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Super Busts: The best teams to not win the Super Bowl

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They had the stars, the swagger and the sparkling record to prove it. Then, poof, it was gone. No Super Bowl ring, no parade, no trip to the White House. Nothing but a long offseason — or a lifetime in some cases — of what might have been. Cam Newton and the rest of his “Dabbin’” dancing, selfie-with-the-clock-still-running Carolina Panthers will try to avoid the same fate the 2007 Patriots or the 1968 Colt, teams whose seemingly inevitable coronation instead…

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Cam Newton has learned something from meeting, watching Michael Jordan

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Whether Michael Jordan knows it or not, Cam Newton has been watching him _ and learning. Newton has forged a relationship with Jordan, the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, while living in Charlotte, North Carolina. There is a mutual respect there, with Jordan a regular at many of the Panthers games and Newton known to sit courtside at Hornets home games. “Anytime I get an opportunity to speak to him, obviously it’s cherished,” Newton said. “But yet along those lines,…

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Super Bowl champions haven’t always been ‘super’

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They have the gaudy rings and the rest of the swag that comes with being a Super Bowl champion. The prism of history, however, isn’t so kind. Some years, the team that rampaged through the fall doesn’t celebrate on a confetti-strewn field in winter, Lombardi Trophy thrust aloft in giddy celebration. For every ’85 Bears and ’72 Dolphins, there’s a group whose grasp on the national imagination faded not long after the MVP’s parade at Disney World. Sure, everybody loves…

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Panthers defensive backs are proud of their thievery

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#Panthers Thieves Avenue sign keeps getting upgrades. #CLT #NFL pic.twitter.com/vanofbTT1x — Ron Clements (@Ron_Clements) January 20, 2016 Harper had the gray tops made and distributed them to his teammates on Wednesday. There’s a graphic rendering of a group photo showing the DBs. The words “Thievery Travels” are above that in all capital letters, and the Twitter-ready “#ThievesAve” in script writing is below. Carolina led the NFL with 39 takeaways during the regular season, including 24 interceptions. The team tacked on…

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Props rule the day for Super Bowl at Vegas sports books

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Jay Kornegay still finds it painful to talk about the last time the Denver Broncos were in the Super Bowl and the first snap of the game went over Peyton Manning‘s head for a Seattle safety. For some reason, a lot of bettors at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook had put money on a 60-1 longshot that the first score of the games for the Seahawks would be that safety. “It cost us a healthy six figures in the first…

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Super Bowl’s Broncos, Panthers excel at defense differently

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Sometime late last season or early this season — depends on whom you ask — Josh Norman and the Carolina Panthers’ other defensive backs were heading toward a drill as part of their weekly “Turnover Circuit,” when assistant coach Eric Washington yelled out a spur-of-the-moment greeting. “Hey, here come the thieves!” It was meant to be funny, using that word to refer to a group of guys whose job description includes trying to steal the ball. It stuck, and the…

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Stars weigh in on Super Bowl show, teams

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Country singer Dierks Bentley would love to be rooting on his Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday. With the Cardinals out after losing the NFC championship to the Carolina Panthers, he’s picking the other team for sentimental reasons. “I’m pulling for the Broncos,” Bentley said. “That was like my original team before we had a team in Arizona. Huge fan of Peyton Manning‘s. I mean the Panthers’ story is amazing too, but I’m an older guy. I got…

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