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Product Details

  • Series: 100 Things...Fans Should Know
  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (November 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600788246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600788246
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

"Few know as much about the Carolina Panthers as Charlotte Observer sports columnist Scott Fowler, who's been covering them since their first exhibition game in 1995. He offers a compendium of great moments, player profiles and little-known facts." -- Pam Kelley, Charlotte Observer

"Takes you from the thrill of the young team's Super Bowl appearance to behind-the-scenes stories in good times and bad. Fowler writes about the players, the team motto and the coaches -- and gives tips to fans headed to games." -- Fayetteville Observer

"One of the best gift ideas around for a Panthers fan." -- WBTV (Channel 3) and WBTV.com, Charlotte NC

"A fun read, recapturing some treasured -- and painful -- memories from the team's 18-year history, offering insights and giving some tips for improving the fan experience. Fowler knows the Panthers. He's covered them since the beginning." -- Doug Clark, Greensboro News & Record

"Scott Fowler was just the one to write this book. The Panthers are a fairly young team in the NFL and since Fowler has been writing about them since their inception, he knows of what he writes; he has experienced what he writes.... In short, Panthers fans should own this book."
-- Caroline Evans, Myrtle Beach (S.C) Sun-News

From the Author

My primary hope is that this book will help you remember some of the best moments in Panthers' history, from Sam Mills' interception return for a touchdown during Carolina's first win in 1995 at Clemson to Steve Smith's 69-yard touchdown catch to end the playoff game at St. Louis in double overtime in 2004 to Cam Newton's 72-yard touchdown run with a flip into the end zone in 2012.

More than anything else, I intend this book to be a celebration -- as well as a thorough look at the people who made the Panthers' first 18 seasons noteworthy. I have been there for all of those seasons and thought the team is old enough to deserve its own history.

Don't get the wrong idea, though. This is not an extremely serious book. This book is designed to entertain as much as to inform. You'll find out about the man who was briefly a Panther before becoming a reality TV star, the time team mascot Sir Purr drew a penalty by jumping on a live punt during a game and the Panthers' remarkably bad run of losing coin flips in 2012.

The Panthers' future currently appears bright with Newton at quarterback, Luke Kuechly at middle linebacker and a decided upswing in the talent level since the 2-14 season of 2010. But while we're waiting for the Panthers to win their first-ever Super Bowl, let's take a trip back together in time now that the team has been around for close to 20 years.

You may have forgotten - or may have never known in the first place - what a long, strange trip it's been.

So come on -- enjoy the ride.

More About the Author

Scott Fowler is an author as well as a national award-winning sports columnist for The Charlotte Observer, the largest newspaper in the Carolinas. He has written for The Observer since 1994. You can also visit his personal website at www.ScottFowlerSports.com. More information about all seven of his books can be found there -- including his newest one, a fast-paced history of the Carolina Panthers -- as well as a collection of his favorite newspaper stories.

Scott's novel for children -- "Lost on the Road to Nowhere," published in 2012 -- is the fictional adventure of four children stranded in the North Carolina woods in the aftermath of a car wreck. It is family-friendly, very funny and recommended for ages 8 and up (adults seem to enjoy it too). The book has already been made part of the language-arts curriculum in several elementary schools, valued for its lessons on teamwork, courage and overcoming sibling rivalry. It can be purchased in bulk for a discount directly by emailing Scott a request at ScottFowlerBooks@aol.com.

Scott's newest nonfiction book -- "100 Things Panthers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die," published in 2013 by Triumph Books -- traces the team's history and ranks its greatest games and players from 1-100. It includes chapters on recent stars like Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly, as well as legendary Panthers like Steve Smith, Sam Mills and John Kasay. It became a regional bestseller in late 2013 and went into a second printing in early 2014.

A native of Spartanburg, S.C., Scott graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina in 1987.

He worked for three years at The Louisville Courier-Journal and four at The Miami Herald before moving back closer to home to write for The Charlotte Observer's sports section. Scott and his colleague Charles Chandler combined to cover the Carolina Panthers on a day-to-day basis during their early seasons. They also co-wrote a regional bestselling book called "Year of the Cat" (1997, Simon & Schuster).

Scott followed that with "Tales from the Carolina Panthers Sideline" (2004); "North Carolina Tar Heels: Where Have You Gone?" (2005); and "Jimmy Black's Tales from the Tar Heels" (2006), which was a story of the 1982 UNC title team that Scott wrote in collaboration with Black, the squad's senior point guard. "What It Means to Be a Tar Heel" (2010), with a foreword by Roy Williams, completed his personal UNC trilogy of books.

Scott was promoted to Charlotte Observer sports columnist in 1999. He writes mostly about the Carolina Panthers, college basketball, NASCAR and the Olympics.

Scott's newspaper work has won more than a half-dozen national awards. He has made several appearances on ESPN and was on camera as part of HBO's 2009 "Tobacco Road" documentary on the UNC-Duke basketball rivalry.

Scott and his wife Elise live with their four rambunctious children in North Carolina. He welcomes your e-mails at ScottFowlerBooks@aol.com or your visit to his personal website at www.ScottFowlerSports.com.

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Great gift and read for Panthers Fans!
Sarah
Scott's book captures that experience and brought back lots of memories.
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The difficult thing is putting it down - you want to keep reading.
Nancy T. Luckey

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on January 2, 2014
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Great gift and read for Panthers Fans! Even the most die hard fan will learn something new about this organization!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shanan spears on December 30, 2013
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My husband has been a Carolina fan since the beginning and is always "defending" himself to his friends who root for more popular teams. It was a neat thing for him to get this book and to read about the true history of the Panthers beginning. Now that they are doing so well this season and contenders for the Super Bowl, he has bragging rights!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Shimko on March 12, 2014
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our son loved it, he's memorizing one of the 100 things each day - and he is so entertained by reading that day's fact!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul R. Talbot on February 19, 2014
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The story never got in the way of the narrative. For every vignette drawn from the heights of the Panthers success, there is a true portrayal of the depths to which they had plunged. The book also didn't "cherry-pick" to talk about just the well known star performances. Although I've seen only a handful of games in person, I've only missed a handful on TV, but the book was instrumental in filling in the blanks. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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