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Raging Debate: Does A&M’s Manziel Have A Longhorn Tattoo?

Ah, the things we worry about in this society.

Yesterday a photo of a shirtless Johnny Manziel revealed that the Texas A&M quarterback has a tattoo of the Texas Longhorns’ logo on his ribcage.

Mouths gaped.  Clocks stopped.  Twitter boomed.

 

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Only, Manziel says the tattoo — and here’s another photo of it — is fake.  As in temporary.  Ah, that wacky kid.  A&M’s Heisman-winner actually grew up a Texas fan but if he says the tattoo is fake, we’ll take his word for it.

However.

The website that initially posted the photo — BustedCoverage.com — takes Manziel to task for the photo:

 

“If you don’t want to blow up blogs, go to Cabo and avoid henna (tattoos).  Otherwise, we’re splashing your ass all over the internet.

Don’t cry to newspaper writers that you can’t be a normal college student who takes classes on campus.  Don’t cry to ESPN that you can’t live a normal life because of the ‘microscope.’

Again, you put a UT Longhorn henna on your abs and it’s on.”

 

OK.  But isn’t the fact that a third-year college student can’t pose for photos with friends or fans without America freaking out over a joke tattoo exactly what the term “living under a microscope” describes?

Manziel isn’t camera shy and everyone with a web connection knows it.  But if a college kid can’t do the spring break thing like his teammates and fellow students without a website threatening to splash his “ass all over the internet,” that would seem to suggest that, yup, Johnny Football “can’t be a normal college student” anymore.

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Yo, Aggie Fans, You Can’t Complain About ‘Horn Fans If You Act Like ‘Em

Since Texas A&M joined the SEC, Aggie-backers have told tale upon tale of the evils of the Texas Longhorns.  Their athletics program, their network, their fans.

A few Horns have, of course, also come to our site to post attacks against A&M, as well.  To be blunt, it all seems really quite silly.

But Aggie fans will need to pipe down a bit about Texas fans if they were behind a string of pro-TAMU messages recently spray-painted across the University of Texas’ campus in Austin.  We say if because when a pro-A&M taunt aimed at Florida appeared in billboard form in Gainesville back in September, Aggie fans immediate claimed it had to be the work of a Texas fan who wanted to make A&M look bad.  The school itself tracked down the person(s) behind the board and had it taken down, but the school never released — to my knowledge — any information about who actually posted that billboard.

And if it had really been a Texas fan or booster group behind the sign, we’re guessing A&M officials would have pointed that out pretty dang quickly.

At any rate, the messages left on the campus of the Big XII’s UT included such Aggie-centric phrases as “Howdy,” “gig ‘em,” “farmer’s fight,” “atm” and, of course, “SEC.”

One message also read, “Do you miss us yet?”

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NBA Investigating Jay-Z’s Visit Into Kentucky Locker Room

The NBA is investigating a visit into the Kentucky locker room by rapper Jay-Z after the Wildcats’ win over North Carolina on Sunday.

Jay-Z, who is a part-owner of the New Jersey Nets, celebrated with Kentucky players after they defeated North Carolina to advance to the Final Four.

This appears to be a rules violation because the NBA prohibits team personnel from having contact with players who are not yet eligible.

A similar incident occurred in 2007 when Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge sat during a game with the mother of then Texas Longhorns star Kevin Durant. Ainge was fined $30,000 for the excessive contact.

As for Kentucky, this will probably be another recruiting tool for coach John Calipari. Actress Ashley Judd is a fixture at Wildcats games, and NBA star LeBron James and rapper Drake have both attended Kentucky games to offer their support in the past.

Jay-Z’s appearance certainly got the Kentucky players excited.

I said, ‘Oh, that’s Jay-Z!‘” freshman forward Terrence Jones said. “We all gave him a handshake and he came in the locker room, and we just kept screaming ‘Jay-Z in the locker room!’ He congratulated us, just said he was proud of us.”

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Don’t Bet On It!: Week Twelve College Football National Game of Disinterest

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Although some wags see it differently, I have not yet declared this week’s national game of disinterest. Although I have gone around the SEC and highlighted the national games of interest, I am only just getting around to identifying the weekend’s least intriguing college football contest. This Saturday, that dubious honor is conferred upon . . .

Florida Atlantic Owls at Texas Longhorns

After this week’s podcast, you might think my reference to the Sun Belt squad from Fort Lauderdale is just an excuse to use the abbreviation “FAU” as a vulgar expression of my attitude toward the Georgia Bulldogs’ oldest rival, but the Owls’ appearance here largely reflects the mismatch that is evident any time a team from the weakest of the Division I-A conferences travels to take on an elite program from a league whose champion automatically qualifies for a spot in the Bowl Championship Series.

Here’s what makes this weekend’s matchup in Austin so singularly awful, though: Florida Atlantic has a better record than Texas.

It’s true. The Owls are 4-5 overall and 3-3 in Sun Belt play. The Longhorns are 4-6 overall and 2-5 in Big 12 play. Saturday’s game pits an FAU squad that is playing about like you’d expect against a Burnt Orange outfit that is worse than any of us possibly could have imagined a Mack Brown-coached club being.

Frankly, I’m embarrassed for both teams about the whole deal. Since I can’t pretend the game isn’t taking place, my next-best option is to declare it the national game of disinterest and refuse to pick it on general principle.

Go ‘Dawgs!


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