CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after a first down against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFC Championship Game at Bank Of
"Oh don't you dare look back, just keep your eyes on me..."
Walk The Moon's hit song Shut Up and Dance has been in my head all week here in Santa Clara. That's not exactly new as that tune is frequently on repeat upstairs (with little else going on). But this week, I attribute it to the on-going narrative regarding Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
The 26-year-old do-it-all soon-to-be-MVP is constantly knocked for his on the field behavior. Those antics include his Superman celebration where he pretends to be ripping off his Clark Kent suit, dancing after big plays, and the new trendy "celly" called the "dab." For some reason, football fans don't want to see any of it. For some reason, we don't like watching someone have fun.
Isn't that what's going on here?
It seems to me Cam Newton is simply enjoying what he is doing. I think it's great. Sure, it all can come across as a bit arrogant and that All-American smile of his can look a bit cocky (it is a great smile though), but as he said on Opening Night, he's not hurting anyone's feelings.
"I'm not breaking any bones. I'm not doing anything that may physically hurt them. I'm just doing something I love. I'm happy," Newton said.
Blasphemy! How dare he have a good time playing a game. Why can't Cam carry himself more like Peyton?
"Well, I don't run any touchdowns for one thing," Manning said. "I promise if I run a touchdown on Sunday I'm going to celebrate. I can assure you of that."
You see, his peers, fellow players and opponents have zero issue with Cam's flare.
"What dancing after big plays? I do the same thing," Broncos linebacker Von Miller said. "If I was a quarterback I'd be doing the exact same thing as him."
"When you're doing well you're going to dance and be excited about it," Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe said. "Everybody has to create their own brand and their own identity and be their self so go ahead."
But, but, he's dancing on a football field! Come on Broncos, rip him for it. It's crazy for someone playing a sport for our entertainment to do something, well, entertaining.
"If you don't want him to dance, don't let him score," Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib said.
There it is.
Don't get all worked up about Newton celebrating. Instead, get excited about the Broncos wanting to stop him from doing it. And you know what many of them will do if they're successful in bringing Cam to the ground? They'll dance, and you will love it.
"I said you're holding back. She said shut up and (LET HIM) dance."
Hope it's in your head too now.
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