Go Panthers! (?) We could definitely use an actual cheer by the way. But as of this posting, ‘our’ Carolina Panthers are ranked #3 in ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings, when they face a tough 49ers team in this weekend’s Divisional Playoffs. Hopefully this means they have a legitimate shot at going to and winning the Super Bowl in NJ this year.
What does this have to do with the effing life? And when did I become a die-hard Panthers Fan, you ask??
I do love football, and I AM a die-hard fan of another cat-species, but no. I have not been a longtime Panthers fan like those that have witnessed and trekked to Bank of America stadium to watch a mediocre team for much of its franchise history.
I jumped on the bandwagon. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
I went to school in the Carolinas, and I was around when Weinke, Peppers, Rocket, and Moose, had their heydays. But that was a decade ago. Now I’m back and quickly invested in the Panthers, after garnering interest in the NFL through fantasy football two years ago, since I couldn’t get any worse than pulling for the Jets while in NY. (At least, I could get on board with their J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets cheer.) Cheered on our “new hometown team” by attending 4 regular season games before the amazing run to the playoffs. I’ve earned my place on the wagon despite it being on a special year.
But I proclaim there’s nothing wrong with ‘jumping on the bandwagon’. If a person, team or organization gets struck with recent success, why not! Sure you weren’t there through the thick and thin, but I say, ride the waves of that success, bask in the glory, and shower yourself with all the attention you’re getting!
Would you join Android, Netflix, Tesla, RocNation, or even a budding startup company if you’ve been rooting for the Jets the last 2 years? Of course you would. It’s new & exciting, with possibly some star-power and fresh success. But perhaps in my less star-studded life, I will follow those that guide me to a better place and genuinely want me to be at my best. I will follow their path On Any Given Sunday. Get behind a Cam Newton, or in my case Luuuuke Kuechly (fawn).
We all want to be a part of something big. For Bernadette and I, we got on each other’s bandwagons.
If you’ve been contemplating a tough decision and have the tools, go for it on 4th down! Riverboat Ron would commend you. Find yours and hop on before it’s too late! Opportunity fleets.