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Why winning the NFCS is so important

19 October 2014 - 09:59 PM

Look, getting your ass kicked is not fun, and it raises a lot of doubts about your team.  I get it, I am concerned too. 

 

Inevitably you get the silly sentiment of "Who cares if we win the NFCS if we just going to get your ass kicked anyway in the playoffs"

 

I have referenced in other threads the 2011 Giants as a team that limped into the playoffs playing in a weak division, and managed to win a Super Bowl

 

The first round they played a Falcons team that was probably better than they were, and were 6-2 at home but only 4-4 on the road.  Even though the Falcons were a better team with a better record they had to go to the Giants home field and ended up getting smoked 24-2.  That win injected a team that hadn't been past the divisional round of the playoffs in three year a shot of confidence that it road all the way to a Super Bowls championship (although in fairness the last time they made it past the divisional round before that they won the SB)

 

That was the same Giants team that got smoked by the 5-11 Redskins in what was thought to be must win for them, that led to boos and the infamous "Eli the Terrible" headline in the New York Post

 

But... There is an even more apropos example of why winning the division, even a crappy division is important, and can help you significantly get where you want to go. 

 

The 2008 Arizona Cardinals.  The Cards that year lost 4 of their last 6 games that season.  Here were the scores of those 4 losses:

 

Giants 39-29

Eagles 48-20

Vikings 35-14

Patriots 47-7

 

They still won the pooty (at that time) NFC West division

 

Here were the final standings:

 

Cardinals: 9-7

Niners: 7-9

Seahawks:  4-12

Rams: 2-14

 

Just a no good, terrible, very bad division

 

Ironically, they also played the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round.  The Falcons were a better team, and finished 11-5.  The Falcons were also a stout 7-1 at home.  But since Arizona won their division, the Falcons had to travel out to Arizona and Zona got the win 30-24.

 

The next game Zona came out to our own Carolina Panthers home here in Charlotte.  Jake imploded.  All I really want to say about that.

 

Here is the thing.  In the NFC championship game they played the playoff wild card team Philadelphia Eagles.  A team that had played them just a few weeks before in the year in Philly and they beat Zona 48-20. 

 

BUT because Zona won their division, this game wasn't in Philly.  It was in the desert.  Arizona got their revenge on their home field 32-25 and went to the SB.

 

In the SB against the Steelers they were a fumble returned 96 yards for a TD from winning that Super Bowl.

 

 

Who knows what is going to happen, who cares if you are in a pooty division.  The first step is to win the division.  After that anything can happen.

 

Maybe we get blown out in the first game.  Fug it.

 

But maybe, just maybe, we get a home game for winning the division.  Maybe we get a big win there and build some confidence and get on a roll at the right time.

 

But regardless, either way, don't tell me it doesn't matter if we win the NFCS.   You can't win a Super Bowl if you don't make the playoffs.

 

And if you make the playoffs, and win your division, ANYTHING can happen.

 

These two teams in the last 7 years prove it

 

/rant

 

 

 


Former Panthers player, current WWE Divas Playa

14 October 2014 - 01:44 PM

Gary Barnidge being greedy and dating two WWE Divas at the same time.

 

BTW, I have never actually watched this show, but I am pretty sure it is scripted BS.  On a side note, a friend of my wife is really good friends with Summer Rae

 

 


Early in the episode, Barnidge, who played for the Panthers for two seasons before joining the Browns in 2013, was shown going on a date with Rosa Mendes.

 

In fact, they went out two dates

 

However, when Mendes told Barnidge that she was not looking for a casual hook up and wanted a long-term relationship, Barnidge quickly moved on to diva and former Lingerie Football League player Summer Rae    (lol :P)

 

The show played Barnidge and Rae's date as a cliffhanger for next week's episode, when viewers will see Mendes' reaction to the shadiness.

 

http://www.foxsports...al-divas-101314

 

 

 


I had to have this conversation over the weekend

06 October 2014 - 08:42 AM

This may be piggy backing off of SCP's post a little bit but...

 

First a very quick and brief background.  I live in Raleigh, but was interested in buying PSLs.  My uncle just happens to own some and is getting tired of driving to Charlotte from the coast where he lives 8 times a year.  So we made a deal.  Next season we will split the season ticket costs 50/50 and we will do a lottery to see who gets what tickets, and then in 2016 I will buy the PSLs from him outright and he gave me a great deal on them.  No one really knew about this yet.

 

My brother in law, who lives and grew up in western North Carolina is a Steelers fan.  I am not sure he has spent more than a day in Pittsburgh, but for some reason he decided that was going to be his team so he can brag about the rings that a team he has no real connection to has.  Whatever.

 

But now he is raising his son to be a Steelers fan.  Yeah my nephew who I love gets little Steelers jerseys and poo.  Needless to say it kinda drives me insane and I constantly give him poo about it.

 

So this past weekend I was at a family reunion.  Me and my brother in law get to talking a little about the Steelers debacle game.  He says "here check out this video on my phone"  The video shows him and my nephew at BOA all decked out in Steelers gear.  Apparently, the Steelers score a TD and my nephew (who is 10 years old BTW) jumps up in sheer joy and starts dancing and yelling.

 

Perhaps a better man would have looked at that as an adorable bonding experience between a father and son watching a football game together, and that should be admired as a moment that transcends petty fandom.  Perhaps. 

 

But I am not a better man.

 

I said, "You guys looked like you had a good time.  Did you guys get those tickets from our uncle?"

 

My brother in law said, "Yeah we did!"

 

I said, "Good because I am buying those PSLs and it will NEVER happen again unless you plan on putting on a Panthers jersey and pulling for the home team"

 

He laughed, but I didn't and said "I am fugging serious.  If I sell my tickets to anyone the first question I am going to ask is 'Who are you cheering for?' if that answer isn't the Panthers, I am not selling to them and that includes family"

 

Then I stood up and stormed off.... or actually kind of slowly and drunkenly staggered away.  But I think I made my point.

 

SO point being, come 2016 you can count on at least 2 more seats that WILL NOT be going to rival fans, no matter who they are or how much they offer.

 

 

 

 

 


South Park in game ad trolling Redskins

22 September 2014 - 11:38 PM

This commercial was during the Redskins Eagles game

 


October 19th 2003

22 September 2014 - 11:39 AM

Just putting this out there for a little perspective:

 

October 19th, 2003. 

 

Who can forget that day?  As a team the Panthers were hot, playing well with a vaunted defense with perhaps the best front 7 in football.  We were so confident that Kris Jenkins was wearing a Miami Dolphins jersey that week, as a nod that we might be coming for their undefeated season. 

 

Into Charlotte strode the Tennessee Titans, a good team; but also a team that an average Colts defense had held to 7 points in a week 2 blowout loss and Steve McNair had recently dislocated a finger on his throwing hand.  Many fans figured "if they only put up 7 points on Indy then we very well may just shut these fools out"

 

In case you forgot this game, spoiler alert: we didn't shut them out.

 

Nope.  By the 11:00 mark of the 4th quarter we were down 30-3.  We scored a couple late, meaningless TDs, but when the final horn sounded the Titans won that game 37-17.

 

Around 3 months later we were a whisker away from being Super Bowl Champions. 

 

There are a lot of parallels between what happened that game at BOA stadium in 2003 and what happened last night. 

 

However, that game did not define the 2003 Panthers, and this one game won't define the 2014 Panthers

 

 

 

 

 

 


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