I think, and have always thought, that we (the media) seize upon something small and make more of it than it is.
Oh, no, Cam Newton frowned. Oh, no, Cam Newton was morose after a loss. Oh, no, Cam Newton wore a towel on his head.
On Friday, Newton was as engaging and as funny and as interesting as I've seen him -- and I've seen him at two previous training camps, at Bank of America Stadium, at his Pro Day at Auburn and in two one-on-one interviews.
Newton, who wore a green cap and black cap, T-shirt, shorts and shoes, was loose and his mood was light. He professed shock that a picture of him riding his Segway ran on the front page of Friday's Charlotte Observer sports section.
Asked how fast he was going he said "Five miles per hour." He said he only seemed fast because "Y'all been standing still."
He mimicked going up hill, the machine struggling to carry 245 pounds to the top.
Asked if he was willing to accept running a more conventional offense this season, he pretended to look at offensive coordinator Mike Shula and said, "Hey, call another play."
When a reporter forgot his question, Newton invoked concussions.
Again, to write that Cam is happy Cam, is media friendly Cam, and we're all going to hang out and bowl together is to pretend.
But it has to mean something, right? What's the significance -- because there has to be significance.
Here it is. On the first full day of training camp, Newton was in a good mood.