Johnny Manziel has been America's sporting obsession for the better part of the past 18 months.
To wit, this is like my 50th blog post centered around Manziel during that time frame (conservatively estimated, by the way), and just as many have been about the reaction to Johnny as there have been about, y'know, Johnny himself.
If you thought any of this would slow down once Manziel was
exiled to drafted by the Cleveland Browns, you were sorely mistaken. If anything, it's gone "next level," with everyone obsessing over the Browns' mishandling of Johnny-Mania, Johnny's being relegated to third string, and even a faux lawsuit against Manziel with about 25 hilarious dick jokes in it (one for every million dollars Manziel is being "sued for").
Indeed, everyone still has a take on the "Manziel Situation" (whatever the "situation" is on that given day), except seemingly Johnny himself.
Other than a few generic post practice soundbites during rookie minicamp, we really haven't gotten much introspection from the 2012 Heisman winner and man about town. His agent has commented about the hoax "lawsuit," even threatening a possible defamation countersuit, but Manziel himself has not let us know his feelings on all of this.
Think about it, the big man on campus is now being relegated "pledge" status, picking up coffee for the vets and toiling behind Tyler Thigpen on the depth chart, with distractions like the fake lawsuit only dropping more figurative weight on his head.
It's got to be killing him, right?
If Twitter and Instagram are any indication, Johnny Football seems to be taking the body blows the NFL is dealing him early on in stride. As it turns out, Vegas the weekend of a UFC pay per view is a great place for therapy!
(Side bar: It is outstanding having Johnny Manziel back on Twitter.)
I don't always ask for pictures, but when I do, it's so I can do this. pic.twitter.com/kWZxv9G77V
— Elika Sadeghi (@steakNstiffarms) May 25, 2014
— Edward (@fearthe_beard15) May 25, 2014
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) May 25, 2014
(Ok, that last one had nothing to do with Manziel, I just had to include it, though.)
Vegas, babes, booze, sun, Gronk, UFC, something called "Diplo."
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The only thing missing from the Gronk and Johnny picture, by the way, is Money Mayweather holding up a ticket for a $500,000 wager on "Miami Heat -6.5" in one hand while slapping the ass of a Kardashian with the other.
So in conclusion, it would appear that Johnny Manziel is taking his "third string" designation in stride
probably because he knows he will be first string by Week 3.