The Carolina Panthers will lose again this season, but don't tell that to Cam Newton & Company in the midst of a four-game winning streak.
Carolina, 5-3, is solidly in the NFC Playoffs hunt midway through the season, along with NFC North 5-3's Chicago, Detroit and Green Bay.
The Panthers' immediate challenge is catching up with the NFC West's second-place San Francisco 49ers who, at 6-2, are currently leading the NFC Wild Card race.
Carolina will have the chance to do just that this weekend when they head out West for a 4:05PM (ET) showdown.
Check out this link to a recent article I wrote for Bleacher Report predicting the Panthers' successful four-game stretch:
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Saturday, February 16, 2013
The history of the Washington Redskins goes back to the days before the NFL-AFL merger. On the surface, many fans would hold the team in the same regard as Green Bay, Chicago and the New York Giants. While Washington has a heritage and tradition that rivals any of the aforementioned franchises, there is one they hold that no other team does: a controversial nickname.
However, is the name Redskins really that offensive?
Consider the fact there are several teams throughout major sports and college who carry a Native American moniker. If Washington were to make a name change, who's to say the same would be expected of the Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians or Chicago Blackhawks?
All of these teams maintain their names either based on honoring the legacy of the Native Americans or the simple fact that owners do not want to break from tradition. The Redskins seem to fall in the latter category. It has become such a hot button topic as of late that some reporters are refusing to use the term "Redskins". Additionally, a symposium was recently held at the Smithsonian Institute discussing the insensitivity of the Washington name.
It is safe to say that many people and especially the Washington fans are split on the subject; those who feel the name is offensive and those who haven't really given the issue much thought. For now, it seems that the powers that be in Washington are standing firm with keeping their name.
From one perspective, if the name is really that offensive, why hasn't the Native Americans petitioned a lawsuit against the team? Are they offended by the Redskins name or do they consider it an honor to be represented by a major sports franchise?
This could be a touchy subject for years to come and one that could change the foundation of other teams around the country. If the Redskins are forced to change their name, what will it mean for those other teams with Native American names and logos?
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Charlotte 49ers defeat 11th-ranked Butler Bulldogs in Indianapolis to Keep NCAA Tournament Dream Alive
|Charlotte handed Butler its first home loss of the|
season Wednesday night. Butler entered the game ranked
No. 11 in the AP poll (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
The Charlotte 49ers (18-6, 6-4) men's basketball team is officially on the NCAA Tournament's bubble.
After defeating the 11th-ranked Butler Bulldogs, 71-67, in Indianapolis Wednesday night, the 49ers climbed to a very bubble-worthy 55th in RPI with six Atlantic 10 games remaining on their schedule.
Suddenly their 31-point loss to the second-ranked Miami Hurricanes doesn't look like quite as big of a stain on Charlotte's tournament resume. Charlotte is 3-3 against teams in the RPI's top 50.
However, Charlotte's biggest win of the season comes on the heels of consecutive A-10 losses to VCU and Temple.
Fortunately for Charlotte, the 49ers will be favored in five of their six remaining conference games.
The 49ers could help their cause with a second-straight conference road win when they face the St. Louis Billikens Saturday night. St. Louis is the final team Charlotte will play as an underdog.
Though Charlotte faces an uphill battle to participate in March Madness, the 49ers could get there by winning at least five more conference games and completing the regular season with a 23-7 record.
Of course, advancing beyond the quarterfinals of the 16-team Atlantic 10 tournament in Brooklyn will boost their chances of skipping the NIT.
A trip to the A-10 semis would almost assure Charlotte a ticket to the big dance.