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You wanted Johnny Cam? You’ll get it for Tide-Aggies

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I believe the coverage of Johnny Manziel has just officially jumped the shark.  Or, at the very least, it’s careening wildly toward the ramp.

As you may have heard, two-time defending BCS champion Alabama will square off Saturday afternoon against the team that handed them its lone loss of the 2012 season, Texas A&M.  The coverage and overanalysis of the rematch will likely be something that we’ve never really witnessed for a mid-September college football game.

Included in that coverage?  Per Richard Deitsch of, CBS will have an extra camera devoted solely to the Heisman-winning quarterback.  That’s right, there will be one camera trained on a 20-year-old player for the entirety of the three-hour-plus broadcast.

“No matter where he is and no matter what part of the game it is, we will have a shot of it,” CBS coordinating producer Craig Silver told Deitsch for his  weekly must-read Media Circus piece. “If he is anywhere in sight of that camera, we will catch it.”

Manziel, thanks to an “eventful” offseason that came on the heels of a spectacular first season as a starter, is arguably the biggest lightning rod in the game of college football since Tim Tebow was praying his way around Gainesville a couple of years ago.  Because of CBS‘ broadcast relationship with the SEC, that network is very used to dealing with the hype of teams in general and players specifically — and Silver mentions Tebow specifically when discussing how the game and the player will be handled.

“The one analogy I can make in terms of covering someone is we obviously spent four years covering Tim Tebow at Florida,” said Silver. “I was always careful as a producer, and I think Verne [Lundquist] and Gary [Danielson] were as broadcasters too, to make sure we treated Tebow fairly. But let’s face it, the guy was touching the ball every snap. I think people sometimes see what they want to see or hear what they want to hear. My main goal of this game is to just remember there is a lot more going on than Johnny Manziel.”

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10 Responses to “You wanted Johnny Cam? You’ll get it for Tide-Aggies”
  1. ttalarico says: Sep 9, 2013 1:52 PM

    What a waste of a camera!

  2. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Sep 9, 2013 2:20 PM

    I think I’ll record the game and then fast forward through Johnny’s extra camera shots.

  3. barnesaintnoble says: Sep 9, 2013 2:28 PM

    Love him or hate him, you cannot deny that there is a ton of money being generated because of him. And he or his teammates are not seeing any of it. Do I like his attitude all the time? No. But if I was playing football for free and knew there were millions of dollars being made by schools, networks….I can’t imagine most people being okay with it.

  4. overratedgators says: Sep 9, 2013 2:31 PM

    No GoPro cam on Johnny Football’s helmet? You have failed us, CBS.

  5. rjruthve says: Sep 9, 2013 3:23 PM

    Yaaaaaawwwwwnnnnn……….I am a JFB ban, but would love to spend my time reading something worth talking about.

    Inspired by A.I., all I can think of is “Cameras, we talkin’ ’bout cameras?”, “Cameras………? Really?”

  6. wabbitslayer says: Sep 9, 2013 3:36 PM

    For several years, watching the weekly SEC game that CBS carries became impossible b/c of the nausea-inducing fawning that Lundquist and Danielson did over Tebow; you couldn’t even enjoy games that didn’t involve him b/c the commentary would always and immediately go to the aggrandizement of all things Tebow. Sadly, it now it seems the two of them have a new darling…

    I’ll be watching the game, with the sound OFF.

  7. dietrich43 says: Sep 9, 2013 3:48 PM

    Johnny Cam? Is that the term, named after Mr. Manziel and Mr. Newton, for when you break NCAA rules, but they can’t prove you did, so there’s no serious penalties?

  8. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 9, 2013 10:07 PM

    Do people really care that much?

  9. Anoesis says: Sep 10, 2013 5:29 PM

    A good game to watch if you’re tired of Manziel’s shtick and you don’t like ‘Bama. One of em’s gonna lose.

  10. imaduffer says: Sep 11, 2013 11:23 AM

    Hope it rains.

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