One Carolina

I make no secrets of my allegiance. I live in North Carolina, but I'm not a Panthers fan. I tend to root for them as long as they aren't playing the Eagles, and I've resigned myself to the fact that I may very well be raising a pair of Panthers fans, but that's about it. Still, I've got to give them props on the way they've galvanized two states in support of their run to the NFC Championship and hopefully the Super Bowl.

A look at the #OneCarolina hashtag on Instagram will show teams of all sorts - major league, minor league, and colleges of all sizes - supporting the Panthers. Even teams like Duke, NC State, and Clemson, all of whom are typically against teams that call themselves "Carolina" are in on the deal. Panthers, know that you've got two states behind you.

Keep Pounding.