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College football historians, you know what to do. The story of the 2012 season will start with whoever wins the national championship, as it must in any season without something as shocking as the Marshall plane crash of 1970 or the Jerry Sandusky malevolence of 2011, but the individual who owns this season, who already has defined it, is Johnny Manziel.
He has defined it without uttering a word for public consumption, which is pretty cool. Tim Tebow won over the country with his play, yes, but also with his words. He talked, and people swooned. Manziel talks and people ... oh, that's right. Manziel doesn't talk. At least, not to the media. And I'm fine with that. Couldn't be finer. Texas A&M doesn't let freshmen talk to the media, which doesn't bother me even a little bit. I don't care what Johnny Manziel has to say. I don't care who his heroes are, how much of the Bible he does or doesn't read, what he has for breakfast on game days. I don't care to know why he committed to Oregon but changed his mind, knocking over the first domino of this fabulous 2012 season by ensuring that freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota would lead Oregon to the cusp of the BCS title game while Manziel and Texas A&M would knock Alabama off that same perch.
Manziel has dominated this season in a way we've always wanted, but almost never get: He has dominated it without any preseason wind in his sails. This Heisman wasn't given to him in August, given to him on the condition that he doesn't do anything to lose it over the next four months. In August most of us didn't know who Johnny Manziel was. It wasn't until about a month ago that I figured out how to pronounce his last name. He has won this season the old-fashioned way, the way seasons were won before the media became a monster and decided who the Heisman winner would be before the games even started.
This post was edited by Sin Miedo on 11/12/2012 at 12:52 PM
Johnny Manziel is a freshman who wasn't even on the Heisman radar before the start of the season. So what? Gregg Doyel says Manziel's undressing of No. 1 Bama and his gaudy stats against SEC defenses prove he's worthy of the trophy.
I can't keep track of all of the national guys coming out in support of JFHF for the Heisman today. Here's a good on from Andy Staples
SI.com's Andy Staples explains why Johnny Manziel's performance at Alabama on Saturday should make him the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy. - Video - SI.com
Staples is always A&M's greatest fan. Has the team ranked #4 this week.
This post was edited by Sin Miedo on 11/12/2012 at 12:51 PM
I love reading these. And they are so true. Hopefully the voters listen
Sumlin has created the "Global Man of Mystery" which is very cool if you think about it. What if no one heard him utter a word until the ceremony?
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