Seeing as this past summer the Panthers signed Newton to a 5-year, $118.466 million deal, it is extremely safe to presume he will be the Panthers starting quarterback in 2016. Predictably, the internet commenters are out for blood, demanding to see Jimmy, in a Cam Newton jersey and his own underwear, outside Raymond James Stadium.
These have been posted in recent days to Jim’s bio page on Bleacher Report.
In the article, he goes on to detail three reasons why he believes Newton will be such a bust. In a nutshell, his three reasons were this:
- He hadn’t been a starting quarterback for very long.
- He had never lost a game as a starting quarterback.
- He came off as an idiot on Jon Gruden’s show one time.
That’s it. Those were his reasons. Now, if he did some detailed research into the intricate differences in defensive coverages from college to the pros, and then related that to some of Newton’s uncertainties, then sure. Some people could get behind that and see how you may have determined he would be a bust.
Now, for the finale, here is where Jim really pretzeled himself.
lolololololololol. A “remember this” for the ages! Poor Jim… this predictive sentence literally could not have gone worse. Tebow is the biggest joke bust at QB of the past decade. Newton just led one of the league’s few remaining undefeated teams to a 6-0 record on Sunday Night Football.
At least Jim has accepted his mistake, accepted the reality that Newton is awesome. Oh wait. Nope.
Cam for MVP? Not So Fast https://t.co/mMjkAqOxRL
— Jim Folsom (@folsom_jim) October 26, 2015
I will finish by saying that this is the nature of the bust-prediction game. You’re not going to be right every time. It’s like picking an “upset of the century” or the “top sleepers” in fantasy every year. You’re going to be wrong most of the time — when you’re right, you shove it down everyone’s throats. Screenshot that shit and plaster it all over every social media account you can get your hands on. Sign up for Pinterest. Add everyone on Google+. Spread it like wildfire.
When you’re wrong, you shrink yourself into the smallest digital footprint one can possibly create and snuggle up with your double-digit twitter followers, switching your expertise from football to “Bleacher Report (NASCAR).”