June 22, 2015
Cam Newton cracks Tom Brady Deflategate joke
Always one to try to draw a smile out of someone, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton cracked a topical Deflategate joke at the expense of Tom Brady during the weekend.
In a Vine shot this weekend at Newton’s QB Skills Challenge in Florida’s IMG Academy, Newton asked, “What is that? Tom Brady?” when he gripped a presumably underinflated football.
Newton appears to be readying to throw to a receiver as he takes a shot drop. He grips the football and prepares to throw when stops, looks down at the ball and asks the question before flicking it back to one of the camp’s participants.
Brady, of course, is the Patriots quarterback who has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of this season for his role in Deflategate—a controversy from the AFC Championship Game where several New England footballs did not meet inflation requirements. Brady's appeal of the suspension will be heard Tuesday.
Newton had a chance to make a similar joke less than two weeks ago at his inaugural charity kickball tournament. As the “pitcher” in the championship game, Newton rolled one of the kickballs off the side for an unknown reason.
One person from the dugout shouted out “Tom Brady,” but Newton offered no reaction and rolled the new kickball.
While I can’t say with confidence Newton meant nothing by the joke, he regularly speaks glowingly of Brady and places him among the elite quarterbacks in the NFL when speaking to the media.
June 18, 2015
Panthers, Dolphins to hold joint practices at Wofford Aug. 19-20
The Panthers and Dolphins will hold joint practices open to the public at Wofford this summer in the days leading up to their exhibition in Charlotte on Aug. 22.
Carolina and Miami will practice with each other at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 19 and 20 at Wofford’s Gibbs Stadium. It marks the first time the Panthers have held a joint practice at Wofford with another NFL team since doing so with the Lions in 2000.
The practices come on the final two days of camp in Spartanburg. Carolina begins training camp on July 31 and ends on Aug. 20.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Coach (Joe) Philbin, and we’re excited to be working with the Dolphins,” Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said in a statement. “The Dolphins do some things differently on offense, defense and special teams so it will be an opportunity to work on all three phases of the game in controlled situations with really good tempo. Our players will see some different looks, and it will be a couple days of quality practice for us.”
The Panthers will have a Lowe’s Kickoff Party on July 31 starting at 4:30 p.m. with practice beginning at 6:30. The annual Fan Fest will be held at Bank of America Stadium starting at 5 p.m. on Aug. 7.