Cam Newton's head scarf was mocked relentlessly on Twitter.
1. You'd think people wouldn't be shocked anymore by Cam Newton's gameday outfits, but the Panthers quarterback still managed to cause quite a stir Thursday night when he added a head scarf to his ensemble.
Naturally, Twitter had opinions. Many, many opinions.
2. Maybe it's because it's Gronk and most people think of him as a big goofball (which is not a diss in any way), but the man said Thursday that he "probably had 20 concussions" during his career and that he remembered "five blackout ones" and the general reaction from the football world was basically, "nothing to see here." Wild.
.@RobGronkowski told CBSN's @reenaninan that he'd let his son play football ––only after educating him about what he went through in the game.— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 12, 2019
He said he had about "nine surgeries, probably had 20 concussions" playing football. https://t.co/CYw25maOgo pic.twitter.com/dltWn6Y4k2
3. Adam Silver is known as the most progressive commissioner in sports. Let's see if he signs off on this if the Heat accept the bid.
We've officially Submitted our $10,000,000 bid for the naming rights to the Miami Heat Arena. We wish to thank American Airlines for their past support of the @MiamiHEAT We intend to change the name to the BangBros Center aka 'The BBC' #BangBrosCares pic.twitter.com/YbhNattIm7— BANGBROSOFFICIAL (@BangBrosDotCom1) September 12, 2019
4. Good Morning Football's "Wall Streeters" segment, in which Peter Schrager and Kyle Brandt hit the streets of New York City to break down NFL games while acting like stereotypical Wall Street bros has quickly become one of the best recurring bits on sports TV, mainly to see if Kyle will pass out at some point.
5. My SI.com colleague Jacob Feldman reports that Charles Woodson has joined FOX Sports after leaving ESPN earlier this year. This reminds me of a tremendous quote dropped by Dan Le Batard Thursday when he was telling a story about Trent Dilfer wanting a private plane from ESPN.
"All across ESPN, people disappear from day-to-day and you forget that they were ever there," Le Batard said. "Like, no there’s no announcement, next thing you know Eric Mangini’s just on Fox three years later."
It's funny because it's true.
6. With the line on Sunday's Patrios-Dolphins game through the roof, I reached out to Tom Gable, Director of Race and Sports Book for the Borgata in Atlantic City to see how bettors are playing the game. Here's Gable's response: "For this game, we here at Moneyline Bar & Book opened the line at Patriots -18½ and it hasn’t moved. The total has moved from 47½ to 48½. We are seeing action on both sides right now but the Patriots are being placed in a lot of parlays (both with the spread and on the money line). The ticket count between both teams is essentially even right now straight up."
7. This week's SI Media Podcast features a very open and honest interview with Ryen Russillo, who explained why he chose to leave ESPN last month to join The Ringer. In addition, we also discussed what makes a podcast good, what people getting into sports media should know and whether Pam Beesly is awful.
8. RANDOM YOUTUBE VIDEO OF THE DAY: Here's another reason why old-school '80s WWF was the best. Just watch Lord Alfred Hayes conduct an interview with Owen Hart "by phone." What production!
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IN CLOSING: My picks for Sunday are Ravens -13.5, Bengals -1.5 and Colts +3.