I am not trying to play this off like it is some new story. I just think that as time has gone on, and Cam Newton's success how continued, the story has become more and more fictional. It's like the people that are so offended by a quarterback that dances after touchdowns, or smiles after first downs, are so confused by his ability to win that they are just stuck in a room full of Cam Newton 'Fat Heads' launching their own feces at the wall and hoping some of it sticks. These are two actual, real life conversations I had last night. The first one was predictably about "arrogance" -or as I like to call it- the inability for some people to understand what it's like to watch someone actually enjoying their profession. The second one? Someone that was upset that Cam Newton was getting screen time after a Luke Kuechly touchdown late in the game. Yes, some people are so desperate to chastise Cam Newton that they are blaming him for a camera man's decision to put the face of a Super Bowl quarterback on your television screen. It's almost like they didn't watch Peyton Manning sitting on the bench for the entire 4th quarter of yesterday's AFC championship. Almost like a quarterback receiving a majority of the credit for a victory is some sort of new concept. I was actually called a "black apologist" last night because I said that Cam Newton was the MVP. A BLACK APOLOGIST for saying that a quarterback that was responsible for FORTY FIVE touchdowns with Ted Ginn Jr. as his best wide receiver was the MVP. I won't even apologize for my own pale white ass most of the time and now I am apologizing for a millionaire who also happens to be one of the most consensus choices for MVP in recent memory, strictly because of the color of his skin?
My parents are still together so I can't say that I am speaking from experience, but Cam Newton haters are starting to sound like children that are meeting their stepfather for the first time. Just a rash of irrational justifications for their contempt when it really just boil down to one thing. Those children hate everything about their stepfather strictly because he's not their actual father, just like Cam's detractors hate him because he isn't the same "classy", mild mannered quarterback they are used to seeing. And honestly, why should he be? Cam Newton is anything but prototypical. He's a guy that earns those first downs he so enthusiastically celebrates by taking hits that are generally reserved for skill position players. A majority of the touchdown celebrations -that have become so polarizing- come after he puts his body on the line by launching himself into the heart of an NFL defense. If some running back was dabbing every time he moved the chains then no one would give it a second thought. Why should it be any different when it's a quarterback that just happened to perform the job requirements of a running back?
I'm not saying Cam Newton isn't a showman. He absolutely is. I'm saying that professional sports are entertainment, and Cam Newton is the best entertainer in all of football. Why should I care that he does that from the quarterback position? When did a quarterback's job description change? I thought they were just supposed to do their best to lead their team to victory. I didn't know they had to have a stern look on their face while they did it. Who cares what Cam Newton's mannerisms are as he continues to lead his team to victory? I know his team certainly doesn't. I know his coach certainly doesn't. I know Panthers fans certainly don't. Yeah, he's flashy as fuck, but the only thing he's hurting by being flashy is the feelings of a couple up tight fans. I don't know if the resentment stems from race or people's apprehensiveness towards a player that doesn't fit some contrived version of what a quarterback is "supposed" to be, but I do know that it is unwarranted. If you hate Cam Newton then it says a lot more about you then it does about him, because he's about to win a Super Bowl while you sit at home bitching about how happy he looks while he does it. Really puts things in perspective, no?