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mckeownms -- you are living in the past. Southern Cal is in an also ran conference. Texas A&M is the only SEC team in the incredibly football rich state of Texas. You should look at the quality of the players A&M is pulling in. Guess what? Texas A&M is leading the pack in the state of Texas, not its cross state rival in Austin. Add to that the fact that A&M will have the premier facility in all of college football in two years. And it will be far larger than USC's venue .... or the Rose Bowl for that matter. And it will have every upgrade imaginable.
Sumlin is forward looking, which is why he will stay at A&M. A&M has it all: it is in the top conference, it is in a talent rich state, it has a football rabid fanbase and it has a gigantic endowment to make things happen (one that is far bigger than Southern Cal's). No, Sumlin is a visionary ... He does not live in the past.
1 year, 5 months ago on A&M’s Sumlin OK With Southern Cal Talk
Relax people .... can't you see that John is (pardon the pun here) gigging you? He surely knows, as well as everyone else who looks at this objectively, that people are trying to make mountains out of mole hills when it comes to Manziel. A tweet about leaving College Station due to a perceived unjustified parking ticket. Leaving a camp as a volunteer counselor early. Getting tossed from a frat party at a rival school. A taunting call when he let his emotions get the best of him.
Sumlin as right when he said "people have got to talk about something." But really, does this reflect jack squat on Manziel as a player or a person? No way ... they reflect about what I would expect from a 20 year old college student-athlete. Basically, Manziel is pretty typical. Would I prefer it if he were super mature at 20 like a Jordan Spieth type who has the poise to shoot a 62 in a PGA tournament? Yes, but people like Spieth are one in a billion. He's 20 years old with the maturity level of a 40 year old. No, Manziel is pretty typical IMO. People need to give Manziel some slack. Its not as if he cheated or robbed someone. Unbelievable that he has been subjected to this type of character assassination for such comparatively minor things.
1 year, 6 months ago on Stop Before You Start, Aggie Fans
John, with all respect, your position that Manziel ignored Sumlin is baloney. It is supposition wrapped in conjecture. I'm saying this as an A&M fan, but not one blinded by loyalty. I'm not an A&M alum, although my kid attends there. But since I am just a casual fan, I do believe I can be objective about this.
Here is the thing: would he be ignoring Sumlin if Sumlin said something along these lines: "Manziel, that is the dumbest thing I have ever seen a quarterback do. What the **** do you think you were trying to achieve. Don't you say a word. We'll talk about this later. You get you *** over there on the bench NOW. I'm taking you out of the game. Your replacement will play the rest of the way."
If Sumlin said something along those lines, then of course Manziel is going to do exactly what he told. He got his a** over there on the bench. And I am sure that he and Sumlin talked about what had happened after the game.
What is with this double standard? You take the worst possible interpretation of the events that unfolded in a way that makes Manziel look bad. Hey, I love your site. I view it every single day because I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, right in the middle of SEC country. I'm a huge SEC fan ... grew up going to see the Dawgs play in Athens. But what I am seeing you do here, along with the rest of the sports media, is beyond the pale. You are putting the worst possible spin on things. Could events have played out the way you suggest? Yes, I would admit that. However, we do know they played out that way. It could have happened exactly as I set forth above so that Manziel acted in the way anyone else would who was told he was taken out of the game and to go sit on the bench pronto.
That said, yes Manziel pulled a bonehead with the taunting penalty. But so do a lot of other players. There is a whole lot of trash talk going on out there and emotions are running high. But the fact that he committed a bonehead penalty does not all equate to his disrespect of the Coach Sumlin when he walked to the sidelines. It could have easily happened exactly as I described above.
Its a dumb move to taunt. I've seen Tebow do it when he was with the Gators, and a lot of other players as well. Treat Manziel like you do them. Point out it was dumb to do that, but move on. To keep going over and over the same penalty for days on end, when that is not done with other other high profile players, suggests that this really is a high tech lynching. That is not right. Manziel has his flaws, but so does everyone else. No need to cover this little episode so profoundly different from other players who engage in taunting.
I just hope Manziel has learned his lesson, that is, that he is going to be scrutinized for his on-the-field behavior way way closer than any other player. And with knowledge of that information, he should conduct his on the field behaviors accordingly by channeling his emotion into his play and away from talking trash and the like.
1 year, 6 months ago on A&M’s Sumlin Says Manziel Didn’t Ignore Him On Saturday; We Say “Yeesh”
Here is the link to Sumlin's presser from today, for those that are interested: http://www.aggieathletics.com/mediaPortal/player.dbml?id=3047619&db_oem_id=27300
1 year, 6 months ago on Aggie Fans Celebrate “The Johnny We Know”
Coach Sumlin hit the nail on the head at today's press conference. He mentioned how it would have been inappropriate for JM to have said anything given the comments Sumlin made to him as Manziel was walking off the field. Loved Sumlin's comments: "people have got to talk about something" and "people want to make a story out of anything that happens on this team." That about sums it up when it comes to the sports media.
And the great thing is, that Sumlin was not complaining about it. He basically said that all this coverage is great because it puts a wall up around his team.
Nice dig voice....just keep on drawing inferences that you want to draw, ignoring other reasonable inferences that could be drawn from the same set of facts. Go ahead and join the ESPN spin machine.
John, has it occurred to you that Sophomores are not ordinarily on the team's Leadership Council?
You talk about facts, but here is the deal: there are inferences to be drawn from the facts. You choose to draw the worst possible inferences that put Manziel in the worst possible light. Why do that? Why not instead draw the inference from the same facts that make him look good. For example, based on the taunting call I could easily draw this inference from the same set of facts, "yes, he got caught taunting, but so what? The game was already in hand and players do that all the time. There is so much trash talking going on in the typical college football game (and pro game) you wouldn't believe it. You know, they say Peyton Manning is one of the worst trash talkers of them all." Why not draw that inference? Just as with the leadership council business, why only draw the inferences that make Manziel look bad?
John -- You are only partially correct about college football not needing a villain. College football does not need one. Neither does the sports media truly "need" a villain, but it certainly wants one! Why do I say the sports media wants one? Because there are a limited number of 24 hour sports news/media networks. They have to fill those 24 hours with "analysis" and "news," and to keep their ratings up they have to make it interesting. So it really helps an outfit like ESPN to demonize an athlete. And the bigger the star, the more it helps ratings. So who better to turn on than the reigning Heisman trophy winner? They make such a big deal about Manziel's actions with regard to the taunting call. Do you remember Tebow a few years ago when he made the gator sign? Tebow's team got hit with 15 yards, but then all was soon forgotten. With Manziel, every little thing he does ... from the way he wears his towel around his neck on the sideline, to getting booted from a frat party at a rival university, to whining about city cops giving him a silly parking ticket, gets demonized. I've never seen an athlete put under this kind of a microscope. And to what purpose? You know the answer as well as I do: ESPN needs to fill those hours talking about something interesting. So it blows everything out of proportion with regard to Johnny Manziel. Makes for interesting reading and keeps the eyeballs on ESPN during times when games are not being shown.
Does college football need a villain? No. Does ESPN need a villain. Well, it does not really need one, true. ESPN survives even if it loses a point or two in its ratings. But does ESPN want a villain. Most assuredly yes, as there is a big difference between a need and a want. The higher its ratings, the more it can charge its advertisers and the more it can pay its "analysts" and broadcasters.
Don't kid yourself John. At bottom, ESPN's high tech lynching of Johnny Manziel is all about money.
1 year, 6 months ago on SEC Weekend Wrap – 9/2/13
Ags are good, but still lacking the depth they need to win the whole thing. For example, they have a former two star starting at the left guard. Not much more depth, but they are not quite at the level of 'Bama in terms of talent yet.
1 year, 7 months ago on SEC Game Previews – 8/29/13
In a way, I feel bad for Manziel.
If any of us were under the microscope he has been under, we could be made to look bad. Here is the thing: all of us, every single one, has our shortcomings. Manziel's situation now is akin to a kid going for a photo shoot, and the photographer wants all the shots to be close-ups of a zit or blackhead. The media can make anyone look bad. Conversely, they can make anyone look good if they want to. You just have to look at presidential politics to see that that is the case.
1 year, 8 months ago on ESPN The Magazine Tackles Manziel Mania
John, here is another news story that just hit the wire. OMG -- Its another Johnny Manziel scandal! Here ya go:
quote:Waco, TX – Texas A&M Star Johnny Manziel was driving through Waco today when he stopped at a Valero Gas Station to use the restroom. Eyewitness reports are that Manziel used the handicap stall to relieve himself. According to Brian Talbot, a 2003 cum-laude graduate of the Baylor Business school, who cleans the restroom: “Yeah, Johnny used the handicap stall to take a dump, there weren’t any handicap people waiting, but what if there were?” Talbot also added: “and he used up way too much toilet paper!” Early reports are unclear whether Manziel flushed or not. This is another scandal in the seemingly endless line of scandals proving the Manziel might be a danger to himself and society. ESPN’s Mark May recently explained that: “He is bringing shame to the game.” May was unavailable for further comment due to a personal vacation to Pittsburg. ESPN will scrap their regularly scheduled programming tonight to hold a roundtable broadcast to discuss this latest scandal. Stay tuned for further updates.
1 year, 8 months ago on A&M’s Manziel Fast Becoming The New Vanilla Ice
@John at MrSEC Thanks for your insights. However, I jsut don't see the logic in putting the 'Bama/UT game in the prime time slot given the game that is between A&M and LSU. Sure, 'Bama is the best team in the nation by far. No doubt about it. But that is the point. Unfortunately, UT is having a down year so that game is likely going to be romp. A romp equals poor viewership unless people just want to see perfection in the way 'Bama runs over the Vols. Of course, anything can happen and I wish the Vols well. Heck, look at the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey team! But odds are that one will be a romp and surely the network knows it. Conversely, the A&M/LSU game is between two ranked teams. Admittedly, A&M might get run over as well by LSU (especially given the poor defensive play I saw Saturday night), but the odds are clearly that the Aggie/Tiger game will be a far more competitive contest than 'Bama/UT. Just my take but obviously the network does not see it the same way.
2 years, 5 months ago on SEC Releases TV Schedule For This Saturday
John, does having the A&M/LSU game at 12 noon (EST) make any sense? On paper anyway, this is clearly going to be the second best SEC game of the day. I read an article on OKTC .... it attributes this to ESPN's protectionism of the University of Texas Longhorns because, as you know, ESPN and the University of Texas are in partnership together with the Longhorn Network. I would appreciate your views on this matter. If indeed ESPN is trying to enhance the Longhorn brand because they do not want the A&M/LSU game in the same time slot as the Texas/Baylor game later in the day, what can the SEC do to prevent this kind of maltreatment from happening in the future? Its not as if the SEC is anyone's doormat, so it just seems that Mr. Slive could do something more to protect our great conference's interests.
Of course one of the teams in the national championship game will almost always be a non-SEC team. That is because the SEC itself has a championship game and so the SEC will always end the season with only one undefeated team. You could not expect an undefeated SEC champion to play against a once-beaten SEC school in the national championship game if there is another non-SEC team that remains unbeaten. That is why last year was a fluke. How often would you expect to have years when all the other AQ conferences have no undefeated teams? It just isn't going to happen very often.
2 years, 5 months ago on First BCS Standings Have Bama, Florida 1-2... But Also Reveal How The SEC Could Lose Out In New Playoff
Yes, and at least one of those "church" members sure seems butthurt by what happened. lol See the comments section of this article: http://patriotpost.us/commentary/14059
2 years, 8 months ago on Texas A&M Students Stand Up To Nutbag Church Protesters
More evidence that TAMU and the SEC are a perfect fit!
Hyman is stepping into a very challenging situation at A&M. New conference. New football coach. Word is that A&M wants to renovate Kyle Field to make it one of the largest (if not the largest) college football stadium in the country. A&M must have either really opened up its coffers for the man, or he really love challenges. Either way, a solid hire for the Aggies IMO.
2 years, 9 months ago on A&M Outduels Carolina For A.D. Hyman
@JB TexasEx Haha ... You Longhorn fans are so funny. Really like to brag a lot and put down A&M a lot. And just look where it got you: lost your longest standing rival. I never understood why Texas hates A&M so much. Its a well known historical fact that both schools are woven from the same cloth. Originally, A&M was intended to be part of the University of Texas, and it would have ended up that way but for former Governor and Confederate General Sul Ross who had a vision that A&M would be completely separate. Is all this boasting really worth it ? --- for as long as you have been in existence A&M has been your rival and now that rivalry is gone.
I have a prediction: the time for Texas honoring itself will soon come to an end. Life always has a way of turning on a braggart.
2 years, 9 months ago on A New Era Begins At Texas A&M
@JB TexasEx These things go in cycles JB. For example, in the 90's, most of LSU's seasons were less than .500. If I recall correctly, during a portion of the 80's and 90's A&M owned the Longhorns. Look at Tennessee --- in the 90's they were tops.
As a result, it really doesn't mean squat if A&M has a poor season this fall. What will count is if that pattern persists and say, three to five years from now they have not improved.
I actually thought at first it was Sam Elliott's voice.
@Dash1Bravo One of the things that makes A&M so special. Its the comradery ... really really strong among aggies. Never seen anything like it outside people I know who went to one of the academies.
My point about A&M and Vandy ... just that both provide top quality education. But I could say the same for a lot of SEC schools (but I admittedly I don't know about them all). I have heard a lot of great things about Florida too and the top notch quality of the education it gives its students. Ditto for UGA, 'Bama and UT. Don't know much about Arky other than its B school, which is really excellent (especially now, after the Waltons sunk a ton of cash in the joint).
I think the other SEC schools are going to find a kindred spirit in A&M. I grew up in SEC country and am so looking forward to seeing A&M play the teams I used to go watch when I was a kid.
@Dash1Bravo @AllTideUp Loved that movie! Roll Tide!
@JB TexasEx In the immortal words of Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, with this LHN all the University of Texas has done is "awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve." Here is the thing, A&M should have bolted for the SEC years ago. It had not business staying in the same conference as Texas other than tradition. Any way you slice it, this move to the SEC is very bad news for Texas. It is the psychology behind it: Texas somehow got the upper hand on A&M years back, for whatever reason, and so that dominance perpetuated itself. That dominance was predicated upon A&M playing in Texas backyard. Once that ends, the whole dynamics of the situation changes. You know, I almost feel sorry for the horns. I really do --- it is just a matter of time before everything tilts against it and towards the Aggies. This may take a few years because A&M is heading into a new conference with a new coach and a new system, but it will happen. How do I know this?
You recall I told you earlier I was a Vandy grad, and I'm darn proud of it. But here is the thing -- I sent my kid to A&M. Why? Because as great as Vandy is, its not worth the $42000 a year in tuition and fees, plus costs of books and living expense. That is just crazy! Living in Texas we search around and we really liked what we saw at A&M. Now my kid is a Junior there, and you know what I have concluded. That video is right ... it is a world class institution. As great as Vandy is, on the quality of the education offered at A&M it has nothing over the latter school other than smaller classes. I could not be more impressed with the quality of the education provided to my son. A person would have to have more money than he knows what to do with to send his kid to Vandy when he could send him to A&M for a fifth the total cost. I can tell you person after person after person out of A&M who has landed top jobs right out of school. In fact, my son's best friend just landed a job on Wall Street with a major private equity firm. Another friend's daughter landed a job with a national accounting firm with starting base pay of $75,000 right out of college. Still another got a job as a financial analyst with Exxon for $70,000 right out of college. So, what does this have to do with the end of Texas' dominance in Texas? Everything. Look at what A&M has going for it: world class education at an affordable price -- an education of such quality that A&M grads are securing top new graduate jobs. They have a huge and supportive alumni base which includes in its ranks one of America's wealthiest men, George Mitchell. Great resources. Word on the street is plans to update and expand Kyle Field to between 107,000 - 115,000 (not doubt Mr. Mitchell, 92, will play a huge role in that). And now, on top of that, they will be playing in the undisputed king of the athletic conferences.
I anticipate within five years the tables will really turn on the horns. In recruiting and in the general buzz in college athletic circles when you think of the state of Texas and college sports the first name to come in mind will be Texas A&M. This move is something A&M should have done long ago. It needed to do something to distinguish itself in a major way from Texas. Now the school has positioned itself to finally rise to its potential. The giant that is Texas A&M University has finally been awakened. Look out world of college athletics!
@JB TexasEx I don't see a significant spread between Texas' academic rating and A&M's or Florida's academic ratings. These ratings are a small spread and close enough that many would say the difference is basically subjective. All three are premier southern public universities. Not like comparing Texas Tech or WVA to UT.
2 years, 10 months ago on Texas AD Says SEC Has “A Sliver Of The East Side” Of Texas
@JB TexasEx I'd like to talk to you about that JB. I'm a Vandy grad. Now, what is so special about Texas' academic rating?