Ask Gary: Can the Panthers stay unbeaten?

by Gary Shelton on December 26, 2015 · 1 comment

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The Carolina Panthers have only the Atlanta Falcons and Bucs separating them from a perfect 16-0 season. Practically a sure thing?

Howard Powders

That's certainly the way I'd bet. I think Carolina is obviously much better, and much closer to being a complete team than a .500 Atlanta team or a 6-10 Bucs team. Unless the Panthers decide to rest a lot of people, it's hard to see them losing.

Remember, though, that no one will ever remember Carolina as being an unbeaten team unless they go through the playoffs unbeaten, too. That's why the 18-0 start for New England is remembered as just another team. In 1934 and 1942, the Bears went unbeaten but lost in the championship game each year.

That means a lot of the '72 Dolphins will be pulling against

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scott myers December 26, 2015 at 12:17 pm

Hi Gary,
I think you ‘nailed it’ regarding your comments on NFL concussions.

Football is a violent game. If it was not, it would be nowhere near as popular as it is.

The best we can hope for is that the NFL:
1. fully discloses all the dangers to its players
2. does the best possible job of on-the-field diagnosis
3. enforces its rules vigorously with maximum penalties for wrong-doers such as Odell Beckham Jr.
4. makes major efforts toward research to reduce dangers as much as possible

If the NFL adheres to these four points, then I think we can put this issue to bed. There is no doubt that the NFL has been woefully lacking on all four of these points in the past, to a criminal extent. If these points are adhered to going forward, then the players will then be fully aware of the risks, and they will decide if the compensation and glory they receive are worth it. Probably, 99% of them will think it is. To add a little, context, their current plight is much less dire than that of our military folks,coal miners, and the workers in China that are assembling the Apple products.

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