If you want a contrived beat-into-the ground issue, it's this -- Panther fans selling their tickets to fans of the opposing team.
Panther coach Ron Rivera,defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and tackle Jordan Gross talked Monday about all the Washington fans they saw at Bank of America Stadium Sunday and all the noise those fans made.
Callers talked about it Tuesday afternoon almost every time I turned on sports talk radio.
I'm in the minority here. I don't care what fans do with their tickets.
If they want to sell them, they get to. The tickets belong to them.
Secondly, many of the fans complaining about the Redskins' fans at BofA watched the game on TV.
Of course the Panthers aren't as entrenched as the Pittsburgh Steelers are in Pittsburgh, the New York Giants are in New York or the Green Bay Packers are in Green Bay.
The Northeast, Midwest and Pittsburgh embrace their teams with intensity the rest of the country struggles to match. Fans there love their teams and hate their teams, but they don't abandon their teams.
The Panthers came together in 1995. They're a teenager. Passion for them has yet to be passed from one generation to another like an heirloom.
If you are a Panther fan, and you sell your ticket Sunday to a Minnesota fan this week, are you disloyal? Should you be run out of town? Shipped to the Minnesota tundra?
If seeing purple jerseys at Bank of America Stadium is going to bother you, outbid the Northern invaders for tickets.
You can't shame people into showing up for a game. You have to give them a product that will compel them to show up. The Panthers are starting to.
Lastly, thousands of fans walking down the steps and out of the stadium after the Washington game were cheering "Let's go Panthers!" It felt like a movement. I didn't hear anybody chant, "Let's go Redskins!"