So what should Cam Newton replace the “Dab” with?
Newton said Thursday in an interview on WFNZ 610-AM that he was no longer going to do the “Dab” dance move in the end zone after touchdowns -- you know, the one that looks a little like you are sneezing directly into your arm.
“I have to put that aside,” the Panthers quarterback said of a move that became so popular that the Carolina quarterback and others once convinced Panthers owner Jerry Richardson and coach Ron Rivera to do it and tens of thousands of Panthers fans around the world enjoyed adopting it.
Newton’s “dab” was of recent vintage, as he only started doing it midway through the 2015 season. He still has two other TD-based end zone celebrations that have lasted far longer than that: The “Superman,” in which Newton pretends to be Clark Kent by pulling apart his jersey to reveal an “S” logo; and the beloved “Hand the touchdown ball to a kid” maneuver. He began both of those during his rookie year in 2011.
I honestly don’t care what Newton does in the end zone as long as it’s not completely obscene. I’m more concerned with how often he and the Panthers’ offense find that end zone -- and once they do, I don’t mind them having fun.
But reactions to Newton’s impromptu “a little Dab will no longer do me” announcement was all over the map. The Dab was part of the quarterback’s identity during his MVP season in 2015. One member of the Atlanta rap trio Migos, which had released the song that had inspired Newton, had called Newton the “Dab daddy.”
I asked Panthers fans on Twitter what Newton should substitute in for his Dabbin’, if anything. Of the many responses, here is a fairly representative sample:
1. If on a TD pass, grab the receiver and do a little Shake ‘n’ Bake.
2. Act like Tom Brady. Cam’s a great athlete but acts immature at times. Grow up, play & keep your mouth shut.
3. Learn the humble dance.
4. How does the middle finger sound?
5. Whatever he does, I hope he thinks of the children. Dear God, think of children, Cam!
6. How about something novel, like handing the ball to the official. #barrysanders
7. Stick with the Superman.
8. The sprinkler.
9. The Pee Wee Herman dance.