Now that Football season has ended – the playing part anyway – we die-hard fans must try and focus on something else to fill the void left on Sunday’s. Admittedly, this is difficult! Let’s see…28 weekends till football season starts again! I’m still declaring Friday’s Panther attire day.
My son and I made the trip to Super Bowl 50 this year, as we did in 2004 when our Panthers played in Super Bowl 38 in Houston. Is it a coincidence that Super Bowl 51 is also in Houston? Or is it coincidence that Jerry Richardson, the Panther’s owner, wore jersey 51? Or, is it coincidence that our inspirational former player and coach Sam Mills also wore jersey 51? Sam Mills is the one who used the #KeepPounding mantra in a speech to the team prior to a Dallas playoff game. Sam was suffering from cancer, but gave a resounding inspirational speech to the team and they won that game! His statue stands outside our stadium. The #KeepPounding mantra has taken on a life of its own. If you are in the Carolinas, you know the mantra.
Much chatter is going on about Super Bowl 51 and the Panthers in social media. Certainly the Panthers have a great core returning and coaches staying so we should have a good team again next season. Going to Super Bowl 51 would be cool!! It is closer so perhaps we wouldn’t be so outnumbered in Houston! My son and I laugh that we are going until they win one for sure! Bank of America stadium rocked this past season, so I can anticipate even louder and more excited fans for the coming season. I’m betting the excitement surrounding the Panthers will propel us through the spring and summer months as the draft, free agency, trades, and strategies develop. Social media will keep the conversations going.
In an earlier blog I spoke about teamwork and how the Panthers team seemed to be a very special group
during the 2015 season. Even though Denver’s defense seemed to have our number in the Super Bowl, I still find that to be true. This was the season when fans were real fans, not the fair weather variety. Since returning home I’ve seen more affection and support for our team, our coaches, our quarterback and our players who may be traded, retire, or go to another team in the 2016 season. Social media allows fans to share these opinions, photographs and news with one another. Connectivity is important and social media allows us to feel connected to a common feeling, inspiration, or thought process. Where we relied on the broadcasters to tell us news 15 years ago, now we can get more in depth information with a swipe on our phones.
During our time in the Bay Area for Super Bowl 50 Panther fans would see one another. One side of the street would holler, “Keep” and the other side would holler “Pounding”. I had several people ask me on the street, and quite a few inquire at the game, what the meaning of “Keep Pounding” was. It was a great opportunity to share our story. Some were impressed to know where it originated.
Connectivity. As human beings we all want to feel connected to things. This includes our family, our environment, our friends and our hobbies. Social media has provided a platform for all to share their thoughts, feelings and photographs with thousands of people we don’t know if our posts are shared by others. Communication and connectivity is the current year-round season. The busier we become the more we still want to know what others are thinking. Fast clicks, photographs, blogs, Facebook, Twitter and others keep us as connected as we choose to be.
In every season, #KeepPounding!!