Sometimes, when I need a chuckle, I go to the shopping portion of the Carolina Panthers' official website and see what they have on "sale."
I like this website's stubbornness. It wants you to pay a lot for its merchandise, and it makes no apologies for that. It so rarely puts something at 50 percent off or more -- even when the player it advertises is long gone -- that when I see something for a big discount it's a shocker. (The website's motto seems to be something like the motto the entire NFL has in making fans pay full price for exhibition games every August).
Hey, if you can get people to pay those prices, more power to you. And I will say the Panthers have a few "bundled" packages that aren't bad deals on their shopping homepage right now (where you get several items, packaged together, at a discount).
But I do find it laughable that the Panthers still insist on charging so much for Julius Peppers and Jake Delhomme jerseys, even though those players are gone. There must be a market for it, but consider for a moment just the prices of a white Panther replica jersey in adult sizes for the following folks:
Note: regular price for the jersey is generally $80-95.
1) Julius Peppers... $59.99 to $74.99. Wow -- what a deal! The guy is in Chicago and the Panthers still want that much? What would it take for the price to drop to $50 -- would Peppers need to go to a third team?
2) Jake Delhomme... $47.99 to $62.99. Oh, c'mon. At least it's not quite as much as the Peppers rip-off, but seriously. He's gone.
3) Brad Hoover... $48.99. Are there this many people out there who want to yell "Hoov" to a popular player no longer on the field?
4) Dwayne Jarrett... $29.99. This is the one price that makes sense here -- sorta. Jarrett's jersey is by far the cheapest, and he's contributed far less than the other 3... but he's the only one still on the team!
I scrolled around a little more looking for "bargains" on the website and found items like a 36" tall Sir Purr plush stuffed animal for a mere... $199.99!
But then I finally found something that was discounted by that magic 50 percent number. Drum roll, please....
Anyone want a Keyshawn Johnson Panthers bobblehead, reg.$20, for $9.99??
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