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Panthers Prowl in the Dark—Media Begins to Show Recognition

The Panthers for some time now, as can be contested by long-time Carolina fans, have largely been shied away from by National Media Attention. Even fans themselves have been guilty of singing the same song of “The Old Panthers”—you know the team of old that could never turn the ship around.

Now is a new time. As the banner states, ‘This Is Our Time.’

All of a sudden the Panthers begin to get things rolling (winning 8-straight). The ball lands in our favor and some of the media begin to take notice, crawling out of their slumber.

The Panthers do not mind going unnoticed. The Panthers do not mind having their stellar performance and achievements go undermined. It adds fuel to the fire for a red-hot team.

The Panthers are predators of the night by nature.

The Panthers, as of lately, have been getting mixed reviews. Some commentators continue to doubt and shy away from giving credit to a Panthers team who has been building and consistently getting better.

James Brown, however, is recognizing the tremendous growth of the Panthers and the “progress” achieved by the team.

James Brown, the host of the NFL Today on CBS, recently said, (according to cbslocal, MacAttack), “From a national perspective we feel awfully good about [what] the team is doing.” (cont.) “I’ve been so impressed with the incremental progress of the Panthers squad and certainly I am a huge Ron Rivera fan. Even Coach Cowher was talking about how Rivera has been doing the job nicely over the past couple of years and it’s good to see ownership didn’t make a quick move, when many thought maybe he wasn’t the guy. They have gotten incrementally better and I’m glad they stayed the course.” Article here:


The Panthers need to remain positive, and stay the course. Remember what has led to their  success and continue to work hard and continue to improve.

The Panthers have a lot on the line and a lot to prove—to themselves, to fans, and for the nay-saying media.

As Judy Battista said before the Sunday night matchup versus the Saints, “the Panthers have inched closer to the playoffs. But there is still the sense that this success might be fragile, that the winning could stop…There is still the sense that the Panthers could revert to being the same off-the-radar team they’ve been since their last playoff appearance,…to Arizona in the 2008 season.”


Fuel for the Fire.


The Panthers must regain their confidence, not over-confidence, but confidence that they can win, that they know how to win; they have the formula to win. The Panthers prepare harder than their opponents, which will lead to success.

Written by: Phillip Boyce

Twitter: phillipjboyce

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