We're not so different, you and I. We both know the pain of a Super Bowl loss. Sure, the Panthers have only lost one, and you guys lost four in a row -- but is this one of those occasions where it's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved before?
Lately there hasn't been much for either of us to love, at least from a win-loss perspective. But we each have something to look forward to behind center, as both teams feature promising, mobile quarterbacks taken in the first round. We've got a few good running backs between us, too, and the makings of talented defensive lines.
The good news? One of us is going home with a win Sunday.
Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Company
Since 2002, San Diego's Green Flash Brewing Company has been brewing a variety of beers, most of them exceptionally hopped in what has come to be called the West Coast style.
This is a beer that lives up to its name. Boasting an enormous six pounds of hops per barrel, Palate Wrecker delivers an assault of bitter grapefruit and resinous pine that will render your palate incapable of enjoying even the most bold of football foods.
How it relates to the game
Last week, I talked about balance. Aside from some concerns with the secondary, the defense played well enough that the Panthers should have come away with the win. The offense, however, did little to lend any sort of a balanced approach.
The defense has clearly improved upon last year's already respectable unit, but the jury is still out on whether Mike Shula can or will do the same for the offense. While we would all love to see this happen, I think if the Panthers beat the Bills it will be due to a fierce front seven that will pressure the young EJ Manuel far more than the Patriots did. Let's hope that, in turn, our secondary will take advantage of this pressure.
This beer may be a little one-dimensional, but the onslaught of hops and bitterness will please big hopheads. If you're not a fan of India pale ales, this might be one to avoid. Have a lager from last week, and hope Shula gets this offense going.
And if the Panthers lose? My palate will be so wrecked I won't even have to worry about eating crow.
Price Point / Availability
You can find Palate Wrecker at most good bottle shops and even many Harris-Teeters. It usually retails at $12.99 for a four-pack of 12 oz. bottles.
Looking to drink craft beer at the game? Here's a list of craft beers in Bank of America Stadium.