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BLOG: Let the Madness Begin

By: Sharon Thorsland It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, not Christmas, even though the temperatures might make it feel that way.  It’s March Madness! A record nine teams from the ACC are in the Big Dance, seven teams from the Carolinas are dancing, and my North Carolina Tar Heels earned a number…

Thorsland: Panthers Face Rival Bucs in Season Finale

by Sharon Thorsland A pair of Heisman trophy winners and top draft picks face off Sunday when the Panthers take on the Bucs in Tampa Bay.  After winning five straight, the Bucs have lost their last two games and are 8-7 on the year, with the playoffs possible but highly unlikely.  The Panthers' season will…

Panthers Face Challenge in Seattle

by Sharon Thorsland The Panthers face a daunting task this weekend - taking on the Seattle Seahawks at Century Link Field.  (Kick-off is set for 8:30 Sunday night, WBT’s coverage starts with the pre game show at 5:30).  “The Link” is one of the toughest venues in the NFL, and making things even more difficult…

Thorsland: Panthers Face Saints

by Sharon Thorsland It’s Panthers-Saints round two, as the Panthers take the prime time spotlight against their NFC South rival Thursday night.  Kick-off is set for 8:25 on WBT.   These teams met last month, a 41-38 Saints win in New Orleans.  Both teams are coming off gut-wrenching losses - the Saints had what would have been a…

Panthers Face Aggressive Defense in Chiefs

by Sharon Thorsland The Panthers face one of the hottest teams in the league Sunday when they host the Kansas City Chiefs at Bank of America stadium. Kick-off is set for 1:00, with the pregame show on WBT, starting at 10:00am. The Chiefs boast the league's best record over the past 20 games. They're 17-13…

UNC Faces Georgia Tech in Homecoming Game

It's Homecoming weekend for North Carolina, as the 18th ranked Tar Heels welcome Georgia Tech to Kenan Stadium.  Kick-off is set for 12:30pm, WBT's coverage starts at 11:30am with the pregame show.  The Heels (6-2, 4-1 ACC) were off last week following their 35-14 win over Virginia, while the Yellow Jackets (5-3, 2-3) beat Duke 38-35 in…

Panthers Head to the City of Angels

The Panthers and their 7th ranked offense face the Rams and their 11th ranked defense on Sunday - it's the Panthers first ever game at the historic Los Angeles Coliseum, where the Rams played before spending the past 21 seasons in St. Louis.  Since returning to L.A., the Rams are 3-4 on the season, having dropped three…

Thorsland: It’s Now or Never for the Panthers

by Sharon Thorsland It's a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship game as the Panthers welcome the Arizona Cardinals to Bank of America Stadium.  Kick-off is set for 1:00, WBT’s coverage starts at 10:00 with the pregame show.  Both teams were expected to compete for a title again this season, but both have gotten off…

Thorsland: UNC & UVA Meet in the South's Oldest Rivalry

by Sharon Thorsland It might not be the biggest rivalry in the South, but it’s the oldest one.  North Carolina and Virginia meet for the 121st time on Saturday.  The teams played their first two football games in 1892, with the Cavaliers winning the first and the Tar Heels the second).  Saturday’s edition pits #22…

Sharon Thorsland: Panthers Look to End Losing Streak

by Sharon Thorsland It’s a key game for the Panthers on Sunday, who travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints in the Super dome.  After three straight losses, two of them in the NFC South, the Panthers need a win if they hope to stay “in the hunt,” as linebacker Thomas Davis said…

Sharon Thorsland: Historical Game for UNC

By Sharon Thorsland It’s an unusual weekend in Chapel Hill, where North Carolina takes on Virginia Tech Saturday (kick-off set for 3:30 on WBT).  And I’m not talking about the heavy rains from Hurricane Matthew!  So what’s so strange about it?  Both the Tar Heels and their opponent are ranked, and that’s not something that…

Sharon Thorsland: Panthers Ready for Monday Night

by Sharon Thorsland A pair of Heisman Trophy winners and top draft picks could face off Monday night when the Panthers take on the Bucs at Bank of America Stadium. (WBT’s coverage starts at 5:30 with the pregame show).  Both teams are 1-3 on the season, with the Bucs coming off a 27-7 loss to the…

Sharon Thorsland: Can UNC Stop Pitt’s Rushing Attack?

by Sharon Thorsland It’s the ACC opener for North Carolina on Saturday, when the Tar Heels host the Pitt Panthers at Kenan Stadium.  Kick-off is set for 3:30, WBT will have all the action starting with the pre-game show at 2:30.  The Tar Heels are coming off a 56-28 dismantling of James Madison and are…