Greg Olsen takes down Carolina Panthers rival on social media
Carolina Panthers Greg Olsen burns divisional rival with one simple tweet.
In the spirit of college hoops and March Madness, FOX Sports NFL division created a bracket of league teams pitting their fan bases to vote against one another. The Carolina Panthers began the competition as a No. 2 seed in their respective portion of the bracket and advanced past the first round with a win over the Los Angeles Chargers.
The victory brought a matchup against the New York Jets and it is here where things got interesting. Divisional rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost their initial fan base poll to the Philadelphia Eagles and since being eliminated, decided to encourage their fans to vote against the Panthers.
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Linking to the poll and tweeting from their official account, “Hey Bucs fans, let’s make sure the Panthers lose in this poll, just like they did in our last matchup.” True, the Panthers dropped their second game of the season against Tampa Bay, 24-17, after dismantling the Buccaneers earlier in the year at Bank of America Stadium. Carolina won that game 42-28 before beginning a seven game slide over the second half of their schedule.
The attempt at ambushing the poll and Panthers fan base didn’t sit well with veteran tight end Greg Olsen, who quickly responded, “Hey Buccaneers, leave the fun to the fans who actually show up to the games.” A solid comeback in reference to the same game where Tampa Bay gave away free tickets in order to help boost their attendance.
The move was a last ditch effort to assist in raising the Buccaneers from No. 30 in the league, averaging 54,356 fans per game. Carolina finished No. 7 with 73,772 on average while also registering 100-percent capacity for the season – Tampa Bay was at 82.8 percent.
In addition, the Panthers own an advantage in the overall series, 23-14, since the two teams began play in 1995 and Carolina won the fictional fan base challenge over New York to advance.