He’s no Joe DiMaggio

If you watched the Super Bowl you saw Carolina quarterback Cam Newton shy away from diving into a crowd of players to try to recover his own fumble at a crucial point in the fourth quarter. A day later he said it was because he didn’t want to get hurt.
To be fair, his teammates seem to support him when he said that one play did not cost the Panthers the Super Bowl, and he’s right. But the whole thing immediately brought to mind an old tale about late New York Yankees great Joe DiMaggio.
The story goes that DiMaggio once risked injury by making a diving catch in a game that was not that crucial to the Yankees winning the pennant. When asked afterwards why he did it, DiMaggio responded, “Because I always figure there might be someone in the stands who never saw me play before.”
In their 1967 hit Mrs. Robinson, Simon and Garfunkel sang, “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you.” Nearly 50 years later, the question is even more apropos.

Ed Ackerman