I haven’t been this nervous about another Black Man winning anything since the 2008 Presidential Election. And I know after Cam Newton swept through the College Football Awards last night I should sleep a little easier – but I can’t.
My uneasiness begins with the Reggie Bush scandal and how some of these “purists” are looking to preserve the “honor” that comes with winning the award. In their eyes Bush was more of a disgrace than head coach Pete Carroll or USC’s athletic department who were at the controls of this one proud program.
They’ll allow Cam Newton to have the Maxwell Award, the Davey O’Brien Award and the Walter Camp Award - hell Auburn can even have their long awaited National Championship but will he have the votes needed to win the Heisman Trophy?
The six “columnists” who made their decision not to vote for Newton public this week have made their mark in the voting process. The impact on the remaining voters (870 media votes) could deal a deathblow to Newton’s chances. They used their regional notortiety to serve as shields for anyone in the more broadened national media that chooses to fall in line with them. But rest assured, if Newton doesn’t win the award, there will be 925 men and women (870 media, 54 living recipients of the award and one fan vote) passing the buck.
What do you expect to see tomorrow night?