The New England Patriots haven’t named a starting quarterback yet between Cam Newton and rookie Mac Jones. 98.5 The SportsHub host Scott Zolak thinks one quick fix could help Newton play better and capture the starting job.
“I’d turn off the rap music first of all,” Scott Zolak said during a practice report on Thursday. “Because I think it’s distracting for Cam here. Because in between every throw he’s dancing,” Zolak continued. “He can’t help himself.”
Newton just had to miss extended time from training camp because of a testing mixup. He is in a tight race with Jones, who Zolak says carries himself a different way.
“Like, he’s [Jones] here to work. And everything is attention to detail. But, again,” Zolak added, “that’s Cam’s style.”
The former NFL quarterback played seven seasons with the Patriots and is now a prominent voice in Boston sports media. Scott Zolak believes Newton is dancing too quickly after he finishes a rep.
“He makes a throw and then [dances],” Zolak said of Cam. “The music’s still cranking here; I know you can hear faintly in the background here.”
Sports media circles had plenty of reactions ready for this take. Time will tell if the “distractions” keep the job from Newton a year after New England brought him in from Carolina to succeed Tom Brady.
Speaking of Carolina, Chris McClain and Travis “TBone” Hancock of WFNZ in Charlotte made sure their opinions of Zolak’s take were known. The morning duo spent the first nine years of Cam Newton’s career fielding calls from people with extreme feelings on the 2015 MVP one way or the other.
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Doug Gottlieb On Praise For Pat Beverly: ‘What a Joke!’
“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport.”
Pat Beverley of the Minnesota Timberwolves may have used his appearances this week on ESPN to set up a potential career in media, but some just simply weren’t impressed.
You can count Doug Gottlieb among them. Gottlieb said Wednesday that Beverley’s takes on Suns guard Chris Paul and words for Matt Barnes regarding James Harden’s contract didn’t do him any favors for the future.
“Pat Beverley, if you’re going to die on a hill, James Harden’s hill is not the one to die on,” Gottlieb said. “In a week in which you have a chance to carve out a potential career for yourself which is as good, or greater than your NBA career. What a joke!”
Gottlieb added that Beverley also lost people completely “acting like the arrogant NBA athlete that so many assume that NBA athletes are.”
“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport,” he said. “Congratulations, hell of a week and you’re only in day two.”
While Beverley may not have Gottlieb singing his praises as an analyst, the T-Wolves journeyman did get the attention of Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy. Portnoy said if Beverley wanted to do a podcast for the company, he would give him a blank check and hire him no questions asked.
Mick Hubert to Retire After 33 Years As Voice Of Florida Gators
“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew.”
After more than three decades and more than 2,500 games called in Gainesville, Mick Hubert is retiring as the voice of the Florida Gators.
Hubert, 68, will call it a career after the Florida baseball team concludes its regular season this weekend.
Hubert, who’s called numerous Gators national championships across multiple sports in his tenure, said he had been thinking about retiring but finally had peace about it to make the decision.
“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew,” he said. “I had been considering this for a little while. I just had to do some praying about it and enjoy every game.”
The longtime broadcaster is a 2019 inductee into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.
Hubert said he poured his heart and soul into broadcasts and that hopefully fans recognized that.
“I hope they heard the enthusiasm, and the credibility is important to me,” he said. “You need to be factual and credible, but you need to be enthusiastic. That’s what I always felt. I always wanted to take my audience on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. I also wanted to give them enough information so they could paint that picture in their mind.”