Until recently, the Carolina Panthers haven’t had a winning streak since 2008, and fans like Mitch Clark, co-owner of A Lock-It Self Storage in Fort Mill, S.C., are eager to show their support for the team’s success. Clark and his customers have been posting encouraging messages for the NFL team on the facility’s exterior sign.
Clark and his father, Joe Clark, with whom he co-owns the self-storage business, began the practice of posting Panthers messages to their signage several years ago. They frequently take suggestions for clever and humorous notes. “Anybody that comes up with the best idea gets one on there,” Clark told the source.
Last week’s message took a jab at Richard "Richie" Incognito Jr., a football guard for the Miami Dolphins who was recently suspended following allegations of bullying. The sign read, “Patriots beware, the Panthers are incognito no more.”
Writing messages is easier and more fun when the team is winning, said Clark, who attends games whenever possible to cheer on his team. When the Panthers are losing, it’s more difficult to keep positive messages on the board, but they do their best, he told the source.
A Lock-it opened in 1997 with just four buildings. The company now operates a second location in Pineville, N.C.
Based in Charlotte, N.C., the Carolina Panthers are currently ranked second in the southern division of the National Football Conference with a record of 7-3.