Greetings fellow Panthers fans!
Before I begin, I would like to take a few moments to thank Jaxon for this opportunity to share my thoughts here at CSR, as I never thought an opportunity like this would ever come my way. I've been blogging on my own for quite some time now (if you would like you can pay a visit to my personal blog by clicking here), but I never thought I would get the chance to share my work with an audience the size of which we have here at CSR and SB*Nation.
With that being said, I guess I should tell you all a little about myself, since I am relatively new here.
I am a 29 (soon to be 30) year old husband and father of two wonderful kids (5 1/2 yr old boy and 1 1/2 yr old girl) originally from the upstate of South Carolina. Currently, I reside in Moncks Corner, SC (for those who are not familiar with the state of SC - it's near Charleston) where I have lived since the spring of 2007.
I have been a football fan since I was 12 years old, and I was originally a Philadelphia Eagles fan (Randall Cunningham was my hero, and was responsible for my becoming an Eagles fan). When the Panthers came into existence in 1995 I followed them because they were the local team, but I was still an Eagles fan at heart (the 2003 NFC Championship game was one of those rare "I don't really care who wins" situations, even though I was pulling for the Eagles more than the Panthers at the time).
I was a loyal Eagles fan through the end of the Randall Cunningham era, and I suffered through watching Ty Detmer, Bobby Hoying, and Doug Pederson until Donovan McNabb became the man in Philly. When McNabb took over, he instantly became my favorite player, and was my new reason for staying with the Eagles in favor of the Panthers. I felt this way until Andy Reid finally drove me away with his stubbornness, stupid decisions, and lack of game management skills (because, a man can only take so much). Since I had always followed the Panthers as my "close 2nd favorite team", I decided it was time to give my full 100% to the Panthers and have been loyal to them ever since.
That brings me to now. Now, I'm a die-hard Panthers fan who fully supports the team and will always do my best to support them through thick and thin, because I honestly believe that this is the best organization in the NFL. I am excited to find out what 2010 has in store for us, even though a lot of people seem to think that the Panthers are headed for a 4-12 bottom-feeder season based on the moves that have been made thus far.
But, I tend to be an optimist and strongly believe that we will surprise a lot of people this coming season. I said in another thread that I predict the Panthers will go "11-5 with a side of Lombardi", and I truly believe that, because I believe that we have the tools in place to do something special this year. I can't wait to sit back and watch the development of Matt Moore into a quality starting quarterback, I can't wait to watch Everette Brown turn into a pass-rushing machine, and I can't wait to watch Chris Harris straight up knock receivers silly with his hard hits.
I'm looking forward to seeing if Dwayne Jarrett can develop into a real WR threat. I'm looking forward to seeing Double Trouble wreak havoc on defenses throughout the league. I'm looking forward to watching Smitty put up yet another highlight reel season. I'm looking forward to the draft (and still hoping that we draft Gilyard). I'm looking forward to training camp. I'm looking forward to the 2010 season. But most of all, I'm looking forward to sharing the ups and downs of 2010 and beyond with all of you.
Again, thanks to Jaxon for this opportunity, and thanks to everyone for taking the time to read this introduction.
Thanks for reading, and let's go Panthers!