By Marc Lawrence — He is too arrogant, his celebrations are too … celebratory, he pouts when he loses. Never mind that those same characteristics could describe a politician, or any white quarterback – particularly the one being replaced in New England. Sure, there’s reason to criticize the 2020 version of Cam Newton compared with his breakout 2015 season where he won the MVP award and led the Panthers to the Super Bowl. Since the Panthers’ loss to the Broncos in that season’s Super Bowl, Newton has ranked near the bottom of the league in multiple passing categories, including completion percentage, total QBR and touchdown-to-interception ratio. But it hasn’t been that long ago since Newton was one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Through the first nine weeks of the 2018 season, Super Cam was completing 67.3% of his passes with 15 touchdowns against just four interceptions. Newton may not be the quarterback he once was, but as recently as 2017, the last time he played a full 16-game season, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was singing Newton’s praises. “I think when you’re talking about mobile quarterbacks – guys that are tough to handle, can throw, run, make good decisions – I would put him at the top of the list,” said Belichick. The question is will the former NFL MVP ever get the respect he deserves? To find out more, read here.
ESPN reports that the Blue Jays have been denied approval by the Canadian government to play in Toronto amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Unlike preseason training, regular-season games would require repeated cross-border travel of Blue Jays players and staff, as well as opponent teams into and out of Canada,” said Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino. “Of particular concern, the Toronto Blue Jays would be required to play in locations where the risk of virus transmission remains high. The team’s alternate site for home games is its training facility in Dunedin, Florida, one of the states hardest-hit by the virus. Players have said they preferred to play in Toronto. COVID-19 cases are surging in the U.S., while Canada has flattened the epidemic curve. The NHL has received an exemption for its restart to the season, but that was a far simpler case because the games are restricted to two hubs – Edmonton and Toronto.
Grinding Out The Profits
2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine reports: A wise formula for predicting teams to make it to the College Football Playoff is relatively simple – zero in on the leading two Heisman Trophy candidates and let them do the work. In QB’s Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence, you have a rematch from last year’s CFB Playoff semifinal where the Clemson Tigers survived a standing 8-count and came back late to beat the Ohio State Buckeyes in dramatic fashion, 29-23. Ohio State was 31-1 in its previous thirty-two games prior to the agonizing loss. They’ve also outgained each of the 17 foes they faced with Ryan Day as head coach by a combined 9269-4677 total yards – or an average 280 yards per game. The feeling here is the Buckeyes have only just begun.