Johnny Manziel's Monster Heel Push Is Underway
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 18.104.22.168," 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.