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Kicking the Tires

This post was originally published in the May 2017 edition of Lake Norman Currents.   After 17 years in the NFL, Olindo Mare shifts gears – literally   It is difficult to say when and where retired NFL kicker, Olindo Mare, saw his first Ferrari…

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The Food or The Football?

In a quest to find out which is more important at Thanksgiving, I’m grabbing a seat on the couch By Mike Savicki   When my editor suggested I explore the two sides of Thanksgiving that are most important to guys – food and football –…

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He Keeps the Panthers Pounding

Head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion, gets the Carolina Panthers ready to battle every Sunday. By Mike Savicki   Ryan Vermillion was younger than most of the football players when he first walked in to the University of Miami’s training room and straightforwardly said, “I’m here…

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The Kick Is Up

Carolina Panther Olindo Mare talks NFL kicking By Mike Savicki   For the overwhelming majority of the typical NFL game, Olindo Mare stands on the sidelines. He knows there’s nothing personal about the decision; he understands that staying prepared while on the sidelines is simply…

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Another Day in Paradise

Karl Noonan has led an extraordinary life filled with setbacks and victories By Mike Savicki   A sign hangs above one of the televisions in Karl Noonan’s home. It simply reads Another Day in Paradise.   The sign could serve as a reminder of Noonan’s…

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A Football Mind

Coach Don Breaux has a lifetime of the sport to share By Mike Savicki   If you took a poll of Panther fans entering Bank of America Stadium on any given Sunday, the chances are good that the overwhelming majority would not be able to identify…

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Changing the Game

Phil Horton’s vision and philosophy elevate athletic performance By Mike Savicki   Huntersville’s Phil Horton has both an athletic coaching and training resume that crosses collegiate and professional sports, and a philosophy that is as unique as it is successful. The Lenoir, North Carolina native,…