Schedule reveals aren’t the most exciting thing in sports. Yes, they offer fans concrete dates and times for games so they can plan potential trips, but the opponents are known before the schedule itself comes out. The main drama comes from which games get primetime billing.
So that’s why it’s way better to have fun with a schedule reveal as the Carolina Panthers did. They first teased their schedule early Wednesday night with graphics that appeared to be out of a video game and then, when it came time to reveal the schedule, it turned out that it was exactly what they were going for. With a Sega Genesis inspired logo, the Panthers opened their schedule reveal. They followed it up with a retro video game clip for every team they were playing.
This is genius social media usage and a fun and unique way to unveil a schedule. Didn’t catch what all these references meant? No worries. We got you covered.
Week 1: Los Angeles Rams – The first game reference is for the Rams and you might initially think this is for Skate or Die, an NES classic, but since the Panthers are going for a Sega look let’s look at a different skating game or more of a California game. California Games for the Sega Genesis let you skate, surf, and hackeysack to your heart’s content. It was a different time during the console wars.
Week 2: Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Ah, the classic Pitfall for the Atari 2600. Bonus points here for the double meaning of this being a pitfall game.
Week 3: Arizona Cardinals – Daytona USA has one of the best intro themes ever and I will hear no arguments saying otherwise. It’s also a pretty fun arcade racer.
Week 4: Houston Texans – Everybody that grew up in the ’90s has played Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. Most people played it on the PlayStation, but it was also available on the Nintendo 64 with a cool dark blue cartridge. One of the coolest skateboarding games ever and wildly addicting. More bonus points here for putting Cam Newton and J.J. Watt into the game as playable characters.
Week 5: Jacksonville Jaguars – It’s Madden. Kind of an obvious one there. I have no idea which version this is unfortunately so let’s just go with the 1990 version.