Johnny Manziel's Monster Heel Push Is Underway

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Growing up a wrestling fan, I always rooted for the heels (wrestling parlance for "villains").

While my friends patriotically thanked their maker that Hulk Hogan saved us all from the Iron Sheik's reign of terror in early 1984, I was rooting for "Rowdy" Roddy Piper to hit Jimmy Snuka with another coconut.

While my friends who partook in the genre were "training, saying their prayers and eating their vitamins, brother," I was happily extolling the virtues of "just when they think they got the answers, I change the questions."

Roddy Piper, Ric Flair, Randy Savage. Those were my guys. To hell with the babyfaces!

Maybe this is why I like Johnny Manziel so much.

Saturday afternoon, A&M's mercurial Heisman Trophy winner returned to the gridiron thirty game minutes later than (most of) the rest of his teammates, having served the glorified slap on the wrist the NCAA dropped on him last week for violating "the spirit of NCAA bylaw 15.2.2.1," whatever the hell that means.

In plain English, the NCAA and the school agreed to put Manziel in timeout for thirty minutes because they needed to save face when they couldn't find a paper trail for the money he got paid for blatantly signing thousands of items over a several week period earlier this year, items that he had to know were going to be put up for sale by brokers, and for doing nothing to prevent said brokers, the ones who organized the signing sessions, from selling the items.

However, by the time the Aggies were finished fending off the pesky Rice Owls at Kyle Field by a final score of 52-31, Manziel found himself right back where he started the day -- in timeout.

That's because in between his snap-to-whistle exploits, which were All-American caliber as usual, Manziel was showing off the other, more infamous side of "Johnny Football," the side that chirps, yaps, talks, makes Drake hand gestures, points at the scoreboard, and informs opponents that he will not sign for them.

The snap-to-whistle side of Johnny Football put up 24 points in about 20 minutes. The brash, cocky, quasi-trolly side got his team a 15 yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct after the Aggies final touchdown of the game, and got himself benched by head coach Kevin Sumlin because of it.

I'll let you guess which part everyone in the free world wanted to dissect after the game.


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orgo
orgo

so sick of johnny douchebag.  please stop talking about him!!!!


bevoer47
bevoer47

I'm a longhorn fan...but I do love the fact that while everyone else in the football world treats the Mannings like they're royalty, the Manziels spat in their faces then told them it was raindrops.

jennytulltx
jennytulltx

OH DEAR GOD, could we shut up about this Mazola guy!!!  It is fecking endless!!!

thrownhill
thrownhill

Love the wrestling analogy too.  I've been laughing all day about "Rowdy" Johnny Manziel putting A.J. McCarron (aka the Honkey Tonk Man) in his patented sleeper hold, while to the shrieks, gasps and boos of the pro-SEC crowd, Lane "the Barber" Kiffin appears on Kyle Field to cut off McCarron's ape drape.  SURPRISE TAG-TEAM! The announcing duo of Gary Danielson and Verne "Gorilla Monsoon" Lundquist can barely hold their water.  Dramatic zoom to Jesus tat on McCarron's chest.  Fade to SEC logo emblazoned on stars and stripes.

TallTexan2
TallTexan2

No, I don't appreciate the cocky, in-your-face "bad boy, I'll do what I want to do" mentality of Johnny Football.  But your points are spot on!  I couldn't believe the hypocrisy of talking head after talking head as they lamented and wrung their hands over Johnny's having gotten a 15-yard penalty for having pointed out the scoring disparity between aTm and the Owls.  You would have thought that there must not have been any 15-yard penalty ever given until Johnny showed up.  

One after another said that his on-field behavior was an embarrassment and that the coach had better get control of this out of control situation. What out-of-control situation?  Seriously?  The worst was Lou Holtz who took Johnny boy to task for having the audacity to have a towel hung around his neck and wearing a sun visor as he left the field following the game.  Again, you would have thought that no other player in history had ever done such an act!  What pure BS.  


sa.newman
sa.newman

Nice article. One thing I'd add - you forgot Lou Holtz going on about how much disrespect Manziel shows for his team by wearing a visor and a towel instead of his helmet after the game is over ("That's why they call it a uniform!"). Talk about a grumpy old man. Anyway, as an Aggie, I am bothered by Manziel's attitude because it goes counter to the attitude I was taught was a part of our school's tradition - respect, courtesy, and friendliness - but I can't argue with how much FUN it is to watch him. I only hope he can manage the extra scrutiny and doesn't do something really offensive while everyone is watching. We have a real opportunity for a very successful year, and nothing would turn the 12th Man against their Heisman trophy winner faster than his sabotaging the season through stupidity.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@bevoer47 Don't know about the plural Manziels, but the family prince actually spat in the face of the fans and their families who had paid big bucks just to be around him on a field for a PR session.

WestSideBob
WestSideBob topcommenter

@sa.newman Speaking of "respect, courtesy and friendliness" ... I'm a Rice guy and attended the game.  I was seriously impressed by the courteous and friendly way Rice fans were treated all over campus Saturday.  Gotta give the Ag fans on campus a big thumbs up.

carlos74
carlos74

@WestSideBob @sa.newman 

Thanks for that WestSideBob. I new Rice was going to fight hard with 23 seniors.  They gave us all we could handle.  I am glad you were treated with respect at our stadium.  After all, you are a guest there and you should expect to be treated that way.  Best of luck the rest of the season.....I think you are going to have a great year if your team continues to play as hard as they did this last Saturday. 

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