Sunday, November 14, 2010

It's Just a Game...or is it?

Football is an honest game. It's true to life. It's a game about sharing. Football is a team game. So is life.”
--Joe Namath

Obviously when Joe Namath said this, he hadn’t met Auburn University’s QB Cam Newton. Newton is being investigated by the NCAA after allegations surfaced surrounding Newton’s recruitment by Auburn and why he chose the school over Mississippi State. Reportedly, Newton was offered a pay-for-play agreement from Auburn for a significantly higher pay than if he had gone to Miss. State.

This is not the first time Newton’s name has been surrounded by scandal. He previously played at the University of Florida where he was arrested for being in possession of a stolen laptop and trying to hide and destroy the evidence. He was also accused of cheating at UF on multiple occasions. As the cheating investigation was taking place, Newton just so happened to transfer to Auburn. Imagine that…

The 2nd ranked Auburn Tiger/War Eagles (they’re too dumb to pick one mascot) played the Georgia Bulldogs last night. Auburn had a 49-31 victory over the Dawgs. Of course I’m a bit bitter, but I’m also not impressed what-so-ever. The game was close. The score was tied with 9:30 left in the 4th quarter. Newtown pulled out a long touchdown drive with 8:00 left and unfortunately the Dawgs saw the win slip right out of their fingers.

There had been talk that Newton would not play in last night’s game due to the scandal. There is also talk of his potential suspension for the rest of the season, but we all know that’s not going to happen. Right now Auburn has a 10-0 record. They are in contention for a BCS Championship and the National Title. They aren’t stupid. Newton accounted for 35 TDs this season coming into last nights’ game. I find it hard to believe that they would suspend Newtown unless the NCAA really comes down on them. 

“You're a damn quarterback! You know what that means? It's the top spot, kid. It's the guy who takes the fall. It's the guy everybody's looking at first - the leader of a team who will support you when they understand you, who will break their ribs and their noses and their necks for you, because they believe. Because you make them believe. That's a quarterback.” --Any Given Sunday (you got that Newton?)