It’s looking steadily less likely that Johnny Manziel will still be a Texas A&M football player when Alabama visits on September 14.
(The latest is this budding autograph scandal.)
You know, it was really this story that made my fully appreciate what I think is going on with Johnny Manziel. His father is failing him. Johnny’s dad is equal parts fascinated and bewildered by him. He stands in awe of his son, rather than requiring that his son act like a grown-up. “Lie low and go to class” is too restraining, apparently. Best indulge his temper, and alarmingly large appetite for alcohol (isn’t he still 20?), and whatever else, rather than saying “buddy, you’ve got a lot going for you, but there are still rules you have to play by.” Paul Manziel outs himself as a big part of the problem over and over in that story.
Consequently it’s difficult for me to be too hard on Johnny himself. He needs parenting, and he’s not receiving it. It’s no wonder he’s believing his hero worship when even his own dad is infected with it.
I’ve been saying Alabama 34, Texas A&M 13, or thereabouts. Three-touchdown game. If Manziel doesn’t/can’t show, adjust it to 45-9 or so.
And unleash the magpies.