Cam Newton & Panthers’ Winning Streak Due To Superstition With Wrigley’s Chewing Gum?
Quarterback Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers (9-3) are heading down to play the New Orleans Saints (9-3) during a bumped-up Sunday Night Football game.
And as everyone watched the Seahawks and the 12th man cause havoc on the Saints during MNF even with their specialized noise-cancelling earplugs, don’t expect the Panthers to have similar ones to cancel out the boisterous Superdome.
“I just depend on Wrigley’s Winterfresh Chewing Gum to get me through the adverse times,” says Newton.
While Cam did joke that the Panthers organization didn’t have it in “their budget” to get the earplugs, he says that the team plays loud crowd noises through speakers on the practice fields before every away game they have.
But the new, and as the national media puts it ‘more mature,’ Cam Newton doesn’t seem to be phased by any nuisances from the opposing team’s fans. His focus is on making the right plays and eliminating mistakes, all while chewing on his gum with no mouthpiece.
“Even if the gum is rock solid, you can’t take it out,” says Newton when he makes big plays throughout the game. “You may put another piece of gum in, that’s that play-making gum.”
“But if you’re sucking, of course you gotta toss that gum out,” says Newton.
Back in his high school years, Cam and his teammates would put the gum inside of their mouthpieces to get the flavor of the gum in their mouths. But in college at Auburn, Cam didn’t wear a mouthpiece because there was not a rule forcing him to wear one.
Which there can be some pros and cons for Cam not wearing a mouthpiece…
Pro: Seeing the big smile on his face when running an amazing 57 yard play to avoid a tackle from Tampa Bay last week.
Con: Getting hit in the helmet on the first play action of the Miami Dolphins game causing him to bite his lip and spit up blood.
Expect Cam Newton to be chomping on gum throughout the Saints Sunday Night Football game; and for the Panthers sake, it will be the same piece of game throughout the game.