When it comes to colors, Panther fans can agree on one thing: the Carolina Panthers have some of the best-looking uniforms in the entire NFL line-up. This weekend, the cats will be wearing their fan-favorite black jerseys on the field as they play against the Atlanta Falcons. So what can fans wear to show their Panther pride? Here are a few suggestions to help stand out in the crowd while cheering the team to victory.
Blue, black, white and silver are the primary Panther colors. Anybody can go to a sporting goods store and purchase a jersey, but why not have something homemade to show your pride? You can still demonstrate your support by face-painting blue and black stripes on your cheeks. For the more adventurous fan, try painting or temporarily tattooing the famous black panther logo on your cheekbones. Socks are an easy way to accessorize, as well as scarves and mittens. And nothing says WIN better than customized fingernail polish with Panther colors or decals.
If nothing else, at least have a blanket or a bench cushion that shows the Carolina colors.
Don’t forget that your best Panther accessory might just be your own kids. There are tiny TopCat cheerleading outfits in all different sizes available in most stores that sell NFL gear, as well as T-shirts, jerseys and jackets for infants and toddlers. Boys love mohawks, so why not use temporary blue hair coloring to jazz up that look? Let the kids dress up in football gear or parade around with stuffed black panthers named Cam Newton, then sit back and enjoy all the attention as people continuously compliment you on how adorable your offspring look. There is even a line of Panther-licensed maternity wear, just to make sure that all the expectant moms-to-be can show their Carolina pride in comfort.
Even though Fido can’t come into the stadium to actually watch the game, he can sure wow your friends and family at the tailgate. Dress little Fluffy and Killer in doggie jackets with the team logos on them, or invest in some puppy Panther swag like doggie beds and leashes. What could be cuter than a dog wearing blue and silver booties to keep their paws safe from the blacktop? Hey, they’re part of the family, too, so they deserve to look as good as you.
Let those Falcons fans see you coming from a mile away. Place decals and flags on your car and use liquid white shoe polish to write some slogans on your windows. Streamers and balloons can be very festive and are an inexpensive way to decorate your vehicle for tailgating.
Go ahead and make that homemade poster that says “Panthers Rule! Falcons Drool!” or get together with that group of crazy football buddies and paint your stomachs to spell out GO CATS in black and blue. If you must, make a black cape with the Panthers’ logo on the back to let everyone know that you are PantherMan, or be the guy who paints his whole upper body and stands around shirtless in the snow. The worst that could happen to you is you’ll end up beamed onto the stadium screens for everyone to see on TV.
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S.L. Schmitz is a published author, and more of her work can be found at Examiner.com.