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Taylor’s Weekly Tidbits, Picks, and Top 25: Sports Success In Charlotte

by Taylor Zarzour
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In the 25 years that Charlotte has had major professional sports the city has never enjoyed sustainable success. Sure, the Hornets and Panthers, and even the Bobcats, have made the playoffs every so often, but not with any sort of regularity. In fact, the local NBA and NFL teams have almost never been winning at the same time. So let’s not apologize for waking up with a little extra pep in our step today. The Charlotte Bobcats have won two in a row to improve to 3-2 on the season, while the 5-3 Carolina Panthers have blown out four straight opponents.

No, I don’t expect this to last all season. I think the Bobcats will end up losing more than they win, and I expect the Panthers to lose in San Francisco on Sunday. But I’m very optimistic about the direction both franchises are heading in. Thus, don’t be surprised if 2014 and 2015 are some of the best sports years the Queen City has ever experienced.

89-44 on NFL picks
Skins at Vikes
Titans over Jags
Giants over Raiders
Steelers over Bills
Ravens over Bengals
Seattle at Falcons
Lions at Bears
Eagles at Packers
Colts over Rams
Niners over Panthers
Cards over Texans
Broncos at Chargers
Saints over Dallas
Miami at Bucs

If the heavily favored Duke Blue Devils…. Wait….. What did I just type? No, I haven’t been drinking, and I’m not dreaming… Ok here goes…. If the heavily favored Duke Blue Devils knock off NC State on Saturday they’ll be 7-2 on the season and very much in the ACC’s Coastal Division race. Which brings me to this question: if you were any other FBS program in North Carolina (we’re about to have a total of 7), wouldn’t you want David Cutcliffe to be your head football coach? In an era of uniform changes, more seats, more games on TV, more marketing, blah, blah, blah, Coach Cut is taking little old Duke to back to back bowl appearances for the first time in school history. Steve Spurrier and Wallace Wade both deserve tremendous praise for what they accomplished in Durham, but if Cutcliffe sticks around e has a chance to surpass both of them.

92-19 overall, 56-42 ATS
Okla +14.5 at Baylor
Ore -10 at Stanford
Canes -7 vs VT
UNC -13.5 vs UVA
Md -6 vs Cuse
FSU -35 vs Wake
Duke -9 vs State
ND -5 vs Pitt
LSU +13 vs Bama
Tulsa +17 at ECU

TZ

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