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Joe Flacco: Manziel “quickly becoming my favorite player”

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Seems like everyone is taking potshots at Johnny Manziel these days, as every move by last year’s Heisman Trophy winner gets put under the microscope. My take: Sure, he’s being a bit of a knucklehead, but let’s have some perspective here, folks. Based on what people are saying about him, you’d think he was an axe murderer or something. The commentary over his antics this past Saturday has been a bit much.

One person who isn’t joining in the dogpile is none other than the quarterback of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, Joe Flacco.

“Being hated is not a bad thing … I don’t know if I’ll be too popular after [saying] this: I [didn’t] know how I really felt about Johnny Manziel,” Flacco told Jim Corbett of USA Today. “But I feel like now that everybody hates him, he’s quickly becoming my favorite player in college football.”

Good for Flacco to take a contrarian stand. But does everyone really hate Manziel, though? For all the consternation over his actions, the media can’t stop talking about him. Johnny Football gets page views and TV ratings and allows talking heads to make dramatic statements about his future. In other words, they really love him. Or, they love that they get to hate him. Either way, they need him more than he needs them. It appears that he realizes it, too.

And, perhaps, that’s the one thing they really hate.

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27 Responses to “Joe Flacco: Manziel “quickly becoming my favorite player””
  1. Deb says: Sep 2, 2013 9:48 PM

    Pop onto the site for the first time today to find you serving this Steelers fan evidence Flacco has lost his mind three days before his opener? Thanks!

    Seriously, though, Joe’s probably empathizing with Manziel because he’s taken a lot of hits himself as QB of the Ravens. But their situations aren’t comparable. Criticism of Flacco was, for the most part, unfair. He was the scapegoat for a team that several times fell just short for reasons that weren’t his fault. He was always better than people gave him credit for being (although not necessarily as good in reality as he is in his head).

    Manziel’s problem is just the opposite. He’s received an abundance of accolades and is wallowing in his fame. His talent has never been in doubt. He’s being criticized–fairly–for his bad behavior. The last thing he needs right now is a high-profile NFL QB cheering on his Bad Boy antics.

  2. be4bama says: Sep 2, 2013 9:53 PM

    Who cares what Joe Flacco thinks?
    I don’t hate Johnny. I just hate the way he acts.

  3. drummerhoff says: Sep 2, 2013 10:05 PM

    Johnny Bieber is worthless to the NFL so when he says, “…times like these are why I can’t wait to get out of College Station…”, I wonder what he thinks he’ll be doing … Spending Daddy’s money, I guess.

  4. 93noles99 says: Sep 2, 2013 10:09 PM

    I guess no one is watching famous Jameis then!! Go noles!!

  5. barbeaux says: Sep 2, 2013 11:37 PM

    There’s a whole context to the whole get out of college station” thing than what the media reports. It seems instead of just writing a ticket the cops wanted to talk directly to him instead…why? For the grins? For an autograph. To be the most ridiculously popular person in a mall town isn’t the best thing.

    Manziel hasn’t done anything really that bad. Hill, from LSU, has. He sexually assaulted a 14 yo and while on probation for that, sucker punched a guy in a raking lot. Yet, he’s till on the team with no media outrage.

  6. barbeaux says: Sep 2, 2013 11:49 PM

    Some media is going crazy over a lot of the hand signals….jm was doing a lot of those last year. Tajh Boyd was doing some of them in his game. A lot of top prospects in high school are making those signs. Research.

  7. bigdinla says: Sep 3, 2013 1:04 AM

    You can try and defend him all you want, but it is inexcusable to behave like he did in the Rice game. Kid is a great college football player, but has the ego of a spoiled child. His arrogance and selfishness is why A&M will not play in a BCS bowl this year.

  8. Matthew says: Sep 3, 2013 1:16 AM

    Reblogged this on Carolina Mountain Blue and commented:
    Welcome to the club, Joe…welcome to the club.

  9. markboucher301 says: Sep 3, 2013 5:37 AM

    good post ever i had seen here

  10. markboucher301 says: Sep 3, 2013 5:38 AM

    Chilehead bored at work. Chilehead feeling snarky☻☻☻☻ 2­.g­ℙ/rvQz

  11. 1historian says: Sep 3, 2013 5:40 AM

    1st freshman to win the Heisman, so the press is following him around, probably analyzing his toilet paper to get some clues, the kid acts like an idiot, but can throw like no one around now, gets lots of headlines, etc.

    The kid is around 20 years old so I’ll settle for knucklehead.

  12. ordinaryday6 says: Sep 3, 2013 7:13 AM

    I don’t hate him, I’m disappointed. he’s so talented, and he’s going to really hurt his chances of being the next Russell Wilson (they’re both super short and awesome) with his behavior. came into the season excited to watch him play, now I just hope he learns quickly from the mistakes he’s making.

  13. vincentbojackson says: Sep 3, 2013 8:22 AM

    Not surprising, both QB’s put their own self-interest above their team. Flacco’s contract forced the dismantling of the Ravens and Manziel’s selfishness has put a target on his team’s back.

    Flacco is one strange dude.

  14. mudhead123 says: Sep 3, 2013 9:38 AM

    As long as Burt supports you everything will be ok

  15. barbeaux says: Sep 3, 2013 9:59 AM

    I’m glad Tebow never trash talked during a game and never got unsportsmanlike conduct for it…oh wait–>

  16. dkhhuey says: Sep 3, 2013 10:19 AM

    @bar – stay focused! The story and point of topic is Johnny Douchebag regardless of how many other false equivalency examples you post. Superfluous bits about bad behavior from other players do not impact the actions of Johnny Douchbag one iota, nor do they prove his actions any less moronic. Your entire argument that it’s okay for Johnny Douchebag to act like a douchebag because other players have also acted like a douchebag is highly flawed and illogical.

  17. sportsdrenched says: Sep 3, 2013 10:30 AM

    I think hate gets thrown around way too much. Some people may honestly hate him. I just think most people don’t care for the act.

    Johnny Football is a troll with talent. He’s trolling people to get a reaction. So I’ll treat him like I treat all trolls. Ignore it. However, not sure I’d be jerking around the Manning Clan like he did. Media types and fans are one thing. But the Mannings and other NFL people actually have the ability to not put up with him.

  18. barbeaux says: Sep 3, 2013 10:38 AM

    @dkhuey, lol at trying to sound so intelligent. My point is that people are all over him for doing the same thing on the field that others do. It’s too bad you couldn’t get that point. As for off the field behavior, lets break it down shall we? He went to some sporting events, some concerts, some parties, etc…a college kid did these things. How terrible. His behavior is nothing compared to LSU’s Hill. He sexually assaulted a 14 year old, and while on probation he sucker punched a guy. Yet he’s still on the team without any outrage from the media or most fans.

    I’ve seen lots of stories about the good things Manziel has done for people. Nobody is perfect. I’m not. You’re obviously not. Tebow isn’t. Manziel isn’t. You don’t have to like him. You don’t have to bad mouth him either. What matters the most in all of this is this: “do the Texas A&M coaching staff and players want him on the team?” They’re the ones that fully interact with him. The answer to that is yes, and that says more than anything any of us can say.

  19. chrisanderson2013 says: Sep 3, 2013 10:43 AM

    So Mr. Personality Joe Flacco wins a super bowl (In my opinion mostly because of Mr. Boldin) and now you can’t shut the guy up?
    He better pick up where he left off last year oh btw with a lesser team or zip it. Can’t wait to see.

  20. 1historian says: Sep 3, 2013 10:51 AM

    He is 20 years old and he is a knucklehead.

  21. rjruthve says: Sep 3, 2013 11:33 AM

    Interesting how the media wants certain people to be perfect robots, i.e. Manziel, Tebow & Romney. Too bad they don’t apply that same standard to all people who are in similar roles. Hmmmm……..

  22. rjruthve says: Sep 3, 2013 11:47 AM

    ESPN is awesome. They lead a witch hunt on Johnny which comes up empty. What do they do? Turn Dari Nowkhah loose on one of their little roundtable shows to demonize him. I have never seen anything more unfair. What has Johnny done that many others have not? Also, he’s under a microscope bigger than Tebow’s. Well, you know what they say about karma and paybacks. We’ll just see how all of this plays out. Johnny is a winner. Sure, he’s young and makes mistakes, and when the lights are bright, he might appear to make a few more less than desirable choices. In the end, Johnny is awesome, he’s fantastic and anyone who wants to spend their time hating on him is truly myopic. Embrace his greatness and just say, “Thank you”, that you get to watch him. If you can’t do that, try prescription medication.

  23. dhardy8207 says: Sep 3, 2013 12:06 PM

    YAWN>>>>>>> and before the Super bowl last year no one would have give a damn about Joe Flacco’s opinion of anything….

  24. pauleky says: Sep 3, 2013 12:34 PM

    Hate Manziel? No. I think he’s very talented. I also think he lacks class and appears to be only football smart. His antics were/are pretty stupid.

  25. sssjim7 says: Sep 3, 2013 1:02 PM

    lol… I really didn’t have much of an opinion one way or another until I heard the press and everyone else going on and on and on and on…

    At first it was mildly annoying that the announcers weren’t talking about important stuff (like the football games themselves)… but then it just got funny… like a troll who pops in and makes one comment and gets 10,000 replies…

    This guy can really get people talking… 20+ comments on this thread and only 5 or so on the real football news about FSU beating Pitt and the quarterback who had the best game all weekend…

    I just sit back and laugh now… it isn’t Johnny that is going overboard… it is everyone else…

    And this is only week one…

    Just my .02

  26. atkins63 says: Sep 3, 2013 4:04 PM

    Until Johnny Football starts talking ‘Johnny Football’ in the 3rd person, I don’t have a problem with the kid.

  27. prrbrr says: Sep 3, 2013 5:33 PM

    Sorry to hear that Joe

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