As many of you know, I am a huge Carolina Panther fan. Owning PSL’s (permanent seat licenses) since the team began, I have watched my children grow up learning to love my team as well. Having a hometown team is special! As a child, I learned football by watching and being a fan of the Washington Redskins, the Baltimore Colts and to a degree the Green Bay Packers. Vince Lombardi was a great coach and I remember the very first Super Bowl! My Mom and I would come home after church on Sundays and watch the football games on TV. I think I get my sports gene from her; we were both yelling and jumping up and down!
When I was young, girls didn’t play team sports. I know we missed out on the many lessons that can be learned by working in teams. The baby boomer women had to learn to function in a team environment when entering the corporate workforce. Millennials also have to learn to work in teams, even though we are told their generation is very self-absorbed. To be successful in life, in work and in sport you must learn to function as a team. College students lament having to do group projects because not every member pulls their weight. This is a way to learn how to work together, to see who the leaders are and who the supporters are. These are very important life lessons! I believe it to be an important progression as girls now begin team sports at an early age.
The Panthers regular season ended 15 wins and 1 loss. That takes a team effort. The thing I noticed early on this season was the special chemistry that was evident between players on the sidelines and the messages that were communicated to the public by the players, coaches and media covering the team. Even though Cam Newton is up for MVP, and rightfully deserving, he has continued to deflect the glory away from himself and what his accomplishments are. He gives praise to those surrounding him who go unnoticed and play hard so everyone can have success in the game. No professional or mature team achieves greatness or continued success without being a cohesive group, sharing a common work ethic and philosophy while supporting the weakest link. It has been an inspirational season!
I personally expect my team to win both playoff games and go to the 50th Super Bowl. How cool that would be! I took my son to the Super Bowl in Houston the only time the Panthers made it. You see a photo of us outside the stadium in this blog. Great teamwork makes outsiders want to participate and share what the group is experiencing. I’ve seen that in the Charlotte area this football season and believe it can carry over whenever this season ends.
Teamwork. High objectives. Success. Winning. Shoot for the highest objective, all will be better served for the efforts put forth! #keeppounding #PantherPride