Cam Newton Silences the Critics and Even Peyton Manning

Oh yeah...he's number one.

In April Cam Newton was taken number one overall by the Carolina Panthers and like everything in life the critics spoke. With comments such as he’s a bad pick, he’s the next JaMarcus Rusell, he won’t be a good quarterback in the NFL, etc. Some criticism even went further to the point that it was really just too far.

“Very disingenuous — has a fake smile, comes off as very scripted and has a selfish, me-first makeup. Always knows where the cameras are and plays to them. Has an enormous ego with a sense of entitlement that continually invites trouble and makes him believe he is above the law — does not command respect from teammates and always will struggle to win a locker room. Only a one-year producer. Lacks accountability, focus and trustworthiness — is not punctual, seeks shortcuts and sets a bad example. Immature and has had issues with authority. Not dependable,” from Evan Silva of NBC’s Pro Football Weekly.

Cam Newton would respond; not with his words…but he would respond on the field. In his first game as an NFL quarterback and as an NFL starter Cam Newton would throw for 422 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, in a 28-21 loss. Despite losing on the scoreboard in the end this was a win for Newton as he had done something that no quarterback had done before; pass for 400 yards in their rookie debut.

Though that wouldn’t be all, Newton’s record would break the previous record, Peyton Manning’s by 120 yards. (Manning threw for 302 yards).

Now that’s a statement.

Passing a Peyton Manning record and doing it as a rookie, in their first game; that’s pretty special. How could you criticize that? You couldn’t really. Now I’m sure there were some critiques who said it was lucky, it was Arizona, or some sort of nonsense. But in all reality you really couldn’t critique him. I mean he had the best start for an NFL rookie quarterback EVER and he did it on a team that the year before was the worst team in the NFL, now that’s saying something.

So congratulations Cam, quite the critiques, doubters, haters, and all of that nonsense and tell them what time it is; Lights. Cam. Action.

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NFL Rookie Quarterbacks: Can They Lead The Way?

Can a rookie lead an NFL team?

Every single year in the month of April the NFL has its annual once a year selection of players known to most as the NFL Draft. With the fresh young talent of college players that are selected in it, few them quarterbacks and even fewer of them starting quarterbacks come week one.

Since being in the Super Bowl Era no rookie quarterback has ever had a winning record in their first season. It’s sometimes hit or miss with these players as the transition from College football to professional football is very hard. Take JaMarcus Russell for instance; a superstar in College but a disaster at the professional level. 7-18 as a starter in the NFL, no wonder he’s out of a job.

Another example is San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith. Selected number one overall in the 2005 NFL draft, Smith was supposed to be the “Golden Boy” that was going to turn a struggling franchise in San Fran around. Instead Smith sank with the franchise giving them five straight years of losing seasons. Though to his defense the season in 2009 San Francisco did go 8-8, but in the end it still marks as a losing season in my book.

Now don’t think that quarterbacks right of College don’t work out because that’s not true either. Take Matt Ryan for instance, drafted third in 2008 by the Atlanta Falcons played all 16 games his rookie season and did just fine. He completed 265 of his 444 passes for 3,440 yards, 16 touch downs, and only 11 interceptions. As for the Falcons they did just fine too, 11-5 made the playoffs, not bad for having a rookie quarterback as a starter.

Another example is Peyton Manning, drafted first in the 1998 NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts Manning started right away as well. In his first season Manning threw for 3,739 yards, 26 touchdowns and 28 interceptions. As for the Colts didn’t they didn’t do so well as they finished 3-13 but it worked out in the long run as they only had one losing season since (2001). Also during that stretch they won a Super Bowl and several Division titles.

So just like everything else in life you have your pros and cons and it’s the same in the NFL with starting a rookie quarterback; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. So with this season right around the corner and two rookie quarterbacks listed as starters for week one, no one really knows if it will work out. No one really knows if they’ll be the next Peyton and no one really knows if they’ll be the next Russell, the only thing we know is that their starting.

Andy Dalton: Unfortunately for Dalton he’s in a division with two of the most feared defenses in the NFL and with being in the same division as them comes with two games a piece with them equaling for a rookie quarterback=not so well. However the Bengals didn’t really have a choice as to who to start as there old starter “retired” and his back up did as well. Talk about the odds of that…well 100 percent but in reality it’s truly crazy.

So they got stuck with Dalton, but don’t get me wrong he has potential, only problem is he’s in a very tough position in a very tough division. That rhymes and so does grind with time and that’s what it’s going to be a grinding process that over time Dalton will progress into a solid NFL quarterback but not this season. Maybe if they weren’t playing the Ravens and Steelers twice a year then maybe it would be different, but to come right into the NFL and have success is one thing but to do it against two of the top defenses in the NFL four out of the 16 games a year is another thing.
Prediction: Bengals win five games.

Cam Newton: Two time National Champion, Heisman winner, number one draft pick; the chosen one. Only problem is he’s on the un-chosen team; the Carolina Panthers, a team that hasn’t seen a Super Bowl…ever. The closest they got was in 2004 where they lost by a field goal losing 32-29 to the New England Patriots. However the past is the past and now the Panthers have moved on and they’re doing it with rookie quarterback Cam Newton.

Newton who has played mediocre in the pre-season does however show potential of being a very good quarterback in the NFL. He has the size, skill set, and the right piece to do it in wider receiver Steve Smith; though the question is can he do it? Yes, why it may not be this season, it will happen. Newton has shown signs of a great quarterback but then at other times he has shown signs of a rookie and that’s ok because he is just a rookie.
Prediction: Panthers win eight games.

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Should NCAA Athletes Get Paid? See The Answer Here

Should the NCAA start paying these athletes?

The National Collegiate Athletic Association known to most as the NCAA is one of the most respected association’s in all of sports. But what if you knew that this “great association” was enslaving human beings? What would you think then?

Last Year the NCAA paid each team that participated in one of the BCS bowl games money. These amounts shown are the amounts that each team made from the bowl game.
So after the NCAA pays these teams and their conferences roughly $85 million they take home $43 million themselves. Not a bad pay check. Now you may or may not think that’s a lot but that’s just the money the NCAA makes off of the bowl games, imagine what they make off the whole entire season? Let’s not even go there.

In addition to that, there’s more. For the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament the NCAA last year made $771 million. As for the 68 teams and the roughly 1000 athletes that brought them that money, guess how much they saw? Zero dollars and zero cents.

The NCAA’s response to this, they give those athletes scholarships. A study at USA today showed that the value of a men’s basketball scholarship adds up to about $120,000. Now compare that $120,000 to the $120 million or so that a student can help make for his school, and tell me if that’s an equal tradeoff. Not to mention that these scholarships aren’t one, guaranteed, second, aren’t given to every athlete on the team and lastly, sometimes there not even given the full scholarship.

These scholarships aren’t the greatest thing as you have to work hard just to keep them, as you are forced to commit to maintaining the requirements of your four, one-year contracts, such as keeping your GPA up, attending practice, attending classes, etc. So your free time is very limited.

But the NCAA feels $120,000 scholarship that doesn’t put food on the table, doesn’t put clothes on your back, doesn’t let you enjoy going out with your friends because you have to wake up for a practice the next morning, all seems fair to them. However they expect them to go to practice every single day, sometimes multiple times a day, get good grades, and perform on the field, court, etc. As a result they sell their jersey, they sell their t-shirts, they sell tickets because fans want to watch that player or players play and in return that player or players get a scholarship and maybe…just maybe…a pat on the back.

Now you may say what makes them so special? They should be lucky to have the fortunes of a scholarship. If they want money how come they don’t go out and get a job? Well the answer to that, where’s the time? They have barely enough time to think and you expect them to have a job? Now that deserves two scholarships, right there.

As a result to wanting these luxuries such as new clothes, new shoes, a new car, etc. some of these athletes are given these items by family relatives, friends, or the local sub shop owner on the corner of 32nd street. What’s wrong with that right? Nothing really, except the NCAA feels that it’s absolutely unacceptable for this to happen, so unacceptable that they made it a rule.

(Section 2, Title V), “It is a violation of NCAA rules for athletes to accept money or gifts while intending to remain eligible.”

So not only are these athletes helping the NCAA make millions of millions of dollars without seeing a dime of it, but they can’t even receive a gift? What do they have to ask to go to the bathroom too? That’s just ridiculous.

Ridiculous…insane…or even slavery, call it what you want, but in reality it’s just not right. It’s not right to make these athletes; these human beings beg, steal, or ask alumni’s and boosters for a few dollars here and there so they can buy some groceries just to feed themselves, it’s just not human. “Human nature,” Williams says, “is those kids are saying,” Look at all this money we’re bringing in (talking about the NCAA). And I have to beg, borrow and steal to get an extra meal?”- Head Coach of the University of North Carolina, Roy Williams. (Quote from ESPN)

Now yes scholarships are very helpful as they pay for an education however they don’t cut it. So paying these athletes money could be an option. But you don’t have to look at it like that. Why don’t they make it an internship? Several Colleges and College students participate in internships and it brings in extra cash as well as other benefits. So what would be wrong with that?

Currently in the world today there are over thousands and thousands of internships that are filled with College students so making one for College athletes in their given sport, what’s wrong with that? Now it wouldn’t have to be the amount of money that they would make at the professional level, but it could be a decent amount. You could pay them hourly, by game, by performance, and many other ways.

There have even been reports of Universities talking about making a specific sport a major. Wow, so they not only can change the whole culture of College where its learning first then sports after, but they’re thinking about allowing students to study football?! That’s crazy. But they’ll have a rule about a person giving a twenty dollar bill to an athlete.

So what did the NCAA have to say in response to all of this? “It is grossly unacceptable and inappropriate to pay players…converting them from students to employees,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert. He is convinced that the NCAA will most likely never budge on their current principles of paying the athletes.

Now it’s not like their asking for contracts, four year deals, and a signing bonus, their asking for some spending money and some money to supply themselves with the everyday necessities, such as food and water. Mark Emmert is that really too much to ask?

I guess so, because to you it’s not just no, but it’s “grossly unacceptable”. Mr. Emmert do you know what’s grossly unacceptable? These kids…athletes…humans, starving, begging, stealing, and asking for some money to buy food to feed themselves while they go to practice every single day multiple times a day and play in games putting millions of dollars in your back pocket each night and what do they get in return an empty stomach and an empty wallet. Now that to me seems grossly unacceptable.

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