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Cam Newton, like his pot of collard greens, is finally ready

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after defeating the Arizona Cardinals with a score of 49 to 15 to win the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Panthers might have surprised some people with their 15-1 run, their ability to withstand comebacks, and particularly the way they stomped Arizona to earn a trip to Super Bowl 50.

But Panthers quarterback Cam Newton could smell this one cooking for a long time.

Newton has used all kinds of metaphors to describe their success this year, but came back to one of his favorites as Sunday night was bearing down on Monday morning, after a 49-15 demolition of the Cardinals sent them to the Super Bowl against the Broncos.

“This has been a process,” Newton said in the postgame podium portion of his interviews. “It wasn’t going to be instant grits. It was going to be like long, slow-cooked collard greens. I think those collard greens are brewing right now. You can smell them from 100 miles away.”

Newton made a similar grits and greens analogy right after the Panthers drafted him first overall in 2011, long before you could tell how they were going to turn out.

The physical gifts were clearly there, and he put up numbers his first two years that showed signs of what he could become.

But the leadership he has shown in propelling the Panthers to the Super Bowl is most reminiscent of his days at Auburn, when he led a team to a national title by what seemed like force of will. It certainly wasn’t the talent around him, as the only other offensive player drafted from that 2010 Auburn team to be drafted at all was seventh-round tackle Lee Ziemba.

So in a sense, what Newton is doing now with a receiving corps that includes Ted Ginn, Jerricho Cotchery, Philly Brown and rookie Devin Funchess shouldn’t be a surprise.

Neither should his 335 yards passing, with four touchdowns (including two rushing scores).

He’s been cooking this way for years, and he knew something special was simmering.

“I’ve thought of this moment way before this moment,” Newton said. “You play it out so many times in your head. It may be a surprise to some people, but it’s the way I envisioned it in the dream.”

And Sunday, again, he played that dream out in front of a large crowd, who watched him do amazing things.

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70 Responses to “Cam Newton, like his pot of collard greens, is finally ready”
  1. babyjunkie says: Jan 25, 2016 7:11 AM

    Yo, Cam. Can I interests you in some hog maw?
    -the tripe and chitterlings (chitlins) salesman

    Don’t blame me. Scam opened this can of worms (err.. collard greens).

  2. seahawks80 says: Jan 25, 2016 7:14 AM

    I would prefer that Denver wins this game so Manning can go out on top but Carolina will win this game in a blow out. The Panthers are the Seahawks of two years ago and we all saw what that dominating defense did to the Broncos in SB48.

  3. realdealsteel says: Jan 25, 2016 7:16 AM

    Cam is the new face of the league; Brady is the past.

    Russell Wilson and Cam are the new elite rival QB’s of the league. Brady and Manning are the past.

  4. tattooit says: Jan 25, 2016 7:19 AM

    This is little gem is sure to get the resident Fox News crowd around showing their back ends. #popcorn

  5. jrossizzle says: Jan 25, 2016 7:34 AM

    Me too.
    Fuzzy Z

  6. tonebones says: Jan 25, 2016 7:36 AM

    The scary part about Cam Newton is the mental part of his game is still developing. He’s not even close to his ceiling. I think he’s going to get a lot better. It’s fun to watch him run, but I bet the Panthers are going to cut that part of his game out. I’d like to see where his bank account ends up in 10 years.

  7. coreycroom says: Jan 25, 2016 7:36 AM

    Cam gonna whup them Donkeys

  8. unitunite says: Jan 25, 2016 7:49 AM

    All I can remember every time I watch Cam is how my Jags took Blaine Gabbert thinking “We got who the Panthers should have taken.” *eyeroll *facepalm

    His play this year has made me so much more excited to watch him for the next decade.

  9. dp214tx says: Jan 25, 2016 7:52 AM

    Awesome Cam….

  10. rootpain says: Jan 25, 2016 7:57 AM

    I don’t like collard greens and I especially don’t like the smell of collard greens. But that doesn’t matter a bit. Cam has earned the right to describe the process any way he wants to. He did a great job last against the Cardinals. Congratulations.

  11. fatguystrangler says: Jan 25, 2016 8:00 AM

    Somewhere, Todd McShay still thinks Gabbert should’ve went number 1.

    Is this the first time two #1 drafted QB’s are facing each other in the Super Bowl?

  12. myspaceyourface says: Jan 25, 2016 8:21 AM

    I wonder if he paid back the 50k to Auburn and the boosters club?

  13. ctiggs says: Jan 25, 2016 8:27 AM

    While I was upset that they sent steve smith packing, I see that is exactly what they needed. Cam couldn’t lead with smith there and it shows. They are exciting and refreshing to watch. that being said send steve a ring if they win won.

  14. tattooit says: Jan 25, 2016 8:29 AM

    This will be the most predictable SB since 2006.

  15. sopadegato says: Jan 25, 2016 8:34 AM

    The only thing I’m dreaming of is for the most arrogant team in NFL history to choke on the largest stage of them all.

    Hopefully, they’ll keep dancing and crap talking and roll in with their heads swollen up so badly they’re unprepared for a nasty Denver defense.

  16. bruiza2k says: Jan 25, 2016 8:35 AM

    “I smelled those collard greens cooking years ago, but I got outcast for it.”

    – Fuzzy Zoeller

  17. Unchained81 says: Jan 25, 2016 8:40 AM

    What a classless punk this guy is. Between him and Manning this super bowl is unwatchable.

  18. shlort says: Jan 25, 2016 8:42 AM

    Having a great defense doesn’t hurt either. When your defense gives your offense extra possessions, you usually win.

  19. laserw says: Jan 25, 2016 8:57 AM

    Enough of the white-washing of Cam Cheating.

    Let us remember that Cam was CAUGHT cheating no less than three times in college while at Florida and had turned in a paper no written by him as his own work on several times – once by another student and once purchased from the internet – to name two specific instances. Cam, rather than being a real man and facing his expulsion from Florida, ran like a child to avoid punishment.

    Let us also not forget that Cam was caught in possession of a stolen laptop while at Florida but somehow managed to get out of that too.

    Those are the substantiated and factually accurate dings on Cam Cheating’s profile and lack of overall character. There are other dings that cannot be substantiated but follow this clown like pork chops tied around his neck.

    It is odd that when we discuss Cam, we always get to look at how he does before the camera and the do gooder he is off the field. But we fail to mention that when no one was looking, he was as dishonest and reprehensible as anyone. Violating the Honor Code in College is a big deal – but to do it three times should have made him ineligible to play football anywhere other than the Arena Football league.

  20. robaloconmosca says: Jan 25, 2016 9:02 AM

    Special player. Best in the league right now.

  21. losangelesbillsofbuffalo says: Jan 25, 2016 9:04 AM

    Cam Newton needs 2 more seasons like this past year, and he will be HOF bound. Hard not to root for the man.

  22. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Jan 25, 2016 9:07 AM

    I’m going to publicly eat crow. I was one of the people who swore Cam would be a bust. I couldn’t have been more wrong, he’s an unbelievable player, and seems like a good young man. Don’t discount his receivers though, they stepped up and played well too. The Panthers didn’t win in spite of them, they won with them. Go Bucks!

  23. bucks4ever13 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:12 AM

    Keep pounding! Let’s get a ring!

  24. doubleogator says: Jan 25, 2016 9:14 AM

    Great athlete, bou extremely narcissistic…

  25. bspurloc says: Jan 25, 2016 9:15 AM

    .
    This seems to be the year where Cam finally stopped acting like a clueless rookie and has become a very dangerous player…
    But he needs to come back down to earth and think about longevity. Jumping over guys to score a 4th unneeded touchdown was a dangerous thing to do career wise. You can see he just missed landing on his neck. He was inches away from getting his team to the super bowl and him in street clothes. not too bright.

  26. megabeast37215 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:27 AM

    The kid is playing out of his mind.

  27. filmex2000 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:47 AM

    As a Cards fan, that was brutal to watch. However, if I could pick any QB in the NFL right now, it would have to be Cam.

    He gives that team such confidence, they can virtually be unstoppable. When they are humming on all cylinders, they leave the opposition feeling like Belgium trying to hold off the Nazis.

    Either that or they feel more like a team from the planet Zoltron than Carolina. It’s like facing a legion of Cylons.

    Sheesh. I hope Peyton lives through it.

  28. mrmcdougle says: Jan 25, 2016 9:51 AM

    tonebones says:
    Jan 25, 2016 7:36 AM
    The scary part about Cam Newton is the mental part of his game is still developing. He’s not even close to his ceiling. I think he’s going to get a lot better. It’s fun to watch him run, but I bet the Panthers are going to cut that part of his game out. I’d like to see where his bank account ends up in 10 years.
    ————

    I wouldn’t assume that part comes. Certain QB’s never develop the mental side of the game (to an elite level). This is year 5. For the most part, you’re seeing what you will get. He may never beat you mentally, but he has the tools to make the offense difficult to stop.

  29. robaloconmosca says: Jan 25, 2016 10:02 AM

    And how about the pre-game cleats containing the names of each of his teammates? You don’t think that respect fired up the rest of the team? They are playing for each other. It is awesome to watch.

  30. seatownballers says: Jan 25, 2016 10:03 AM

    Mvp, and clearly the sb favorite.
    Congrats

  31. crackinbones says: Jan 25, 2016 10:09 AM

    I think you smart guys convinced me, Panthers did have an easy schedule, when does it get harder?

    -Panthers fan

  32. bebopa says: Jan 25, 2016 10:09 AM

    i hope that Newton will one day get recognize as a good quaterback.

  33. bassplucker says: Jan 25, 2016 10:13 AM

    Not a Panthers fan but I don’t get all the hate for Cam. Here’s a guy who came out of college as a freak athlete and nothing more, thanks to an offense at Auburn that didn’t prepare him for the NFL at all. Since then all he’s done is busted his butt to become the player he is today, and this year in particular, to WIN with weapons who outside of Greg Olsen are a collection of rookies and spare parts.

    And to those who say his D is carrying him, there have been a lot of QBs in the NFL who have had great support from their D and squandered it. Cam is not one of them. Yeah he’s in too many commercials but he’s not nearly as overexposed as the QB who’ll be on the other sideline in a couple of weeks. He’s having fun on the field, staying out of trouble off it, and giving back to the community which puts him 3-0 against a lot of other guys on NFL rosters today IMO.

  34. leatherface2012 says: Jan 25, 2016 10:22 AM

    and yet packer fans still think Rodgers is the mvp.smdh

  35. partmachine says: Jan 25, 2016 10:48 AM

    Cam is awesome but makes me sound like an old man. I just wouldn’t fit in with him if we were peers. Too flashy, too pretty, and definitely never got the butt whoopin we all need growing up.

    One thing is for sure though, I’m thrilled that he’ll lead the charge in nailing the coffin shut on Peyton Manning for good!

  36. namingrights says: Jan 25, 2016 10:54 AM

    KEEP POUNDING

    KEEP POUNDING
    KEEP POUNDING

    KEEP POUNDING
    KEEP POUNDING

    KEEP POUNDING
    KEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP………………………………..
    POUNDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. randomguy9999 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:00 AM

    Cam is a fantastic player, but still lacks a lot of maturity and experience…. he can’t hold a candle to Manning in game management and play calling, and that’s what the difference is gonna be in the SB with those two defenses

    Manning will genius it out and win

  38. 87hollywoodhorn says: Jan 25, 2016 11:04 AM

    Leave food analogies to the whodats. North Carolina has the worst food in the south!

  39. cornerstone2001 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:06 AM

    College cheater/thief vs. the PED QB

    Gonna be a great super bowl!

  40. skippynj says: Jan 25, 2016 11:12 AM

    Sooo much not to like about this guy. Went to the highest bidder in college abetted by his shady Pops, all the classless ways of showing up opponents, be it the Superman crap or the dabbing and jawjacking and basically spitting in the face of the other team and all the while smiling, smiling. A perfect representative for a football ignorant fanbase and a (“Boohoo! I love Greg Hardy!”) hypocrite owner.

  41. usedjock says: Jan 25, 2016 11:17 AM

    leatherface2012 says:
    Jan 25, 2016 10:22 AM

    and yet packer fans still think Rodgers is the mvp.smdh

    Umm no we don’t not even close this year. Cam deserves it and Rodgers definitely does not.

  42. crackinbones says: Jan 25, 2016 11:19 AM

    Enjoy watching the playoffs haters.

  43. junkmtb says: Jan 25, 2016 11:23 AM

    CaMVP!!

  44. mybrunoblog says: Jan 25, 2016 11:30 AM

    For me I just can’t root for players who have no humility and showboat. Yes, I’m old and get off my lawn. If you have to then Spike the ball maybe even some silly gesture but the Panthers and Newton are over the top with the celebrating and it’s annoying. Easy to root against them.

  45. granadafan says: Jan 25, 2016 11:32 AM

    Finally, a Heisman Trophy winning QB lives up to the hype. I admit I was very impressed by him even in his rookie year during the lockout and he had no offseason. He’s had some ups and downs with the moping on the sidelines and dustups with Steve Smith, but he’s really matured and become a leader.

    Ron Rivera deserves a lot of credit for developing his QB the right way.

  46. mmack66 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:40 AM

    randomguy9999 says:
    Jan 25, 2016 11:00 AM

    Cam is a fantastic player, but still lacks a lot of maturity and experience…. he can’t hold a candle to Manning in game management and play calling, and that’s what the difference is gonna be in the SB with those two defenses

    Manning will genius it out and win
    ———————–

    So Russell Wilson is better than Peyton Manning?

  47. whodat5150 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:44 AM

    I have to admit that I got this one wrong because I did NOT envision Cam Newton as a “can’t pass up talent” when the Panthers took him #1 overall. It might have been my Notre Dame bias coming out but I thought Jimmy Clausen should have been given at least two years to show what he had. But Newton outplayed Clausen based on their rookie seasons alone.
    I don’t really care who wins the Super Bowl because I’d like to see the Panthers rep for the NFC South. But I also wouldn’t mind if my homeboy Peyton Manning got another ring.

  48. wallabear says: Jan 25, 2016 11:59 AM

    Super Bowl 50 will be Cam(eron) Newton vs. Wade Phillips.

    “You don’t want no dabs, then stop me.” – AceBoogie

  49. bengalsfan2079 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:02 PM

    I’ll say it to I thought Cam was going to be a huge bust at qb and RG3 was going to be the man. But Cam has grown so much where RG3 has not. I remember how Cam after every game would go to the press conference with this horribly negative attitude early on in his career. Don’t see that anymore I enjoy watching the kid play.

    I’m torn in this one I want to see Manning be able to walk away on top and Demarcus Ware finally get a ring but Carolina is also pretty likable as well. Luke Kuechly is from the Cincinnati area to so I don’t know I’ll just enjoy the game. Whoever wins is very deserving.

  50. jpk6044 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:02 PM

    Cam is great and all but the opposing QB turned it over 6 times. The SB will probably be a better game – featuring two really good defenses – than people realize.

  51. sundog05 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:07 PM

    Scam Newton is going to be ragdolled by Von and Demarcus.

  52. Rdog says: Jan 25, 2016 12:15 PM

    It’s odd how everyone is giving 100% of the credit to Cam Newton and saying he’s the best QB in the league when they’re doing good, but everyone wants to find reasons to take away credit from Peyton Manning in Broncos wins… The Panthers defense is just as responsible for these wins as the Broncos defense is in theirs. Phillip Rivers puts up good numbers too, but you don’t see him in the Super Bowl. Drew Brees can light up the scoreboard too.

    Oh, but Cam is such a great guy! He gives footballs to kids, and has fun with his teammates! Such a special player! No one has ever done that before!

    (it’s also odd that no one wants to talk about the Broncos defense when they talk about this matchup – everyone says that the Panthers defense will shut down Manning… The Broncos defense just shut down Tom Brady…)

  53. smokehouse56 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:17 PM

    He’s the perfect fit for the Millennials. For us older folks, he is a showboat. When the Millennials mature they will see that he acts very immature. That said, he is the best QB in the NFL. He should just grow up a little bit. Today’s NFL is just about wins. Not how you win or how you act.

  54. Marcus says: Jan 25, 2016 12:44 PM

    This is a classic case of how having a good offensive line makes the quarterback play smarter, and how smart quarterback play makes the receivers better, and how being a legit threat to throw the ball makes the QB that much more effective as a runner. Recipe for great offense.

    At the same time having a attacking, opportunistic, and sure-tackling defense let’s your offense take some risks and recover when the risks don’t work out.

    I think Cam is a very good player. But let’s remember winning starts in the trenches.

  55. purplekoolaid1 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:48 PM

    myspaceyourface says:
    Jan 25, 2016 8:21 AM
    I wonder if he paid back the 50k to Auburn and the boosters club?

    __________________________________________________________________________________

    Comments like these are an example of what’s wrong with the world. People are so reactionary with the popularity of social media and they can never let things go and act like they’ve never made mistakes in their lives or weren’t young once.

    Cam has been outstanding this season and has been great off the field from what I can tell. Have you ever gone to a Halloween party of a boy that you didn’t know who was dying and brought an ice cream truck and brownies?

    I understand a lot of this stuff is for PR, but from what the family said, this was a genuine visit. Even if it wasn’t, he did more than most people can say that they’ve done.

    That stuff aside, why act like you’ve never made mistakes before? You were also young once too, right? I’m sure you made plenty of mistakes too.

    Let the guy be and enjoy his first Super Bowl appearance. He earned it.

  56. thegame2love says: Jan 25, 2016 12:49 PM

    Wow, you Cam dissenters come off as old and stuffy baseball fans. The NFL is fun and exciting, Cam is enjoying life and bringing great enthusiasm to the sport. As I look back at Neon Deon-Prime Time Sanders, TO, Chad Johnson, and those before them I can appreciate their game and the entertainment they brought. Don’t be the the No Fun League Police.

  57. rogergoodellisatwat says: Jan 25, 2016 12:55 PM

    Not a big fan of Cam, but I like his chances in the final 60. This isn’t Cam vs Peyton–it’s whichever defense has its way. (The only reason Peyton got this far is Brock and defense.) I can’t predict how Cam will handle Denver’s pass rush, but I can imagine Manning’s arm vs the Panthers’ ball hawk D. That could be SB 48 all over again.

  58. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 25, 2016 1:01 PM

    He’s been under rated his whole career. Never seen a player with as much physical talent as he has.

  59. thetooloftools says: Jan 25, 2016 1:03 PM

    The only problem I have with Cam Newton is his father pimping out his skills to the highest bidder and then pretending like nothing happened in college.

  60. rogergoodellisatwat says: Jan 25, 2016 1:07 PM

    Rdog:
    It’s odd how everyone is giving 100% of the credit to Cam Newton and saying he’s the best QB in the league when they’re doing good, but everyone wants to find reasons to take away credit from Peyton Manning in Broncos wins…

    (it’s also odd that no one wants to talk about the Broncos defense when they talk about this matchup – everyone says that the Panthers defense will shut down Manning… )

    _______

    Oh, someone needs a hug.

    *everyone hugs the Denver defense and its fans*

  61. goattoday says: Jan 25, 2016 1:12 PM

    Hold on there Bob-a-Louie! The Texans held Cam and team to 27 points, losing by one TD. Broncos D is way better than the Texas and Mallett isn’t heir QB. And the Broncos aren’t a pass happy, throw it down the field (because they can’t) offense. They’s play field position and eat up clock.

    This could be a better match-up than it appears!

  62. jgedgar70 says: Jan 25, 2016 1:13 PM

    It sounds like a lot of commenters here genuinely believe that Cam Newton is the first player in NFL history to have a hissy fit and raise hell in the end zone after a TD. Have you people ever heard of The Fun Bunch, Butch Johnson, Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson, Joe Horn or Mark Gastineau? I hated some of these people (Owens, Horn, Butch) and I loved some of them (Chad, Gastineau). Either way, Cam is not doing anything that hasn’t been done for 100 years of NFL football – oh, except give every TD ball to a child. That has never been done.

    But by all means, go ahead and scream about how immature and evil Cam is, since he’s the first end zone celebrator ever and all that….

  63. silvernblacksabbath says: Jan 25, 2016 1:14 PM

    realdealsteel says:
    Jan 25, 2016 7:16 AM

    Cam is the new face of the league; Brady is the past.

    Russell Wilson and Cam are the new elite rival QB’s of the league. Brady and Manning are the past.
    ——————
    Don’t worry bro, running QBs won’t take over the league just yet…. A couple are studs but that’s about it…

  64. mototax says: Jan 25, 2016 1:18 PM

    myspaceyourface says:
    Jan 25, 2016 8:21 AM
    I wonder if he paid back the 50k to Auburn and the boosters club?

    ___________________

    It was $185K and Cam knew nothing about it.

  65. collectordude says: Jan 25, 2016 1:27 PM

    I fail to see the love for the Panthers.
    This is basically the SAME team that went 7-8-1 last season.
    I’ll take the QB who has been to the SB & won.

  66. a072455 says: Jan 25, 2016 1:27 PM

    Now that the “HGH” led Broncos are in the big dance with assists from their 12th man in zebra stripes, I have this to say: Cam will be a harder target to hit because he, unlike TB12, can really run….. Here’s to your first Vince Lombardi trophy…… Put that one and done old man out of his misery . ……… GO PANTHERS!!!

  67. mmack66 says: Jan 25, 2016 1:46 PM

    Rdog says:
    Jan 25, 2016 12:15 PM

    It’s odd how everyone is giving 100% of the credit to Cam Newton and saying he’s the best QB in the league when they’re doing good, but everyone wants to find reasons to take away credit from Peyton Manning in Broncos wins…
    ———————

    The Broncos won in spite of Manning, and not because of him.

    Prior to him getting benched in the game against the Chiefs, he was one of the worst quarterbacks in the league, and he hasn’t been all that stellar since he came back. Any time you lead the league in interceptions, even after having not played for 6 games of the season, it is not good.

  68. rogergoodellisatwat says: Jan 25, 2016 2:01 PM

    (it’s also odd that no one wants to talk about the Broncos defense when they talk about this matchup – everyone says that the Panthers defense will shut down Manning… The Broncos defense just shut down Tom Brady…)
    ————–

    If you call giving up 310 yards “shutting him down” then yes, you kept him from getting to 350.

    Manning was 17-32 for 176 yards. That’s why he’s not getting the love you want. He was benched for six games. Deservedly. The Pats left points on the board, which despite our atrocious o-line, is the only reason you won. Be happy you made, but don’t make it sound like Manning had anything to do with it.

  69. mrmcdougle says: Jan 25, 2016 2:15 PM

    rogergoodellisatwat says:
    Jan 25, 2016 2:01 PM
    (it’s also odd that no one wants to talk about the Broncos defense when they talk about this matchup – everyone says that the Panthers defense will shut down Manning… The Broncos defense just shut down Tom Brady…)
    ————–

    If you call giving up 310 yards “shutting him down” then yes, you kept him from getting to 350.

    Manning was 17-32 for 176 yards. That’s why he’s not getting the love you want. He was benched for six games. Deservedly. The Pats left points on the board, which despite our atrocious o-line, is the only reason you won. Be happy you made, but don’t make it sound like Manning had anything to do with it.
    —————————–

    The losing team always leaves points on the board. The Denver defense caused Brady to play a bad game, and Manning played clean football. Of course he had 310 yards, he thew 56 freaking times. The reason the Broncos beat the Patriots is that they were the better team, start to finish. Both teams had issues on the O-line, that’s just part of the game.

  70. dejc421 says: Jan 25, 2016 3:36 PM

    crackinbones says:
    Jan 25, 2016 10:09 AM

    I think you smart guys convinced me, Panthers did have an easy schedule, when does it get harder?

    -Panthers fan
    ______________
    LOL … Great comment. The easy schedule excuse is total BS, every NFL team has talent, strengths and weaknesses change throughout the season due to injuries on both sides, coaching, game planning, etc.

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