Facing The Music
10 February 2016 Views From The Booth
Greetings once again from the Booth! Super Bowl 50 is now one for the books, and now the important question: When do pitchers & catchers report?
Much has been said and written already about Cam Newton’s behavior during and especially after the Carolina Panther’s 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos in “The Big Game”, and I wanted to add my thoughts.
In Super Bowl XXV, Buffalo Bills kicker Scott Norwood missed a 47-yard field goal that would have won the game against the New York Giants. The kick sailed wide right and the Bills lost the first of 4 consecutive Super Bowl appearances. Had the kick been a few feet to the left, Norwood would have been carried off the field and crowned a hero. What Norwood did was own the moment and as painful as it was, answered every reporter’s question after the game. This actually endeared him to most Buffalo fans, and lots of fans nationwide.
Fast forward to Super Bowl 50, a game in which Newton was sacked multiple times and physically beaten down by a dominating Denver defense. During the game, the NFL MVP was seen sulking, screaming at teammates, and showing no signs of being the fun-loving, dancing, posing QB the nation had seen during Carolina’s 17-1 run to the Super Bowl. In addition, during a crucial 4th quarter fumble, Newton actually backed away from the ensuing pile, when it looked like he had a chance of recovering the ball (he has since explained that he didn’t want to risk injury). Worst of all, Newton slumped in his chair in the post-game press conference, gave short one-word answers, and eventually walked out of the room.
In the movie “Any Given Sunday”, Al Pacino’s Coach Tony said to showboating QB Willie Beamon (Jamie Foxx), “You’re the Quarterback!” He was trying to impart to Beamon that the position of quarterback is one of leadership, and unlike any other position on the field. You are the face of the team, on and off the field.
As the league’s MVP, Cam Newton is not only the face of his team , but the face of the entire NFL. His postgame press conference Sunday night was not a good look for the league. Newton is a tremendous talent, but he is also a polarizing figure, who added more fuel to the fire Sunday to those who don’t care for his antics. You can’t be one way when you’re winning, and someone totally different when you’re not.
I truly believe that more is learned about a person in defeat than in victory. Sunday night, we learned something about Cam Newton…
That’s it from the Booth! C’mon Spring, and GO HORNETS!