Sentinel-Echo.com

Opinion

June 20, 2013

Direct Kick: Time to grow up Johnny Football

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — So Johnny Football isn’t pleased with certain aspects of his life, eh? Sorry dude, but I’m not feeling you.

Texas A & M quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel took to everyone’s favorite egotistical device, Twitter, to vent his frustration with the following two tweets: “Bulls — like tonight is a reason why I can’t wait to leave college station...whenever it may be.” After he deleted that tweet, he followed it up with “Don’t ever forget that I love A&M with all of my heart, but please please walk a day in my shoes.”

Welcome to the big time world of athletics.

It seems Manziel isn’t happy with the constant attention he has been receiving since emerging as a star last season en route to becoming the first freshman to ever win the Heisman. Along the way, he picked up the nickname “Johnny Football,” which he later trademarked. He dates a model (Sarah Savage), starred in a country music video by Granger Smith, is seen at other high profile sporting events, and has thrown out the first pitch at a couple of Major League baseball games. Plus, barring any unfortunate injury, he will be a first round (possibly No. 1) pick in the NFL.

Yeah, I feel really sorry for you.

If you think it’s bad now, you haven’t seen anything yet. As time goes on, and you continue to be a football star, your life isn’t yours anymore. You’re a celebrity. Deal with it. And don’t try and convince us you don’t like it. You do. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be on Twitter or appearing in music videos.

So you are the big man on campus right now. I’m sure any of your teammates or any “regular” student at A & M would gladly trade places with you. Heck, I’d trade places with you.

I realize that you are still a young man, not even 21 yet. But don’t go whining when things aren’t the way you wish they would be. NFL teams are watching. They know what you can do on the field; now it’s time to show them how you are off the field.

So far, the NHL playoffs haven’t disappointed. The first two games took overtimes to decide, with Chicago winning game one in three OTs, while Boston took game two needing just one overtime, then won again Monday night to take a 2-1 series lead.

If you haven’t watched, do yourself a favor and tune in tonight (Wednesday) for game four. You might just become a fan.

Over in the NBA, San Antonio and Miami are hooked up in a pretty good battle. The Spurs have been one of the most dominate teams in the past 10 years but never get any credit, especially Tim Duncan. Guess they just aren’t as flashy as some of the media darlings.

Many people are predicting that LeBron James will soon be regarded as the best player in history, usurping Michael Jordan.  And he may. But right now he’s not.

The main difference between the two: Jordan made everyone around him better. James has yet to be able to do that. He had to go to Miami and join up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in order to win his first title. He failed at Cleveland where he was unable to do what Jordan did with the Bulls, and that is to bring out the best in his teammates, something Jordan was able to do in his time in Chicago.

Just my thoughts.

 

SPORTS@sentinel-echo.com

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • denis.jpg Direct Kick: Did Lana cross the line with her remark?

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • mitch.jpg On The Rebound: All Star Game less important than Wiffle Ball

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • denis.jpg Direct Kick: A very eventful week in sports

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • The shining kingdom

    The drop in gas prices locally is a welcome sight for most residents in the area with gas falling under $3.60 per gallon.

    July 16, 2014

  • Letter to the editor: Thanks, Sentinel-Echo

    In the July 4 edition of the Sentinel-Echo, (last page, section 1), the entire page was given to quotes of references to God, the Declaration of Independence, and our constitution by our founding fathers, former presidents, Supreme Court judges, etc. 

    July 14, 2014

  • Zamperini's story was inspiring

    I had never heard the names of Louis Zamperini and Russel Allen Phillips until my pastor gave me a book, “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,” by author Laura Hillenbrand, who wrote, “Seabiscuit: An American Legend” a few years ago.

    July 11, 2014

  • The tales of Dr. Robert E. Pennington

    When Dr. H. V. Pennington began to practice medicine in Laurel County times were hard and medical methods were primitive, compared to today. 

    July 11, 2014

  • Where did that red truck go?

     We were sitting out on the front porch last Saturday afternoon when a  big, red, late- model pick up whizzed by on Charlie Brown.  It looked like there was a man driving and a woman riding shotgun  

    July 7, 2014

  • A change for Pace

    Let me tell you a little about my friend Candice Pace. We were sitting in the fountain square the other day and she was telling me about how she had driven to Pikeville, where she’s from, to visit with her mom. Along the way, deep in McCreary County, she passed three turtles that were crossing the road.Let me tell you a little about my friend Candice Pace. We were sitting in the fountain square the other day and she was telling me about how she had driven to Pikeville, where she’s from, to visit with her mom. Along the way, deep in McCreary County, she passed three turtles that were crossing the road.

    July 7, 2014

  • mitch.jpg On The Rebound: A little effort can make a big difference

    July 5, 2014 1 Photo

Facebook
AP Video
Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Now that school is out, what are your family’s summer vacation plans?

A. No major plans. We will probably hang out around Laurel County.
B. Going to the beach!
C. Kentucky has a lot of wonderful state parks, and we plan to visit a few and enjoy quality family time.
     View Results