And last September a lady in my church, a sweet woman who sings in the choir and works for American Airlines and is a rabid Panthers fan, approached me and mused about how cool it'd be if I got to do an invocation for a Panthers game. Which I heartily agreed with. So she took it upon herself to make some phone calls and find out the process, and I submitted a page of information and she a letter of recommendation as a PSL owner.
And last Monday I got an email from Jason in the Panthers Entertainment Division (yes, the Entertainment Division). They needed an invocationist for their home playoff game, and they had four tickets and field passes to go with it. Was I interested?
You bet your Keep Pounding hashtag I was.
So here's the story of what turned out to be a glorious, wonderful, second-half stressful, eventually celebratory and overall joy-filled day. I'm so glad I got to represent Trinity Presbyterian Church of Charlotte and enjoy a pretty amazing experience with my wife and sons.
Next week: Panthers vs. Cardinals for a trip to the Super Bowl. Tickets sold out in three minutes. No email from Jason - yet.