Slow news week. But somehow, we’re less than 100 days away from the start of the NBA season and NFL training camp will be in full swing by the end of this week.
Over at Rolling Stone, I wrote about Johnny Manziel and how being a celebrity before you pay your dues as an athlete means you’re sure to get all the vitriol in the world. Also, Ray Allen dressed up as a Chinese archer? Sure, why not.
As a complete aside, I’m three episodes into “The Leftovers” and enjoying it very much. I promised myself I’d never get back into a relationship with Damon Lindelof, but here I am again.
Anyways, excerpt is below, you can read the whole piece here. Thanks.
From current players to Hall of Famers, everyone has an opinion on how Manziel. He hasn’t paid his dues. He doesn’t respect the game. He’s arrogant. He’s just 21, let him be 21. How do you solve a problem like Johnny Football? Apparently by talking it to death.
Sadly, both sides seem to have valid points. Yes, Manziel should tone down his uncanny ability to create a headline every week, if only because teammates and coaches may get tired of defending him. No, Manziel has not disrespected the game or crossed the line, he’s simply a modern-day celebrity, being covered as intensely as you would expect.
Don’t worry, you’ll wish Tim Tebow was back by the time training camp coverage of Johnny Football is done. Oh, by the way, since we brought him up, Tebow’s staying inshape for a comeback. Prepare yourselves, football fans.