Is Cecil Newton such a bad dad?

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Is Cecil Newton such a bad dad?

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com

Apparently, Cam Newton is worth 100,000-180,000. To his father. That's the sum that Cecil Newton asked of Mississippi State recruiters -- coaches who said they quickly slapped on ear muffs when Cecil jacked the arm on the cash register.

The NCAA, ESPN, and acronyms around the country are unsurprisingly concerned, but I wonder about Cam. How does he feel about that number? I mean, it's a decent amount of green for a college-bound kid. It's not like his dad offered to hand him over for half a Hot Pocket and a Playboy.

I asked my dad what he would do.

Me: "Hey, dad.... If I was a highly touted college recruit, how much money would you ask my collegiate suitors for?"

My father: Pause "You're priceless."

Me: Sobs uncontrollably

Once I collected myself I took a poll of a couple of other dads in my office.

Father of a 10.5 month old: "I don't know.... I couldn't do that."
Father of a teen: "Depends on what sport."

Eh. Nobody likes teenagers anyway.

But I don't think that was Pastor Cecil Newton's motivation. Can't really say what it is, exactly. Money? Duh. But after ducking phone calls from Sallie Mae (U-C-O-N-N! UCONN! UCONN! U-ouu want HOW much money for my English degree?!) for a few months now, I'm starting to understand how stifling the adult financial burden can be.

This is not an excuse for the elder Newton slapping a price tag on his son's derriere so decisively. This guy is no Father of the Year candidate. I'll just never say that I know exactly how I'd play a situation unless it actually happened to me.

Especially if it involves college football.

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics struggling with three-pointers

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Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics struggling with three-pointers

You knew the 3-point shots were going to be flying all game long when the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets tipped off Monday night. 
 
Now whether they would go in, that’s another matter entirely. 
 
Boston’s struggles with knocking down the long ball played a pivotal role in them going into the half trailing the Houston Rockets, 58-48.
 
Houston, the NBA’s leader in three-pointers made (14.0) and taken (37.0), were 8-for-21 in the first half on 3s while the Celtics were a not-so-impressive 5-for-18.
 
Despite the shooting struggles, Boston managed to lead 37-36 after a driving lay-up by Jaylen Brown. 
 
But the Rockets had too much firepower and when they weren’t knocking down shots, they were getting to the free throw line where there 18-for-20 compared to Boston which was just 1-for-2.
Here are the first half Stars, Studs and Duds from Monday’s game. 

 

STARS
 
James Harden

The MVP candidate was bringing it all areas, scoring 21 points to go with seven assists. But he was far from perfect, evident by his six turnovers. 
 
Isaiah Thomas

He led the Celtics with 11 points, but looks to be growing frustrated with the lack of calls going the Celtics’ way. Near the end of the second quarter, Thomas was grimacing while holding his right groin. But it didn’t appear to be too big a deal as he hit a 3-pointer just moments later. But it’s worth keeping an eye on in the second half. 
 

STUDS
 
Jaylen Brown

He gave Boston a surprisingly strong lift off the Celtics bench. At the half, he had seven points which included a lay-up that put Boston ahead 37-36.

Trevor Ariza

He doesn’t get a ton of attention, but Ariza’s play has been one of the keys to Houston’s success this season. At the half he had 10 points and six rebounds.

 

DUDS
 
Jonas Jerebko

He got the start tonight, but looks nothing like the high-energy, impact player he has been of late while coming off the bench. He was scoreless in the first half while missing all three of his shot attempts. 

New photo surfaces of noticeably thinner Pablo Sandoval

New photo surfaces of noticeably thinner Pablo Sandoval

When it comes to Pablo Sandoval and his weight, a picture is worth a thousand words.

During spring training it wasn’t a good thing. Sandoval made headlines when a number of photos revealed significant weight gain for the Red Sox third baseman.

But the last two images have been more positive for Sandoval.

In October, a noticeably thinner Sandoval was photographed at an FC Barcelona game.

On Monday, Dan Roche of WBZ tweeted a more recent picture of the new-look Sandoval.

Sandoval, 30, is entering the third season of a five-year, $95 million contract. In his lone full season in Boston, 2015, Sandoval hit .245/.292/.366 with 10 homers and 47 RBI.