1) Detroit fans travel remarkably well. Either everyone wants to get out of Detroit or every single person from Michigan is a +Detroit Lions fan, because Lions fans show out. This is my first time ever encountering the Lions fanbase, which is surprisingly active for a team with a pretty miserable history. They were also remarkably upbeat during the tailgate and were just pretty pleasant overall. A pack of fans in pajamas and lion head like toboggans be-bobbed around the Vault and Uptown Charlotte. They may have come upbeat and to have fun, but eventually left somewhat downtrodden. By the end of the game, you could see a little of the defeatist that must hang over a good bunch of these fans.
2) Bank of America was particularly loud. I've never been to a prime time game at Bank of America, but I have been to several Sunday 1 pm and 4 pm games. Today was one of the louder home games I've been to this early in the season. This was a great home-opener. Panthers fans are known for being a little subdued at times, but today there was a real excitement in the stadium. Any times that there was a momentary lull in the crowd noise, the defense made a big play to get everyone on their feet.
3) Greg Olsen photo-bombed Thomas Davis in the Panthers' game program. There was a typo in Thomas Davis's full-page feature, where Greg Olsen's name appeared instead.
Nice photo of Greg Olsen in today's Panther program.... pic.twitter.com/sZE7UVNVRM
— Double Trouble (@StevenRVaughn) September 14, 2014
4) The new video boards are awesome. When they put these babies on full screen, it's just a work of art. The clarity is insane. I know this isn't an earth shattering revelation, but they looked damn good. The ribbons look great as well. I found the ribbons a bit busy and hard to gleam information from at times. The problem was that the images simply repeated over and over, so be sure to just pick a spot and kind of use that as your go reference point. I found myself scanning around and it was just kind of sensory overload.