Why Sharknado reminds me of Johnny Manziel
For reasons I can’t comprehend, months, maybe years ago, someone green-lighted a movie about a tornado that spews man-eating sharks all over a city. The producers casted Tara Reid and Steve Summers. With a duo headlining such a plot, how can we not win? The movie was named Sharknado.
The movie aired on SyFy this past week, and if you pay attention to social media, you probably would have thought it was a huge deal. My entire Twitter stream was filled with funny comments about Sharknado and not-so-funny comments regarding Sharknado.
Then, the ratings came out and the movie was a complete bomb even for a SyFy channel original movie. Again, this isn’t surprising considering the realities of the Sharknado concept, but again, if you paid attention to the world of Twitter, you’d have thought everyone in America was watching it.
Interestingly, this “buzz” regarding Sharknado also extended into forms of traditional media. Both Colin Cowherd and Scott Van Pelt did extensive mentioning of Sharknado on their ESPN Radio shows the next day. These are national shows that span the 10:00a-4:00p eastern time slots on ESPN Radio. Scott Van Pelt even did an entire segment on Sharknado bringing in Spencer Hall from EDSBS. Sure, it was somewhat funny, and I get it, there wasn’t exactly much going on in sports last week, but there is clearly a disconnect between the sports media world and the regular American public at times.
To recap, a ridiculous movie turned into a Twitter frenzy despite essentially the entire American public ignoring or not even being aware of the movie.
This sounds exactly like Johnny Manziel’s offseason.
Whether it’s front row seats at an NBA game, images of Johnny holding up wads of cash or bottles of booze or even Johnny himself tweeting things that would be better off untweeted, the world of Twitter and many parts of the sports media world have turned every move of Manziel into a frenzy… while the majority of America completely ignores it.
Hell, I’d venture to guess that the vast majority of actually Texas A&M fans aren’t even aware of these “incidents” because they’re irrelevant, and they’re only a big deal if you’re on the internet following the vocal minority that makes a big deal out of these ridiculous things.
Twitter is a great thing for sports fans. There are excellent sources on Twitter where you can get great information. You can also use Twitter for great entertainment by following some hilarious people that you might not be exposed to otherwise. But, fans that use Twitter need to keep things in check. Fans need to remember that things are a bigger deal on social media than they are in the real world. It’s quite easy to lose perspective. Manziel is a kid. Let’s let him enjoy the ride.
Ok, let’s get back to Sharknado. Here’s the epic scene from the movie involving a falling shark, a man and a chainsaw: