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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.

Moving to power forward 'presents a different challenge' for Horford

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Moving to power forward 'presents a different challenge' for Horford

PHILADELPHIA – For the third time in as many games, the Boston Celtics will field a different lineup.

It will have a domino effect on Boston’s usual starters, but no one more than Al Horford who will slide over to power forward with Aron Baynes inserted into the starting lineup where he’ll be charged with trying to defend Sixers 7-footer Joel Embiid.

Meanwhile, Horford will be assigned to defend Robert Covington who is one of Philadelphia’s better perimeter scorers.

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“I feel like one of my strengths is being able to play multiple positions,” Horford told NBC Sports Boston. “It presents a different challenge for me, which is making sure I do a good job of covering him out on the perimeter, staying between him and the basket.”

In Philadelphia’s 120-115 season-opening loss to Washington, Covington led all Sixers with 29 points which included him going 7-for-11 from 3-point range in addition to grabbing seven rebounds.

While Covington will be Horford’s first defensive assignment, he knows he will also be called upon at times to defend Embiid who ranks among the best centers in the NBA despite having played just 32 games over the course of three NBA seasons.

In the loss to the Wizards, Embiid had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Horford’s defense will be critical for Boston (0-2) to get its first win of the season, but the Celtics will also need him to take advantage of scoring opportunities as well.

“We have some guys down, but that creates opportunities for other guys to step up and contribute,” Horford said. “It’s going to all of us, the veterans, the young players, all of us to get that first win.”

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens agreed.

“I think that’s how we have to look at it,” Stevens said. “We’re going to have to make a few tweaks on how we do things, obviously. Hey, it’s gonna be something that we’re going to have to do really, really well on the fly.”

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