7:45 p.m. update: Panthers reveal new logo
This is a picture, taken from the Nike Football Facebook page this weekend, of a pair of Panthers' gloves with what looks like the team's new logo. Here also is the old logo, for comparison. Note that the new one -- if it's real, and it appears to be --- has more electric blue on eyes, teeth and whiskers. Otherwise the changes seem subtle except for that blue lip.
Whenever there's a Throwback Uniform day in the NFL, the Panthers never can participate. They have never really altered their uniforms or their logo in any real sense.
That, however, may be about to change. Nike is replacing Reebok as the maker of NFL uniforms this season -- that may be one reason why it was so hard to find a Cam Newton jersey around Christmas, since Reebok apparently wasn't interested in making a lot more of them.
But Nike is apparently going to tinker with the Panthers' uniform (with the Panthers' and the NFL's permission, of course). And perhaps this is a sneak peek of the new logo part of that tinkering. The changes are fairly subtle if this is not just a stylistic "gloves-only" kind of thing -- the whiskers used to be gray and now are blue, for instance, and the teeth and eyes look a bit different.
Alert reader Stephen R. spotted this link and sent it along to me, and it looks legit. So I'm going to change an "off day" into a workday and start asking some questions. When you go to the Nike Football Facebook page, the other teams' logos basically look the same on their gloves -- the Panthers is the only one at first glance that looks obviously different.