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Third Place | Sports Story Jeff SinerCharlotte ObserverOptimism is wait until next year for fans. Each season delivers new hope and expectations of a better season. The team ended strong so....but sometimes the optimistic expectations are too great. The Carolina Panthers 2010 season was awful. The team lost superstar Julius Peppers to the Chicago Bears and received nothing in return. Quarterback Jake Delhomme was released. Delhomme's replacement Matt Moore had played only a handful of games and would suffer a concussion in the first game of the year. The concussion along with erratic play led the team to decide on rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen. Baptism by fire in action. The teams not having signed any significant players along with a lame duck coach John Fox created great frustrations.  The Carolina Panthers would finish the season 2-14.

Third Place | Sports Story  

Jeff Siner 

Charlotte Observer 

Optimism is wait until next year for fans. Each season delivers new hope and expectations of a better season. The team ended strong so....but sometimes the optimistic expectations are too great. The Carolina Panthers 2010 season was awful. The team lost superstar Julius Peppers to the Chicago Bears and received nothing in return. Quarterback Jake Delhomme was released. Delhomme's replacement Matt Moore had played only a handful of games and would suffer a concussion in the first game of the year. The concussion along with erratic play led the team to decide on rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen. Baptism by fire in action. The teams not having signed any significant players along with a lame duck coach John Fox created great frustrations. The Carolina Panthers would finish the season 2-14.