If he didn’t already have it, the N&R’s Ed Hardin officially earned his politically correct sportswriters card with yesterday’s column on the Panthers’ victory over the Redskins:

Carolina might be the best team in the NFL, but you couldn’t really tell Sunday because Washington might be the worst team in the NFL.

….The holiday celebration broke out early in the stands, where a huge crowd came to watch a clinic. It was over by halftime when Newton had 167 yards and four touchdown passes, throwing darts into the end zones and ignoring the fool in burgundy and gold holding a sign proclaiming this to be “(Racial slur) Country.”

Side note —Panthers and Cowboys will square on Thanksgiving Day in the ‘best color rush sets yet.’