Going to a game and taking it all in, is really something people need to appreciate first hand. Maybe some people have and still don't? I will agree that there are pros and cons to both. At the game, you have to wait in line to pee, sink in traffic for two hours after the game, etc. BUT if the Panthers are win and we make a few great plays, you'd have to be a tool to say watching the game at home is better that not only experiencing but literally feeling complete pandemonium.
A good sports bar like let's say downtown Charlotte and packed with Panthers fans? OK, maybe you have a slight argument but still nothing beats being surrounded with thousands of other passionate fans who are all screaming and yelling out of pure joy. You can try to replicate it with surround sound and a big flat screen but it is not the game. It's like watching your favorite band perform on TV. Go see them live and tell me the TV concert is still doing it for you! That feeling of electricity is not something you can capture in your living room. It's something you have to be a part of.
Case in the point, the World Series tonight. I can only imagine what it would have felt like to be at Fenway or even outside Fenway, with thousands loosing their s***.
I've been to a few Panther games, the '96 playoff game against Dallas was a great experience. I sat in the upper deck close to the 50 yard line, remember Aikman's interception at the end of the game to seal the deal for the Panthers. I remember the place going crazy and feeling like the team was unstoppable if even for a week!
That being said, when your team loses while in attendance at the same game... that really sucks. I went to the Cardinals game when Jake had the worst game of his life. That game, sitting in the rain on hard plastic chairs... OK, maybe I'd rather have watched Jake screw up from the comfort of my home! haha
Then the following year, I made it back to Charlotte to watch game one against the Eagles. We lost that too. Not to mention, I live in Richmond so when we loose, it's a looooong drive home.
Still, when things go well... nothing beats witnessing greatness in person. I think more and more fans are turning to TV over buying tickets because they can't afford to go to a game. If you stay away from something long enough, you sometimes forget what you miss about it. I think that is what is happening to many of the modern day NFL fans who only watch games on TV.
Jakes first game against Jax. There's nothing like 70,000 fans going ballistic after a final seconds win.
I get what he means. Live at the stadium with friends or family there can be distractions, plus its more visual, there is lots to see.
At home I can be watching it alone and totally focused. I can't eat im so nervous with every drive. Im on the edge of my recliner, I don't want "her" coming near me to even ask the score. Its scary intense, I think she really thinks im gonna snap one day.
Uh you need your picks for what exactly? O that's right to draft young talented players. What is Gordon? A young talented player. It baffles me how people want to hold onto picks like they have some special value. Draft picks are fuging risky. If you trade a pick for a player that you already know can play your taking the guessing game out of it. There isn't a person here who wouldn't take Gordon in the second round if he were in the draft.
Its like you're oblivious to Gordon's history. He is one strike from being banned for a year from the NFL. There is a reason Cleve are/were shopping him. There is a reason nobody is biting.
Gordon is talented but he comes with an extra set of risks this franchise has shown little interest in taking on.
Gordon was obtained with a supplemental 2nd rounder, so talented players can be found with 2nd round picks. Yes there are risks but there are solid/safer players available in those rounds.
Their contracts are also a massive factor too, Gordon while currently cheap will be half way through that rookie contract next year.
Then of course you have the added risk of scheme and team change with Gordon (see Wallace). Cleve have a pass to run ratio of 2:1. His stats are going to be inflated in that system, talent aside. We run the ball more than pass. We are 4th in rush attempts and 29th in pass attempts and Cam currently has his best pass completion percentage ever. All our WR's are currently healthy, they are doing fine despite a few untimely drops.
Next year when their contracts are up we can sign someone like Nicks in FA without giving up the draft picks. Or we can hold onto our own.
If Cleve would have done it for a 4th or 5th, yeah, then the risk gets minimized but you're still dealing with a player this franchise tends to avoid bringing in. Have we ever knowingly brought in a player with character issues in via FA?
I'd be shocked if we made a move for any of the big 3 WR's, especially Gordon, talent aside, no way we take that risk.
We have a healthy WR corp and we rank 29th in passing, Were ranked 4th in rushing and are about to get Stu back on the field for the first time in almost a year.
We already made our WR moves releasing AE and bringing in McNutt and King.
Gman isn't gonna make a big splash on a WR this year that will cost both money and a high draft pick. We need our picks.
Him excelling in NY is why that pick was undisclosed. I'm sure they figured it would look like a bad decision in the eyes of the media and fans. Truth is he was getting outplayed by Chase at OLB and his contract will void next year. We get a late rounder next year for a guy that wouldn't be on the roster anyway.