Talking Points: He is Johnny Football



What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:


Not only did Johnny Manziel win the Heisman Trophy this year, but Friday’s bowl performance propelled him into the pantheon of the all-time exciting college football players. The Texas A&M quarterback torched Oklahoma for 287 passing yards and 229 rushing yards in a 41-13 victory over the Sooners.

Manziel just missed joining former Washington QB Marques Tuiasosopo as the only players in FBS history to go for 300/200 in one game. And he did it with style, averaging 13.5 yards per carry.

For a sport in which marquee players rarely are in the spotlight for more than one season, Manziel is a godsend. He’s already well-known to the general public; he’s exciting enough to draw viewers by himself; and he’s going to be in college football for anywhere from one to three more years. Johnny Football, indeed.


Given the Seattle Seahawks’ dreadful history in the Eastern time zone, things do not bode well for today’s playoff game at Washington. Yet, there is reason for hope — they are three-point favorites today.

A victory likely would send them to Atlanta, which had the best record in the NFC but isn’t exactly unbeatable. Then, Seattle likely would play at San Francisco for a trip to the Super Bowl.

We’re getting ahead of ourselves, but it’s the playoffs. Anything can happen when everybody starts out 0-0.


Here’s something to make all college football coaches pause when they become the next big thing and the NFL comes calling. The Cleveland Browns went 5-11 this year — four more losses than Chip Kelly had in FOUR years at Oregon.

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