New book perfect gift for ardent Panthers fans

  • Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Most Panthers fans can remember where they were for Super Bowl XXXVIII, have embraced the Cajun sincerity of Jake Delhomme and have cheered for the mesmerizing speed of Steve Smith in Bank of America Stadium. But only real fans know who was “The Last Original Panther” or recall the Panthers’ first-ever win in 1995.

“100 Things Panthers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die” (Triumph Books, October 2013) by award-winning sports writer Scott Fowler, with a foreword by former Panthers safety Mike Minter, reveals the best moments and most important facts about past and present players, coaches and teams that are part of Panther football history. Page through this unparalleled collection of anecdotes, legends and behind-the-scenes stories to discover:

• The details behind why the Panthers’ motto became “Keep Pounding” and why those two powerful words are sewn into every game jersey.

• The mercurial qualities that make No. 89, Steve Smith, the most electrifying Carolina player ever.

• Everything you want to know about the Panthers’ larger-than-life star, Cam Newton, including his most prominent performances, and his “simple and plain” quest to become a legend.

• Who the Top 10 most important figures in Panthers history are.

• Tips and tricks to maximize the Panthers’ “free days” and to get the most out of when you attend a Carolina game either at home or on the road.

Fowler has covered the Panthers since their first season for the Charlotte Observer and knows the team like no other sportswriter. So whether you’re a diehard fan from the days of Sam Mills, Kevin Greene and Julius Peppers or a newer supporter of Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly, “100 Things Panthers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die” is a must-read for any Panthers fan. This is a chance that cannot be missed to know the most important facts about the team, its traditions and what being a Panthers fan is all about.

Scott Fowler is an award-winning sports columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he has been on staff for nearly 20 years. He has authored or coauthored five books centered on sports in North Carolina, including “What It Means to Be a Tar Heel.” He lives in Denver, N.C.

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