The Rose-Colored Glasses of Life

By Ramzy Nasrallah on July 30, 2013 at 11:30a
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It's a bar room classic: A man who has been drinking for several hours abruptly vomits all over himself. "Man," he slurs shamefully while looking at the mess he has made, "my wife is going to kill me."

The bartender, complicit in the soiling of the man's shirt, offers his advice. "Take $20 out of your wallet and put it in your shirt pocket," he suggests, "and then tell her some sloppy drunk accidentally threw up on you and gave you money for dry cleaning." The man thinks the plan has potential, transfers the money to his shirt pocket and proceeds to stumble home.

His wife is waiting for him as he enters the house. "What on earth!" She shouts. "Look at you! You're covered in vomit!"

He quickly soothes her anger while reaching into his shirt pocket. "Honey, some sloppy drunk at the bar threw up on me," he says with his eyes closed as he struggles to be articulate, "and here - he even gave me $20 for dry cleaning."

She takes the money from his hand. "But there's $40 here," she says.

"Oh right," says the man. "He also shit my pants."

It's a funny joke mostly because it's someone else's pants. Had our bar room protagonist been your college acquaintance instead of an imaginary married man, he would be Najeh Davenport one of the many drunken tales from your university years that you still tell today. Bad decisions make the best stories.

However, had he been a present-day college athlete he would receive less laughter and more scorn. Once the sun goes down, the high-profile sporty types aren't given quite as much latitude as their peers who wear their replica jerseys.

They can't just head out to bars, go to fraternity parties or indulge in a little social lubrication with friends and strangers without the strong possibility of being unfairly judged. That's their burden. It's the price of fishbowl fame.

Their behavior is not new, but our consumption of it and how it's handled has significantly changed: Forty years ago an unruly Buckeye would be quietly escorted by police directly to the home of Wayne Woodrow Hayes, largely because his punishment would be far more severe than whatever legal slap accompanied his misdemeanor.

AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH (belch) HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHTerrible shirt for a party. A Michigan hoops jersey? Really? via

Those transgressions used to happen in a vacuum but also afforded the same kind of anonymity that most everyone else enjoys when they're stupid, or even just inappreciably stupid.

Today Heisman winner Johnny Manziel can't even get turned away from a fraternity party without ESPN showing up to turn it into breaking news. He is unable to leave the Manning football camp early without getting the Taiwanese animation treatment.

Manziel exists at the confluence of our star-obsessed media and its annoying penchant for manufacturing stories. They can't wait to capture him in the act of finding trouble.

But as was the case with our bar room protagonist, he doesn't ride alone. His reliable sidekick is alcohol. In college?! Yes. In college.

Most of the player stories you dread hearing about during the offseason generally involve the college tradition of consuming fizzy fartwater. Carlos Hyde was at a bar when [muffled sounds; Internet shouting] happened two weekends ago. Bradley Roby was too.

Freshman Marcus Baugh was pinched on campus with a fake ID - an Ohio State football player with a fake ID, as if the average Columbus police officer doesn't already know his 40 time. Baugh was still not as ambitious as IU basketball starter Dane Fife back when he masqueraded as someone else in Bloomington, because no one is.

And last summer Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort made terrible headlines for participating in the Pee n' Flee scandal of 2012. Ten years earlier Steve Bellisari was losing his starting job to Craig Krenzel right before Senior Day for driving under the influence. Fifteen years before that, alcohol almost derailed Cris Carter's Hall of Fame career before it started.

So what's changed? College kids definitely don't imbibe more now than they did in the past - in Columbus, students have been joyously drinking to old Ohio 'til they wobble in their shoes since 1906. Alcohol has provided a temporary and welcome departure from critical thinking for generations. This is not news. Our virulent obsession with it is new.

Say "Aaron Craft on my back patio!" [click]Bruce Pearl did this regularly and the Internet didn't crash.

The business of college football specifically has grown exponentially, which has inflated our access to it, which in turn has shaped our scrutiny. Sports fans have become the lamest voyeurs this side of Hollywood, and that metamorphosis has only accelerated over the past decade. It isn't slowing, either.

Consider that Bellisari's arrest - at the height of the season - was dwarfed in news coverage by the arrests of Stoneburner and Mewhort in the darkest depths of their offseason. How will Urban respond? Will he send a message to his team? How could they have been so reckless to...pee like that?

First-year coach Jim Tressel faced a miniscule fraction of that scrutiny ahead of suspending his starting quarterback for the rest of the 2001 regular season, and it's not as though he hadn't just assumed the helm of a roster void of character issues either.

Mewhort and Stoney drank at a golf tournament, urinated near a building and ran from a cop. It made national news. Google their names over a year later and every one of the results on the first six pages is from that night.

It's easy to just attribute the Manziel obsession to ESPN manufacturing another Tebowesque reality show, and college football's caretaker is as complicit in making that script succeed as Manziel is: He has the audacity to be unsatisfied with just sitting on his couch playing video games. He goes places.

The narrative with Manziel is that he's a serial partier. Despite his "condition" he's going to be just fine, as are the vast majority of serial partiers that ESPN isn't obsessively covering. His crime is that he's trying to be normal when he's not.

Forty years ago an unruly Buckeye would be quietly escorted by police directly to the home of Wayne Woodrow Hayes.F. Scott Fitzgerald was already famous when he toasted alcohol as the 'rose-colored glasses of life'. That wasn't an endorsement for alcoholism or serial recklessness, nor is this. It's a plea to embrace social equilibrium that unplugs the rigors of academic life for a few hours every week.

That doesn't mean you shouldn't still appreciate when a player gets belligerently drunk, naked and arrested for trying to tackle police officers - because that peculiar brand of nocturnal brilliance earns its place on the marquee. It does mean - at risk of channeling Terrelle Pryor - that everyone gets kicked out of fraternity bangers, sleeps through their alarms, parties with you, parties with me, whatever. And that's the healthiest reaction: Whatever.

These kids are the same as they've always been. We are the ones who have shit our pants.

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steensn's picture

I'll just leave this right here from the Monday Skull Session:

I think Manziel winning the Heisman again sets a bad precedent for kids:
1) Get caught with fake ID and underage drinking, booked by police, no consequences, get the starting QB spot 1 month later.
2) Announce you are taking only online classes because you are too famous for campus.
3) Tweet you can't wait to leave your college.
4) Get caught underage drinking without any recourse (here, here, here, here, here (NSFW), etc ...) and even lying about it.
5) Get's booted from UT frat party for being underage.
6) What else am I missing?
In all that he has gone through, he has received ZERO verbal public reprimands, ZERO missed games, ZERO consequences. It's disappointing to se all this go on, him still receive public support, and other QB's who have done as much or more without any drama are hated more. Kid is either going to flame out (due to arrogance leading to bad decision making) or he is going to have to change his ways.

Linked in original post: http://www.elevenwarriors.com/2013/07/24067/monday-skull-session#comment...
My issue is not his drinking, it is how he goes about it with no repercussions. Almost all of your examples lost playing time, Manziel has lost none...

hit_the_couch's picture

I don't know how true/ credible it is. but a couple years ago I heard a few high profile analysts/ Heisman voters say that voters just don't really want to see a repeat winner anymore.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Haybucks's picture

As Mark Emmert in his best French accent might say (from today's skull Session),
"This is the Heisman from the SEC!" "I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries."

I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
- Edward Gibbon
 

Boxley's picture

Brilliant post Steensn, on par with your usual contributions

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

buckeyepastor's picture

Agree with this 1000%.   I don't care that Manziel likes to go to parties.  I care that he shows disregard for his team and his school in the process, and that there are no consequences.   What's more, say what you will about ESPN fanning the flames of controversy over it, have they even once called out A&M about it.   UFM is treated as an accessory to murder by ESPN and others with the Aaron Hernandez case, and yet I have heard nothing about anyone calling out Sumlin about Manziel.   Not saying Manziel has murdered anyone - nothing of the sort.  But what Manziel is doing is happening on Sumlin's watch.  

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

droessl's picture

Had never heard that joke before. Thanks Ramzy!  Also, what's the situational bourbon for reading the over-coverage of Manziel's enjoyment of Keystone? 

causeicouldntgo43's picture

That would be Angels Envy..............

hit_the_couch's picture

Belasari should have been benched long before. That was his second DUI, and he blew like .240 or something. Not to mention, he sucked at QB.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Oldschoolbuck's picture

Can you imagine being taken to the Hayes' domicile by the cops at, oh, let's say 1:00 AM?!
Talk about sh***ing your pants!!
As for Johnny... Don't care!

d1145fresh's picture

Love this article. While I enjoy the world we live in I also understand it is a very different world than 5 years ago with the explosion of social media and technology. Manziel is a college kid who is very good at football. He deserved to win the Heisman last year and I hate the fact that every move he makes is front page of ESPN and other sports news outlets. And for those who say he is sullying the honor of the Heisman. I think there are a few other people who have ruined that reputation well before Johnny Football was playing. See here, or here. Bottom line is get use to realizing our favorite athletes are not always the best people in the world. Some are asshats some are great guys it is just now we are going to know every detail of their lives until we stop caring enough to have the sports media world stop reporting it.

German Buckeye's picture

And yet 11W writer DJ thinks its cool for him to act this way and encourages him to continue to piss off people.  I don't agree, and as Dan Patrick frequently says, you are free to say and do whatever you want, but you are also free to receive the consequences of what you say and do.  Probably doubles for celebrities/athletes. 

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Guilty as charged. I don't mind if Johnny Football literally (yes - I just used that word) shits his pants a few times and has a great time doing it. On the other hand, I hope Braxton enjoys nightly Bible studies...............

Buckeyeneer's picture

As I said in another thread, I have no problem with him doing what other kids are doing but be smart about it. Carry a red solo cup (any opaque cup will do) with him. He could also try to not go out of his way to antagonize people. Again, if I had his potential I would act like I had something to lose.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes
THE Ohio State University

Catch 5's picture

If it was a one-time thing it would not be as big a problem, but it is every week lately.  He gets the honor of being a counselor at a very prestigeous football camp and gets sent home for his behavior, he gets turned away from a frat party at his school's #1 historical rival the week before camp starts (Is Braxton out partying in Michigan right now?), and it is coming out now that his parents are concerned about his drinking and how he uses abuses it.  These are not good signs - these are not traits you want from a guy that thousands of kids look up to as a role model (whether he likes it or not).  I will be surprised if he plays every game - I won't be surprised if he loses his starting job at some point this year.
As an aside, yes lots of 20-yr old kids drink.  That doesn't make it right.  Regardless of how many people participate in an illegal activity, it doesn't make it legal - and anyone who boldly and openly flaunts this is a problem to me.  I'm tired of everyone dismissing his drinking as nothing and scoffing when discussing it being against the law.  Breaking the law should never be dismissed as no big deal - especially with kids.  This does not set a healthy precedent for our society.

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

tennbuckeye19's picture

catch 5 - As a Bama fan, how much are you looking forward to September 14th? 

Catch 5's picture

Hard to quantify.  I have explained before that I like respect Auburn as our rival.  I don't wish ill upon them for the most part (Cam Newton notwithstanding).  I absolutely HATE Tennessee - they could go 0-12 every year and I would do nothing but laugh.  The best description of how much I want that game is that I would rather lose to the Vols than to A&M this year. 

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

45has2's picture

A douche is a douche, is a douche. I don't care if he is the Heisman winner, a random frat boy from Chicago or the GA teaching Chem II. Johnny Hangover appears to be winning the King Of Douches contest hands down. By the way, isn't attending pro sporting events free of charge benefitting from being a NCAA athlete? Or, what about trademarking the name "Johnny Football"? Oh, that's right, the AssEC model of having all payments go to your parents. Comparing The King Of Douches to Mewhort, Stoney and Baugh is unfair until or unless Jack and Marcus rinse and repeat 5 more times. Yes, we now live in a "gotcha" society and everyone is armed with a smart video camera that can instantly upload to the web. Is that breaking news? Stupid is as stupid does, Forest. How many idiot criminals need to post videos of themselves committing crimes before others learn from the criminally stupid? Mark Steubenville down for a double dose of doltness.
Everyone makes mistakes, yes. However, when you keep repeating the same mistake and expect a different outcome you are insane or........you're THE KING OF DOUCHES.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

aboynamedtracy's picture

But what's his mistake? He riles up the media... so what? He obviously doesn't care and I laud him for that.
He's not getting into any real trouble here. I mean, I don't personally care for the kid at all, but I don't get all of these judgmental diatribes. There are a lot of douches out there, and he may be one. But I am no more / less concerned about him than any of the others.

45has2's picture

He's ripping the media because they rip him. Why does the media rip him? Because he's The King Of Douches.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

Boxley's picture

I think Justin Beiber is giving him a run for hi$ money.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

nw_ohio_Buckeye's picture

Good article Ramzy...I'm the father of an incoming OSU freshman and can see both sides (doesn't mean I agree with both sides.) I "mis-spent" volumes of my youthful energy and paid the consequences for some, but very little of it. Johnny Football aside (I personally think he's got to know he's in the limelight and like it or not it is the current price of fame) I think it is an issue of balance. I try to share with my kids that college should be a blast and yes, they are going to drink and sometimes drink a lot. However, the world has changed. While they were in high school we warned that "times, they are a changin." In my day if we got picked up you might be in trouble with the law or the law might ring your doorbell waking your father. Today it IS different. An underage drinking charge, misdemeanor for "TPing", or low-level "hippy lettuce" pinch can cost you university admission, scholarship offers, job offers and more. I don't agree with it but it is current reality. Kids making a few bad decisions are paying a HUGE price. I agree with you that alcohol should be a welcome respite for a few hours from the rigors of academia. However, for my son, pursuing Bio-medical engineering with the "smartest" incoming freshmen class in OSU history is going require focus. And in order to focus he's going to need "down time" and yes, some partying. It just has to be kept in balance and perspective. Challenge is how many of us understood balance or perspective at that age. Oh hell, I don't know...going to get a beer!

"The minute I think I'm getting mellow, I'm retiring. Who ever heard of a mellow winner?" ~ Woody Hayes 

NW Buckeye's picture

Great write up Ramzy.  Yes, times have changed considerably since I was in school - '74 graduate.  The magnifying glass has become much larger and more encompassing over the years.  It now seems that any little indiscretion comes into public focus with amazing speed.  Call it a thirst for information, or a social media curiosity that has thrust this see all / know all mentality upon the masses.  The fact is that it is there, and any little transgression gets thrust upon us with amazing speed and speculation. 
However, not every transgression is treated the same.  We hear an amazing amount of bad news coming from tOSU at what seems like light speed.  Heck, as you mention, players can't even piss in an alley without it becoming national news within hours of the incident.  And it seems like all the bad news is associated with a police blotter.  There seems to be no place to hide in Columbus.  These transgressions are very frustrating to the average fan, and they should be.  We all know that kids will be kids, but c'mon man!  How hard can it be to not throw a punch at a bouncer, not slap a girl in a bar, don't piss in an alley, don't shoot a bb gun out a dorm window..... the list goes on.  Yet, in each instance, punishment, in both the public sector and the team sector has been forth coming.  We can all see what these players have had to endure at the hands of the law and the coaches. 
Manziel, on the other hand, brings on all the media reports (or at least most of them) all on his own.  He posts his own shenanigans on social media sites.  And, there seems to be very little in the way of repercussions for his actions.  We hear that Sumlin was considering suspending him before last season but, had a change of heart and kept him in the fold to be his starter - no inkling of any suspension on or off the field.  There are numerous instances and reports of him drinking and partying like an animal all underage, yet no police blotter arrests or incidents.  He posts his shenanigans time and time again, and when a few people (like the fraternity) step up to call him out for what he is, he throws a temper tantrum and says he just can't wait to leave College Station.  Manziel brings all this on himself.  Yes, the media picks up on it and spreads the word quickly (not with the light speed of OSU's trangressions).  And, yet he seems to be bullet proof when it comes to participation in school or football.  Most of us know that if any OSU player exhibited the kind of behavior that is commonplace for Manziel there would be consequences - our players get arrested, suspended, dismissed from the team even.  Yet Manziel seems to have an open ticket for similar transgressions.  
You mention the Baugh incident - an incoming Freshman who used a fake ID only to be recognized by our esteemed CPD.  Can you honestly tell me that Manziel would not be recognized in the venues he chooses for his underage drinking?  Yet, no one gets in trouble in College Station.  
You want to know why so many people are disgusted with Manziel?  He does get special treatment.  Maybe it is the way it used to be a long time ago for him, but the rest of the world has changed, and at least in Columbus players are held accountable for their actions.  Manziel is only  being held accountable for his actions in the eye of public opinion.  And, that needs to change. 

German Buckeye's picture

Stopped reading after the second line of 2nd paragraph - you probably wrote some really interesting, relevant comments, but man, don't have time to read books for replies. 

AndyVance's picture

...but I did have time to reply that I didn't have time to read your comment.

Oldschoolbuck's picture

Brilliant, Andy!
Definitely gets an upvote.

Jdadams01's picture

Not every kid drinks himself senseless all the time. I hate that mentality, just like it's cousin, "boys will be boys". Do most college kids who party a lot turn out alright? Sure. Do most famous athletes who are on ESPN every day with heavy drinking problems turn out alright? I'm sure that's a lot lower percentage. Johnny Manziel is not just like every other kid. His life will be nothing like 99% of his peers. He will forever be known where ever he goes, have opportunities almost no one else does, and have his life documented by people who get paid to spread "news". However much some of us want to say, "let the kid be a kid!", it will never happen thanks to his celebrity status. Not because of his alcoholism, but because he is a famous football player. Let's stop acting like he needs the sympathy.

Catch 5's picture

Amen.

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

Boxley's picture

I wonder what people will say, when this kid either OD's or kills himself and/or someone else by driving (DUI) while he is partying without consequences.  His coach and the school and his parents, ares setting him up for failure by not stepping on him now.
The blame game will be very loud and clear and lawsuits a, flying whne this happens, and it will at the rate he is progressing. We have seen it time and again with famous young people without a mentor to offer them guidance, Crash and burn is coming, and a lot of people who "love" him are to blame. Enabler's all.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

AtlGABuckeye's picture

 i do not see how his school and fans do not view him as an embarrassment.  His arrogance is pretty epic.  Heisman or not.  Archie won it twice and he never acted like this...

"Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice.

Oldschoolbuck's picture

Archie was always just "Archie from Columbus", even after he won his first Heisman.

Grayskullsession's picture

I see three things when I look at Mr. Manziel:

  1. Hes immature
  2. Hes an attention whore
  3. He enjoys his adult beverages

Is he annoying? YES. Does he deserved to be criticized for this? Not really. You know how to make someone like Manziel go away? IGNORE HIM. As long as the mediots and stupid fans keep tweeting him and writing a new article about him everyday he will continue to act this way. He loves the attention and we keep feeding him.
 

"if irony were made of strawberries, we' d all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now."

Poison nuts's picture

Whatever will be my response & always has been. I won't do the Direct TV mock up I did a while back on a Manziel thread, all I'll say about him is that I hope he doesn't break (or tie) Archie's record. He doesn't play at OSU so I don't have much interest in him except for that. I just hope he drinks before each game this season - is that so wrong?

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

BuddhaBuck's picture

Really wanted to click that Bruce Pearl photo in hopes of seeing the Volunteer girls in more pixels...

Don't text while driving.

harleymanjax's picture

It's 1:40pm and I still want to drop the people's elbow on Johnny Football
 
AND M*CHIGAN STILL SUCKS!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

AtlGABuckeye's picture

My coworker just excused himself to the bathroom "to take a manziel" 

"Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice.

GruberNubbins's picture

Is it bad that my favorite part about this article was the subtle mouse-over on the "I'm Fat - Let's Party" picture?  I guess we really don't mature past the age of 16, but then again, I've never seen a downside to that...
I will say this in response to the article though:  Had there been a camera on me every weekend when I was 20-21, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be proud of everything I did.  However, I think we need to separate judgment between dumb actions and violent actions.  Johnny Hangover is just a trainwreck that we can't stop looking at because it keeps getting thrown in our faces.  The Pee 'N Flee scandal was pretty much the same to me.  More of a joke than anything else.  No need to get upset about it.  Just sit back and relax...September is almost here...

JozyMozy's picture

Why do I keep reading about this guy on 11W? Christ, football season can't get here soon enough.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

In a way, Manziel is doing what many college kids his age, kids that are not famous athletes, do.  It is a part of the college experience.  As far as I know, his only crime is drinking underage...which, hey, if Marcus Baugh can get busted for it then so can Manziel. 
There are times when partying is OK, and other times when you shouldn't do it.  When you're invited to be an instructor at a QB camp held by the Manning family, that is not the time to be going out on the town and getting drunk, to the point where it affects your ability to fulfill your duties.  If you have a big midterm or a game the next day, you probably shouldn't be out partying.  Generally, though, it's probably not that big of a deal, and I don't really need to hear about it when it happens.  I don't care that he got kicked out of a UT frat party (though I made fun of the concept of him going to a rival school's frat party on another thread).  Wake me up when something significant happens. 
If he's showing up to practice and games sober, focused, and ready to perform at the highest possible level, and he's performing adequately in the classroom, then what he does off of the field generally is not a big deal, unless it lands him in jail or something.  The fear though is that as much as he parties, it could affect his performance on the field or in the classroom, or land him in jail.  And if it does, he has nobody to blame but himself, regardless of how much the media wants to manufacture stories. 

Class of 2010.

Maestro's picture

I had an experience a few years ago that gave me pause when this types of situations arise.  I was part of an alumni advisory board for my college fraternity and the topic of drunk behavior came up quite frequently.  
I was a little less than 10 years removed from my college days and I was one of the younger members of the board.  I was always amazed at how hard the older advisors were on the young men.  It was as if they had completely forgotten how most of them had acted when they were 18-21 years old.  Some of these men were "legends" for some of their college behavior that certainly happened while in an altered state of mind.
So when I here about people peeing in public, being asked to leave fraternity parties etc. I tend to roll my eyes and move on.  Who am I to judge?  I understand that in today's world of twitter everything is "a big deal", but is it really?

vacuuming sucks

Baroclinicity's picture

To me, it's more about where he was.  If Braxton was at a fraternity party at Michigan, I would probably have a shit fit.  And the photo of him (Manziel) giving the hook'em horns sign... what is he doing?  I know quite a few Aggies because of my profession, and being the apologist one is inclined to be towards your star, that doesn't seem to bother them.  Again, I'd blow a gasket.
Otherwise, I agree about a few beers and relieving yourself outside.  No big deal to me.

Maestro's picture

I hear you Baro.  The hook 'em horn thing bothered me, and I can just hear my Aggie friend seething after seeing that picture.  That speaks more to loyalty which is a much bigger deal to me than having a few pops and acting stupid.  No doubt Manziel is making himself look stupid at an alarming pace, but most of these situations are much ado about not much IMHO.

vacuuming sucks

RedStorm45's picture

Right, except Manziel actually was found guilty of something (like the examples mentioned) and has so far received virtually no punishment outside of being arrested and apparently a beer dumped on him at UT.  All of those other examples? Suspensions, kicked off team, jail time, etc.  otherwise known as consequences for being stupid or committing a crime.  Manziel keeps going and pushing the limit because he has had no consequences for breaking the law and no consequences for being stupid.  Like I said in the skully (yesterday), Sumlin had originally planned to suspend him for all of 2012 after last summer's incidents.  The staff at A&M just changed their mind for no reason??

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Another great article Ramzy!  Love it.  Go Bucks!

Hovenaut's picture

Let's revisit all this again when Manziel goes pro.

Could you imagine him pulling this shit in big D?

"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

vitaminB's picture

Yeah, because Cowboys never party.
I wonder how the Canadian press will handle Jonny's antics when he starts for the Rough Riders.

villagebuckeye's picture

He  is   under  age.   He  is breaking the law.    He is not  keeping  a  low profile about  it and  is  actually flaunting it.  That's  what I don't like.  When are the cops going to bust him.  When  is the A &  M coaching   staff or his parents  going to  step in and  say enough is enough.  Tone it down a bit.   Be a little smarter with your partying.  If he was my kid we would have had a little chat a long time  ago.

johnblairgobucks's picture

Seems as if people are wanting to look at this as just a case of college kid being a college kid.  Reminds me more of Linsay Lohan that anything else.  Probably started drinking to quell his confusion of how he was in college for 2 years and everyone kept calling him a freshman.

jestertcf's picture

These kids are the same as they've always been. We are the ones who have shit our pants.
BWHAHAHA... Woke the dog up cracking up at that.

Also please do yourself a favor and mouseover those pictures.

~Because we couldn't go for three~