Every win a 3-peat for local Panthers fan

Every win a 3-peat for local Panthers fan

Every win a 3-peat for local Panthers fan

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by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on December 17, 2013 at 3:39 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- One man’s Carolina Panthers game watching might put most people to shame.

“I’ve actually watched it twice,” Daniel Austin said, referring to the Panthers 30-20 victory over the New York Jets.

That’s the entire game, at regular speed, twice within 24 hours of the game; it’s his weekly routine.

"I have NFL Game Rewind, so I re-watch all the plays,” Austin said. “And I'll probably watch it one more time before this Sunday's game.” 

Every time the Panthers win, it’s a three-peat.

“I will watch them win three times; I will watch a loss once,” he said.

NBC Charlotte asked Austin what he learns watching the game a third time that he doesn’t learn the first two times. His answer is nothing.

"I just really love to watch my Panthers just destroy their opponents and soak it in,” he said. "I make time.  I don't have a lot of other hobbies. I work a lot. I don't have cable television, so if I'm watching something, it's that."

Austin chooses the real-time version, but if he is short on time, he will watch the condensed version which takes about 20 minutes.

That includes at work. Austin is a volunteer coordinator at Forest Hill Church. He watches the games on his computer or a television. He says Pastor David Chadwick is okay with him watching games there.

"He's a big Panthers fan, and he wants me to be bought into the team as well."

Somewhere in Charlotte, married couples are saying Austin must enjoy being single. Watching each win three times at regular speed can eat up 10 hours or more. But yes, Austin is married-- to a Panthers fan.

"’Just whatever you need to do I guess,’” is how Austin says his wife responds to his repetitive Panthers game watching.  “She loves the Panthers, too; she accepts it."

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