Relax folks, Johnny Rock Star is ready for his encore

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When the Hyatt Regency began to fill in Birmingham, Alabama on Wednesday morning, the 1,200 credentialed members of the media were licking their chops preparing to pounce on Johnny Manziel – the cocky 20 year old who clearly doesn’t understand how he’s supposed to be conducting himself after being gifted the Heisman trophy from the college football elites. It was Johnny’s day of reckoning. A day when Johnny wouldn’t be able to hide behind his Twitter account. He would be cornered and forced to account for his egregious actions. Unfortunately, for the media mob, Johnny didn’t play ball.

Johnny’s day would start off with ESPN’s Joe Tessitore, who clearly was excited about his opportunity to grill Mr. Johnny Football. Tessitore did his best to re-enact a Capitol Hill Senate hearing asking Johnny tough and pointed questions. The gotcha moment was with Tessitore asking Manziel if he was hungover at Manning camp, then immediately pressing with the follow up question on whether he drank. It was a moment clearly rehearsed over and over by Tessitore. It would surely succeed in bringing down Manziel. Johnny’s response? Don’t worry about it, Joe.

While Manziel began his day acknowledging mistakes with Tessitore, he would become increasingly casual and increasingly unapologetic.

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In answering to the media, Johnny continued to reiterate a few key points. First, he’s 20 years old. He’s intent on doing what average 20 year olds do. Second, the only reason he’ll be changing his behavior is because the season is starting. The season always demands more and free time for recreation is not as abundant. As such, we can infer that if the offseason were to continue for a few more months, well, it’s party on suckas! Lastly, Johnny is going to enjoy life. Clearly, these weren’t the talking points the media was sure they’d receive when the day began.

Johnny Football was introduced to the country during the 2012 football season. While we’ve heard rumors and seen glimpses via Twitter of Johnny Rock Star, the country was formally introduced to him today. He’s cool. He’s confident. He’s bigger than we even think he is.

What’s the problem? Do we prefer him to be Tim Duncan? C’mon folks. This guy is great. He parties with Lebron James, dates super models, sits courtside at NBA Finals games. All the while, defensive coordinators are putting in 18 hour days in June trying to figure out how to stop Johnny Rock Star next season. Who’s the winner in this equation?

Do fans really prefer that Johnny Football walked into Media Days in tears begging forgiveness for oversleeping for the Mannings? If he did, I’d be concerned about the season ahead. Now with Johnny Football fully transforming into Johnny Rock Star, I’m going all in on the Aggies. Look, this isn’t the NFL. In college, you want the baddest man on the field, and right now, Johnny Rock Star is the baddest man on the field.

Also, let’s remember Johnny Manziel didn’t murder a semi-pro football player (still not sure what that means) in an industrial yard. He did a little boozing and gambling and partying. I’d be out on Johnny Football if he caved to the media after such minor offenses. Instead, he’s telling the media exactly what he should. Look, I made some mistakes, but overall, it’s all good. I’m enjoying life and I plan to kick some ass in the SEC West this fall.

Perhaps Johnny realizes what few people realize. You can’t win with the media. If you’re Tim Tebow, the media hates you for circumcising kids in Asia. Stop shoving your religion down our throats Tebow! If you’re Manziel, clearly you’re irresponsible and not a leader! Well, what do you want? They want nothing. They just want to win. The problem is Johnny Manziel is too competitive to be beaten by the media. The media is losing. They’re not losing like when the Aggies scratched by Ole Miss in 2012. No, it’s more like the 70-14 route of South Carolina State last September.

I love the way Johnny Manziel handled himself today. He is his own man. He’s calm, collected, and answered every question. Of course, he’s going to deflect anything specific about drinking alcohol. He’s underage!

If anyone embarrassed themselves today, it was the media. How many times are we going to ask him about sleeping in on Archie Manning?

Rather than push Manziel on actual interesting topics and get to know this fascinating individual more, the media had to engage in a unified effort to get to the bottom of what happened at the Manning camp. Or, the occasion media member would go out on a limb and attempt to get Manziel to compare himself to Tebow or Lebron or Cam Newton. It was absolutely ridiculous. Manziel is Manziel. Is this really as good as the media gets?

While the media members pat each other on the back about a job well done today, Manziel is on a jet riding to LA to attend the ESPY’s. Hilarious is an understatement.

Manziel won today. The media lost. And it wasn’t even close.

None of this is surprising. He’s an undersized, yet gifted athlete with an intense competitive streak. All this kid does is win, and it’s not going to stop.

Excuse me, he broke – no, he shattered – the record yardage numbers of Tim Tebow and Cam Newton last year. He led the Aggies from newcomer of the SEC to the top of the SEC. Sumlin and his players were an after thought at Media Days in 2012. In 2013, they should have booked a separate hotel just for Manziel.

This guy is a rock star. Get off your high horse and enjoy the ride like a normal human being. It’s your loss, if you don’t. Johnny could care less.

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  • Great article and an excellent characterization of Johnny’s attitude.

  • Freaking awesome article. Nice to finally hear what needed to be said. Yeah, I am an Aggie and I love Johnny Football. I would love this kid even if he played for another team. Even if he played for the Longhorns. Go over to Burnt Orange Nation and read comments from most of the Horn fans. They like Johnny and cheer for him.

    Fans in Texas get it (and obviously Florida, thats for you Kevin Duffey:). Johnny is king of college football. All hail the king!!!

  • Johnny did a great job today. No really. Very good. Paul Finebaum was his usual pathetic Bama homer self. I can’t wait to see Finebaum whining on the field Sept 14 after the Bama loss….

  • Effing fantastic article. Laughed out loud several times. The overly moralistic tone & hand-wringing of the guys at ESPN today was frustrating as hell. I guess if you’re a fantastic football player, ESPN doesn’t want you to do any of the things typical college kids do. Guess it’s to be expected by a group employed by Disney Corp. Glad to see Johnny stick to his guns & point out how absurd it is for these old farts to expect him to stop having fun.

  • “He’s calm, collected, and answered every question. Of course, he’s going to deflect anything specific about drinking alcohol. He’s underage!”

    Well, if he deflected questions about alcohol, he didn’t answer every question did he? He was asked if he drank the night before and said “I’m not going to talk about that.” That sounds an awful lot like a yes, because if it was a no he would have said no. He gets the criticism he deserves.

  • Even if JFF was a Teasip, would love to see him kick some royal *ss and the crawfish 2-steppin that would be goin’ on.
    “Well what I meant was, JFF could’ve fallen into a trap and jeopardized his future, and err, uhh, course thats all I care about…..I was just lookin’ out for the boy’s best interest ya see” blah, blah blah” …..lets stop with all the penis envy and PLAY SOME FOOTBALL!!!!!!!

  • How great will Johnny be when A&M loses four games and finishes no better than 3rd or 4th in the West

  • Great article. Finally, a member of the media that gets it. Thanks.

  • So he overslept. if I did that I would at least apologize to the others who were there. I haven’t heard Johnny apologize to the Mannings, to the counselors or to the campers one time. you’re just a self centered piece of crap Johnny.

  • Kevin, Yes, if you put all of the media stories about Manziel on the winning or losing side, you are the only one so far on the winning side. HOWEVER, I think you are only ahead by an extra point. To really win this media game you have to say things that a lot of fans want to hear but few people in the media have the backbone to say. 1. It’s ok for one the new teams/coaches/players in the conference to have the attention of the media, they weren’t invited to the party to be waiters 2. The more these programs, or any program succeeds the better it is for every other University program in the conference. 3. If the media is going to go after the individuals with star power in the conference, then they sure better be going after the individuals who are just giving the conference a black eye and contributing less and using the same venom. There is no excuse for holding the stars to a higher standard than the boys who will never play a down. That doesn’t stop the media from giving generous praise when a star also happens to be a good example. It just stops the media from tabloiding the stars. What is the difference between Jerry Sandusky who took advantage of young men for his selfish and sick satisfaction and the media who take unfair advantage of negative behavior or spinning behavior so they can sell stories? Two wrongs don’t make a right and the collective media’s wrong is far worse than the behavior in this case. YES VIRGINIA THE MEDIA AS A PROFESSION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR IT’S COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR, the same way the BAR is responsible for lawyers and the state licensing agency is responsible for doctors. Media have to do it with words instead of revoking credentials, but ooohhh brother there is no shortage on ink or electrons and you have taken only the first step in the war for media justice

  • Yeah well I’m sure there isnt an athlete there that really cares what we think but thats not why we discuss it is it? Here’s the thing: Is it ok to party/drink/live it up in college? HELL YES…youre the big man on campus..live it up! But dont go whining like a Diva about how people should hafta “walk in my shoes”. Fact is there isn’t a damn one of us who wouldnt like to trade shoes with any of these guys. Here he is coming from a wealthy family living it up like “RockStar” as you call it…and complaining about it? C’mon man!

  • Nuff said… And well said

    • Refering to the OP not JPDaawg. Cmon Really his comment of walking in my shoes was specifically at an a hole who reported his parking the wrong way just to get attention. Not a poor pitiful me. Just a hey its not all rosy as people are still people Much like you they see what they want to see and blow things Way out of proportion and more so never look at things in the context of which they were said! You watch 99.9% of his enterviews he is always saying he is blessed and just rolls with what is given, learnign to cop with it each day. I assure you it woudl taek some adjustment for any and everyone to live wit the light on you all the time. And if that is the only time he said that the WGAFF its not like he is whining everyday like that b*tch Brady… 1 time he vented and your saying he is a whiner. Tad of a stretch don’t you think??

      • Rolls with what? Copes with what? The dude was clearly not talking about some stupid parking ticket just like he clearly did not just “oversleep” ok? It doesn’t take a genius to read between the lines. Like McCarron said there were people that paid a LOT of money to send their boys to that camp to learn from those guys. Easy to see the difference between an arrogant, selfish attention whore and kid like McCarron who came from more humble beginnings. I have no issues with Johnny’s off the field antics…but I certainly won’t be patting him on the back for his attitude.