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Panthers have lost 12 straight coin tosses, so they’re asking fans to make next call

Are the Carolina Panthers one of those teams that likes to trust their defense to start off a game and defer to the second half after winning the coin toss? Or do they like putting the ball in the hands of Cam Newton right away to set the tone for the rest of the game? Had they won a single coin toss this season, we might be able to answer that question.

The Panthers have lost 12 coin tosses this season, including each one at the start of their 11 games and one at the beginning of their overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a couple weeks back. Since the team is having absolutely no luck calling the toss in the air, Carolina is asking the fans to make the call this weekend when they take on the Kansas City Chiefs.

By liking the Carolina Panthers on Facebook, fans can vote for whether the team should call “heads” or “tails” before their game against the Chiefs on Sunday. The fans are currently in favor of heads, which has received 51% of the vote.

The odds of losing 12 straight coin tosses when you have a 50% chance of winning each one are astonishing, but it’s not the first time we have seen something like this happen. Remember when this unlucky team dealt with the same misfortune almost exactly a year ago? Give the Panthers credit for turning their bad luck into a marketing campaign.

H/T The Big Lead

Giants and Jets Should Have Opened Up New Stadium Against Each Other

The New York Jets and the New York Giants both wanted to be the first to play in their new home, Meadowlands Stadium. Unfortunately, their fate was decided for them by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell via a coin flip. The almighty coin decided that the Giants would play the first game in the new stadium on Sunday Sept. 12, and the Jets would play the next night for Monday Night Football. Naturally, this led to some pretty ticked off Jets.

Neither of the team’s owners were present for the “coin flip,” leading Jets owner Woody Johnson to release the following angry statement:

“An NFL coin toss has a few fundamental elements that are missing here, most notably the presence of the teams involved,” Johnson said. “That’s how it’s always done in the league, whether it’s determining the order of the draft or deciding who’s going to kick off the game.”

Call me crazy, but couldn’t this have been worked out in way that would make both teams happy? How about doing a little inter-conference play? It’s not unheard of to make the first game of the season an inter-conference match-up. The Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts played against each other for the first game of the 2008 season. The Cowboys and Patriots did it too in 1971. (I know that is an old reference but I have a point…)

Guess what else? The Bears vs. Colts and the Cowboys vs. Patriots were both played as the first regular season game in a NEW stadium.  It’s just boggles my mind as to why the NFL didn’t even seem to consider that as an option.

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Giants, Jets both christen Meadowlands [ESPN]