DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 20: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers watches the action from the bench during the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 20, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Panthers 49-35. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Man I haven't seen this much discussion about a person's use of a towel since Mike Tyson cut a hole in one and wore it into the boxing ring. Yet instead it's Cam Newton getting bitten by the fans and media for covering his head with a towel after coming off the field. Like many of us, Tom Sorenson noticed how enamored Dick Stockton was about Newton's head shroud:
Some fans recoil at the sight. They send me emails, and they call, and they call sports radio talk shows, and they take time out of their day to address the subject on message boards.
The anti-towel faction believes quarterbacks ought to lead by being gregarious and engaging and offering insight and inspiration and slapping backs and receivers and linemen, too.
So who else is in this anti-towel faction? Do you agree with Rivera's assessment of said head wear:
"To me the important thing is as long as (Newton is) communicating with the people he has to communicate on the sideline I don't have an issue with it," Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Monday. "And there really isn't an issue."
I would say Sorenson is no fan of the anti-towel faction either as he flames them in his closing:
The Panthers are 2-8. Imagine if their record were reversed. If they were 8-2, concession stands at Bank of America Stadium would sell thousands of white Gatorade towels at every home game.
The fans who complain the most would be at the front of the line.
Hey...just cause I might be at the front of the line doesn't mean I'm anti-towel now! ;) Hmmm...a towel? Seems we could sell that... What if we put Bojangles on it?
Does it bother you when Cam Newton wears a towel on his head on the bench?
Yes, Always! No towels EVER... (56 votes)
Yes but only when we are losing (60 votes)
No... to each his own, doesn't mean anything (563 votes)
No...towels are cool and I like Gatorade (129 votes)
808 total votes