This is something I have been meaning to post on here for a bit now, but I have been very busy with work. We all know the Carolina Panthers are a classy organization. I didn't realize just HOW classy they actually are until something horrible happened to me. More about this, after the jump.I am originally from Clayton, NC but when I got a job at Holly Springs Wal Mart last year, it became obvious a move was necessary. It is still a 30 minute drive from my apartment my wife and I live at in Angier to my job, so to alleviate the cost of gas, I bought a moped and drove it to work and back every day. Here are a few shots taken the first time I rode her. I named her "Carolina."
I loved riding her. Sadly, in January I was riding with her to work and the battery died on me. I had some friends pick her up for me and drop her off back at my place. That night when I got off work, I put her back outside and locked her up for the night preparing to get a mechanic to fix her. I never got the chance. The next morning I was off work and I took a look outside. My Carolina was gone. Someone had taken her in the dead of night. I called the cops out there immediately, but nothing has been done. Sadly, she's probably been taken apart and sold off bit by bit or used for parts. My bike, the decals, the flag...all gone. That was January 25.
Fast forward to February 10. I was preparing for work, when I heard a knock on my door. I opened up the door and imagine my surprise when I saw a package from the Carolina Panthers. I figured my wife had decided to make something for me, since she sews, and I called and told her something came for her from the Panthers. She told me over the phone that it was actually something for me and she'd tell me more when I got off work. All day I wondered what it could be, and finally the day ended. We got home and I opened the package.
Inside was a team photo of every single player and staff member of the Cardiac Cats from 2011, an autographed photo of all the Topcats, a helmet logo made EXCLUSIVELY for the Carolina Panthers players' helmets. a Carolina Panthers lanyard, a few magnets and a Carolina Panthers picture frame.... this....
A Carolina Panthers polo that all the coaches and staff wore on the sidelines during the games, and a letter meant personally for me.
My wife had sent the Carolina Panthers organization a letter and told them about Carolina and what had happened and that she wanted to know if they could possibly send me something to cheer me up as a Valentines Day gift. They sent her a reply asking for my size and that there will be something coming soon, although it would be addressed to her so it would be a surprise for me and she could be there when it was opened.
I was a huge Carolina Panthers fan already. My wife says I'm obsessed and she's probably right as I do live and breathe for the Panthers. I wanted my wedding ring to be a replica of the Carolina Panthers Superbowl ring. She says one day we will replace the ring we used for the wedding with that replica. I didn't think it was possible for me to be a bigger fan than I was already, but like the kids who got footballs from the Panthers when they scored this past season, I am undoubtedly a fan for life and will raise my kids when I have them to be as well. We truly do have a classy team, with management that is full of heart. Here's to the playoffs and a Lombardi in the very near future!!!
I plan on getting a new bike soon using some of my tax return. It will be blue and black, Panther colors....but I want a few ideas. Please send me some ideas for decals or decorations I can add to it, and possibly even a name. When I get a new one and have her custom-decal-ed, I'll be posting pictures. I know already I will be ordering decals of the new logo.
One last thing. It's frustrating, but for some reason you can't really find Cam Newton Pro Bowl jerseys any where!! They have Brees, Rodgers, Manning, Gronkowski.....but no Cam Newton. After an exhaustive search, I found someone who decided to have them made and they are selling them now. These are authentic ( everything sewn on, not screen-printed) replicas and they're going fast, I bought one with my tax return just now..... here's your chance.
I will be making a new Player Review within the next few days, one on Defensive End Thomas Keiser.