"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.