Stroman On Sports: Not-So-Super Bowl

2015 was a good year for the Carolina Panthers, but it ended in disappointment with a Super Bowl defeat. Quarterback Cam Newton won the league MVP award, but struggled against the Broncos’ defense – and while he was gracious in defeat on the field, he also walked out of his postgame press conference.

Deborah Stroman is a sports commentator and a professor at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. She discussed the Super Bowl after the game with WCHL’s Aaron Keck.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/professional/stroman-on-sports-not-so-super-bowl

Cam Newton, Sports, America…And “Disrespect”

For the good of the team…let’s disrespect Cam Newton.

Listen to Aaron’s notebook:

 

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has led his team to the Super Bowl. He’s had an incredible year, and he’s probably going to be the MVP. But! He’s still not the NFL’s most popular player.

That, apparently, is Russell Wilson. According to the NFL Players Association, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is #1 on the list of top-selling jerseys. Tom Brady is #2, Peyton Manning is #5. Cam Newton? The MVP? Cam Newton is #22! Right behind Seattle’s tight end, because that makes sense. Cam Newton’s not even the top-ranking player on his own team – that’d be Luke Kuechly at #18.

Talk about disrespect, am I right? Talk about disrespect!

Of course…we don’t have to remind Cam Newton to talk about disrespect. He’s a professional athlete. He feeds off disrespect. This is not a Cam Newton thing. This is every pro athlete. Every time they win a title, it’s the same interview. “Nobody respected us. Nobody believed in us. Everybody hated us. It was us against the universe.”

Remember Muhammad Ali shouting “I shook up the world”? That’s what I’m talking about. Pro athletes, all of them, are constantly living under the impression (right or wrong) that nobody respects them, everybody hates them, everybody’s out to get them.

It’s a pathology! It’s a professional athletic pathology!

Except…for the fact that it’s not. This actually isn’t a pro athlete thing either. This is an America thing. This is all of us. You and me. We all feed off disrespect. We’re all exactly the same way.

Why?

Well – what do Americans believe in, more than anything? Two things: we believe in freedom and we believe in individualism. It’s a really interesting combination. If we believe in Freedom, that means we’ve got to be suspicious of Power. Political power, economic power, physical power, it doesn’t matter: we don’t like power, and we don’t trust people with power because those are the people who can run over the little guy. Those are the people who can threaten our freedom.

(This is why we’re always rooting for the underdog. This is why every Hollywood movie is a plucky little nobody going up against a big powerful behemoth. It’s why Star Wars is plotted out the way it is.)

But we also believe in individualism. We believe in every individual’s right to go out and pursue their own happiness, go after their own interest, work hard, get lucky, try to get big and rich and successful. It’s the American Dream. And if we believe in individualism, that means we also have to believe in ourselves. First and foremost. Love yourself. Look out for number one.

What do these two things mean, put together? If we mistrust power, if we believe in the little guy, and if we believe in ourselves, then we have to believe – all of us have to believe – that we are the little guy. It doesn’t matter how big and rich and powerful and supported and beloved we really are. For the American mentality to work, I have to believe that I am the underdog, I am the plucky little nobody, powerful forces are lining up against me, and it’s me (and my friends) against the world.

This is why (for example) our foreign policy often seems so schizophrenic. We don’t really know how to handle the fact that we’re the most powerful country in the world. But this is also why you find so many straight white men who say they’re the real victims. This is why so many Christian leaders say they feel oppressed, in a country that’s still 85 percent Christian. This is why you, like 90 percent of Americans, probably think of yourself as “middle class,” no matter how rich or poor you really are. (I’m with you on that one.)

And every time your team wins the championship, this is why it always feels like they overcame such incredible adversity. “Everybody hated us. Nobody believed in us. We were the plucky little nobodies. It was us against the world.”

So, here’s my message to Panthers fans: this week, let’s all come together and support our quarterback. Let’s get Cam Newton motivated. Let’s make sure he’s ready to play.

We’ve got a couple days left. Here’s how you do it. Go to Walmart right now, or Target, or the mall, and buy up as many Peyton Manning jerseys as you possibly can. And wear those babies around, loudly and proudly. Take pictures of yourself wearing ’em and tweet them at Cam Newton every day.

You want Cam Newton to win the Super Bowl? Make sure he feels disrespected.

After all…it’s the American way.

http://chapelboro.com/columns/aaron-keck/cam-newton-sports-america-and-disrespect

Stroman On Sports: Marketing Cam Newton

The Carolina Panthers are prepping for the Super Bowl and the excitement is building, but a lot of the public discussion has focused on an off-the-field issue: namely, how the public and the media treat the Panthers’ flashy star quarterback Cam Newton.

Newton is unafraid to be expressive and many have criticized him for being too expressive. Is the criticism fair? (Stuart Scott got the same bad rap when he was starting out.) Is there a racial component? (Are there equally expressive white players who get a free pass?) And from an economic perspective, how do the Panthers and the NFL market a player like Newton, who may well be the league’s most dominant, most visible, and perhaps most polarizing figure for years to come?

Deborah Stroman is a sports analyst and a professor at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. She discussed those issues and others with Aaron Keck this week on WCHL.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/professional/stroman-on-sports-marketing-cam-newton

Bad Lip Reading Featuring Cam Newton

The Super Bowl is Sunday.

That means it is time for “Bad Lip Reading of the NFL.”

It is a new tradition.  But, it is a great one.  Bad Lip Reading videos have received over 500 million views in less than 5 years.

The newest one features NFL players.  You can watch it here.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton pops up a lot in the video.  Statements like, “There’s a snake over there.  I don’t know if it bit a guy, but I don’t want to be close to it.”  Later in the video, Newton meets a funny bird in his hotel.

Bad Lip Reading has turned this into a tradition.  Before the last game of the year, fans have been treated to “Bad Lip Reading of the NFL.”  The original has received over 65 million views on YouTube.

If football is not your thing, you can enjoy a variety of other subjects in “Bad Lip Reading” form.

Recently, they spoofed debates from both sides of the aisle, Democrats and Republicans.

They even took on Star Wars.

Cam Newton and the Caroina Panthers will play Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.  Manning has frequently popped up in these videos.

 

http://chapelboro.com/lifestyle/arts-entertainment/bad-lip-reading-featuring-cam-newton

Julius Peppers A Pro Bowler Once Again

Former North Carolina standout defensive end Julius Peppers has been named to the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl for the ninth time in his 14-year career.

Playing at linebacker this year, Peppers had a resurgent season for the Green Bay Packers, recording 10.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

It was the highest number of sacks in a season for Peppers since 2012-2013, when he had 11.5.

The Pro Bowl selections were split into two teams, captained by Hall-of-Fame wide receivers Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin.

Peppers was selected to team Irvin and will start at linebacker next to his Packers teammate Clay Matthews.

In total, 23 players from ACC schools were named to the Pro Bowl this year, and 14 will participate.

Kickoff is on Sunday at 7 p.m.

 

http://chapelboro.com/sports/professional/julius-peppers-a-pro-bowler-once-again

Stroman On Sports: A Big Week For Carolina

UNC football is preparing to wrap up arguably its best season ever, UNC basketball is back in the top 10 with Brice Johnson now leading the way, and the Carolina Panthers are still undefeated after beating the New York Giants (though all the postgame talk was about Odell Beckham’s on-field behavior).

Deb Stroman, sports analyst and Kenan-Flagler Business School professor, broke it all down this week with Aaron Keck on WCHL.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/stroman-on-sports-a-big-week-for-carolina

Stroman On Sports: 16-0?

The Carolina Panthers are 13-0 following another big win this weekend. They’ve clinched a division title and a first-round bye in the NFL playoffs. Is it time to sit Cam Newton and make sure he’s rested, ready and healthy for the playoffs? Or do the Panthers owe it to the fans (and themselves) to play to win every week, especially with a historic 16-0 season still on the line?

Deb Stroman is a professor at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and an expert on the business of sport. She discussed the Panthers – and other topics – on WCHL Monday with Aaron Keck.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/professional/stroman-on-sports-16-0

Tar Heels in the NFL – Week 6

The Tar Heels currently have 23 former players on NFL rosters. Here’s a quick look at how the former Tar Heels in the NFL did this weekend for their respective teams.

Marvin Austin – DT – Denver Broncos (UNC 07-09)

Austin did not record a tackle this weekend.

Connor Barth – K – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers are on a bye this week but Barth will play his second game of the season next week after being picked up after the beginning of the regular season.

Giovani Bernard – RB – Cincinnati Bengals (UNC 10-12)

Bernard continues a strong 2015 campaign with another touchdown. He had 8 rushes for 50 yards and a touchdown. He also had a catch for 23 yards as the Bengals remain undefeated.

Russell Bodine – Center – Cincinnati Bengals (10-13)

Bodine started at center again for the undefeated Bengals.

Tre Boston – Safety – Carolina Panthers (10-13)

Boston recorded a tackle in the Panthers come from behind victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

Zach Brown – LB – Tennessee Titans (UNC 08-11)

Brown was tied with teammate and fellow UNC alum Da’Norris Sercey with eight solo tackles on the day. Brown also had four tackle assists to lead the game with 12 total tackles in the Titans loss to Miami.

Bruce Carter – LB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (UNC 07-10)

The Buccaneers had a bye week this week.

Jonathan Cooper – Guard – Arizona Cardinals (UNC 09-11)

Cooper is the starting guard for the 4-2 Arizona Cardinals.

Quinton Coples – LB – New York Jets (UNC 09-11)

Coples had one tackles in the Jets victory over the Redskins.

Shaun Draughn – RB – Cleveland Browns (UNC 07-10)

Draughn suited up despite a back injury, but did not play a significant role in the offense. He did not record a carry on Sunday, but did return two kickoffs for a total of 14 yards.

Eric Ebron – TE – Detroit Lions (UNC 11-13)

Ebron missed his second straight game with a knee injury.  He was limited in practice all last week and is uncertain for next week’s game vs the Vikings.

James Hurst – Tackle – Baltimore Ravens (UNC 10-13)

Hurst hit the field this week in the Ravens loss to San Francisco.

Greg Little – WR – Cincinnati Bengals (UNC 07-09)

Little did not record a catch this week.

Kareem Martin – LB – Arizona Cardinals (UNC 10-13)

Martin did not record a tackle this week.

Julius Peppers – DE – Green Bay Packers (UNC 99-01)

Peppers got after the quarterback again, taking down former NC State QB Phillip Rivers for his 5.5 sack of the season. Peppers is having a resurgent season, already just 1.5 sacks off his average from the past two season.

Jabari Price – CB – Minnesota Vikings (UNC 10-13)

Price did not record a tackle this week.

Robert Quinn – DE – St. Louis Rams (UNC 08-10)

The Rams had a bye week this week.

Garrett Reynolds – Tackle – St. Louis Rams (UNC 05-08)

The Rams had a bye week this week.

Da’Norris Sercey – Safety – Tennessee Titans (UNC 07-10)

Sercey was all over the field on Sunday, teaming up with Zach Brown to combine for 16 solo tackles. The two Tar Heels are the anchors of the Titans defense.

Jack Tabb – TE – New Orleans Saints (UNC 11-14)

Tabb did not have a catch in the Saints win over Atlanta.

Brandon Tate – WR – Cincinnati Bengals (UNC 05-08)

Tate did not record a catch, but returned a punt and a kickoff.

Cam Thomas – DE – Pittsburgh Steelers (UNC 06-09)

Thomas did not record a tackle this week.

Greg Warren – Long Snapper – Pittsburgh Steelers (UNC 00-04)

Warren is the starting long snapper for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Sylvester Williams – DT – Denver Broncos (UNC 2011) 

Williams recorded a tackle assist as the Broncos defense led them to victory over the Browns, remaining undefeated.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/tar-heels-in-the-nfl-week-6

Tar Heel Football Players in the Pros – Week 4

The Tar Heels currently have 23 former players on NFL rosters. Here’s a quick look at how the former Tar Heel football players did this weekend for their respective teams.

Marvin Austin – DT – Denver Broncos (UNC 07-09)

Austin did not record a tackle against the Vikings Sunday.

Giovani Bernard – RB – Cincinnati Bengals (UNC 10-12)

Bernard had solid day for the Bengals in a big victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. On 13 carries, Bernard had 62 rushing yards and touchdown. Bernard has come on strong for the Bengals this season, averaging 5.5 yards per carry.

Russell Bodine – Center – Cincinnati Bengals (10-13)

Bodine is the starting center for the Bengals, who had four rushing touchdowns in their victory over Kansas City.

Tre Boston – Safety – Carolina Panthers (10-13)

Boston recorded four tackles in the Panthers win over the Buccaneers.

Zach Brown – LB – Tennessee Titans (UNC 08-11)

The Titans had a bye week this week. They return to action next week against the Bills.

Bruce Carter – LB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (UNC 07-10)

Carter recorded one tackle in the Buccaneers loss to the Panthers.

Jonathan Cooper – Guard – Arizona Cardinals (UNC 09-11)

Cooper started at guard for Cardinals. He has started every game this season. Behind him the Cardinals ran for 114 yards against the Rams.

Quinton Coples – LB – New York Jets (UNC 09-11)

Coples did not record a tackle in the Jets victory over the Miami Dolphins in London.

Shaun Draughn – RB – Cleveland Browns (UNC 07-10)

As the third running back on the Browns roster, Draughn had one carry for six yards on Sunday.

Eric Ebron – TE – Detroit Lions (UNC 11-13)

Ebron will be the starting Tight End for the Detroit Lions on Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks.

James Hurst – Tackle – Baltimore Ravens (UNC 10-13)

Hurst started for the third straight game against the Steelers. Behind his offensive line, RB Justin Forsett ran for 150 yards in the victory.

Greg Little – WR – Cincinnati Bengals (UNC 07-09)

Little did not record a catch in the Bengals win over the Chiefs.

Kareem Martin – LB – Arizona Cardinals (UNC 10-13)

Martin did not record a tackle this weekend.

Julius Peppers – DE – Green Bay Packers (UNC 99-01)

Julius Peppers did what Julius Peppers always does, get after the quarterback. Peppers had two tackles and a sack against the 49ers in a Packer victory.

Jabari Price – CB – Minnesota Vikings (UNC 10-13)

Price did not record a tackle against the Denver Broncos.

Robert Quinn – DE – St. Louis Rams (UNC 08-10)

Quinn recorded two tackles in Rams win over the Cardinals.

Garrett Reynolds – Tackle – St. Louis Rams (UNC 05-08)

Reynolds played but did not start against the Arizona Cardinals.

Da’Norris Sercey – Safety – Tennessee Titans (UNC 07-10)

The Titans had a bye week this week. They return to action next week against the Bills.

Jack Tabb – TE – New Orleans Saints (UNC 11-14)

Tabb did not have a catch this week in the overtime win against the Cowboys.

Brandon Tate – WR – Cincinnati Bengals (UNC 05-08)

Tate was the second former Tar Heel to find the end zone for the Bengals. Tate dove for catch right before the goal line. After hauling in the catch, he scampered towards the end zone before anyone could bring him down. The 55 yard touchdown was his only catch of the game.

Cam Thomas – DE – Pittsburgh Steelers (UNC 06-09)

Thomas recorded two tackles in the Steelers loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night.

Greg Warren – Long Snapper – Pittsburgh Steelers (UNC 00-04)

Warren is the starting long snapper for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Sylvester Williams – DT – Denver Broncos (UNC 2011)

Williams had two tackles and half a sack in a close 23-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

 

http://chapelboro.com/sports/tar-heel-football-players-in-the-pros-week-4

Ebron Looks To Add To Tar Heel NFL Draft Success

With nine selected, UNC-Chapel Hill has had more players chosen in the first two rounds over the last three NFL drafts than any other school in the nation except football powerhouse Alabama. The Crimson Tide have had 12 drafted.

The 2014 NFL Draft begins Thursday night at 8 p.m. in New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Rounds two and three will be conducted on Friday with the remaining rounds wrapping up on Saturday.

UNC tight end Eric Ebron is projected to be a first round pick by most draft analysts. If it comes to fruition, Ebron will become the 23rd overall first round selection in school history and the seventh since 2008.

Carolina leads the charge in the ACC with six first round picks since 2008, even topping defending national champion Florida State.

Past Tar Heel first round picks include Kentwan Balmer in 2008, Hakeem Nicks in 2009, Robert Quinn in 2011, Quinton Coples in 2012, and Jonathan Cooper and Sylvester Williams a year ago.  `

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