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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Did Tom Brady Purposely Avoid Shaking Hands with Cam Newton?

I guess I saw the end of the game a little differently last night.  I thought Tom Brady did a classless thing in avoiding Cam Newton after the game to shake hands.

Brady went to argue the call with the referee rather than engage in sportsmanship.

It's not mandatory that quarterbacks shake hands after a game, but it is the classy move to do.  Mostly, I've seen quarterbacks shake hands who know each other or are in the same division.  Typically, it is a post-game ritual.

I think the controversial call was the right one.  I think the mistake the refs made was not explaining it properly with their microphone.

Now, it is easy to say that Brady was in the heat of the moment and should be forgiven for the oversight on not participating in any congratulatory comments to Newton.  But, I happen to think he used the call to purposely avoid giving any credit or kudos to Newton. or other Carolina players.

I realize I may be in the minority on this one, but the whole thing struck me as convenient for Brady to not accept the ref's decision and try to make a big deal out of it.

I also think Cam Newton rubs a lot of people the wrong way.  He is probably the least likable of the good to great emerging young quarterbacks.  Russell Wilson, RGIII, Andrew Luck and Collin Kaepernick are more humble in their personality traits than Newton.

Newton is all about him to some degree.  He's the guy with the Superman maneuver and he wears a number 1 jersey to not let people forget he was the number one pick in the draft.  Let's face it, he's cocky.  He thinks he's great.

The truth is that Newton is a great football player and will win more Super Bowls than any of the other young gun quarterbacks.  I say this because I believe he will have the longest career and I think his body will hold up better than the others.

This was Brady's and Newton's first ever NFL match up against one another.  They do know each other pretty well after cutting an Under Armour commercial together in 2011.  Check it out.


Whether Brady wants to accept it or not, Newton is a big up and comer.  It appears Brady likes Newton just fine from the video.  I think Brady snuck out of the stadium and didn't give Newton the respect he deserves and earned because he doesn't want to admit defeat.  He was a sore loser.

Brady is the one with three Super Bowl wins.  He's the veteran in the League and should be setting the example.  He could have stayed after to let Newton know that his three touchdown passes and 62 yards rushing were pretty good and good luck for the rest of the season, see ya maybe one more time in February.

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