San Francisco’s Moscone Center Fan Gallery, aka land of the $69.99 Super Bowl sweatshirts, finally surged with fans Friday. There were Panthers fans, there were Broncos fans, there were 49ers fans, there was … a Dolphins fan.

I pounced on the sea of orange — the Broncos-paraphernalia-clad fans checking out T-shirts and hats and overpriced team goodness. Some of them were talking smack to me once they knew where I was from, calling Cam Newton a flaky pastry, or a Fig Newton that thinks he’s too good.

I just thought both of those things sounded delicious.

Then I threw three lightning-round questions at them all to make them squirm a bit:

Joe Benavidez, flag-carrying Broncos fan with other flag-carrying friends.

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What city are the Panthers from?

Charlotte. (After he hesitated and his friend screamed out “Charlotte.”)

Can you name one Panthers player other than Cam Newton?

Luke Kuechly.

What comes to mind when I say “North Carolina”:

N.C. State.

Jim Soss, self-described “intelligent” Broncos fan

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What city are the Panthers from?

Charlotte.

Can you name one Panthers player other than Cam Newton? And Luke Kuechly?

How about Michael Oher, who is their left tackle. (Show off.)

What comes to mind when I say “North Carolina”:

Andy Griffith.

Rodney Helsel, Broncos fan with a Panthers-hat-wearing daughter

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What city are the Panthers from?

Charlotte, South Carolina. (So, so, so close.)

Can you name one Panthers player other than Cam Newton? And Luke Kuechly?

“Two of them played for Coastal Carolina. It starts with a T?” (Mike Tolbert. Then there is Josh Norman.)

What comes to mind when I say “North Carolina?”

Hillbillies. (Yeah, well you thought Charlotte was in S.C.)

Jennifer McMahan, fashionable scarf-clad Broncos fan

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What city are the Panthers from?

Raleigh, N.C.

Can you name one Panthers player other than Cam Newton? And Luke Kuechly?

I don’t know anybody other than Cam Newton.

What comes to mind when I say “North Carolina”?

Warm weather. (Pro tip: You might still need that scarf in N.C.)

Sage Weil, confident Broncos fan in jersey

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What city are the Panthers from?

Charlotte. (Nailed it.)

Can you name one Panthers player other than Cam Newton?

Greg Olsen.

What comes to mind when I say “North Carolina?”

Tar Heels.

Billye Lockhart, Broncos fan buying cute Super Bowl baby clothes

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What city are the Panthers from?

Raleigh. Raaayleigh? How do you say that? (Not like that.)

Can you name one Panthers player other than Cam Newton? And Luke Kuechly?

I really don’t know anybody else.

What comes to mind when I say “North Carolina?”

The Panthers and Michael Jordan.

Linda Laverty, Broncos fan with enthusiasm for NC food

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What city are the Panthers from?

I know this. I should know this. (Perhaps.)

Can you name one Panthers player other than Cam Newton? And Luke Kuechly?

Norman. (I saw your husband whisper that in your ear.)

What comes to mind when I say “North Carolina?”

Peaches and pecans. Good cookin’. And awesome seafood.

Kudos to the Broncos fans for keeping it clean. For the most part.

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