Holy Panthers-mania! Catman will return.
Greg “Catman” Good, 56, has never missed a Panthers home game. He’s arguably the Panthers’ most recognizable fan, and has been sporting his characteristic getup of electric blue wig (akin to a troll doll’s hair) and blue-and-black cape as “Catman” since 1998.
After nearly a weeklong stay in Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, Good wasn’t sure he would make it to Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. He was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.
But Sunday, the Catman rises.
Good said Saturday that he is indeed planning to keep his perfect attendance for home games since the Panthers began in 1995.
“Catman will be there,” he said just before getting discharged from the hospital.
According to his website, Catman makes charity and entertainment appearances, and averages taking about 175 photos per game with other fans.
He has recently taken a hammer cut-out to games to show support for the popular Panthers tagline, “Keep pounding.”
But with the Panthers approaching the most important game of the season yet, Good worried he would have to miss it. That fear was alleviated when his doctor allowed him to go home Saturday.
“I gotta get out of here so I can make me another hammer,” he said as he was getting discharged. “The rain destroyed my last hammer, and I can’t pound without a hammer, so I got a lot to do.”
He said he would be spending his Saturday evening crafting it out of cardboard and duct tape.
Good, from Winston-Salem, said appearing at the stadium means more than just going to a game. “Catman represents a lot of people. A lot of people prayed for me, and a lot of people believe in me and what I can do.”
Congestive heart failure is a condition that means the heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs, according to the National Institutes of Health website.
Good hasn’t had previous heart problems, he said, and he’s feeling a lot better since last Monday. He has a doctor’s appointment set up for Tuesday.
Good didn’t blame the the Cardiac Cats’ exciting games for his diagnosis, and he’s not expecting to miss a game anytime soon: “They haven’t cardiac-ed me yet.”
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