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Miller and Manziel Have Tough Mondays

August 19, 2014 - Al Stephenson
All right, I have bad news and worse news. I will, in the proverbial sense, give you the bad news first.

Johnny Manziel played in his second game as a professional on Monday night. It was a "it doesn't really matter" preseason affair against the Washington Redskins, but Johnny Football pulled another of what seems like an endless list of stupid moves. After throwing an incomplete pass he was walking away from the Washington sideline and responded to some taunt by extending his middle finger to his opponents.

I would like to know what this kid is thinking. The money sign at the draft. The endless partying before camp began. Now this - on national TV no less. I have said before that Manziel is a twerp. He was arrogant in high school and also in college. He seems to be trying to bring that attitude to the NFL and it makes me sick. He was successful on the first two levels. That does not guarantee that he will also be a star in the NFL. He has shown nothing so far except a propensity to try to put a bigger bulls eye on his back.

He has potential and perhaps the best news is that he can grow out of "twerpdom." If I were he, I would grow up and start learning to act right now, otherwise he will be like Jerry Glanville used to say: the NFL means "not for long" if you can't do the job.

The worse news comes from Braxton Miller who reinjured his throwing shoulder at practice Monday and is out for the season. I feel bad for Miller - who seems to be anything but Manziel-like -as he gave up the chance to play in the NFL to come back to Columbus to lead the Buckeyes to a national championship. That will not likely happen now and Buckeye fans are obviously distraught.

As one commentator put it, with Braxton Miller the Bucks had a chance at a national title. Without him, they may struggle just to win Big Ten games. Personally, I don't think this is such a bad thing. It will be much more interesting to watch them play the Indiana, Purdue and Minnesota's of the league knowing that if the game is not a blowout OSU may not be that good.

The view from my seat suggests that Monday will be a day that Ohio football fans will remember for some time to come. The games however will go on, and the odds are we will be treated to some good football action.


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