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I am the official writer about the Carolina Panthers for Sportsblog.com and will cover other teams and sports as well

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Jose Fernandez     Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

24 year old Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez has died in an early morning boating accident. Authorities found a 30-foot boat overturned that had crashed into the rocks off Miami Beach. Three people were found dead and authorities were looking for survivors.

It is always shocking when somebody so young dies unexpectedly especially a sports figure with a long career ahead of him. Thoughts and prayers to the Marlins, their fans and the family of Joese Fernandez. 

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Panthers fans may be prevented from going to game by protestors     Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN is reporting that protestors plan to block entrances to the Panthers stadium today for the Vikings game. A source told ESPN's Michael Eaves that police got word Saturday night that protesters will gather at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Marshall Park, about a mile from Bank of America Stadium, and will march down to the stadium and attempt to block all of its entrances -- even those for the players and officials.

Protestors have been blocking streets, attacking cars and people, and looting, ever since an African American was shot by a police officer. The man's family says he was unarmed, the police say they recovered a gun with his fingerprints and DNA on it.

Most of the protestors have been peaceful but the bad apples get most of the publicity. But the plan to block entrances to the Panthers game is a publicity stunt that could get violent.

People pay a lot of money to go to a game and some people only can afford to go to one game per year. They won't take lightly having to miss the game or being delayed in getting in.

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Sam Bradford     Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The much awaited Carolina Panthers pass rush should show up against the Vikings today. The Panthers defensive ends have been a non factor for most of two games so far this season.

The Vikings have given up 4 sacks in two games and it looked worse than that last week against the Packers. And the Vikings lost their left tackle for the rest of the season, who happens to be the brother of the Panthers center.

Norv Turner is the offensive coordinator of the Vikings. His offense tends to like longer drop backs, 7 steps, in order to throw medium to long passes. Denver and San Francisco attacked the Panthers with short drops and quick passes to negate the pass rush.

Of course Turner could shorten the drops for Sam Bradford but that does not fit his usual style. One other thing is the Vikings have a great defensive line and the team has 7 sacks in two games. This could be a sack fest today with both Sam Bradford and Cam Newton getting sacked multiple times. The Panthers have 4 sacks this year and have given up 4 in two games.

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