It’s that time of year again: NFL playoff time, specifically the divisional round.
There is no question what this weekend’s marquee game is, and it’s taking place in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday at 1:00PM. The 15-1 (league-best) Carolina Panthers and their likely MVP quarterback, Cam Newton, host the two-time defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks in what figures to be one of the games of the year.
On the latest episode of Bill Rhoden On Sports we talk to the Panthers’ beat writer for The Charlotte Observer, Jonathan Jones, about all things Carolina, Newton and Sunday’s heavyweight matchup, which Jones states is likely “the biggest sporting event that has ever taken place in Charlotte.”
We discuss the keys to success for the Panthers, the tone in their locker room and the matchup between two of the league’s best quarterbacks.
“Cam is 26 years old, he has five years in the league, but he understands this is part of his legacy,” Jones says.
We also delve into Newton’s relationship with the media and with his hometown fans.
“Sometimes it’s overt and sometimes it’s a lot more subtle, the racism that [Cam] deals with here in the South and in the Bible Belt,” Jones explains. “He goes and dances in Tennessee, and I thought that folks in Nashville like dancing, and then the ‘Tennessee Mom’ goes and writes the story about him.”
Jones also gives us his prediction for the game, as well as what he thinks the fallout would be if the Panthers lose Sunday’s game.
Finally, Bill and I discuss the St. Louis Rams’ move to Los Angeles, the tragic story of Lawrence Phillips, ending in his death in a prison cell, and we give our own predictions for this week’s playoff games.
Listen to all of this and more on the latest edition of Bill Rhoden On Sports.
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