Johnny ‘Rotten’ or Johnny ‘Right On Time’?

By Posted on: August 9th, 2013 in Featured Article, Football, News 12 Comments »

AT&T Cotton Bowl - Texas A&M v OklahomaIf you’ve browsed any college football news within the past couple of weeks and haven’t noticed Johnny Manziel’s name you are either a liar or a … well you’re just a liar. The reigning Heisman Trophy recipient has once again made headlines; this time for potentially much more serious actions.

It was revealed recently that Manziel possibly benefited directly from autographs he provided to a sports memorabilia broker. Social network sites and news outlets alike erupted into a tizzy whose magnitude harkened memories of Cam Newton and the ‘bagman’ saga. Manziel was surely on the brink of self-destruction. Or was he? Since the story first broke, it has lost steam (relatively speaking) in that it isn’t so much critical of the shortcomings of Johnny Football as it is about a system that is as corrupt and broken as it can be.

There are rich old men profiting in every direction you can see in college athletics, but let one player allegedly receive one payment for a jersey and they might as well be committing murder. Jay Bilas, of Fox Sports, recently called the NCAA out on some of its own hypocrisy. The NCAA reacted quickly and acknowledged its own buffoonery for once, but it is only a single footstep down a long and winding road to total competency.

First and foremost, the NCAA should make it a top priority to be more transparent about their investigations and governing of the sports and athletes it serves and protects. Especially when they are investigating stories that receive an abundance of media attention. Time and time again, the individual player(s) or institutions suffer unfairly because of inaccurate information and rumors being circulated unchecked by official entities privy to knowledge of the contrary (that is you NCAA in case you were wondering).

The drama and intrigue of college athletics is nearly unrivaled, and yet, the people in charge of upholding the integrity of all of its members continually allow them to be used as elements in money grabbing soap operas. Who is really winning if it all is being corrupted from the inside out? And how long can it be expected to maintain its value if it is constantly being manipulated purely to generate greater profits?

Have you ever heard someone talk about their favorite college football moments? Their lasting memories of games long gone? Are they ever about what a player did off the field that should/could/would have made them ineligible? Like going to a concert? Or the Super Bowl? Or having a really nice car? I didn’t think so.

At the end of the day, Johnny Manziel may not be the best example to follow. He has made his fair share of mistakes for sure, but how many more Johnny Manziels will we have to see built up and then destroyed by his creators before we start to resent the machine we’ve all helped create? 

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  1. restless6 says:

    Great write up!

    I wouldn’t put it past the booger eating UAT folks for pushing the story. They are prone to do things like this.

  2. Todd92 Todd92 says:

    Meh… The kid is a walking time bomb and a spoiled brat. And puhleez… Johnny Lyden aka Johnny Rotten was great in the Sex Pistols and PIL! Manziel is more of a Richie Rich/ Honey Boo Boo hybrid.

    • Derrick Roberts Derrick Roberts says:

      I was hoping I wouldn’t offend too many people with that moniker. War Eagle anyway?

      • Todd92 Todd92 says:

        Lol I enjoyed it… Should have told you so.. My bad! But seriously Johnny Rotten is awesome… :)

        War Damn Eagle!

  3. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    If people quit paying attention to the brat, he might straighten up–or at least we can leave it up to his parents, instead of the media.

    The NCAA relinquishes more relevance every single day. Which will inspire rebellion of all sorts. When institutions start ignoring NCAA sanctions-the sports that we love will be lost. For that reason, the NCAA needs a major overhaul. And by major overhaul, I mean oust EVERYONE and start anew.

    • audude audude says:

      How about a really controversial method? Anyone remember Gordon Gee? Anyone remember he was the President of The Ohio State University and left to go to Brown where the football program was a club level sport under the President’s supervision and not the AD? Then he went to Vandy and made the football program a club level sport so he could get his hands on the $$$$. Maybe if the Presidents see the money coming in and want the $$$ for the general fund instead of the athletics department things would change. Change for the better…probably not, but change they would!

      And yes he went back to OSU where he just got fired, but that is a discussion for a different time

  4. DothanTiger DothanTiger says:

    NCAA seems to be losing cred on almost every high profile case. Maybe it’s time for Tiger on the Mt’s idea to clean house.

  5. Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

    I agree that the NCAA needs an overhaul, however I do see it’s relevance. I keep hearing ‘has been’ sportscasters say the rule (signature for $) is stupid and should go away and people should be paid for their signature… Really?!? If that is the case, then what’s stopping a booster from giving an 18 year old $50k for his signature (wink, wink)? I know we hate the NCAA, especially how the target some whilst looking the other way for others but come on…

    College football is a machine (monster)…that has sold it’s innocence away ages ago. We need to come to grips with this. It’s not our grandfathers football anymore and I don’t know how to reel it back in…

    Any ideas? More accountability through ‘death penalties’? Fines are just a slap on the wrist (Penn St). Punish the players? they don’t care, college is just a speed bump on the way to pay day.

    College football needs the equivalent of the minor leagues for baseball. You’ve got a choice after high school. Education with no pay at a university OR minor league pay for the opportunity to go pro… Can’t we say that college baseball has cleaner hands than college football?

    • Todd92 Todd92 says:

      Baseball and football are completely different spectrums… A minor league would be more difficult in football (see USFL, XFL, World Football League, NFL Europe, etc.). Like it or not these kids have to go through college to get to the NFL and the majority of them aren’t good enough to go past college. They all have an opportunity to make money on their college sports persona after they get out and frankly that’s how it should be. I do, however, support Spurrier’s stipend idea… I think it is necessary and the right thing. By the way most college baseball players still go through the minor leagues on their way to the majors.

  6. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    I don’t trust the NCAA or the media. I wish there was a way to eliminate both from college sports.

    Yes, I know I’m dreaming.

  7. Hogbody Spradlin says:

    Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.

  8. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    News flash: I am worried about A-U-B-U-R-N. I give a rip about Texas A&M or any other team other than Auburn!

    WDE