Panther fever spreading across the Triad

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Panther fever is sweeping North Carolina and the most recent cases are being reported in the Triad.

Walter Ostrowka is the general manager of Sports Authority in Greensboro.

“It’s been really hectic this week, especially today,” he said, admitting most of his customers are suffering symptoms from Panther fever.

“You just get wrapped up because that’s the talk of the town,” he added.

Ostrowka said the best treatment he’s found is making yourself comfortable with new Panthers gear.

“They need to have a jersey. They need to show the jersey and get it a little bit big so you can put your coat or sweatshirt underneath it so you can show your colors when it’s cold out,” he pointed out.

Sports Authority has more gear ordered and on standby; they’ve been coordinating with their corporate office to make sure they have plenty of Panthers memorabilia.

Barry and Donna Bartrug of Seagrove are turning blue with Panther fever. They advised getting to a tailgate for treatment Sunday as soon as possible.

“It’s going to be the biggest game that I’ve been to ever at the stadium. It’s going to be awesome. Three minutes? They sold out 7,000 tickets? Yeah it’s going to be awesome,” explained Barry.

They aren’t actively looking for a cure. Barry and Donna actually hope Panther fever lasts a few more weeks.

He insisted, “Hopefully Seattle loses and we get the NFC Championship game. That’s what we’re hoping for.”

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