Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post is bringing the heat this week at Super Bowl 50, helping both Roger Goodell and Cam Newton come to the light.
First, Roger Goodell.
Jenkins writes under the following title.
Cam Newton is meeting the media head-on in San Fran this week leading up to Super Bowl 50.
And he’s probably one of a few guys who can actually do that and come away better for it. Mainly, because he’s right, he is criticized unjustly and he’s also very good at what he said.
“It’s not necessarily the media pressure, it’s just media requirements that is getting up under a lot of people’s skin,” Newton told the media swarm Wednesday in San Francisco.
“I think I’ve got to meet with you guys another time and nothing’s going to change. I’ll be walking out in this room, walking up those stairs, going to another meeting, going to practice, probably playing a couple of video games, talking to my parents, making sure they make it here on time, waking up, brushing my teeth – obviously – go to another meeting. Depends on what the breakfast looks like, if I may eat it or not. Go to the team meeting, come back to you guys and talk. I don’t get it. I don’t know what you guys want to know, man, but it is what it is.”
—Josh Peter of USA TODAY has been killing it with his Super Bowl 50 coverage.
Sunday he has Joe Namath late of the New York Jets, late of Super Bowl III, before which he promised a heckler in Miami, Florida that the Jets would win. “I guarantee it”, he said. That he did and he was the MVP of Super Bowl III.
Fast forward 47 Super Bowls later, and Peter draws the comparison between Namath and one Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers.
Namath says, “Cam, myself, guys like Neon Deion (Sanders), we were all part of a group.”
“The game has transitioned, the players have transitioned, the attitudes have transitioned, going back to Vince Lombardi’s quote, ‘If you score a touchdown, act like you’ve been there before.’ That’s changed. …”
“Cam is purely joyful to watch. He’s certainly entitled to showing his pleasure. The bottom line to this is, if you’re not winning, you can’t do it. … If you want shut Cam down of his exuberance and the spirit and the emotion and all that, you’ve got to beat him on the football field.’’
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