The Carolina Panthers don't play at night very often. They have done so 25 times -- an average of about 1.4 per year -- since starting play in 1995. I wrote my column about their mixed-bag history in those after-dark games -- they are 10-15 overall in the regular season -- for today's newspaper.
But NFL night games often make for great memories. The lights are bright. The helmets glisten. The game feels more important.
So what's your favorite night-time memory with the Panthers and why?
It can be a postseason, preseason or regular-season game, and you can have attended it or just seen it on TV somewhere.
Mine was on Jan.2, 2004, when the Panthers whipped Dallas, 29-10, in a playoff game in Charlotte. That one had some personal significance, as my wife had had our third child only three days before.
I was originally supposed to be off for a week, but she was kind enough to help out on The Observer's team coverage for one night only.
After all, the Panthers have had fewer home playoff games (three) than we have had children (four).
That would have been a hard game to miss.
The best answer or answers to this "best night-time memory" question -- left in a comment below on this blog entry -- wins a free signed copy of my 2004 book "Tales from the Carolina Panthers Sideline."
I will announce the winners on this blog in the comments by Friday morning.
Here's a list of the Panthers' regular-season nighttime games to help get you started:
1995 -- Lost to New Orleans
1996 -- Beat the N.Y. Giants
1997 -- Lost to Washington and San Francisco; Beat Atlanta and Dallas
1998 -- Lost to Buffalo
1999 -- Beat Atlanta
2000 -- Beat St. Louis and Green Bay
2001 -- Lost to San Francisco
2002 -- None
2003 -- Lost to Atlanta
2004 -- Lost to Green Bay and Atlanta
2005 -- Beat Green Bay
2006 -- Lost to Dallas and Philadelphia, beat Tampa Bay
2007 -- Lost to Dallas
2008 -- Beat Tampa Bay, lost to the N.Y. Giants
2009 -- Lost to Dallas and Miami, beat Minnesota
2010 -- Lost to Pittsburgh
2011 -- None
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