Given a national stage for the first time since winning a title with Auburn, Cam Newton couldn't deliver as the Carolina Panthers were rolled at home 36-7 Thursday night by the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants.
Panthers fans over at Cat Scratch Reader are ... how to put this? ... not pleased with the Cats' declawing.
An apoplectic James Dator wrote a piece Friday morning titled, "Shame On Us For Believing." Basically, as a Panthers fan, he's seen high expectations and hopes get dashed time and again, and it tends to get old:
Some prescribe to the notion of 'football gods' or some other mystical power that lords over the NFL ensuring come-uppance for those with hubris, and creating all the drama we see week in, week out. I don't believe in any omnipotent power, but I believe in the Carolina Panthers- and shame on me for doing so.
Ouch. Dator (and likely many other Panthers fans) isn't just upset Carolina lost, but how embarrassingly woeful the Panthers looked in losing to what equated to the Giants' second-team offense, with many starters out with injury. Carolina (1-2) will have a long week before looking to turn it around at the divisional foe Atlanta Falcons in Week 4.
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