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The Carolina Panthers fired head coach Matt Rhule today, just five games into the season. From CBS Sports:

The firing comes a day after the Panthers lost 37-15 to the San Francisco 49ers at home in a game where Niners red seemed to take over half of Bank of America Stadium. Rhule, who led the Panthers to a 1-4 start to this season, ends his tenure at the Panthers’ helm with an overall record of 11-27. His teams never won more than five games in a season and never finished above third in the NFC South.

In the old days, Panther fans would’ve had to sell their unwanted tickets on the sidewalk before the game – or online. But in the Age of the Smartphone, ticket-holders can simply transfer the tickets via app. This made it very easy to fill Bank of America Stadium with 49ers fans. In the old days, the stadium would have appeared half-full. But now it appeared to look like a 49ers home game — which might have been a factor in Rhule’s firing.

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