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Adorable 8-year-old gives Cam Newton a trophy

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Cam Newton might have lost his chance at the trophy this year, but that’s not to say he hasn’t received any others.

This heartwarming story comes from a little suburb in Charlotte where 8-year-old Stephen Graham noticed Newton’s lack of a trophy and took it upon himself to fix that.

“Dear Cam Newton, I’m sorry you lost, but here is a paper trofy,” he wrote in a letter, with said paper “trofy” attached.

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Since Newton always gives away footballs after his touchdown to a child, it wasn’t a surprise that one kid wanted to give something back to Newton to cheer him up.

“He’s my friend,” Stephen said, “When a friend falls down, the other friend always picks him up.”

And if that isn’t enough to give you all the feels, look at it this way:  Stephen definitely knows how to spell trophy now, the right way.

Roger Goodell just dabbed (video)

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Cam Newton had an effect on Roger Goodell. Or at least on his dance moves.

Earlier this morning on “Good Morning America,” Goodell showed off his version of the dance move sweeping the nation and made popular by Newton.

With even the NFL’s commissioner doing it,  the dabbing public might be ready to move on to the next hit craze.

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Panthers Holding Steady as the Super Bowl 50 Betting Favorites

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As the kickoff for Super Bowl 50 approaches the Carolina Panthers have solidified their position as 5.5-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Carolina opened as 3.5-point chalk following their 49-15 demolition of the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship Game but the betting line for Sunday night’s Panthers vs. Broncos Super Bowl matchup at Levi’s Stadium quickly moved in favor of the NFC champs, reaching six points at select sportsbooks before settling at 5.5.

The Panthers owned the NFL’s top offense this season, averaging 31.3 points per game, a point total they have eclipsed in eight of their past 11 contests overall. However, they will be up against the Broncos’ top-ranked defense, which surrendered a league-low 283.1 yards per game, including just 83.6 yards per game on the ground.

The health of running back Jonathan Stewart could be cause for concern for Carolina.

Stewart has missed time at practice with an ankle injury, joining a lengthy group of Panthers who are listed as questionable on the early injury report for Super Bowl 50, including linebacker Thomas Davis and defensive end Charles Johnson.

However, none are expected to miss action on Sunday, including lineman Jared Allen, who is expected to play after missing the NFC Championship Game with a foot injury.

The Broncos are dealing with injury troubles of their own, most notably to safeties TJ Ward and Darian Stewart, who both missed practice last week and are listed as questionable for Sunday.

The injury to Jonathan Stewart has done little to impact the rusher’s Super Bowl MVP odds, which have held steady at 22/1. But it is the opposing quarterbacks that lead the way on the Super Bowl 50 MVP odds, with Carolina’s Cam Newton pegged as a -130 favorite, followed by Denver’s Peyton Manning, who sports +275 odds. Speculation has run rampant that Manning will announce his retirement following Super Bowl 50.

The 39-year-old Manning makes his fourth Super Bowl appearance on Sunday, and second in the last three years, but has just one championship to his credit, claiming Super Bowl MVP honors at Super Bowl XLI while leading the Indianapolis Colts to a 29-17 win over the Chicago Bears.

Manning has endured a difficult campaign, throwing just nine regular season touchdowns while missing six weeks to injury, but looked strong in Denver’s 20-18 win over New England in the AFC Championship Game, ending the club’s five-game losing streak against the spread per the OddsShark NFL Database.