Bryan Altman, CBS Local Sports
The secret to the success of the Carolina Panthers this season isn’t really that much of a secret at all. They have a dynamic quarterback in Cam Newton, who is, in my opinion, the most exciting player in the NFL, a vicious defense and are a disciplined and well-coached football team.
Having said that, there is one secret that has just been revealed that might have some intangible effect on the on the team’s winning ways.
Apparently, it has everything to do with loudly singing songs by the 90s rock band Creed loudly in teammates faces.
According to the Charlotte Observer, Panthers linebacker Ben Jacobs and tight end Greg Olsen have made a habit of ‘CreedBombing’ their teammates on the practice field and in the locker room.
From The Charlotte Observer:
“Hold me now! I’m 6 feet from the edge and I’m thinking,” Jacobs sang Wednesday as he walked onto the practice field, a lyric from Creed’s song “One Last Breath.”
“The key is you’ve got to make really deep, direct eye contact,” Jacobs said. “So if you Creedbomb someone you’ve got to look them directly in the eye.”
According to the paper, Jacobs sang “With Arms Wide Open” last week and says “Higher,” possibly the band’s most popular song, is one of his favorites.
The scary thing here is that the NFL is a copycat league. If one team is having success doing something, other teams usually catch on pretty quickly.
Before we know it, Tom Brady might be screaming the lyrics to “My Sacrifice” into Bill Belichick’s face.
One can only hope.
Bryan Altman is, for some reason, an unabashed fan of the Rangers, Jets and Mets. If he absolutely had to pick a basketball team it would be the Knicks, but he’d gladly trade them for just one championship for any of his other three teams.