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You Betcha Conference Championship Sunday: Panthers Over Cardinals

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    Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) is introduced before an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 2, 2015.

    I long ago burned out on Fantasy Football. I can’t wrap my little brain around the FanDuelDraftKings craze. And I’ve wasted lots of time and a little money on not finishing first in those Eliminator Pools.But, alas, like of fans, I do like to have a little extra interest in Cowboys games. So let’s do this: I just robbed an imaginary bank and pocketed a virtual $1,000. What better way to spend it than on some mythical wagering.

    I’ll start with my $1k bankroll and each week – usually on Thursday or Friday – I’ll analyze the upcoming Cowboys game and make a wager. With any luck, come 2016 it’ll be iPhone upgrades for everyone. Or maybe not.

    Do I think we’ll win? You betcha!

    Fine, let’s break this bank!

    By my math that’s 4-0 the last four weeks and – including last Sunday’s cover by the Panthers over the Seahawks – a season profit of over $2,000 since way back in September.

    With only two more weeks left in the NFL season, now we’re not thinking about upgrading iPhones, but buying Apple. Okay, perhaps let’s cool our heels a tad. But when you’re hot, you …

    Ride with the hot team. Duh.

    The Panthers’ first-half demolition of the Seahawks was impressive. About as dominant a team has looked against a good opponent in a big game in a long time. It was 31-0 before Carolina took its lead foot off the pedal.

    Carolina is 16-1, including 8-0 at home. The Panthers have MVP Cam Newton, a solid running game and the best defense in football. Arizona is having a good season, but Carolina is a great team.

    I don’t expect the Panthers to hold the Cardinals to a playoff-record low 78 total yards like they did in last year’s playoff win in the same stadium. But I do fully expect the Panthers to win by more than a field goal and advance to their first Super Bowl.

    Carolina 34, Arizona 21.

    STARTING BANKROLL: $1,000
    CURRENT BANKROLL: $3,010
    SEASON RECORD: 11-8
    LAST WEEK: 1-0, +$750
    THIS WEEK: Panthers minus-3 over Cardinals, for $1,000. 

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.