Much like his playing career, when the signing of former Carolina Panther quarterback Cam Newton with the New England Patriots was announced, reactions ranged from praise to skepticism. Fox Sports personalities were no different, as they filled the radio and television airways Monday with a wide range of opinions on Newton signing a one year deal to replace future Hall-of-Famer Tom Brady.
“To use a stock market term, I am very Bullish on Cam Newton,” Outkick The Coverage host Clay Travis said. “He is playing for the best coach he ever played for. He has an offensive genius in Josh McDaniels calling plays. He’s healthy and in a system that allows him to get rid of the ball quickly so his body does not have to take as much punishment. That was the reason Tom Brady was able to play for so long and it is a perfect fit for Cam.”
Colin Cowherd took the opposite view, however on The Herd.
“New England will be interesting (this year),” he said. “I don’t think Cam is going to take New England to a special place. Number 1, New England runs a very complicated system and he has not taken a snap yet. Number two is, Cam’s not going to get all the snaps. Jarrett Stidham has plenty of fans in the Patriots’ locker room and on the coach staff. He is going to get some snaps… New England does not have any deep threats, and Cam is a homerun hitter. This is not an offense built for a two play drive. This is an offense that is built on the quarterback engineering a 10 play drive and not making a mistake. It’s built for efficiency and detail. It’s built for Tom Brady, but it’s not Cam’s game. His career completion percentage is around 59 percent. I do think they will go from a boring 6-10 with Jarrett Stidham to a dynamic, fun to watch 8-8.”
Other pundits argue that the flamboyant Newton will not mesh well with the more straight-laced philosophy of New England head coach Bill Belichick. Emmanuel Acho of Speak For Yourself disagrees.
“Cam Newton is not a bad guy,” Acho said. “I spoke with someone who was in the backfield with him in Carolina for five years. He said Cam was a great teammate. People just think he is a bad guy because he dances and is outgoing and does the Superman on his chest when he scores. Let’s rewrite the narrative. Cam Newton has NEVER been a problem. We made him a problem because of his wardrobe. We made him a problem because he hit them folks (dabbed after he scored.) Cam does charity during Christmas, during Thanksgiving, and any other time he can give, he gives. Anytime he can score on the field, he scores, but there is no reason to think, insinuate, imply or believe that he and Bill Belichick will have issues. Cam’s just not that kind of guy.”
Jim Rome: I Don’t Want to Talk About How the NFL Sucks Every Day
Rome argued that “hate is the new dopamine” while noting that he doesn’t want to talk about what he hates all day.
Jim Rome didn’t want to have to be that guy on Tuesday, but he had no choice.
Rome opened his CBS Sports Radio show by prefacing his comments on Monday night’s Bears/Vikings game by saying his goal isn’t to just ridicule the NFL schedule into oblivion.
“I don’t come in here every single day looking to bag on and hate on NFL primetime games,” Rome said. “And yes, I’m the one who said it – hate is the new dopamine. But that’s not how I get down. That’s not my deal.”
Jim Rome added that just saying everything sucks isn’t a sports take. But he pivoted from there saying that it’s OK to say 95% of the primetime games in the NFL suck because it’s true.
“Then not only is it a take, it’s the only take,” he said. “How are these games actually managing in primetime to get worse and worse? And how is anything going to top the atrocity that we sat through last night?”
Fans in theory should get a more competitive, high-scoring affair on Thursday night when the Seahawks take on the Cowboys. But Rome just couldn’t believe how torturous Monday night’s contest really was.
“Technically, the Bears did win that game. But technically, really, we all lost,” he said.
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Mad Dog: Gus Johnson ‘Bothered The Hell Out of Me’ Saturday
“For crying out loud, Michigan/Ohio State isn’t even better than North Carolina/Duke, who play twice a year. So let’s be careful with the hype machine.”
FOX Sports college football voice Gus Johnson has made no bones about his affinity for Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. However, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo has heard enough.
During his Mad Dog Unleashed program on SiriusXM, Russo shared that not only was Johnson obnoxious for the constant use of a nickname he bestowed up Harrison, but he was also misguided for calling Ohio State/Michigan the greatest rivalry in sports.
“Gus Johnson — the hype machine that he is — please, when you broadcast a ballgame, I don’t need to hear about Maserati Marv, number one. And number two, that’s not the greatest rivalry in sports history. Have you heard of the Yankees and the Red Sox? Giants and the Dodgers? How about Bears/Packers? Have you heard about that?
“For crying out loud, Michigan/Ohio State isn’t even better than North Carolina/Duke, who play twice a year. So let’s be careful with the hype machine. That bothered the hell out of me.”
When a caller pushed back on Russo’s opinion on the Michigan/Ohio State rivalry, he continued by saying “That rivalry’s not Yankees/Red Sox. To compare college football to the Yankees and the Red Sox is ludicrous.”
Nashville Predators Radio Voice Pete Weber Calling 2,000th Game Tuesday
“I always wanted to be there for the birth of a team. I feel like I’ve been a pretty fair midwife here.”
Nashville Predators radio voice Pete Weber is set to hit a career milestone Tuesday, as he’ll call his 2,000th game for the NHL franchise.
Weber told The Tennessean that he has relished the opportunity to be the voice of a team since its inception. He claimed he applied for and was a finalist for the radio play-by-play job when the Carolina Panthers were conceived, before ultimately landing with the Predators.
“I always wanted to be there for the birth of a team,” said Weber. “I feel like I’ve been a pretty fair midwife here.”
Despite missing time late last season due to a rare brain condition, Weber said he has no plans of retiring anytime soon.
“I have not thought about it, other than when I thought about how (former Philadelphia Phillies announcer) Harry Kalas was carried dead out of the broadcast booth in Washington,” Pete Weber said. “I thought, ‘Well, that’s an interesting way to go. I don’t necessarily know that I want to do it like that. But it could happen. I’m not going to say no.”
Weber’s 2,000th game will come as the Nashville Predators play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins. 102.5 The Game is the flagship home of the Predators Radio Network.