I’m gonna make this one short. The Carolina Panthers’ first regular season game is tomorrow, as they play host to Michael Vick and the Atlanta Falcons. This is a huge game, both in terms of it being a division game and based on our history against the Falcons and Vick. Fans know that the Panthers have been run over by Vick in the past (except last year). They also know that the Panthers have been picked by many to win the Superbowl this year.
The Panthers have many haters, some out of jealousy or resentment, some out of misconceptions about North and South Carolina, and some because they have nothing better to do with their time. They will probably also have many bandwagon fans this year, “fans” who don’t know what it’s like to suffer through a 1-16 season, or to lose in one of the most exciting Superbowls in history.
We are going to crush the Falcons tomorrow morning, and we’re going to have the best season in our history, have homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, and demolish whatever team stumbles out of the AFC at the Superbowl. I know many of you won’t agree with me, or care. But this is how it will be, and there’s no way I could say or believe otherwise. Maybe it’s just my hopes and dreams, or maybe predictions based on studying the NFL, but it doesn’t matter, because this is what’s going to happen.
Well, the Panthers finally lost. We played a horrible final game, but that’s alright. We’re better than Seattle but didn’t play like it. I guess I’m going to root for the Seahawks, gotta pull for the NFC.
However, I’m excited about next year. We have a great group of guys, who played very well together this year. Our defense was spectacular, and the secondary is much improved over previous years thanks to Lucas, Gamble, Davis, and McCree. Our offense was explosive, despite injuries in the RB position. Steve Smith is the best receiver in the league by far, and it’s a crime that he didn’t get a single vote for MVP. And the good news is that Drew Carter has stepped up in recent weeks as a #2 receiver, so that should take pressure off of Smitty for next season. So I’ll “wait til next year” and watch NASCAR in the meantime. But for the record I’m calling it now, the Panthers are gonna win superbowl 41. But for now, GO CARL EDWARDS.