Back in 2006, local furniture purveyor Jim "Mattress Mac" McInvale -- before he was doling out $7 million in refunds over a Super Bowl "bet" -- was a big fan of Vince Young. So much so, he took out a full-page ad in the Chronicle extolling the virtues of Young and encouraging (to just this side of demanding) the Texans to draft him. They had the number one pick in the draft that year and opted instead for defensive end Mario Williams, a controversial choice that nevertheless turned out to be the right one.
Despite Young's failings both on and off the field, there are, every so often, still delusional callers on sports radio suggesting Young might revive his career in Houston, especially when Matt Schaub was struggling.
Things like Mac's ad are not uncommon and are generally more representative of fans who have enough money to afford such things. When Tim Tebow was on the trading block, before going to the Jets, another rich guy in Jacksonville took out ads practically demanding that the Jaguars make him their starter or else. I'm not sure what else the guy could do to the lowly Jaguars. They average fewer fans per game than most NBA franchises.
This year, the Texans are back to number one in the draft and yet another charismatic Texas college quarterback is in the discussion for that pick. Enter attorney Tony Buzbee. Not only has he bought 12 billboards throughout Houston with the message "Keep Johnny football in Texas!" -- yes, lowercase "f" -- but he has also started a website to do the same with this on the front page:
This site is dedicated to supporting Johnny Manziel as the #1 draft pick of the Houston Texans in 2014. To win in the NFL a team must have a quarterback with strong leadership skills, a winning attitude, and lots of talent. Johnny Manziel is a winner and he is a unique talent--college football has never seen anything like him. Johnny Manziel has proven time and again that he has those skills needed to get the Texans back on track. If the Texans use their number one pick on Johnny, we will once again have hopes of Super Bowl glory. If you're a Texans fan, and you want to see Johnny Manziel in a Texans uniform, show your support by liking our Facebook page. Let's show Bob McNair just how much we want and NEED Johnny Football. Through Bob McNair's leadership, Houston again has a pro football team. We ask that Mr. McNair lead again and keep Johnny Football in Texas.
Let's dissect this a bit, shall we?
To win in the NFL a team must have a quarterback with strong leadership skills, a winning attitude, and lots of talent. Johnny Manziel is a winner and he is a unique talent--college football has never seen anything like him.
To be fair, Manziel may have been successful in college but he never won a National Championship or ever played in a National Championship game. He generally had a good to great showing in big games, however, so this is somewhat true. As for college football having never seen anything like him, that's debatable. They said the same thing about Young.
Johnny Manziel has proven time and again that he has those skills needed to get the Texans back on track. If the Texans use their number one pick on Johnny, we will once again have hopes of Super Bowl glory.
Again, debatable. Manziel certainly has the requisite skills, it would seem, to be a starting quarterback in the NFL and perhaps even a very good one. But two of the final four teams playing the last two weeks of the playoffs featured Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Russell Wilson is no slouch himself, though his size and style of play would be on the side of the Johnny Football-ites at this point.
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We had hopes of Super Bowl glory last year, too. We see how that turned out.
Let's show Bob McNair just how much we want and NEED Johnny Football.
NEED in all caps feels a little uncomfortable to me. When I read it, I hear like ten extra Es in there as in "NEEEEEEEED." It's creepy and, obviously, not true. Would Johnny Football be fun to watch on Sundays in a Texans uni? Of course. Do we "NEEEEEED" him? Let's not get crazy.
I'm all for fans being fans, rich ones, too, but I'm guessing there are better ways to spend your money than on billboards and websites pushing a local football franchise into drafting a player you like. But, then again, he "NEEDS" him, so there's that.