This is nothing more than a fun little exercise, the blog version of a sports talk radio segment. I’m not really thinking about leaving the Redskins, because I just can’t. But what if I did? Which team would I turn to?
For me the answer is pure and easy; I’d be a Panthers fan, despite their uniforms and eight wins since 2009. Here’s what they have going for them, for me:
1. They’re in Charlotte. I live in Wilmington, NC now and love it here. This is my adopted home state, and, while you’d hardly know it, the Panthers are the home team. Their logo is on Harris Teeter shopping bags and stuff.
2. They have Cam Newton. I read somewhere that he just had the best rookie season in the history of the NFL. Carolina scored 13 more points per game and won four more games. The Shanaclan would kill (literally, I think) for that kind of upgrade.
3. Their stadium experience is awesome. Chris lives in Charlotte now and loves it there. We went to Panthers-Redskins three years ago and it was wonderful, except for the outcome. There was no traffic. We tailgated in the shadow of the beast without a parking pass. Our tickets were $75 and we sat lower bowl, 50-yard line. Bars and restaurants are blocks away. And so on. It’s bizarro FedEx, and it’s six hours from D.C.
4. They aren’t in the NFC East. This is my only rule, really, for choosing a post-Redskins team. It can’t be the Cowboys, Eagles or Giants. Everyone else is fair game, though I’d prefer it not be the Steelers or Patriots either.
When I threw this out there on Twitter, here’s how the responses went: five for the Ravens, three for the Panthers, two for the Packers and one each for the Broncos, Browns(!), 49ers, Lions, Steelers and Texans.
All sound choices (except for you, hypothetical new Steelers fan), but this is for life, so choose wisely. Who would you ditch the Skins for?