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.
Once 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.
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:
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.