These are good days for Cam Newton. His current team is on a playoff trajectory and very much in the hunt for a division championship. His former team just pulled off the greatest miracle finish in college football history. And while he's best known for his Superman moves, Newton is now aligning himself with Batman. Because, as everyone knows, Batman > Superman.
Perhaps figuring that the Buccaneers are a superstitious and cowardly lot, Newton broke out some sporting Batman cleats before Sunday's game against Tampa Bay. Here's a closer look:
Cam Newton, those cleats are on point today, my dude pic.twitter.com/VaWvDmcAE1
— Megan Broadway (@Megan_Broadway) December 1, 2013
(Tip o' the cowl to SB Nation.)
This isn't the first time Newton has rocked some superheroic footwear; earlier this year, he broke out the Superman cleats before Week 1:
Then again, the Panthers lost to the Seahawks that game, so perhaps the Superman shoes didn't have the proper mojo. Also, since the NFL is the one entity more powerful than the Justice League, Newton had to remove both the Superman and Batman models before the game actually began. NFL rules don't permit such flashy footwear.
Of course, this now brings up the question of what superhero Newton will feature next. The Flash is too cliche, Green Lantern would clash with Carolina blue, and "Martian Manhunter" now has unacceptable overtones of both violence and racism (planet-ism?) Still, the way Newton and the Panthers are playing these days, he could get away with anything. Heck, he could even make even Aquaman cool.
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