Mr Richardson - PLEASE find a radio play by play announcer!!!
This isn't particularly related to the team itself, but in my opinion is worth bringing up. I'm trying to follow the team from outside of the Charlotte market, which is very easy in the regular season thanks to DirecTV and the NFL Sunday Ticket. Preseason games are an entirely different story. If I want to follow the action live, I have been left with one of three choices - try to find the game streaming live on the web at one of a small handful of less than reputable web sites (in fair to poor quality), subscribe to NFL.com's season-long AudioPass, which gives me access to radio play-by-play in real time for a fee, or subscribe to the NFL.com's Preseason package, which isn't worth the investment to me.
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Each of the first two preseason games, I was able to find a streaming broadcast for at least a portion of the game, but had to settle for the radio feed for the third game. Believe me when I tell you that relying solely on the radio broadcast team the Panthers have is torture! Mick Mixon and crew cannot effectively describe what's happening on the field and spend more time commenting on the replay than describing the plays in real time.
The last straw was Goodson's kickoff return for a TD. These Bozos were talking about which celebrity they most resembled in appearance, and then all of the sudden Mixon starts talking about how Goodson breaks free and the end zone is in site!! I KID YOU NOT. Go to Panthers.com and watch the highlight replay and listen for yourself. I can hear the crowd noise growing and these guys are blathering on and laughing, all the while the game is moving along with the audience being kept in the dark.
Radio play by play is supposed to be an art, with the announcer able to describe in emotional detail the action on the field as in unfolds. You want an example? Go here and watch the NFL Films review of the 2003 Season called the Cardiac Cats. It's a great trip down memory lane, and is an awesome production that dubs the radio play-by-play with the live action video. Being fans, I'm sure you will all get the same goosebumps just like I did then and do now when I hear the voice of the Panthers at the time, Bill Rosinski, describe the biggest plays of the year. Compare that to the ineptitude displayed on game day now.
Call me an old guy. Call me nostalgic. Call me anything you want...then listen to the radio broadcast for a quarter or so and see what you think. I'm betting that you'll be asking the same thing I am right now. Bill Rosinski, where have you gone?