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Want the secret to Cam Newton’s sideline demeanor? Ask his parents
It's been all the talk around the Carolina Panthers' franchise -- in and out of the building. Nobody seems too impressed with the ways in which quarterback Cam Newton is dealing with individual failure, several teammates have called him out about it, and there were even recent rumors of Newton seeing a sports psychologist about the fact that he's "pouting" in games when he should be leading his team back from adversity -- whether he creates that adversity or not.
Late in Carolina's Week 3 36-7 loss to the New York Giants, receiver Steve Smith berated Newton for showing what he considered to be inappropriate attitude. Newton threw three picks and no touchdowns, but that wasn't what was getting up Smith's nose about the whole thing.
"Cam Newton has a very unique opportunity to be a franchise quarterback to an organization that needs one," Smith said by way of explanation after the game. "Statistics don't lie. Athletic quarterbacks, they either excel or they fail. And I told Cam that. This is an opportunity for him to learn — at that time they were benching him — and observe. They put D.A. [Derek Anderson] in. You can sit there -- if this is the worst [it's] going to get, you're in for a long day, and this is not what it's about."
Last season, linemen Jordan Gross and Ryan Kalil told Newton the same thing. Newton seemed to take heed, as one would do when told something by a couple of tough guys weighing over three bills each, but it hasn't taken effect on the field.
In a great profile by Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, Newton's parents, Cecil and Jackie, talk about how they've seen this for years. No matter the situation, if the younger Newton isn't playing as if he believes he should, it takes him over. It started when Cam was about 13 years old, and played in a pickup softball game.
In the last inning, Cecil Newton drilled a fly ball to deep center field over his son's head. Cam Newton ran back, reached up for the ball ... and watched it go over his glove by a couple of inches.
A member of the other team raced around the bases with the winning run. Cam Newton was devastated.
"He didn't get (the ball). We won the softball game," Cecil Newton said Friday over lunch at a seafood restaurant near the Atlanta airport. "He sulked the rest of the weekend over that play."
Cecil, a former star college defensive back who had a cup of coffee with the Dallas Cowboys in the early 1980s, remembered one game when Cam and his brother, Cecil Jr., botched a quarterback-center exchange at Westlake High in Georgia..
The boys retreated to the TV room of the family's home, where they rehashed the game, and that play, with their dad well past midnight.
"We sat up all night, 'How could that have happened?' " Cecil Newton said.
No matter where that comes from -- that attitude that seems to drive Cam Newton's teammates nuts -- it clearly has to be managed. Newton's Panthers will face the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, and when Falcons receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones were asked if quarterback Matt Ryan would exhibit such behavior, it was indicated that the real pros don't do such things.
"He would never do that," White told Michael Irvin of the NFL Network. "We've taken some beatings around here, but he'd never do that, it's just not acceptable."
Newton set the league alight in 2011 when he broke several rookie passing records, but it's been said for decades, because it's true: You find out how good a quarterback is when the league gets a "book" on him, and he learns to adapt and transcend whatever happens as a result. Newton has every possible physical tool to be one of the best in the game, but it's the muscle between his ears that needs the most work right now.
Newton's teammates understand that he's going to take losses hard. They need to know how he'll bounce back.
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Want to buy J.D. Drew’s Florida condo? It actually might be in your price range
Buying the property of a Major League Baseball player, living where they lived, following the most luxurious path possible, imagining yourself as a Alex Rodriguez or Derek Jeter.
Sounds like a pie-in-the-sky dream, doesn't it?
Every so often The Stew passes along the information that some superstar ballplayer has put one of his homes up for sale. Of course, The 99 Percent of you out there could never, ever afford such obnoxiously luxurious real estate — and, to be fair, neither could we. To think otherwise would be a delusion of unaffordable grandeur, though it's always fun to suggest that there are Stewies who also use our blog as a place to shop for real estate.
At any rate, it appears former Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals slugger J.D. Drew might have changed the game here a bit. Drew, who isn't playing this season and likely has retired after putting in 13 seasons in the big leagues, recently put up his Florida condo up for sale.
The asking price? Not $10 million or $5 million. Heck, not even $1 million. Actually, how does $299,000 sound? Hey, maybe you could buy it! You and a buddy, for sure. The U.S. Census reports that the median sales price of a new home in July was $224,000. The average price was $236,000. Drew's property isn't that much more, considering a low interest rate on a 30-year mortgage.
We can do this, people!
There's a catch, though. The property itself is ... sort of plain. Just like Drew himself!
Hey, of course it's plain. But it's also nice. Very nice. A-Rod wouldn't be caught dead living there, but it's nice. It's on a golf course — PGA National in Palm Beach County — so there's that. And it has a pool. A community pool. And the kitchen! It has a kitchen. With a peninsula. Not an island, but ... yeah. Seems like there should be more for a professional baseball player, doesn't there? But there's plenty, actually. It should make anyone happy.
Drew was a good hitter, sometimes very good, but he was considered one of the blandest players of his era. Some complained that he had an attitude problem, and he once even said he couldn't explain why it was so hard for him to get excited where people could tell. But it probably was just a big misunderstanding. Or even willful ignorance, a response to Drew holding out and refusing to sign after getting drafted by the Phillies. Drew's agent was Scott Boras, so even before he established himself in the majors, a lot of people were against him. And Drew responded by being quiet and reserved. He got hurt a lot, but it probably was because he was unlucky, not because he had a low pain tolerance or some kind of other weakness.
And even if all of the criticisms were true, Drew still hit .278/.384/.489 with 242 homers. Good. Very good. It should be enough for anyone.
So it makes sense that he'd own a home with an understated, conservative look. But hey, good for us. There's no way we could afford something flamboyant, anyhow. Now, does anyone know how escrow works?
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MLB postseason goes gangnam style with oddly mesmerizing video
As I told our young MLB Fan Cave pal Gordon Mack, I'm too old to have any idea what fad or what group or what video he used to make this oddly mesmerizing video touting the approaching MLB postseason. I am completely in the dark when it comes to "gangnam style" or why Jim Thome is leading the charge on the whole thing.
What I do know is that my anticipation for the playoffs has never been higher. Also, I suddenly cannot stop dancing. Curse you, Gordon Mack!
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