Dec 22, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) throws the ball into the crowd after a touchdown catch in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers control their destinies in 2013

Oct 7, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) lines up during the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports



In his minicamp wrapup interview  on, Head Coach Ron Rivera stated, “They looked good, you know it was really a lot of positives that came out of this.  It really wasn’t the three days.  I think throughout the whole spring, throughout the entire program.”  He went on to say “I’m really excited about the improvement we made…the ultimate goal is to win a championship…I’m very excited about it…they control their attitudes, they control their effort and more important, I think the biggest thing is they control their destinies….I really do believe that we as a team we control it.  We can do the things we need to do to be successful.”

This statement reminded me of a poem I read in college.  The poem was called Invictus by William Earnest Henley.


Out of the Night that covers me

Black as the pit from pole to pole

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul


In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody but unbowed.


Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds and shall find me unafraid.


It matters not how straight the gate

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul.


This year, the NFL has slapped the panthers with what a lot of pundits feel is the hardest schedule in football.  There are a lot of naysayers out there that feel that the team is set up to fail.  I feel the opposite.  I feel that coming from Ric Flair country, “To be the best we got to beat the best!!!!”  The teams on the Panthers schedule need to be worried about this team, not the other way around.

Is this the breakout season the fans have been waiting for?  Let us know what you think Panthers fans.

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