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Friday, February 12, 2016

Cam Newton: Trump in quarterback's clothing

Newton in Action    (Public Domain)
During a presidential-election year in which political correctness has fallen by the wayside, why should football warriors pretend to be any different?

For those on the sidelines who shoot barbs at Cam Newton’s sportsmanship, here are some words from the anti-hero himself:  I’m on record as being a sore loser.  I hate losing.  You show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser.

Okay, so it wasn’t polite.  Not even close.  But then again, Newton has also explained that “he won’t conform to what anyone wants to see from him.”

Astute observers of human nature might have figured this out weeks ago.  After all, we’re talking about the same Newton who “dances and celebrates after picking up first downs, scoring touchdowns and winning games.”

Speaking of Newton, it’s a basic law of physics that what comes up must come down.  This pertains to apples, feathers, stats and attitudes.

So why pretend?  If you’re hot on the campaign trail in New Hampshire, why not call your opponent the “p” word?  If you’re a losing quarterback, why not hide in your hoodie and walk out the door? 

Scratch that thin veneer of civilization, and there’s an exploding id within us all.  The trick is to balance it out with humility.  Lots of humility.  Which is far easier to accomplish when the paparazzi aren’t breathing down your neck.


Copyright February 12, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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