I'm no big fan of Newton, because his Auburn team beat my Alabama back in the day, but he has become a star quarterback, and it's interesting that the upcoming Super Bowl will pit him, the young gun, against the wily old sheriff, Peyton Manning.
Meanwhile - and I say this with a lot of love, because I have friends in and from Seattle, and I mean them no disrespect, but how about the fans out there climbing down off it a little bit, please? Seattle's Seahawks blew into Carolina for the divisional playoff game and had their hats handed to them. So, when at the end of that game, one of their fans handed Newton a "12" flag (Seahawk fans fancy themselves the "12th man" on the team, you see), Newton wadded up the cloth and, with the same arm that he will use to earn about 50 zillion dollars in his career, hurled it earthward.
Well. Out in the coffee roasting plants and aircraft factories and Microsoft offices of Seattle, this was regarded as being an enormity on the scale of using the Mona Lisa as a dropcloth or melting down the Liberty Bell to make beer cans. And now, a Seattle fan, long on emotion but short on grammar, wants to pass a law forbidding Cam Newton to play football in Seattle, should the schedule call for it in the future. Here is the preamble to the page this fellow started on change.org:
Cam Newton is one of the most unprofessional, unsportsmanlike individual on the face of the planet. So I say for the 2016-2017 when the Panthers come to play in Seattle he should be banned from entering the stadium.
Again, I have friends who are Seahawks fans, and while you have to admire their team and its play, I hope this petition is not representative of most people out there, people who realize that every game has a winner and every game has a loser and that taking your football home and pouting is the way of a five-year-old.
And to those who remember when the Seahawks won a conference championship two years ago, I have two words: Richard Sherman.