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I agree with you 100% on this stealing signals stuff...pretty much word for word. However, I do want to ask (or point out) isn't this almost the same logic you used to rail against supporters of Johnny Manziel and the whole autograph scandal and his extra curricular activities this summer? You know, the "everyone is doing it" meme?
2 months, 1 week ago on Much Ado About Something That Goes On Every Week
@John at MrSEC @j_scott_o Just to be clear, I never referred or alluded to you being a good guy or bad guy. But, I did say I "love reading your site" I would hope you like the discussion too. Otherwise, why write a provocative opinion piece? Calling someone a Goebbels is hyperbole, just like "cult" is. When I hear "cult" I think of Koresh, Jim Jones, etc. I'm sure others do as well. And, definitely, football and the military are not the same. But, comparisons can and will continue to be made by people, regardless of the team. And, just an fyi as an aside, the Corps is less than 10% of the student body...also, besides the military academies, A&M does have more students go into the military than any other institution. Just throwing that out there.
Also, I should have mentioned in my first reply, I didn't think Manziel bumped into Sumlin, but, the other way around. Which, I thought was pretty good of Sumlin to get into Manziel's face.
3 months ago on A&M’s Sumlin Says Manziel Didn’t Ignore Him On Saturday; We Say “Yeesh”
@John at MrSEC @MrSEC @TomLuginbill Just pointing this out, but, isn't it ironic that you are replying with taunts to a fan that is taunting you with? He calls you an "idiot" and you refer back as "The idiot" an "idiot's favy-wavy team". I dunno, I just find that kinda funny. And, yes, I realize you aren't the Heisman winner and you don't have to be held by the same lofty standards. But, Manziel does this...and he's a punk. You do it and...well, that is just a plain sound response.
Do I think Manziel was stupid for getting the penalty? OF COURSE! But, your attacks seem to be a little silly. You mentioned "Joseph Goebbels", and I agree, that is over the top. But, you use terms like "Cult", which conveys certain images as well. You have no idea what goes on with the team. You go by what ESPN moderators say. Please, tell me they don't influence your thoughts/views. Did Manziel bring some of this on himself? Definitely. But, you can't deny the over the top scrutiny he gets. People take the view that his teammates don't like him. Say he only cares about himself and not the team. Sure seemed that way in the first half when he was on the sideline, cheering and involved with his teammates.
Also, as for the Corps of Cadets and Aggie fans trumpeting the military discipline, quick, show me the links to all of this military discipline trumpeting by fans? Didn't think so.
Kirk Herbstreit has a lot different take on all of this. And, he has spent more time with Manziel than almost all of these media guys. We get it, you don't like him. That's fine. You wish him the best. I'm sure. I do want you an others to continue the obsession with Manziel, Sumlin, and A&M. You don't think this lights a fire under them?
Anyway, still love reading your site. Even when I don't agree.
I wonder if the same group that is concerned about player health/safety with hurry-up offenses is also concerned about the increase in size of the players vs 20 years ago? My guess is they don't care too much about the 250# lineman going against there 300# linemen. Maybe there should be weight limits of players in college.
3 months, 1 week ago on A&M’s Sumlin On Complaints About Hurry-Up: “Everybody Should Be In Shape”
This is actually a fun endeavor. I do have an issue with the merchandise category and Kentucky. My guess is the majority of the merchandise sold for the Cats is a result of basketball rather than football. But, obviously, that would be almost impossible to separate in this project. Looking forward to the final post.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on The SEC’s Best Football Programs Part 3: Campus Life
@John at MrSEC @BonzaiB
John,I can definitely see your point on the "jaded" part. And, I don't like finger pointing either as in "he is doing it too". Kinda like what I tell my kids. Worry about yourself, not your siblings. And, if Manziel did get paid for autographs, and it is proven, then he should be ineligible. Now, lets read how stupid that last line sounds? If a player gets paid for his autograph, he is ineligible. Man. But, it IS the rule, so, he should be ineligible. But, that rule should be changed. That is another argument.
Going back to Clowney, et al, what the A&M site was pointing out is the hypocrisy the media is having with going after Manziel. The assertion by the media is that Manziel signed a ton of autographs, in a hotel room, which is extremely unusual, so, he must have gotten paid. The A&M site is pointing out that other athletes sign tons of autographs, for the same broker(s), in hotel rooms...so, it isn't so unusual as the media is portraying.
It will be interesting to see where all of this goes. Even I Manziel doesn't play, I still believe A&M is going to have a great year. And, I'm looking forward to the season either way.
And, I can't say this enough, but, I really do enjoy your site!
4 months ago on Coaches Afraid Their Players Could Follow In Manziel’s Footsteps (Clowney Items All Over eBay)
I like the provocative first statement insinuating that A&M allegiances are trying to turn the spotlight off of Manziel onto another player in the SEC. Provocative? Yes. Accurate? No. Rather, what the A&M site is doing it pointing out that Manziel is not the only athlete that signs lots of autographs for these brokers, as was being perceived in the media reports. Instead, the A&M site is pointing out with Clowney, Bridgewater, Boyd, etc. that they all are doing it as well, but, how come the media isn't looking into those cases but only looking at Manziel? And, what I'm starting to see in the media, at least right now, is each one of these players' institutions is saying there is no wrong-doing, and it is taken as gospel. Now, don't get me wrong. This rule is stupid, but, it is still the rule. If Manziel violatd the rule and did indeed get paid and it is proven, then I do not want him playing for my Aggies.
4 months ago on South Carolina On Clowney: “We Determined There Was No Violation”
Your 'Sidenote' is a little disingenuous, don't you think? The site you reference doesn't worry about Manziel? C'mon, a simple click to the site shows a ton of articles about Manziel and this scandal. Trying to bring down Clowney? Where does it even allude to doing that? Instead, it is pointing out that this "bulk signings" are not just relegated to Manziel. So, if they aren't just relegated to Manziel, how come others aren't being investigated like Manziel is? In other words, is Manziel getting unfair treatment...career jeopardizing treatment...when others are doing the same thing? And, btw, the article didn't just look at Clowney. And, other sites are reporting the same information. Anyway, keep up the good work. Love your site!
I have been a staunch defender of Manziel. Not for his antics per se, because, I really do wish he'd stay off Twitter. But, all the bashing he has been receiving for essentially being a college student. Whether it be jealousy, or whatever. I believe everything has been overblown from his Twitter statements to his pictures to the Manning Camp...to pretty much everything. I don't think it will/would have any affect on the upcoming season. And, now there is some chest-thumping by some in the media and a lot of those that don't like Manziel saying, "see, told ya so".
Now that I have that out of the way, IF this is true, and this is a big IF, then, I do NOT want Manziel to play one down for A&M this year. All that other stuff was I really could care less about. But, this is something much different. This is a real scandal...if true. Do I think this is a stupid rule? Really, it doesn't matter. It is a rule. And, if Manziel got paid for autographs. He should not play a down for A&M. And, should be out of the program all together.
Now...with all of THAT said, this is all a big "if". And, it will be very difficult for the NCAA to prove. So, if Manziel ends up playing the entire season, I'll be here saying, "told ya so". And, if he misses any games, I'll be here saying, "I can't believe he was such a buffoon to take payment for autographs".
4 months ago on Like The Rule Or Not, Manziel Allegedly Violated An NCAA Biggie
@Mark1984 I don't agree with that. He was representing A&M and he was a representative at the Manning Camp. An explanation is warranted.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Bama’s McCarron Can Expect Manziel Questions Tomorrow
@John at MrSEC @Jerry Mathers @j_scott_o Let me be clear, I have NO problem with the media "picking on my team". And, you'll never see me ask "why are you picking on my team". I don't want this to be a 'rah-rah, go Aggies' site, that is why I come here. But, at the same time, I feel like I should be able to ask questions. They don't have to be answered, but, you have a comments section, so, I take advantage of it. Seriously though, you do a great job with your site and I enjoy it.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Manziel Talks Manning Camp, Twitter, Scrutiny And The Upcoming Season
@John at MrSEC @j_scott_o Wow. That response was unexpected. I've said in many, many, many posts in the past how I love your site. It is a daily stop. I will continue to read it on daily basis. But, I will make sure I don't say anything negative in the least. I do appreciate your responses. And, I know you are covering SEC Media Days. Sorry if you got offended or something, but, wow, really wasn't expecting this type of response.
These are good questions. But, it isn't AJ's job to wake up Manziel, granted, he probably should have. Will be interesting to hear. Neither has alcohol in the picture either. Manziel took responsibility for "sleeping late" and "phone dead" and being late/missing session. But, the conclusion that rubs A&M fans the wrong way is the accusation that he was hungover. Manziel said that is not the case. But, if he was hungover, then he was drinking w/ McCarron and Eli & Peyton. Why were they drinking with a minor? That should be asked as well.
@John at MrSEC @j_scott_o Also, regarding these pictures at the bar in Louisiana, I think you should have mentioned that the pictures also have Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, and AJ McCarron with him as well. So, you statement about the pictures is either not relevant to the types of pictures I was alluding or was just misleading. But, I'll run with your statement on the pictures. Since Peyton, Eli, and AJ are all in the pictures, at the bar...who bought Manziel the drinks? I mean, if he was at the bar, the assumption being made is he was drinking. Surely those 3 guys know he is underage. I mean, he's stated he is only 20 years old. And, if they did not buy the alcohol for him, shouldn't the bar be in trouble? And, did these 3 individuals not have a problem with associating with an underage drinker in their party? I don't think they are his guardians or parents, so, shouldn't those questions be asked?
@John at MrSEC @j_scott_o Pictures of him getting wasted? Seems like those would be all over ESPN and other sports sites if that were true. Don't think there is any smoking gun, and that is what I was referring. Like you, I chose my words carefully. Pictures of being in a bar is not condemning of anything. Having pictures of him getting wasted/hammered would speak a 1000 words.
As for "improving their game", that isn't what is in question. Herbstreit even visited w/ Manziel during some of his training. As for "includes understanding how other teams might attack them"...I'd be surprised if college players in the off-season are just sitting around trying to figure out how other teams will attack them. In the off-season, it is going to be a lot more about improving yourself. Once you get in camp, then you start analyzing other teams with the coaches' help. The coaches are the ones who have been analyzing/scheming all off-season.
Do you really think other college players are sitting around in the off-season trying to figure out how other teams might play against them? I don't think Manziel's statement on defenses is worrisome in the least.
As for the Manning Camp discussion, here is something that the media hasn't addressed, or at least I haven't seen it. He was out w/ the Mannings and AJ the night before. And, if he was hungover from the day before, who was he out getting drunk with? And, lastly, as has widely been acknowledged, everyone with a cell phone is now a photographer/journalist. You have arguably the most talked about "celebrity" ever in college football in the news almost daily. If he were out getting wasted the night before, where are all of the pictures of him getting drunk? Surely there has to be some?
I think your assumption is probably spot on. My guess is the "ban" will last the entire season. At least one (me) can hope.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Sumlin Won’t Say That He Forced Manziel Off Twitter, But He Did
I thought the interview went well. I, too, am interested in the "talk between me and (Sumlin)" comment. However, as some have assumed, I do not think he is alluding to Sumlin leaking out the conversation. I think he is alluding to others who saw him go talk to Sumlin disclosed that information. I think that this statement turns out to be a lot about nothing. We shall see.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Manziel Says He Overslept At Manning Passing Academy
Of all the analysts and commentators on ESPN talk about Manziel, I look forward to Finebaum's take the most. He is the Howard Stern of sports talk.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Finebaum On Manziel: “It’s A Train Wreck”