Johnny Watch: Manziel Says "We'll See" on Going to the NFL
Johnny Manziel's flair for the dramatic over the last two years is well documented. In 2012, road wins against Ole Miss and Alabama came down to plays made late in the game by the eventual Heisman winner. In 2013, Manziel had to figuratively carry A&M's defense on his back just to will his team to a 9-4 record.
Now, it's 2014, and there's no college football left, but there is an NFL Draft coming up in a few months, so Johnny Football is still a topic, as we wait for his decision to leave school and enter the draft
and hopefully become a Houston Texan.
That decision, by all accounts, is a foregone conclusion, but it hasn't stopped Johnny Manziel from giving us one more chapter of Johnny Drama.
On Monday night, ESPN gave us a groundbreaking broadcast suite for the national title game called the BCS Megacast, whereby they deployed the sheer volume of channels and talent on their roster to give viewers several choices in the nature of broadcast through which they consumed the BCS Title Game between Florida State and Auburn.
University of Houston Cougars Football vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane Football
TicketsSat., Oct. 15, 11:00am
Rice University Owls Football vs. UTSA Roadrunners Football
TicketsSat., Oct. 15, 6:00pm
Rice University Owls Football vs. Prairie View A&M University Football
TicketsSat., Oct. 22, 2:30pm
University of Houston Cougars Football vs. UCF Knights Football
TicketsSat., Oct. 29, 11:00am
There was the conventional broadcast with Brent Musberger and Kirk Herbstreit on ESPN, there was a Film Room channel with Matt Millen and a bunch of coaches (including Kevin Sumlin) on ESPN News, and there was kind of a catch-all, "bunch of dudes watching it on the couch" channel on ESPN2, which included Manziel (among about a dozen others in rotation).
It was pretty groundbreaking, and really cool. The whole thing. (I even liked the film room portion way more than I thought I would, and was actually a great look for Millen, who people forget was a rising star before he went to Detroit and ruined his reputation as a football mind by plundering the Lions with roughly a decade of first round wide receiver choices). Anyway, prior to all of this, ESPN took advantage of its access to Manziel (and the associated box office) by plunking him down on the pre game set with Chris Fowler and Alabama head coach Nick Saban. After several minutes of underrated insight from Manziel and compliments toward Manziel from Saban, Fowler finished up the segment by saying he presumed Manziel had wrapped up his college career and would declare for the NFL, adding, "It's been great watching you operate" these past two seasons at the collegiate level.
Manziel's reaction? "We'll see, but thank you very much."
Thus far, other prominent players who expect to go in the same lofty draft-osphere as Manziel have announced they're coming out -- Teddy Bridgewater, Jadeveon Clowney, Blake Bortles -- but we wait on Johnny Football, whom I am firmly on the record of supporting as the Texans' pick at first overall.
I was hoping he'd announce his intentions to the TMZ paparazzi. If not, I was hoping that ESPN would give him his own hot tub behind the north end zone at the game last night and he would announce he was coming out for the draft at halftime while smoking a cigar with a Hollywood skank on each arm.
It's starting to look more and more like we may just get an actual press conference back in College Station. Either way, we sit, we wait, hanging on Manziel's every word. Just the way he likes it.
Starting January 2, 2014, listen to Sean Pendergast on SportsRadio 610 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Also, follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/SeanCablinasian.
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