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My NFL Experience

My NFL Experience

Jan 13, 2014

Before this past Sunday, I had never attended a NFL game. With the Carolina Panthers making the playoffs, and taking on the San Francisco 49ers, I figured why not check it out. Being mainly a basketball guy, this was going to be, an experience.

My buddy Mark showed up to my place with no 49ers gear on, since that’s his team I had to ask why.

“Umm I talked to my dad and he said that’s not really a good idea.” Mark mumbled. “Not really trying to get into a fight.”

So we headed out to the stadium, coming from Greensboro it took about an hour and thirty minutes to get there. During that time on the road about 75 percent of the cars on the road had one thing in common: Panthers gear. From flags or stickers on the cars, to jerseys or coats (huge hideous coats I might add), it was clear that everyone was going to that game.

When we got to Charlotte the city was live. I mean there were people everywhere to support the Panthers. It had been years since this team made the playoffs so there was a lot of support. There was traffic all down the road to get to the stadium with countless tailgates out on the streets. My favorite part had to be riding thru the tailgate bumping Raise Up” by Petey Pablo, the people loved it.

Being in the stadium was a great experience. Of course I was up in the high nosebleeds where Mark claimed “the real fans are”. As I looked throughout the arena all I could see was blue or red. Even though this was the Panthers stadium, 49ers fans came out strong. I rarely saw any Panthers and 49ers fans together but there was so many fans from both sides that there was always room for an argument.

Being that I simply wore a Charlotte Bobcats SnapBack and a grey thermal, no one trash talked me. I guess my gear was to neutral because anybody with opposite gear on always stopped to give the other fan a hard time. It was cool to see that passion and support from the fans.

When it became apparent that the 9ers had won, countless fans walked out before the game ended. All of that pride and passion that was seen before the game turned into pure anger. Now all the Panther fans were quiet as the 49er fans boasted thru the city. There were plenty of arguments on the streets as neither fan base could let go. I don’t doubt there were any fights I just didn’t witness it.

That was my first NFL game but it definitely won’t be my last. I know like last time I’ll be showing up neutral.

Featured Photo: Brant Ward, The Chronicle

Was good though, it's me Everick Davis Jr. Born and raised in Portsmouth Virginia, I'm currently a senior at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. I watch every sport (not so much golf) but I am huge on the NBA. My favorite players right now are J.R. Smith, Russell Westbrook & Nick Young. Drinking beer and watching sports is my favorite past time and I do it year round! I used to play basketball on the regular until everyone else kept growing and I still stood at 5'6. So that's when I channeled my efforts into becoming the next Stephen A Smith or anything close to that. I currently write for "The Carolinian" newspaper in Greensboro, NC and intern for Random Fact about me, I love anime, my favorite one is One Piece! Second random fact, I got beatz! check me out

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