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SB50: Bizarre Trends that Favor Carolina

When trying to nail down your prediction for a game, it’s often common to analyze a list of trends to help you make up your mind. Trends such as home and away records, and how teams do as a favorite or underdog are legitimate reasons to make a bettor lean one way versus another, but it’s important to be able to differentiate between the trends that matter and the ones that don’t.

As silly as some trends may be, it’s still fun to take a look at what some teams might have in common with things going on in pop culture or other events. Here’s a look at some bizarre trends that favor the Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Are these simply just coincidences, or do you think they actually mean something? (There’s a 99.9% chance that they’re simply just coincidences, but if you’re looking for one last reason to choose the Panthers, here you go!)

California Love

The Super Bowl hasn’t been played in California since 2003 when the game was played in San Diego, but the biggest game in the sport makes its return to the Golden State this year at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Playing in California has treated the NFC representative well in the seven games played there since 1983, as the conference has gone 6-1.

And more good California related news for Panthers fans, as Denver has played in three Super Bowls in California, losing two of them. The two losses were absolute drubbings too, losing Super Bowl XXI to the Giants 39-20, and Super Bowl XXII to the Redskins 42-10.

Cam Newton for President?

Did you know that they’ll be an election later this year? That’s why Donald Trump is always on TV insulting people. Election years have been huge for NFC teams, as the conference has won the Super Bowl in six of the last seven election years.

Ironically enough, the one NFC loss in an election year during that span came from the Panthers in their 2004 loss to the Patriots.

May the Force be with Carolina

In case you’ve been hibernating for the past two months, a new Star Wars movie came out at the end of 2015. It’s still in theatres and has already raked in the third most money ever for a movie, behind just Avatar and Titantic.

If you’re a fan of the Star Wars movies and know nothing about the Panthers or the Broncos, maybe this will help you make up your mind — In Super Bowl games after a Star Wars film was released, the team traveling the farthest in 4-2. For you geography nerds that are also Star Wars nerds and football nerds, Mile High Stadium in Denver in 1,278.9 miles to Levi’s Stadium, while Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte is 2,680.7 miles to Levi’s Stadium.

Batman v Superman v the Broncos

Speaking of blockbuster movies, a major superhero movie is set to be released, with Batman v Superman hitting the big screen in March. In years when a Batman or Superman movie was released, AFC teams have gotten beaten up, winning just four of 14 Super Bowls.

With Cam Newton playing the role of the Superman of the NFL, it might be fitting to see the NFC continue this trend in this year’s game.

Stepping up to the plate: The Carolina Panthers

Earlier this season the Panthers got in trouble for some pre-game baseball bat yielding antics and with Spring Training right around the corner, you’d be right to assume that there’s some type of parallel between baseball and the Super Bowl.

The year after a team from Missouri won the World Series, the NFC has gone 4-1 in the Super Bowl. With the Kansas City Royals winning the World Series last season, will the Panthers hit another home run for the NFC?