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January 07, 2006

Flight packed with Panthers fans

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – There’s no doubt the Giants will have a distinct home-field advantage Sunday.

They have a strong fan base that will be magnified because fans will be given white towels emblazoned with "The Drive to Detroit."

But if the number of passengers on a U.S. Airways flight from Charlotte to Newark late Saturday morning was any indication, there will be plenty of Panthers fans in the Meadowlands.

Of the 120 or so people on the flight, at least 80 were wearing some sort of Panthers clothing or hat. Some start chanting, "Let’s go Panthers’’ as the flight landed. A flight attendant welcomed passengers to Newark, then said, "Go Panthers."

One businessman said, "If the Panthers had lost a couple more games, I would have had this plane all to myself."

He probably was right.

By the way, the weather in New Jersey isn’t bad. It’s cold – temperature about 35 degrees at 2 p.m. – but it’s sunny.

Sunday is supposed to be partly sunny with a high of about 40 degrees.

L.T. TO BE HONORED. Former Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor, one of the team’s all-time greats, will be honored at halftime Sunday. Taylor is a University of North Carolina product.

THE IRONY. Panthers coach John Fox will be back in Giants Stadium on Sunday. Had it not been for the Giants’ run to the Super Bowl after the 2000 season, Fox might be the head coach of the Giants.

In a story in today’s New York Daily News, Giants general manager Ernie Acorsi pretty much acknowledges that if the Giants hadn’t caught fire that season, coach Jim Fassel would have been fired and the team would have promoted Fox from defensive coordinator.

Posted by Observer Sports on January 7, 2006 at 04:12 PM | Permalink

Comments

Hey Pat - I got your Monday Morning Headline IF the Panthers Win.....

Giants - ELI-MINATED!!!!!!

:) Been waiting to say that for some time now!

Posted by: Ritchie | Jan 8, 2006 7:04:53 AM

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