benches thrive at the World Cup. They have the talent, knowledge, and confidence to take on the best. If you are 27 floundering on the bench, that is very different than being 19. 


Julian Green is at Bayern because they see his talent. If he applies himself he will have more football in his head than any MLS raised player. We haven't considered his skill or athletic ability. It's like comparing a student from a Private School to a student from a low income area. If you play the % the guy with better training is going to pan out more often. 


Even if Julian doesn't make an impact at Bayern, a squad that buys players just to keep them away from rivals, maybe he moves on and has a solid career elsewhere. Tim Howard didn't stick at Manchester United, he's still a damned good player.


This guy is a winger that can't get off the Bayern bench either.




But at the end of the day, he could flame out in a year or be better than Messi heading into the next world cup. Even if he is great, he could break his ankle and miss the World Cup. I didn't make this thread about the future.


I wanted to see him right now. We got 15 minutes and I wish we had gotten more.

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