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A&M’s Manziel Fast Becoming The New Vanilla Ice

manziel-sparkler-mouthOnce or twice a year a new musical artist bursts onto the entertainment scene with a song so catchy, so infectious that Americans can’t stop singing it.  “MMMbop.”  “Gangnam Style.”  “MMM MMM MMM MMM.”  “Macarena.”  “Mambo No. 5.” (Apparently we’re suckers for the M sound.)  The song goes supernova.  It becomes omnipresent.  It’s singer becomes a megastar.

Then we all get completely sick of hearing the song.

As a result, we turn off the song while turning on the artist who put the thing out in the first place.  Said artist goes from “Saturday Night Live” performer to “Saturday Night Live” target.  We all liked the song, but it’s the artist who gets the blame when we tire of it.  From music sensation to pariah he goes.

In at least one case, the one-hit wonder’s personna itself was so cocky that the “I’m now sick of this song” backlash went to record heights.  His “swagger” — as it’s now called — became way too thick for folks to bear.  His overplayed debut and his oversized personna turned people off.

I’m talking, of course, of Johnny Manziel.

I mean Vanilla Ice.

Same difference.

For those too young to remember, Vanilla Ice exploded onto the scene in 1990 with “Ice Ice Baby,” a song that, while mocked mercilessly, remains pretty darn catchy to this day (thanks in large part to a sample from a Queen hit).  Vanilla Ice himself — that’d be Mr. Robert Van Winkle — has spent the last 20 years yo-yoing back and forth between distancing himself from the song and embracing it.  The cocky star went from toast of the town to punchline in about six months.

Now compare Vanilla Ice’s story to that of Manziel’s.  The Heisman-winning QB went from one of four guys competing for the Texas A&M starting job last summer to the talk of college football in December.  From no hype — outside of College Station — to overhyped, Manziel became the latest American sports/pop culture fascination.  And as the confident, wealthy, young star took advantage of his new-found cred and lived like a celeb from January through July, fans began to tire of him.

For now, Manziel is perilously close to becoming a one-hit wonder.  His “swag” is starting to repel more and more would-be supporters.  With each new episode — thrown out of the Manning Passing Academy, didn’t provide the media with satisfactory answers about the incident at SEC Media Days, caught on video being tossed from a University of Texas frat party — the more non-Aggie fans grow weary of his act.

Like Vanilla Ice, there’s a backlash growing.  Many are just sick of hearing about him at this point.  And his overconfidence isn’t helping matters.

Take this weekend, for example.  After getting booted from the party in Austin, Manziel got jabbed on Twitter by a few haters.  He responded (which Deadspin.com covers here, complete with some naughty language).  Reporters then took him to task for his response.  He responded to them.  On and on.

Whether adults in the media should have better things to do than tweeting nyah-nyahs at a college athlete is another topic.  What’s clear is that Johnny Football has no problem engaging adults in social media right back:

 

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Now, did Manziel get the better of those Twitter battles?  Yes, I think so.  Aside from the fact that he comes across as somewhat punkish by replying in the first place.

Once again, Aggie coach Kevin Sumlin looks ridiculously weak as his star continues to make national news for his Twitter activity.  At best social media is a distraction for Manziel.  Hell, he’s even admitted that.  While at worst his social media accounts are a ticking time bomb.

A&M’s quarterback is likely the same person now as he was this time a year ago (when he was getting arrested in connection with a fight and handing police officers fake IDs).  Now, however, everyone is watching.  And listening.  That wasn’t the case a year ago.  And darned if he doesn’t keep giving everyone things to watch and listen to.

Manziel’s song is getting a bit old for everyone who’s a) not an Aggie fan, b) not a college student, or c) not a media member who tries to appeal to college kids by celebrating everyone who’s a “rebel.”  Hey, some guys are rebels.  Some guys are just punks.  Where Manziel falls on that scale is somewhat murky.

Much of the time, the majority of Americans can be likened to a big group of grumpy old men.  That means today’s stars had better show a little respect to their elders every now and again.  They’d better not “act a fool” as a Alabama’s AJ McCarron so skillfully put it at SEC Media Days.

A&M’s quarterback is dangerously close to being told “Get off my lawn!” by the majority of US sports fans.  He went from zero to hero thanks to an incredible season that cannot be downplayed.  Twenty years from now, his 2012 groove will still be catchy, just like “Ice Ice Baby.”

But he’s forfeited a helluva lot of goodwill over the offseason with his brash behavior.  Instead of people pulling for him to improve on his last season, many will be pulling for him to get his comeuppance in 2013.  “Stick this in your TweetDeck and smoke it.”

Too much hype surrounding his debut effort.  Too much arrogance for Joe Public to stomach.

Vanilla Ice or Johnny Manziel?  Aggie fans — and those watching Johnny Football’s draft stock — had better hope the comparisons stop now.

 


28 comments
AndrewMartin
AndrewMartin

listen, he deserves some criticism for some behavior, but much of the Media Frenzy is pure speculation and rumor. This site should focus on good journalistic facts more than hype. Mr. SEC is and should not be like some media sources trying to stir the pot to make a buck. It just seems like that is what is happening even though it probably isn't . Just sayin.

AndrewMartin
AndrewMartin

John, the stories about Maziel are getting old. It seems like you have a personal issue with him. Regardless of what happens this season, he has brought much good to SEC. Time to stop judging him about things that may happen in future and recent past. Why are writing about stuff that hasn't happened yet? Your site and reporting has always been better than that!!!

Tusk
Tusk

A commenter here who previously told someone "you don't like it, don't read it", now tells the owner of the blog what not to write.  Too funny.

Eagle78
Eagle78

John, here is another news story that just hit the wire.  OMG -- Its another Johnny Manziel scandal!  Here ya go:

Source: ReputableBlog.com

quote:Waco, TX – Texas A&M Star Johnny Manziel was driving through Waco today when he stopped at a Valero Gas Station to use the restroom. Eyewitness reports are that Manziel used the handicap stall to relieve himself. According to Brian Talbot, a 2003 cum-laude graduate of the Baylor Business school, who cleans the restroom: “Yeah, Johnny used the handicap stall to take a dump, there weren’t any handicap people waiting, but what if there were?” Talbot also added: “and he used up way too much toilet paper!” Early reports are unclear whether Manziel flushed or not. 

This is another scandal in the seemingly endless line of scandals proving the Manziel might be a danger to himself and society. ESPN’s Mark May recently explained that: “He is bringing shame to the game.” May was unavailable for further comment due to a personal vacation to Pittsburg. ESPN will scrap their regularly scheduled programming tonight to hold a roundtable broadcast to discuss this latest scandal. Stay tuned for further updates. 

tbear57
tbear57

May 25 2013.

"Texas A&M is breaking in a new coach, a new pass happy offense and a new quarterback. All in the west division. Ouch. That won't be easy especially considering the fact that Kevin Sumlin still says any one of four different guys could start at QB. Show me a team with multiple good quarterbacks and I'll show you a team that doesn't have a GREAT quarterback."

Pass Happy? 43% of total yards on 533 attempts on the ground vs 492 pass attempts. Yes, Johnny Football was the man,                                       No GREAT quarterback? Which award was he eligible for that he did not win?

It is nice that the Ags finally matter enough to garner some ink and I hope the results of the reporting on Manziel Mania are as accurate as the 2012 pre-season analysis. Ain't it a pain that this electronic media stuf can follow a guy around?

Gig Em!

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

Happened to catch a new house flipping show on HGTV recently and lo and behold, the head contractor was none other than Mr. Robert Van Winkle himself.  Apparently, he does good work.

At his current rate, in ten years, Manziel's TV appearances may be limited to episodes of Cops.

alamoaggie08
alamoaggie08

i will continue to laugh at every media member and hater out there that says johnny's typical college-boy behavior will hurt his on-field performance until he actually sets foot on the field and starts losing. all these assumptions that his performance will be hurt without actually seeing him play for 8 months is ridiculous and quite frankly, the only reason media members are writing such crap is they're praying his performance will suffer so they can point back to earlier work and praise themselves with an "i told you so". as far as this tim tebow standard people now claim to carry, heck it's getting to the point the media is trying to hold johhny to a higher standard than the president of the united states. he's not out there making news over stuff like sexual assult, rape, murder, drugs, brawls, etc like so many others are on a daily basis. if he is considered the line-crossed of how college athletes should be behave, then our country is in some deep trouple and might as well boot 75% of all college athletes out of their respective programs, because johnny's acting no different than the majority of all college students and athletes, he just has the spotlight on him because he won an award.

Warhead
Warhead

That's nice and all, Colonel, but the truth is — Manziel is not a typical college kid. Is it fair? No. Is it the price he pays for being good, winning the Heisman, dating hotties, etc.? Yes. When you're under the microscope you have — HAVE — to be smarter than this. There are ways to have fun without being stupid. All of this focus and talk about Manziel has been his party life, not what he's doing to get better, build team chemistry, etc. Is he doing those things? Maybe, but we sure as heck don't know about it. And at the first sign on trouble the Aggies have this year, guess what's going to be brought up. It will be interesting to see how his teammates — and Manziel — responds. I'm guessing it's not going to be pretty.

ColonelRodimus
ColonelRodimus

Manziel is just being a typical college kid.   The standard the media tries to hold him to is ridiculous.  There are thousands of other college athletes out there doing the same thing or worse but they choose to pick on the Heisman winner naturally.  Nothing more than bullying someone for being human.....Heisman or not.

hoglin
hoglin

Remember the good ol' days when people could have unpublished thoughts?  I am tired of these kids plastering themselves out there where we can all "enjoy" their idiocy with them.  I don't blame twitter for Manziel looking like a goober... I just blame twitter for always being reminded of it.  I was once decent friends with a Razorback football player that was a total tool, nowadays that information isn't reserved for close acquaintances.  Manziel news "grabs a hold of me tightly, flow like a harpoon daily and nightly, will it ever stop?!"  By the way, LOVE the Vanilla Ice this morning John (& 5LittlePiggies).

Rex_Feral
Rex_Feral

I see more of the Jim Carey version of Vanilla Ice.

5LittlePiggies
5LittlePiggies

Sorry, was in Middle School when this song came out, so I know it all too well.  However, there are too many Ice Ice baby references for Johnny Manziel to pass up!!

5LittlePiggies
5LittlePiggies

Rollin', in my 5.0 with the ragtop down so my hair can blow.  The girlies on standby waiting just to say hi. "Did you stop?" No, I just drove by.  

5LittlePiggies
5LittlePiggies

Love it or leave it, you better gain way.  You better hit bull's eye, the kid don't play.

5LittlePiggies
5LittlePiggies

Will it ever stop? Yo, I don't know.  Turn off the lights and I'll glow.

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

@AndrewMartin 

Those are some ugly accusations.  They also happen to be crap.

Check when I've written about Manziel in the last couple of weeks.  After he left the Manning Passing Academy... which made national news.  When he went to court and settled up his arrest from a year ago... which made national news.  When he When he spoke at SEC Media Days... which made national news.  And yesterday following video that he'd gone to a University of Texas party and been tossed out (on video) and that he'd once again gone a tweeting spree... which -- wait for it -- made national news.

We cover the SEC.  It's very rare that an SEC-related story gets coverage across the country and we choose to ignore it.  In fact, it doesn't happen.  As a site that covers the SEC, it's our "assignment," if you will to keep our readers abreast of what's going on.

The article above was a statement that everyone outside of A&M is getting tired of Manziel making national news.  So, tired of the Manziel stories are ya?  So am I.  So is everyone.  But he keeps making national news.

You missed the entire point of the story.  You then posted false claims about the site.  And you ignored the fact that I've never written a piece about Manziel's off-field behavior or tweets... when his off-field behavior and tweets haven't made national news first.

Thanks for reading,

John

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

@tbear57 

It's a more of a pain when people who DON'T have their every prediction trail them on the web complain.  I make predictions all the time (no one quotes the correct ones, of course)... and that prediction is one I'd make nine times out of 10.  When schools don't know who their quarterback is going to be, more often than not you wind up with a poor rotation.  Played the odds and was wrong.  If you could point me to the site where you predicted last May that Johnny Manziel would win the Heisman, I'd be more impressed.

Glad to put my stuff out there and sign my name to it... tbear57.

Thanks for reading,
John

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

@alamoaggie08 

I would only say that he is in the spotlight everyday because he turns the light on himself.  What other athlete was booted/got dehydrated/booked too thick a schedule/left the Manning Passing Academy?  What other athlete tweeted that he can't wait to leave his current school?  What other player got on Twitter and allowed himself to get dragged into a number of back-and-forths with fans of other schools AND with two of the biggest college football writers in the country?

Alabama freshman Dee Liner has never won a Heisman.  He's never played a down.  Yet he made news today by flashing a photo of himself and some pals holding wads of cash.  This is not because Manziel won the Heisman.  All college athletes live in the spotlight.  With cell phone cameras now part of our daily world, any move they make can be plastered on the internet.  That's a tough break.  But they have to be wise enough to realize that fact.  Granted, that part's not easy.

But when athletes bring attention to themselves via social media, well, that's literally asking for it.

Manziel may well tear up the SEC again this year.  I, for one, don't think he'll turn into a pumpkin at the strike of midnight.  But at the same time, if I were a fan of the Aggies, I'd be nervous as hell that my best player could easily cause some sort of distraction this year with his off-field behavior or his propensity for self-inflicted social media wounds.  And if he does, you better believe I and others will say, "Told you so."

Thanks as always for reading the site.  And here's hoping A&M's QB never earns that "told you so."

John

ColonelRodimus
ColonelRodimus

@Warhead All good points, if Manziel can win the current media circus surrounding him is nil.

tbear57
tbear57

Love the site. Love reading the posts. Love the conversations. Love the SEC. Love the Aggies. Let's play football!

aggiejosh1
aggiejosh1

@John at MrSEC @alamoaggie08 While I am not thrilled with many of Johnny's off-field actions ans would love for him to tone it down, the media hypocrisy is far more disgusting.  You position yourself as a journalist, but distort facts in order to perpetuate a storyline that you then claim to hate.  For example, the Mannings have said more than once than every year there are college QBs that leave their camp early - you then suggest this never happens.  You ask what other athlete has ever said he can't wait to leave his current school, but fail to point out that Johnny hasn't done that either - he tweeted about leaving College Station over frustration with a parking ticket.  The actual honest comparison would be to ask how many have gotten a ticket and made a frustrated comment about it....and I bet that would be most of us.  You then rip him for getting in a twitter war with "two of the biggest college football writers in the country" as if they are somehow gods of intellectual acceptability, but fail to point out or criticize that two of the biggest college football writers in the country just got in a twitter fight with a college kid.

Furthermore, your Vanilla Ice analogy doesn't work so nice journalism.  People got tired of his song being played ad nauseum, not of his off stage or off radio actions.  When people get tired of Johnny's actions on the actual football field, then you will have an analogy that isn't logically flawed.

alamoaggie08
alamoaggie08

@John at MrSEC@alamoaggie08 so twitter and wads of cash are your biggest complaint about players in general? i hate to break it to you, but if you can't stand that it's time for another profession, because it's the dawning of a new era in technology, and unfortunately for johhny he's on the front end of it. you better be prepared to worry about more players than him. several other heisman winners from old have commented how are grateful they are that social media and internet wasn't around when they were in college because they would have been busted for all the same reasons, if not more. johnny's not first and won't be the last to tie the media's willies in a knot over something other than crime, so get used to it. he is also not THE problem with college football or athletics in general as some (especially on ESPN) has made him out to be. yeah he's capable being a twerp, but so are many other kids his age. THE problem with college athletics are crime and drugs, neither of which are johhny's problems but have been for many others.

let's look at the SEC's previous "bad boys" before johnny. there was tyrann mathieu and his drug addiction that got him kicked off LSU and into rehab, and even now in the NFL it's not entirely clear if he's completely cured. before him there was aaron hernandez. he semi-avoided the bad spotlight overall then (if only because of lack of evidence), but it's coming to light that urban meyer wasn't his "savior" as he had hoped and even today new murder cases have come up with him as a "person of interest". he already looks bad for florida and meyer, but if he was caught earlier it would have been much worse for them and the SEC's image in general. There's also currently assaulter Jeremy Hill whom I'd imagine is and will get his fair share of scrutiny should he ever return. those are just a few examples off the top of my head, but if you had to pick between "bad boys" johnny and those three guys, who would you prefer to be around as a coach, teammate, friend, fellow student, or whatever?johhny may bring it on himself due to his social accounts, but what has he done to be criticized so much by the media and considered the " cancer of the sport" over so many others who are much worse people in general?

tbear57
tbear57

Oh, my predictions. Johnny has a great year but no Heisman. Too much baggage.

Aggies go 11-1, win the west (Bama or LSU on the loss, pick em), beat Georgia in the championship and Ohio State for the last mythical national championship.

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

@aggiejosh1 @John at MrSEC @alamoaggie08

1.  Manziel left that camp after what he termed a mutual decision.  I don't recall the Mannings ever stating that any of those other early-departees were ever asked to leave.  If you can name another time that's happened -- and that stories of drinking and dehydration and scheduling had been mixed in -- your point will mean a bit more.

2.  If you don't think there's anything unusual about a college football player tweeting that he can't wait to get out his current place of residence -- which obviously means leaving the school, too, unless he wants to chopper in and out on gameday -- that's your right.  But you might want to read the latest ESPN piece before you start suggesting that Manziel and his family love Texas A&M.

3.  I wrote the he got in a war with "two of the biggest college football writers in the country" because it was a stupid thing to do.  Not because they have any great intellect, but because a) it shows a lack of respect for adults, and b) because it guaranteed that this would become yet another Twitter-based story.  And it did.  Nationally.

4.  You are the type of fan who sees only what he wants to see.  There's what I write and there's what you read.  Example -- You said that I "fail to point out or criticize that two of the biggest college football writers in the country just got in a twitter fight with a college kid."  Actually, here's a sentence you chose not to read in the above column: "Whether adults in the media should have better things to do than tweeting nyah-nyahs at a college athlete is another topic."  

5.  Your last point is incorrect.  Vanilla Ice became the ultimate case of one-hit-wonder blowback because of his cocky behavior, his falsified bio, and his surliness when pressed about the bio.  Other one-hit-wonders have been mocked, but Hanson and the Baha Men haven't dealt with the negative fallout that Vanilla Ice did.  He had his hit, people got tired of hearing it, and he big-timed his way past joke status and right into jerk status.

When you're a fan who will go to any lengths to explain away any criticism of your team's star athlete, it's best not to bark too loudly about arguments that are "logically flawed."

Thanks for reading,

John


yerboyfloyd
yerboyfloyd

@alamoaggie08 @John at MrSEC   Good lord does Manziel have "trainwreck" written all over him this year.

I can't imagine they could set a point spread high enough that I won't bet against him vs. Bama.   

They're going to crush him like grapes under a vat full of Sicilian fatties.   SPLAT!!  Haw-Haw!! 

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

@alamoaggie08 @John at MrSEC 

Whenever I try to give someone a simple, friendly explanation of what they've missed in my story, it always blows up in my face.  Rather than reading it as an explanation, they take it as a rebuke.  For the millionth time, it's why I should stop trying to respond to our readers' comments and emails.

That said, here are some things in your post that I've never written, said or thought:


* My biggest complaint is twitter and wads of cash.  Nope.  Never said that.  Coaches who allow players to tweet and players who tweet photos of themselves with cash are problems -- note all the coverage that other story got nationally today -- but they're not the biggest problem.

* Didn't say anything about past Heisman winners, aside from the fact that today's players have to be aware of the spotlight they are in and act accordingly.  Have AJ McCarron or Aaron Murray brought as much attention on themselves via Twitter as Manziel has?  He literally asks for the spotlight.  I don't see how you can argue that.  That's just a fact.  

*  You run through a long list of other kids who I never brought up in the above post and who I've never compared Manziel to.... mainly because I've written about those people and those issues when they were actually having those issues.  Manziel is the story of the offseason and most of it is because of his Twitter account.  He's cocky and that cockiness on Twitter is turning folks against him.  The comments under Manziel stories last fall were "Wow, he's something!"  Now the comments from rival fans are usually criticisms.  If you don't care, that's fine.  But please don't suggest that Manziel Fatigue hasn't set in.

*  Bringing attention on himself -- which makes people who once liked him tire of him a la Vanilla Ice -- doesn't make him a "bad boy" and it certainly doesn't make him "the cancer of the sport."  I never came close to writing that and I've never heard anyone else say that.  That's a complete and total misrepresentation of what I wrote. 


But I'll run up the white flag.  Johnny Manziel is a prince among men and there's nothing for you or any other Aggie fans to worry about... aside from the mean ol' media, of course.  

I have to say, though, I have been down this very road before.  Last year Tennessee fans sounded EXACTLY like you when they said Tyler Bray just threw a beer bottle and hotdogged a little on a jet ski.  "Big deal!"  It was all just the media blowing up normal kid-like behavior.

Unfortunately, Bray wasn't much of a leader during the season and despite having a big arm... he went completely undrafted.  Apparently NFL scouts care a little something about what goes on outside the lines.  And with the Aaron Hernandez story out there, I'd think that'll be even more the case moving forward.  

I know, I know, the distractions caused by Manziel can't/won't carry over the way that Bray's did.  It's an impossibility.  

Manziel is honestly a phenomenal talent (as I wrote dozens of times last fall).  But everyone outside of College Station is tired of hearing about him.  And THAT was the point of the piece.

Thanks for reading,

John

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