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Cam Newton's Haters, Falcons Big In Louisiana, And Josh Smith's Tude: Around The Perimeter

Falcons: The Atlanta Falcons have been producing good TV ratings in both Atlanta and New Orleans. Last Sunday's Tampa Bay Buccaneers game was the most-watched NFL game in this town all year -- the end of the college football regular season coupled with a strong Falcons run mean this town could be just about ready for another Dirty Bird craze. But first the team will need to come up with a dance. Whatcha got, Ovie Mughelli?

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Well, maybe.

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SEC: Alabama radio host Paul Finebaum says other conference presidents -- including the ACC's, Big Ten's, Big 12's, and Pac-10's -- are condemning the SEC's treatment of Cam Newton because they're all a bunch of haters. Good to know the Mountain West and Big East aren't at all jealous of the SEC.

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NL East: Our New York Mets community interviews Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey.

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Hawks: Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe says the relationship between Larry Drew and Josh Smith is among the NBA's most interesting. The contentious relationship has become more heated as Smoove reverts to shooting jumpers after abandoning the habit last year.

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NFL: Raymond St. Martin of Silver And Black Pride, our Raiders community, went behind the scenes at the NFL Network.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.