This just in: it’s been announced that Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel will be suspended for half a game in the season opener on Saturday against Rice University. The case will also be closed from this point on, according to reports. This means the season is no longer in doubt. He will be able to play the rest of the season. Las Vegas will be taking bets on A&M’s season once again. (Not that I’m a betting man!).
Granger Smith’s latest music video, Silverado Bench Seat, stars a couple of Texas Aggies: Ryan Swope and Johnny Manziel, the Heisman Trophy Winner.
I like the song, like that Johnny and Ryan are in it, but don’t like that Granger Smith is a Chevy man instead of a Ford man. Other than that, it’s fun to watch. Plus, it gets our minds on college football again which is only a few months away.
For those who don’t know, Granger Smith is an Aggie. Notice the big gold ring on his hand as he is playing the guitar. That is why he enlisted Swope and Manziel.
Next Saturday will be the six-year anniversary of my venture into the world of golf. I was reminded of this when Mark M., on Facebook, when he noted that his Wichita State Shockers had won another game in the NCAA Basketball Tournament and I reminded him that I was happy for him, just as long as Texas A&M hired away their coach the way they did with Mark Turgeon back in 2007. All of that got me to thinking about how all that came about, about taking up golf and about how my game is doing now, six years later.
Apparently a Texas legislator has filed a bill in the house that would require Texas A&M and the t.u. longhorns to play football every year. If you will recall, the t-sips opted out of the rivalry after A&M bolted the Big 12 for the SEC because A&M was tired of the bully tactics of the t-sips. In a snit, the t-sips refused to play A&M any longer, even though A&M was ready to keep the rivalry alive.
OK, there is my prediction. Let me be on record, I’m picking Alabama to win the National Championship tonight over Notre Dame. And while I’m not a professional sportswriter, or even an amateur sports writer, my pick is just as valid as the boys over at ESPN.
Gene Wojciechowski over at ESPN gives 10 reasons Notre Dame wins the National Championship. You can tell he is stretching because he says Notre Dame’s quarterback is a whole lot like Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel. Really? I really don’t remember anyone mentioning Everett Golson in the same breath as the Heisman Trophy. I’m surprised he didn’t make the logical jump that Notre Dame beat Oklahoma. A&M beat Oklahoma. A&M beat Alabama, therefore Notre Dame will beat Alabama. It would have been as good as any of the other reasons he gives.
Ivan Maisel gives his 10 reasons ‘Bama wins and I think they are more convincing. The number one reason he gives is that ‘Bama has the experience. That alone counts for at least 14 points in my book. But it’s not just experience in National Title games, it is experience in big games every week. Yes, Notre Dame had to rise from the ashes to get to this point. But let’s face it, when they went into play a team like the Sooners, the Sooners were not thinking that they were playing a national powerhouse. ‘Bama has been a national powerhouse for years, and managed to keep that moniker because they are so good. For all we really know about Notre Dame, they’ve had to have some really lucky games to remain undefeated. I’m not trying to take away from their season. They’ve had a great season. But I don’t think it will be enough to beat ‘Bama.
Yes, it is the end of a dream season. As I watched Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel dance along the sidelines for the opening touchdown, I could not help but feel like I was living in a dream. The Texas A&M Aggies were finishing up their season in 77th Cotton Bowl against Number 11 ranked Oklahoma Sooners. It was a close game at the half with the Aggies leading 14-13.
The second half, the Sooners had no answer for Johnny Manziel and company. The Aggies went on to score 27 unanswered points in the second half and the defense stepped up and kept the Sooners off the score board. More than that, they kept the Sooners off the field. The Sooners first two possessions in the second half ended without first downs and punting the ball away. At one point, the Sooners only managed 17 yards in the second half.
That was when the dream-like feeling really came over me because I realized that the Aggies not only were going to win, going 11-2 for the season, that they had the Heisman Trophy winner leading the way, but that they were NOT going to blow it. The win was in the bag and there was nothing the Sooners could do to avoid the thrashing. It was sweet.
And it was fun. Watching Manziel run the ball made it a true joy. He is a fun player to watch, which is one of the reasons he won the Heisman. He doesn’t just put up the numbers, but he does it in a fun way to watch. It made the game almost surreal. Nice, but surreal.
On top of that, Manziel went on to help the Aggies with 599 yards of total offense, a Cotton Bowl record. I’m sure there are some other records that I’m missing, but it is late.
I did want to add a few of the tweets posted at ESPN. It’s quite revealing what some of the sports writers are thinking:
He beat Bama. He won the Heisman. He conquered the Cotton Bowl. Johnny Football became a legend this season. — ESPN
Johnny Football starts his 2013 heisman campaign tonight in spectacular fashion.If you didn’t know – now you know. Jonathan Coachman
The Cotton Bowl was a one-point game at the half. aTm’s halftime adjustment was to open up a can. Michael Smith
The “SEC” chants have given way to “Johnny” chants. Richard Durrett
This is one of the greatest individual bowl performances I’ve ever seen. Johnny Football is living up to his nickname and his Heisman. Skip Bayless
I hope next year is better than this one, although I’m not looking forward to it yet. I’m too busy enjoying the end results of this season. A winning program with an 11-2 record and a Heisman winner returning to play quarterback next season. That is a dream season, especially for Aggies every where. We have had such a long draught when it comes to being successful. Hopefully it will be a long time before we taste the draught again.
Yes, Johnny Football Manziel is now being called Johnny Heisman! I love it! Johnny Mania is taking over at A&M, and it could not have come at a better time. I think what makes the fact that Manziel won the Heisman in the first place is because it was so unexpected. Most Heisman winners start out the year on some arbitrary list. But Manziel was barely on the list for starting quarterbacks at Texas A&M. We didn’t know what to expect from him or the Aggies this year, and because of Manziel, his ability as a quarterback and his attitude of never giving up, that all changed as the season progressed.
I remember when his name came up in the same sentence as a Heisman contender. It was just after the Ol’ Miss game in which the Aggies came from behind in the fourth quater to win the game. I think that was when it was first mentioned. It was a signal to us that the Aggies were no longer the team to lose in the last few minutes, like there were last year. With that win, we saw the never-say-die attitude of this red-shirt freshman quarterback.
But the cascade truly began after A&M upset Alabama in Tuscaloosa on November 10, 29-24. The fact that the Aggies jumped out to a 20-0 lead shocked the Crimson Tide faithful. And the fact that our defense stepped up and prevented A.J. McCarron from rising to new heights as the come-from-behind hero. His pass was intercepted in the end zone, sealing the victory for the Aggies and the Heisman for Manziel. Manziel had displayed his talents and abilities on the national scene and everyone was impressed.
That had to be the most exciting game in A&M history. To beat the defending national champions and eventual national champions is truly an exceptional feat. I know, the Tide hasn’t won the National Championship yet, but I don’t give Notre Dame much of a chance. In fact, I’m hoping the Roll Tide does just that and the SEC gets its 7th consecutive national title. It will make the A&M victory over Bama all that much more special.
I also love what has taken place because A&M was only picked to go to a minor bowl at best. No one could have imagined the Aggies would end up at 10-2, and were only two or three plays from playing for the SEC championship. But we can’t live in the world of “what ifs.” It’s too disparaging.
I really am excited about Manziel bringing the Heisman to A&M. We finally have something fun to cheer about. The beauty of this is that there will be more to cheer about next year. Unlike the last few Heisman winners, Manziel isn’t going anywhere. He will return to A&M and play as a sophomore quarterback. Hopefully, his ability will only improve and he will be on the Heisman list once again. He is that good and should be considered if he repeats his performance. He is so much fun to watch, here are a few videos that I want to share with you.
Please click on the link, since I cannot get it to embed. Johnny Legend Continues… I have to admit that I get tears in my eyes every time I watch it! Our guy! Texas A&M’s Quarterback!!! won the Heisman trophy. When you have followed A&M as long as I have, you know how phenomenal that truly is. Most of us cannot even name more than a handful of A&M quarterbacks, and now A&M has the best in the nation!
Also, watch the crowds response here to the announcement.
I have to admit that when the announcements were made concerning the Texas A&M Aggies Bowl for the season, I was disappointed. After all, the Texas Aggies have had plenty of trips to the Cotton Bowl. Well, perhaps not plenty, but I was hoping for something a bit more exotic. Not sure what, but I wasn’t expecting the Aggies in the Cotton Bowl.
However, as Wade pointed out to me, the Aggies going to the Ma Bell Cotton Bowl is actually better than what his LSU Tigers were getting: a trip to the Chick Fil-A Bowl against the Clemson Tigers on New Year’s Eve. That is not when you want your team playing because it is only one of four bowls for the day.
The Texas Aggies are playing on January 4th, at 8 p.m. on Fox. That is the only game of the day, in prime time, when all the minor bowls have already played out and people really start paying attention. Most people ignore the minor bowls, like the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. (I’m not making that up. It’s played on December 20th). So it is good that Aggies are picking Cotton, and even better they are playing the Oklahoma Sooners. It should be a great game to watch. Hopefully the Sooners will feel the full effects of Aggies offense led by Johnny Manziel and rejoice that we have left the Big 12 for greener pastures in the SEC.
Once again, Johnny Football Manziel has been named the SEC Freshman of the week. This is the 9th time this season that he has won the honor, and it ‘s a record for the honor. The most any other freshman has won it is three times, by multiple players. News sources are so not impressed with those freshmen who have won the award three times that they failed to give their names. Maybe that is because most of us would be hard pressed to know any of the freshmen to do so.
The sad note about this honor is that Manziel should be named Offensive Player of the Week, without the freshman designation, given that his numbers and performance outranks the “co-offensive players of the week” honors given to Mike Gillislee of Florida and Donte Moncrief of Ole Miss. Gillislee and Moncrief combined for a total of 313 offensive yards and five touchdowns between the two of them.
Our freshman passed for 373 yards, threw for three touchdowns, added 67 yards rushing and ran for two touchdowns as well. Which means, Freshman Johnny Football Manziel is better than the best two SEC players combined this week. He should have received Offensive Player of the Week without the freshman designation.
His numbers also improved for the season. He combined for a total of 4,600 yards on offense, which is an SEC record. The previous holder of the record was Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton who had 4,327 yards in 14 games instead of the 12 games in which Manziel accomplished the task. In other words, just to be clear, Manziel set the record with two-fewer games than Newton did. There should be no arguments left as to who is the best football player of the season. Hands down it’s Manziel and he should get the Heisman Trophy to go along with it.
As for what some are saying about Manziel, here is a quick reminder:
Tom Rossley, then A&M’s quarterbacks coach who recruited Manziel to College Station two years ago, compared Manziel to Brett Favre, whom Rossley coached at Green Bay. Alabama coach Nick Saban said Manziel reminded him of Doug Flutie. Now, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel added another great to the semblance list.
“Johnny made most of his plays running around back there,” Pinkel said, “just like John Elway used to do for Stanford.”
BTW, for those of you who did not watch the game on Saturday night, Manziel was injured at one point. It became so quiet in Kyle Field that the announcer actually shut up so you could hear how quiet the stadium was. 86,000 people have never been so quite. But in classic Manziel fashion, he came back into the game on the next drive and continued playing superbly even with the minor injury to his knee.
The Aggies went on to defeat the Missouri Tigers 59-29 and improved to 10-2 for the season. This is the first time since 1998 that the Aggies have had a 10-win season.
One more note: I was listening to Colin Cowheard on ESPN radio this morning and he said that A&M is playing the best football in the nation right now. He made the point several times. He added that Alabama is not the best team right now, as we saw two weeks ago.
One MORE note: Last week I read an article in which the players from t.u. were actually pitying A&M because the Aggies didn’t … and I’m not making this up… didn’t get to play them on Thanksgiving Day for the first time in years. Actual players were feeling sorry for the Aggies. This shows you the unsurpassed arrogance that people in the great state of Texas have had to put up with when it comes to t.u. They truly believe the world of college football revolves around them. Of course, you couldn’t tell that by their performance against TCU on Thanksgiving Day. The t-sips lost to the Horned Frogs 20-13.
Don’t feel so sorry for t.u. I’m sure they have already convinced themselves that A&M left the “superior” conference when they departed the Big 12 and now reside in South’s equivalent of the Mid-American conference. But then again, they are fooling themselves. After all, their coach boasted that they were the SEC team of the Big 12 earlier in the year. I guess they are right there above… Auburn.
Kudos to the marketing department of Texas A&M University in touting Johnny Football Manziel for the Heisman Trophy. They have put together a wonderful web page that has all his stats showing why Manziel is the best choice for the Heisman Trophy.
BUT THE STAT that takes the cake… from the “I’m not making this up” category:
1 — The number of kittens that Johnny Manziel has save on Wellborn Road in front of Kyle Field!
That is absolutely priceless! Manziel saved a kitten! That should do the trick and win the hearts and minds of those voting for the Heiman Trophy winner!