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Feb. 02, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

THUMBS UP: Panthers coaches

Carolina Panthers coaches have been pretty familiar with the hot seat the last few years, but lately it’s been a pretty good gig.

Current head coach Ron Rivera, who’s been on the verge of being fired for parts of the last two seasons, led the team to a 12-4 record this year and into the NFC Divisional title game. The Panthers dropped that contest to San Francisco, but “Riverboat Ron” was rewarded nonetheless with a three-year contract extension this week – along with three NFL “coach of the year” honors, with others expected to follow. Under Rivera, the Panthers have won 17 of their last 22 regular-season games.

And you’ll remember that Rivera followed in the footsteps of John Fox, who spent nine years as head coach at Carolina before being fired after a 2-14 season in 2010, where the Panthers finished last in the league. Today? Fox is taking his Denver Broncos into the Super Bowl in New York against the Seattle Seahawks, after the team’s second straight 13-3 season. Fox spent part of this season off the sidelines while recuperating from aortic valve replacement surgery (the Broncos were 3-1 in his absence), but he’ll be looking for redemption in his second trip to the Super Bowl as a head coach following the Panthers’ loss to the Patriots in 2003.


THUMBS UP: Motley Crue

Nostalgia pays big in the music business, and so does hype. The members of Motley Crue, the hard-rocking band formed in 1981 that was as famous for its off-the-stage antics, self-indulgence and self-promotion as its loud music, announced this week they’re calling it quits.

Of course, a 72-date farewell tour will come first. The “Final Tour,” which should be subtitled – “Seriously, we’re really quitting after this” – will likely be a profitable one (despite the band’s plans for low ticket prices) for Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx. But this “thumbs up” isn’t for the tour, but for the fact that, as the band said this week, “All bad things must come to an end.” Band members say they want to go out on top. Fine with us, so long as they close the door behind them.


THUMBS UP: American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is about much more than helping people in times of disaster, but this much appreciated organization certainly leaves a legacy of caring for others in such times when help is so needed.

Such was the case this week when six people were affected by a mobile home fire on Gunter Lake Road. The home was a total loss. Abby Cameron, of the American Red Cross, noted that five of the individuals "had somewhere to go" and were provided with food and clothing. The other individuals was provided with a hotel room for two nights, as well as food and clothing.

Of course, the American Red Cross will be long remembered for its efforts in the aftermath of the April 2011 tornado that struck Lee County.

To the American Red Cross, thank you for being here for us when disaster strikes, whether large or small.