Beyond The Mic: Cam Newton No Longer Dabbing Proves Football Is King
When I scurried through the sports headlines today, I noticed one story appearing on the home page of every major national sports website.
Carolina Panthers quarterback and NFL MVP Cam Newton will no longer "dab" after touchdowns.
For those who aren't aware of "the dab", it's a dance that reached critical mass in the U.S. last fall. It began in Atlanta dance clubs and spread like wildfire across the country.
Newton would "dab" after a touchdown or big play.
Videos of college football coaches like Les Miles and Frank Beamer doing the "dab" while their players screamed in exultation made the SportsCenter rounds more than Kobe Bryant's current marketing campaign (Seriously, have you seen how many commercials Kobe is appearing in?)
NFL prop bets for Super Bowl 50 included number of times Newton or opposing players would "dab".
Cam Newton told WFZN-AM radio's "The Mac Attack'' show in Charlotte he will "have to put that aside" when asked about dabbing next season.
He'll likely have a new touchdown celebration in 2016 that will anger many fans of other franchises who watch Newton score against their favorite team.
Maybe someone will write an angry letter that inexplicably makes sports headlines.
This Cam Newton "dab" retirement story is an example of football being king.
In what sport is a player explaining they will celebrate different going to make headlines of every major sports outlet?
I may be alone in saying I don't care if Cam Newton dabs or not. I don't care if he says he will put dabbing aside for another dance.
As polarizing as Newton is, his claim of putting aside the "dab" may be a small story in Charlotte, but how is it making headlines all over the U.S.?
The answer to that question is simple. In this country, football is king. A "dab" retirement story gets more clicks than a breakdown of game 3 in the NBA Finals.