Carolina Panthers: Is L the new W?
As a Carolina Panthers fan, I’m terribly familiar with the definition of a loss. However, I do hold on to that small glimmer of hope that Cam Newton, Steve Smith and company will once again make it to the Super Bowl just like in 2004. Back then, that was Super Bowl XXXVIII. This year is Super Bowl XLVII, but what happens next year when Super Bowl ’50′ comes around?
For those who are not familiar with Roman Numerals, L is the sole letter that represents the number 50. This lovely letter could be associated with loyalty, love, or leadership, but in the sports world it is most commonly linked with loser.
No team wants their big win to be represented by a big L, but how will the NFL brand this monumental occasion without ditching years of Super Bowl tradition? The privileged marketing people will have to work in the L into clothing, the Super Bowl logo, the trophy, and commercialize. It’s a task certainly fit for a seasoned pro.
It would be hard to argue that any team deserves the big L more than the Carolina Panthers and being a few years away from a championship, they could be the team to represent the NFC.
Whoever the winner of the 2016 Super Bowl, there is one L word no one can associate with the team; lucky.
Katy LeGrand is an NFL team writer for TPF and can be contacted at KLeGrand@ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com