haha yea man. im not just copy and pasting someone else's article. i do a few hours worth of research Monday through Wednesday, writing as i go along, and then do final editing on Thursday (or at least thats my plan).
i try to be as professional about it as possible, quoting when i use terminology used by someone else. but i rarely use someone else's words anyway. my research sources tend to be the NFL.com/ESPN.com injury reports, ESPN team clubhouses/depth charts, BleacherReport's OL/DL positional rankings, AccuWeather.com, and storylines that i pick up from the various articles written about the Panthers and their weekly opponent. When i add trivia or stats, i try to use ESPN's stats. Sometimes i will use NFL stat-database websites, but not always.
one thing i try hard not to do is to simply regurgitate the opinions of the media or even the Huddle as i write. i try to approach each game with an emotional bias toward the Panthers, but an overriding football objectivity.
and as always, i am open to feedback as far as how i can improve the write up and/or make it more interesting for Huddle readers.
My apologies for missing that initially. Respect the effort for sure.
I've heard the lots won't be opening until 2pm. In particular the French quarter lot. Can anyone confirm this?
I certainly can't speak with certainty, but why would they be closed? It's not like it's a work day and they have cars in them. It's a Sunday and they'll be empty. Most lots don't have gates to keep people out .
I do know one lot that definitely won't be closed.....601 S Cedar St.
If you haven't RSVPed for the tailgate yet and you want to be counted towards the food, then please do so by the end of the day. We will be totalling it up and ordering the food first thing Friday morning.
I want to say THANK YOU to #roaringriot for your awesome inside work with this. Yes its a free country, yes there are a lot of Steeler fans in Charlotte and yes they could make some money doing this.
But I can tell you if someone tried doing this in Pittsburgh odds are their bar would be lit on fire and there is no problem at all with us local fans taking a stand against such a big event. There are plenty of "Steelers bars" in town, let them go nuts. The idea of a big local spot like Epicentre kowtowing to opposing team fans is indeed an insult and we could make a negative impact on Panthers events held there in the future. Heck I have an event planned at Howl for our Canadian chapters visit and would cancel it in a heartbeat if it sounded like it would help this effort.
I needed to lay low on this one because I'm friends and colleagues with those guys. But I'm glad that people took the bait I was hanging out there and ran with it. Wasn't right for me to lead the charge but those who did were effective. Never wanted to trash the bars or anything, just wanted to make it clear that our community and fans weren't going to tolerate it.