“KEEP POUNDING! KEEP POUNDING!” Those were the words heard around Charlotte January 29 during the official Carolina Panther’s pep rally at Romare Bearden Park. Thousands of fans wearing black and blue cheered as Sir Purr, the team’s mascot, the PurrCussion drumline and the TopCats cheerleaders amped up the crowd with performances, music and chants. A handful of Panthers players and Panthers head coach Ron Rivera attended, as did Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory.As for Panther fans at Queens, the excitement continues to build.
“I remember being so disappointed [after the 2003-’04 Panthers Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots], but I wasn’t nearly as excited as I am this time. The feeling is so much different now. I love this team so much,” said English professor Deb Campbell.
Sophomore business major Erica Hayes said a Panthers win would teach people a good life lesson.
“A Panthers win would prove that you shouldn’t ever let what others think about you affect your potential for greatness,” she said. “The Panthers have seen some rough seasons, and we need this win.”
Sophomore music therapy major Jasmine Sanders thinks that if the Panthers win, it would show the value of hard work.
“If the Panthers win on Sunday… it will show that anything is possible when you give your all for what you love,” Sanders said. “And when you do give your all, there’s no turning back.”
Queens students can enjoy the taste of grilled ribs and chicken wings while they watch Super Bowl 50 in the Rodgers Student Commons from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday night, at the official viewing party presented by Campus Union Board and Campus Recreation.
For those over 21, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery will be hosting a free beer tasting and cash bar during the game as well. Students must provide a valid 21-plus ID. Beer tasting will begin at 5:30pm. Kickoff will be at 6:30.