Daily buzz: Why should Manziel care?

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My impression of someone who hates Johnny Manziel explaining

why:

“I don’t know. I just don’t like him.”

Oh, they’ll point to his arrest. For Johnny Manziel

haters, his arrest and eventual conviction for producing a false

identification outside a College Station bar last summer is the Ark

of the Covenant against Manziel.

The reason that arrest is so important to people is that it is

one of the few “bad” things Manziel has done. Almost every other

Johnny Manziel story is basically, “Johnny went out drinking and

something interesting happened.”

For example, this last weekend Manziel went to a fraternity

party in Austin, Texas. This is not surprising, as he grew up a

Texas fan and Austin is awesome. I went to a fraternity party in

Austin myself once, and it remains one of the most surreal nights

of my life.

But the difference between me and Johnny Manziel is that Johnny

Manziel is a celebrity. He is a celebrity to an extent not

experienced by a college athlete since Matt Leinart was hanging out

with Jessica Simpson’s ex-husband in Los Angeles all those

years ago. We know Manziel is a celebrity because people take

pictures of him wherever he goes and post those pictures to the

Internet.

They talk about what he’s wearing, what he’s

drinking, what he may or may not have said and they get mad because

… oh … hmm … because, dammit, he’s not supposed to be

having this much fun. Doesn’t he know he’s supposed to

be miserable? That he’s supposed to have his nose in a book

or a playbook at all times?

Does he not understand that he is supposed to feel our righteous

wrath on his neck?

Well, he does not. He does not care. Johnny Manziel

doesn’t care that he’s not supposed to run around in

the pocket the way he does and he does not care if you think

he’s an a-hole for going to a frat party at Texas, for

getting the UT logo temporarily tattooed on his ribcage, for

hanging out with rappers, for taking classes online, for

complaining about College Station itself, for repeatedly

antagonizing his own fans, for flagrantly violating the law about

the legal drinking age.

And he does this, why? Because he can.

What are they going to do, suspend him? Ask him to transfer? Put

someone else in at quarterback?

Texas A&M can ask him to slow his roll, but it would be

asking for a favor. This is sports, baby. The only thing that ever

really matters in sports is wins and losses, and he’s got the

Heisman Trophy.

The man they call Johnny Football spent a fair portion of his

weekend on Twitter, responding to various “haters,” by

essentially pointing at the scoreboard.

 

 

And chasing off any fans who didn’t like seeing him at a

UT party.

 

You want to say Manziel wears the black hat, but it’s not

really true. He never harms anyone but himself, and you have to use

a fairly open-ended definition of “harm” if you even want to say

that. He isn’t so much a villain as he is the rich, cocky guy

from every teen movie that has ever been made.

Manziel is a mildly upsetting character who complains about the

spotlight but can’t seem to get enough of it. His case is not

entirely unlike that of some other celebrities whose crimes against

humanity have been minor, but who just have a way of rubbing people

the wrong way.

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In case you’re wondering — yes, the Taiwanese already got

hold of Manziel’s frat party drama:

On to the links:

• And now, one of the

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target="_blank">great sports leads of all time.

• The San Diego Chargers are

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target="_blank">considering doing HBO’s “Hard

Knocks” in 2014. That series, produced beautifully by NFL

Films, is popular with fans, but coaches tend to see it as a

nuisance and a distraction. Granted, this is partially because

football coaches see everything as a nuisance and a distraction,

but in this case that doesn’t seem like an unreasonable

position to hold.

The counter-argument has always been that the exposure will help

a franchise’s brand. Coaches and executives have long been

dubious to that, but this time it’s the Chargers’ brass

that is all for it and the players that are balking.

Look at this paragraph from the San Diego Union-Tribune:

“When presented with the possibility of the Chargers being

featured on ‘Hard Knocks,’ safety Eric Weddle jerked

his head back, scrunched his nose and said,

‘Why?’”

You do it for

href="http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20130718/SPT02/307170123/Marvin-Lewis-accepts-Sports-Emmy-Hard-Knocks-"

target="_blank">the Emmys, Eric. The Emmys.

• Who’s up for a dunk?

• Yasiel Puig’s mom is gonna be so mad at him for

dirtying up his baseball pants for no reason.

• The New England Patriots are

href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000222666/article/new-england-patriots-experiment-with-helmet-camera"

target="_blank">experimenting with helmet cams on

quarterbacks.

And it’s about time. The communications technology inside

a quarterback’s helmet has not made any significant

advancement since they put radios in them way back in the ’90s.

I’d like to see a Vine feed getting published from inside

Robert Griffin’s helmet, but that may be wishful

thinking.

• Speaking of RG3, here he is getting an autograph from a

kid.

So there’s one autograph we can safely assume won’t

end up on eBay.

This is good to see, too, because it proves Redskins camp

can’t be all bad.

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• Here’s a lady who’s just not that into

baseball.

• They inducted some long-dead people to the baseball Hall

of Fame this weekend, and it was

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attended.

• Here’s a 6-year-old kid going 5-for-5 with five

home runs (over two games). The fence is 120 feet away.

• At the U.S. Open of Surfing on Sunday in Huntington

Beach, Calif., things escalated quickly. I mean, that really got

out of hand fast.

Aren’t surfers supposed to be chill, bro?

Police settled everyone down with pepper spray, but the tone of

the weekend was established early, by this fight between a couple

of girls in bikinis.

• And finally, want to see a girl knock herself out with a

bouncy ball? Thought so.

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