POST-SCRIPT

During the time that I lived in Charlotte, sports fans went many years with little to cheer about. The Panthers ended a season 1-15. Their playing field became a national embarrassment. The Hornets skipped town. Their replacement got a lame name. One of NASCAR’s leading families suffered a horrible tragedy. And city leaders fought a…More

LIVE FROM QWEST FIELD: IT’S SEATTLE’S NIGHT

4:18 p.m.: That’s not Carolina blue. If you’re watching the game on TV today and you think you see an awful lot of Panthers’ fans in the stands, look again. They’re probably security guards. The event folks here at Qwest Field wear black and blue jackets, and the blue is about one shade off from…More

TOUCHDOWN! WHERE’S THE BEEF?

SEATTLE — The Carolina Panthers arrived at their hotel in Seattle on Saturday and immediately demonstrated their playoff calm and experience. They went out for steaks. Not the whole team, of course, but after dropping their bags in their rooms, quarterback Jake Delhomme, running back Brad Hoover, receivers Steve Smith and Ricky Proehl and several other teammates…More

ONE RECORD ALREADY BROKEN: RAINFALL

SEATTLE — It rained again on Friday. Not a lot (for here in Seattle, at least), but enough to make it 30 days in the past 33 that the skies have opened over the stadium that will host Sunday’s NFC Championship game. Seattle set a record this week for the most rain — more than 14 inches…More

IN CASE YOU HAVEN’T HEARD, SEATTLE FANS SET VOLUME AT 12

SEATTLE — You hear a lot of noise out here in Seattle about all the noise the fans make at Qwest Field. It’s in all the papers. It’s been written about in national magazines. There’s even a giant No. 12 flag flying from atop the Space Needle this week in honor of the Seahawks’ vaunted…More

DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET

Yours truly appeared on a segment of ESPN2’s “Cold Pizza” this morning to talk about the Panthers’ many off-the-field scandals and how they affect perceptions of the team. If you were unfortunate enough to catch it, you see why I usually stick to print. Skip Bayless and I talked about reports of “alarming” steroid use…More

BOO WHO?

When the Panthers take the field in Chicago today for the divisional playoff game, they’ll face a noisy, nasty crowd, just like last week at Giants Stadium. We asked some players what it’s like to get booed. Safety Marlon McCree: “I think that makes us play better. When we go on the road and there’s 70,000 people…More

A HEAVY WAGER

POLITICIANS LOVE PORK It’s on. McCrory vs. Daley. Republican vs. Democrat. Barbecue vs. pork chops. Sweet tea vs. Goose Island Soda? Whatever, Mayor Daley. Charlotte’s Pat McCrory and his counterpart, Richard Daley, sealed their friendly wager on Thursday with a little ribbing on the phone. Whoever loses has to wear the other team’s jersey at…More

SMITTY ON ‘PTI’ (BUT NOT ‘SI’)

Panthers receiver Steve Smith went head-to-head (to head) with ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon on their show “Pardon the Interruption” on Wednesday. They asked if the Panthers agreed when Sports Illustrated picked them to win the Super Bowl before the season and put the team on the cover. “I don’t know about this `we’…More

TOO EARLY FOR A PEP RALLY?

Charlotteans are clamoring to give their Carolina Panthers a big sendoff to Chicago for the divisional playoff round, but it’s not going to happen this week. What’s the hang-up? The Panthers aren’t ready for a pep rally. And without approval, city leaders can’t throw a party. “We can’t say the name `Panthers’ without their permission,” said Charlotte…More

MONDAY MORNING (MOURNING?) MEDIA ROUNDUP

With headlines like “No Chance, No Mercy” and “Overmatched or Outplayed,” you know the home team got clobbered. A look at how the New York media is dealing with the big 23-0 loss this morning, and what they’re saying in Chicago: — The New York Times labels it a “ruthless loss.”— Newsday says the Giants…More

HOME SWEET SECTION 318

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — There’s safety in numbers — and victory. The most secure place to be a Panthers fan in Giants Stadium on Sunday? Section 318, packed with about 150 diehard Carolina lovers who flew in on the team’s fan charter. It was also the most fun place to be as the Panthers rolled…More