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Democratic convention displaces Panthers practice prior to Week One

Cam Newton, Terrelle Pryor AP

The Democratic National Convention, culminating with an address from President Barack Obama on Thursday, September 6, already has nudged the first game of the 2012 season forward by a day.  The Cowboys and Giants will square off on Wednesday, September 5, in order to avoid the embarrassment that would result from everyone watching the football game and no one watching a political speech.

The convention will have a separate impact on the team that plays at Bank of America Stadium, where Obama’s address will occur.  Apart from requesting that they open the season on the road, the Panthers will be hitting the road to practice in advance of their Week One game at Tampa.

According to the team’s official website, the Panthers will practice at IMG Academies in Bradenton.  The facility is an hour south of Tampa.

“We researched places on the West Coast, Midwest and East Coast in anticipation of the 2012 schedule release,” Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney said. “After the opener at Tampa Bay was announced, we scouted a few places in the Tampa area, and IMG made the most sense.  The facility offers the privacy and infrastructure that we need to prepare for the season opener.”

“IMG is a great venue and it will offer us everything we need in our preparation for Tampa Bay,” coach Ron Rivera said.  “We could have stayed here in Charlotte, but we see this as a great opportunity to get away, continue to bond as a team and focus on the opener.”

It will be a homecoming, of sorts, for quarterback Cam Newton, who is pictured at IMG Academies in June 2011.  The first pick in the 2011 draft worked out there in preparation for and subsequent to the selection process.

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37 Responses to “Democratic convention displaces Panthers practice prior to Week One”
  1. mikeinsanfran says: May 31, 2012 6:37 PM

    Alex Smith’s fault?

  2. abninf says: May 31, 2012 6:54 PM

    How many teleprompters are they setting up in the stadium?

  3. xxwhodatxx says: May 31, 2012 7:07 PM

    I can’t wait till this phony gets booted from office.

  4. citynative says: May 31, 2012 7:17 PM

    What does Jon Beason think of this?

  5. thegreatgabbert says: May 31, 2012 7:18 PM

    Newt will be reunited with his best friend from IMG, the other tackling dummy Pro Team. Who wore #52.

  6. nyyjetsknicks says: May 31, 2012 7:18 PM

    abninf says:
    May 31, 2012 6:54 PM
    How many teleprompters are they setting up in the stadium?

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    Being prepared for a speech is terrible! How can he do something as crazy as that?

  7. Gordon says: May 31, 2012 7:24 PM

    xxwhodatxx
    I can’t wait till this phony gets booted from office.
    ————————————————-
    Amen brother, & then we can replace him with that other phony!

  8. qdog112 says: May 31, 2012 7:55 PM

    Ever notice how bigots always bring up race, then accuse anyone who points it out, as playing the race card? Hey you racist scum – sukit!!!

  9. abninf says: May 31, 2012 7:58 PM

    nyyjetsknicks says: May 31, 2012 7:18 PM

    Being prepared for a speech is terrible! How can he do something as crazy as that?
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    Hmmm, I took speech in college and don’t recall using teleprompters to prepare.

  10. discosucs2005 says: May 31, 2012 8:03 PM

    Thinking the use of a teleprompter is even note worthy = demonstration of complete ignorance and serial viewing of cable news

  11. barrywhererufrom says: May 31, 2012 8:17 PM

    Unfortunately barry gets to a minor inconvience for the panthers. But the rest of country gets hosed every day he is in office.Jan 2013 couldnt come soon enough!!

  12. leo133074 says: May 31, 2012 8:26 PM

    Politicians’ use of teleprompters is commonplace, but barry has brought it to a whole new level – that is what has made it noteworthy.

  13. cassrangers says: May 31, 2012 8:36 PM

    I can’t stand this catering to the left…

  14. pantherpro says: May 31, 2012 8:37 PM

    Hey XXwhodatt,

    Your a freaking moron! Say what you want hillbilly fool but Obama is no phony! You Ann idiot. I hope I don’t see you at a Panthers game or I will deck you for such an ignorant statement. Didn’t you fools vote for Gingrich one state away? Pathetic!

  15. skinsfantom says: May 31, 2012 8:50 PM

    PANTHERPRO ARE YOU LIVING IN A CAVE? this country is going over a cliff real quick. stop being an ignorant jackass. you voted once for the worst ever, please don’t do it again.

  16. barrywhererufrom says: May 31, 2012 9:07 PM

    Obama is not a fool,he is just the worst president in tbe history of.our republic, unemployment over 8% debt in the trillions..uslimbrotherhood in power in egypt and he is doing a great job..lets see how long it takes one moron to blame bush for three and half.years.of this incompentent socialist..notice.i.didnt say fool..and let the bush blame game.start in one two….

  17. drewzducks says: May 31, 2012 9:18 PM

    Hey pantskirtpro…

    Who is idiot ? The mind is a terrible thing to waste. Thanks for confirming what we already know about the state of public education in our country. Sounds like you were Dexter Manley’s tutor. And that threat of violence to your neighbor to the south may just get you a gig as a poll threatener…I mean watcher for the new black panthers. And no they aren’t affiliated with your football team.

  18. pantherpro says: May 31, 2012 9:19 PM

    Nice group of Republican candidates you had? And now you have Trump supporting the last man standing? I guess it could be worse you could have ended up with Santorum or that Sarah Palin want to be. You are in for four more years rednecks. At least you will you have your guns for awhile. That is until Obama gets rid of the NRA. You have a clue that guns kill people? I guess it worth all the inner city youth being killed so you can go hunt? Redskins moron! Ouch!

  19. nflovercollegefb says: May 31, 2012 9:33 PM

    pantherpro says

    Your a freaking moron! Say what you want hillbilly fool but Obama is no phony!
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    Based on that comment alone you should not be allowed to vote or procreate!

  20. discosucs2005 says: May 31, 2012 9:43 PM

    @leo133074

    The use of a teleprompter is completely irrelevant. Having a problem with the content of speeches is perfectly valid. Having a problem with the fact that it’s read demonstrates complete ignorance to reasoning.

  21. nyyjetsknicks says: May 31, 2012 9:47 PM

    abninf says:
    May 31, 2012 7:58 PM
    nyyjetsknicks says: May 31, 2012 7:18 PM

    Being prepared for a speech is terrible! How can he do something as crazy as that?
    —————————————————-

    Hmmm, I took speech in college and don’t recall using teleprompters to prepare.

    _____________________

    Let me introduce you to my friend, technology. Nice guy, but he seems to change rapidly.

  22. nflfollower says: May 31, 2012 9:49 PM

    After the affordable care act is confirmed to be unconstitutional, that clown will have nothing to show for 4 years in office. Unless you count the escalation in Afghanistan. And please don’t try to say HE found Osama…that’s a joke to paint that as a partisan political achievement. What a disastrous presidency.

  23. kingcarlbanks says: May 31, 2012 9:59 PM

    Yeah, things were great under George Bush, how are Obama come into office and mess things up.. Dang I can’t even say that with a straight face. Personally I don’t care much for Obama or Romney, I miss Clinton. The economy was humming, people were working, who cares if he was a freaky chubby chaser..

  24. bluebongzilla says: May 31, 2012 10:02 PM

    Michael Irvin managed to deliver one of the best speeches in PFHoF history without the use of a teleprompter or even notes and he’s a freaking derp.

  25. mediasloppy says: May 31, 2012 10:21 PM

    qdog112 says:
    May 31, 2012 7:55 PM

    Ever notice how bigots always bring up race, then accuse anyone who points it out, as playing the race card? Hey you racist scum – sukit!!!
    ———————–
    Ever notice how this is the first thing out of tea party mouths? You’re playing the race card in reverse. No one even brought up race before you jumped the gun calling people bigots…

  26. mediasloppy says: May 31, 2012 10:25 PM

    mediasloppy says:
    May 31, 2012 10:21 PM
    qdog112 says:
    May 31, 2012 7:55 PM

    Ever notice how bigots always bring up race, then accuse anyone who points it out, as playing the race card? Hey you racist scum – sukit!!!
    ———————–
    Ever notice how this is the first thing out of tea party mouths? You’re playing the race card in reverse. No one even brought up race before you jumped the gun calling people bigots…
    —————
    If I misinterpreted your statement as other than a tea party, Hannity Fox news persona my bad. It’s hard to tell these days…

  27. schmitty2 says: May 31, 2012 10:53 PM

    pantherpro says:
    May 31, 2012 8:37 PM
    Hey XXwhodatt,

    Your a freaking moron! Say what you want hillbilly fool but Obama is no phony! You Ann idiot. I hope I don’t see you at a Panthers game or I will deck you for such an ignorant statement. Didn’t you fools vote for Gingrich one state away? Pathetic!

    You Ann idiot?? And you call the other guy pathetic??

  28. woodsidegil says: May 31, 2012 10:58 PM

    Pantherpro.

    Please explain your sentance…”You Ann idiot”

    Is she Lou Ann Idiot’s sister or is that the way you say “you are an idiot” in your neck of the woods?

  29. SparkyGump says: May 31, 2012 11:11 PM

    Yea, like giving tax cuts to people who are already rich, $10 Billion per year in subsidies to energy companies that are already earning record profits makes so much sense. Let’s close schools and neglect our infrastructure because top earners don’t want to pay 3% more in taxes. Yea, three percent. You know, David Stockman, the AUTHOR of Supply Side Economics, has come out and admitted that it simply doesn’t work. You know, George Bush 1 once referred to trickle down economics as “voodoo economics”. One more: Obamacare IS BASED on Bob Doles original proposal in the early nineties. Yea, Bob Dole. It’s little wonder the average healthcare CEO makes $20 million. Voting republican is a vote against the future of the middle class.

  30. beauregard says: May 31, 2012 11:14 PM

    And later in mid January the AFC Championship game will be nudged when he gives his consolation speech. Losing the election will of course be Bush’s fault. Phony American.

  31. mtheparrothead says: May 31, 2012 11:21 PM

    If Obama had a son he’d be a panthers fan.

  32. riverhorsey says: May 31, 2012 11:37 PM

    With any luck North Carolina will displace Romney.

  33. jason1980 says: Jun 1, 2012 2:20 AM

    The Panthers suck so bad that it really doesn’t matter where they practice. Newton still won’t win more than 5 or 6 games this season. Bottom dwellers of the NFC South, AGAIN!

  34. scottyd27 says: Jun 1, 2012 8:16 AM

    That’s BUNK…. changing a game from thursday to Wenesday to accomodate some politician? It’s not a DEM OR REP thing it’s a football thing. I couldn’t give a damn less who’s talking I won’t be watching the speech anyway… cause I”LL BE READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!!!

  35. CKL says: Jun 1, 2012 1:08 PM

    And they’ve already changed the date of the NFL kickoff game to accommodate politics. Strike 2, politicians!

  36. mediasloppy says: Jun 1, 2012 4:05 PM

    Most of the replies on this page confirm how ignorance can be bought and reality is distorted.

    On a side note. Since there is so much talk of teleprompters here, I haven’t seen Romney speak without a teleprompter unless he’s doing a friendly softball interview on FOXnews. No matter who wins they are a reality these days. Bill Clinton seems to be the one man who does not need one…

  37. pnthrz1 says: Jun 2, 2012 3:23 PM

    At least the Panther will be adjusted to the Tampa heat when they play them. It will be a good rivalry game, nonetheless, they normally are.

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