BLS: ..Cam Newton -“Weather” & Barbecue

    Cam Newton
    January07/ 2016

    Cam Newton joins “The Weather” and “Barbecue” as Universal Opinion Magnets.  “EVERYBODY”, apparently, has “an opinion” about’em.

    Hey, do you want to be “like Weather and Barbecue” too?

    Then do some/all of the following….
    (1)    Be the Quarterback on a 15-1 NFL team in “a small market”.  THAT is the hardest part.
    (2)    Do a silly “Look At Me” dance when you score a Touchdown.
    (3)    Wrap a towel around your head on the sidelines.  (??)
    (4)    Dress in “Hey Look At Me” flamboyant fashions.
    (5)    Give away footballs to kids in the stands…. and
    (6)    You and your girlfriend have a baby “out of wedlock”.

    It helps if one does all this in a relatively “small market” like, say, Charlotte where there is a smidge of we don’t act like THAT around here.   “Normal” in a NYC or LA ain’t normal in a Charlotte and vicey versy.

    I wrote an earlier piece about Cam Newton in which I said his behavior (see above list) doesn’t personally bother me because I simply don’t care one way or the other.  I still don’t.  I am confident my indifference will not interfere with Newton’s practice for The Playoffs.

    If “a Manning” or a Drew Brees started “behaving like that” I might wonder “how come they are doing that”; but they haven’t.

    I am no longer anyone’s “target demographic”.  There are, apparently, not enough “me’s” still above ground to matter.  I know I’m NOT the only one who watches NCIS and Blue Bloods so I’m not quite “an old Eskimo on an ice floe” but I’m getting there.MAY2562.pvw

    The NFL and certainly The NBA are overt sports personifications of African-American Millennial Culture.  College FB / BB are too.  Why should that surprise anyone? …… “bother anyone” is another issue all together.

    “Culture” is not a right/wrong thing.  Culture is a “different thing”.  So long as “The Government” allows me a choice, I opt for White Baby Boomer Culture.  I would not expect Cam Newton to opt for that.  TomAto – Tomahto.

    “How” did those sports get “that way” is a legitimate question to ponder from a sociological / anthropological standpoint.  But denying “they are” is a silly waste of time best left to (1) ostrichs…. (2) your crazy Uncle Burt…. (3) UNC’s Dr. Debbie Don’tDoLunch…. and (4) Wake Forest Univ’s Terminally Constipated Angry Afro-curmudgeonette Melissa Harris-Perry.

    I, of course, Nostradamusized all this 4-5 years ago in my epoch – Spectators & Gladiators…. and n’er the twain shall meet.

    Back to Cam Newton.   Last month “a lady in Eastern Tennessee” wrote a LTTE (Letter To The Editor) of The Charlotte Observer “complaining” about Cam Newton’s end zone dances.   That faction of society that doesn’t like “ladies from Eastern Tennessee” or “people like her” (whatever THAT means) went BONKERS calling her all the usual nasty names we call those with opinions different from ours these days.  One of the more popular epithets starts with “r” and ends in “…acist”.

    That “lady in Eastern Tennessee” didn’t claim to be speaking for anyone but herself but the LTTE staff at the financially beleaguered Charlotte Observer figured creating a Racial Brouhaha would be a fun thing to do…. so they did.

    All failing McClatchy newspapers LOVE fueling Racial Brouhahas like a pig loves mud.

    Earlier this week, there were TWO (a/k/a “a groundswell”) LTTEs expressing dismay that Cam Newton has fathered a child “out-of-wedlock”.   That a dancing QB with a towel wrapped around his head would “father a child out of wedlock” should ignite two LTTEs is surely a Sign of End of Days.  The CharlObsv did not say if there were A Buncha letters of concern or just those two.

    I have no idea how many “out-of-wedlock baby daddies” there are in The NFL / NBA but it is more than a handful…. and does not include “a Manning” or Drew Brees…. that I am aware of.   No, I don’t know why Ashley Manning was taking anti-aging HGH.  The “get married” then “have a baby” sequence is viewed differently in different cultures.  Again, I prefer “mine”.

    If the Panthers were not 15-1 would Cam Newton’s behavior concern that “lady in Eastern Tennessee” or the two people concerned about his baby-daddy issue?   Who knows?

    If Johnny Manziel was the starting QB of a 15-1 Cleveland Browns, every team in the NFL would be going to Las Vegas every weekend…. wearing blond wigs and Groucho glasses.

    I think Cam has worn that silly towel around his head for several years and he has been rather “flamboyant” since he first BURST on the sports page at Auburn.

    If The Panthers were 1-15, the Panthers fan lunatic fringe would be A LOT more upset than those three LTTE writers.   Lunatic Fringe nutjobs get way more agitated over three consecutive L’s than they do about “towels” and “babies”.

    IF The Panthers don’t make it to The Super Bowl, look for Cam Newton’s assorted eccentricities to receive more attention from “concerned fans” and NOT just “one lady from Eastern Tennessee”

    …. but not from me.


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    • AO-in-GSBO Reply
      4 years ago

      Now you really don’t think Ol Cam wears that Gatorade towel for free do you?
      Overuse of the word “physicality” by football announcers recently. I wonder if they ever bothered to look up the definition. Talk about politically incorrect. Mr. Webster says, “Predominance of the physical usually at the expense of the mental” I believe that pretty much nails it

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        My “favorite” over-used sports phrase is “high ankle sprain” with #2 being “athleticism”. The average vocabulary of a board monkey is limited to 7-8 trite cliches and 36 spittle-spewing obscenties aimed at their hated rival – “the media” – officials – or his team’s AD.

    • SeaIsland-Gambler Reply
      4 years ago

      Things I like about Cam:
      1. Gives footballs to little kids. Their smiles could even brighten a Democrat’s day!
      2. No history of arrests; no tats; no gang-banger ties I’m aware of… nor any other ties to high crimes or misdemeanors.
      3. Speaks respectfully and without profanity… proves that it can be done.
      4. Silly dances and towels aside, takes care of business without throwing blame on others when it all turns into ka-pookie.
      5. The out of wedlock kid… sad… but there was a time that could have been me or a whole bunch of friends during what I consider my period of misspent youth. We were luckier than smart.

      Happy New Year, my friend,

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        In my best Lee Corso voice – “Not so fast my friend” …. as re: #2 – Newton was dismissed from Univ Florida for “stealing a laptop”. He enrolled in a JuCo then to Auburn where charges of illegal $$$ funneled to his father by Auburn boosters swirled for several years.
        I agree that his off-field behavior as a Panther has been “fine”. For a franchise that has had Rae Carruth and Greg Hardy, “fine” is much appreciated.

    • Bill Reply
      4 years ago

      Cam Newton and I are culturally very far apart, but I like the endzone celebrations, and always have – especially the Icky Shuffle (that was moved to the sideline, right?) and even Terrell Owens’ antics. After all, it is a game, and games are supposed to be about fun & entertainment. Though I realize it is a game played by large men making millions.

      For some reason, I do NOT like the extended celebrations when an NFL D-lineman makes a sack on the QB. I don’t even understand my own apparent double standard.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        I’m OK with “spiking” after a TD but have never cared for the HEY LOOK AT ME strutting crap. I’m good with Tiger’s “fist pump” and any “in the joy of the moment” exultation. Emotion is a part of Sports. But… as with pornography – I know “too much” when I see it.

        • Doug Reply
          4 years ago

          I’m with Bill. The suits at the NCAA make $BILLONS while, with humorless straight faces, penalize unpaid players if they have too much fun. I’m not into this celebration culture at all but I ain’t playing for basically nothing either. The SUITS seem more afraid the “student athletes” might just show how stupid some of them really are.

          • BobLee Reply
            4 years ago

            IMO, it’s like a lot of things… “moderation” usually trumps “too much”. I’m good with fist pumps and spikes but not so much choreographed “Look At Me” performances. But as I prepare for “my ice floe”; no one asks my opinion, but I give it anyway.

    • Queen City Reply
      4 years ago

      Not a fan of any end zone dances but I have met Cam and he was very polite. I have friends who have had similar experiences . I’m sure it is a challenge for him to go unnoticed in Charlotte.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Good to know.

    • SWVA UNCer Reply
      4 years ago

      I don’t find it so strange that board monkeys are fickle and say and do outrageous things when their heroes are criticized. They have no other life outside their hero worship of a figure that suits their warped needs. However, I did find it quite strange when a young woman minister (Protestant) in my area filled her personal FB page with gushing notes for Frank Beamer (and yes, I think he IS a good man, but he’s NOT God) when he retired. Perhaps that’s one of a myriad of reasons her church is shrinking, her priorities are miscued. Needless to say, I don’t visit that church anymore, also for lots of reasons.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Now now… from your old days in Chapel Hill; you do know more than a few “over there” are quite convinced St Dean was “born in a manger” and now fills the Holy Quartet with The Father, The Son & The Holy Ghost. … IMO, THAT is very very scary.

        • SWVA UNCer Reply
          4 years ago

          I totally agree with the Chapel Hill scenario as well, although I don’t think Coach Smith liked that very much. IMHO, BOTH situations are scary, and I trust that Frank Beamer would be horrified to be canonized as well.

          • BobLee Reply
            4 years ago

            Maybe Dean didn’t but it sure helped Robert Seymour’s attendance at Olin Binkley to have “a For Real Saint” among his flock. Board monkeys DO turn on their false gods pretty quickly. See what will happen if Nick loses to Dabo on Monday. OUCH!

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