Monday, December 13, 2010

The Cam Newton Issue...

As I was sitting there watching the Heisman being presented to Auburn's Cam Newton I couldn't help but notice how great of a moment it must have been for him, his family, and all the people that had a hand in this young man's incredible feat. I mean lets face it the guy is a freak! He can throw it better than your quarterback, run it better than your running back, and he can simply turn it on like a switch. It's true, you know it, I know it, and lets face it Cam knows it! His personality is electrifying, his talent is unique, and his MoJo would even make Austin Powers envious. Yes as I was watching Cam Newton win the Heisman the thought crossed my mind that I may be watching history...and this is where it gets sticky. You see, just as I believe Newton is one of the greatest football players in NCAA history for a single season, I also believe whole heartedly without an ounce of doubt in my body that he is guilty of NCAA violations and gave his father consent to be solicited to MSU and Auburn. Obviously this has not been proven and won't be for quite some time but I look at it like this. If I had to bet my life, my career, my family, or anything else of the highest significance with the highest consequence that he was innocent or guilty, it would be overwhelmingly guilty! I wouldn't second guess my decision for a second, would you? I believe if the Heisman voters would have taken the voting with this kind of seriousness it would have been a much closer race. Mel Kiper Jr talked about if you based your voting on speculation of unproven fact that you weren't doing your job as a voter and should have your vote taken away. I wonder if he would apply that same logic in two years if Newton is found guilty? You see where there is smoke there is usually fire, and Cam Newton is smoldering. Now for the record I do believe he has violated NCAA policy but I do not at all agree with the policy itself. I personally think that certain college athletes should get much higher compensation than they currently do but that is another discussion. So its now a dilemma that I face as a fan on how to feel about the situation. He broke a stupid rule but a very important rule that everyone else has to follow. Should he be prosecuted for breaking the rule or should I as a fan accept what is done and understand that if it was me in the situation I very well could have done the exact same thing? Hmmm....I think for me I will choose to just enjoy it for what it is, be happy for him that he won the award and know that if he did in fact break the rules then it will be him and Auburn (mainly Auburn) that has to deal with the aftermath...Another rule that needs to be changed, but who's keeping track right...

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