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RandBall: Packers-based site posts hot Cam Newton take, gets shredded

newtonNear as I can tell, CheeseheadTV.com is a Packers-based website offering news, reviews and commentary on the professional football team in Green Bay. Much of the recent content involves player report cards from the past season.

Good. Great. Fine.

Near as I can tell, there are some people uncomfortable with Cam Newton. They think he celebrates too much. They think he should be more humble. Some of this is thinly veiled racism. Some of it is personal taste. Some of it is honest discussion. Much of it exists in corners of the Internet in which I do not often inhabit.

What does CheeseheadTV.com have to do with Newton? Well, nothing really … except for an opinion piece published today in which these two worlds collided under the headline: “Cam Newton and kids don’t mix.”

Newton has been a sore subject in Green Bay since the #SignGate scandal of 2015, but nevertheless: the piece is beyond nonsense. That said, you might disagree. Here’s a snippet:

Newton may never wear a whistle around his neck, but he is about to become a pseudo coach for a whole generation of kids — both white and black. And the longer those kids see a Heisman Trophy winner, a national champion, an NFL MVP and potential Super Bowl champion dance and wear out selfie sticks, they will start to think that behavior is commonly accepted.

And like I said before, I don’t have a problem with Newton doing those things in an NFL game. If an NFL player got enraged enough, he would send a message to Newton and anyone else that football games aren’t a place to get noticed for “Star Search.”

Typically, this sort of piece would go largely unnoticed on a national level, but it made the rounds on social media Friday — causing, it would appear, some commenters who wouldn’t typically be mingling with the regulars on CheeseheadTV.com to trek over there. That gave us an interesting juxtaposition of burial and praise:

I kept reading waiting for the turn, for the punchline. It never came. … I hope Cam steamrolls the Broncos and dances his way to the MVP. This hot take is beyond asinine.

vs.

I have watched 49 Super Bowl games on TV, I won’t be watching number 50. I refuse to enable the assinine (sic) antics of cam newton. Do it Broncos, just do it!

And maybe my favorite tongue-in-cheek comment:

Yeah, can you believe Cam? He should reign (sic) in his arrogant self-promoting antics so the kids know how to behave in a humble manner. Imitate putting on a championship belt after you make a play, Cam. And, I wish he’d stop handing the ball to kids in the stands after he scores. Pick up a teammate, put him on your shoulders and twirl him around instead. Show some class!

Are the Gophers and Rutgers really headed for an 0-14 showdown?

pitinoA few weeks ago, Gophers fans started peering ahead — part gallows humor, part curiosity — at the future schedule. They knew that the Gophers men’s basketball team was winless in the Big Ten. They could also see there was another winless team, Rutgers, out there on the scheduled horizon.

Maybe at the time both teams were, say, 0-5. They were going to play each other twice, but the first time wouldn’t be until the 15th game. As bad as both teams looked early on, trying to project that they would both be 0-14 by the time the faced each other Feb. 23 at Williams Arena seemed more like wishful thinking for those who like sports train wrecks than something grounded in reality.

But here we are on Feb. 5. The Gophers are 0-11 after getting waxed (again) by Northwestern. Head coach Richard Pitino, who said in advance of the rematch between those teams that he did a “horrible job” preparing the Gophers for their earlier 25-point loss to the Wildcats at Williams Arena, did at least improve on that effort Thursday. The Gophers lost by only 24.

Rutgers, meanwhile, gave up 110 points in its most recent loss to Illinois. Rutgers is 0-10. In the RPI standings, which don’t yet include last night’s Gophers loss, Minnesota is No. 221. Rutgers is 231.

More importantly, RealTimeRPI projects the Gophers to lose their next three games — home games against Michigan and Maryland plus a road game at Iowa — before that Rutgers game at Williams Arena. As for Rutgers, they are projected to lose three more before defeating Penn State at home right before the Minnesota game.

But if you have faith, you believe that Rutgers will run the table of losses, too, leading into that Gophers game. In fact, KenPom projects that to happen (subscription required).

Both sites think the Gophers will win that Feb. 23 showdown. With each loss, we get closer to the reality that the game will, in fact, be a matchup of winless teams. The only certainty? When the rematch happens in the Big Ten finale, one of these teams will have a victory going in.

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