Thursday, May 5, 2016

aTm’s Sumlin to Johnny Football: “Call Me, Maybe”

Texas A&M Head Football Coach Kevin Sumlin issued a public plea to his former QB, Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

Speaking on the Paul Finebaum show, Sumlin sighed and said:

We’ve reached out to him and I haven’t gotten a response yet,” Sumlin told the radio program. “What we want is for him to be at peace and be safe. That has nothing to do with football and has everything to do with his life.

“That was my message to him (at the wedding). That’s the only thing we really care about right now. Where he is as a person is more important than football or anything like that.”

Johnny Football was indicted on a misdemeanor count of assaulting his girlfriend, a serious allegation whether it’s misdemeanor or not. Raising a fist and committing violence against a woman shows signs of someone who is out of control.

This begs the question: When was he ever in control? He comes from money and privilege, possesses a skill that was rare for teenagers (but less so for grown men), and got a free pass until he left the protective bubble of College Station.

Now he’s a man and being treated like one. Cut from NFL rosters because his “skills” weren’t so special after all. Dropped by agents because he was unmanageable. Indicted by a grand jury because he couldn’t exercise a modicum of self-control.

What does that sound like to you?

In the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-Step program, you start the First Step with this:

“We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable. 

Nail, meet hammer. Johmmy football sounds like Johnny Barleycorn. With every passing episode.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Coach Shaun Dion Hamilton, anyone?

imageESPN has a fun rundown of who on each of the Top 25 might grow into a coaching position once he hangs up the cleats.

Here’s the Bama pick:

Shaun Dion Hamilton

If you already have Nick Saban as your head coach, you already have a leg up on the ways to run a program at a championship level. There are probably a few guys on this team who could grow into future coaching roles, but the junior linebacker might have the best coaching mold. Some call him the smartest player on the team and former defensive coordinator Kirby Smart even said he's the smartest guy he's ever coached. Hamilton is coming into his own more at linebacker, and he knows the ins and outs of the game well. A future in coaching wouldn't shock anyone. -- Edward Aschoff

Amen. Alabama’s defense is one of the most diverse in the history of diverse—and difficult—defenses to master. Not many have done so, and those that have usually go on to riches in the NFL or… on the sidelines?

Clemson’s choice is a good one, too: Hunter Renfroe. In last season’s title game he caught two TD passes against Saban’s defense.

Read the whole thing for some off season fun and discussion.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

No. 6 dual-threat QB Tagovailoa chooses Bama

No. 6 dual-threat QB Tagovailoa chooses Bama:

Tua Tagovailoa, the nation's No. 100 prospect and No. 6 dual-threat quarterback, announced his commitment to Alabama on Monday night over USC, Hawaii, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and UCLA.
The 6-foot, 215-pound lefty said the Trojans were his clear leader in early March, but that all changed after an SEC trip that included stops at Auburn, Alabama and Ole Miss.
What ESPN doesn't mention in this piece is that Tua visited Bama twice and all the other guys once. Here's a nice quote from the story:

 "I feel like I'm home over there," Tagovailoa told KHON2. "Everybody on Sunday goes to church and that's something big in my life as far as spirituality. I couldn't ask for anything better."
Not only is he a good prospect, he sounds like a good man, too.

Auburn players arrested on marijuana charges

But will Gus send them to alcohol/drug rehab like Saban does with his potheads?

Let's face it: Today's college campuses are as infected with marijuana users as they are special snowflakes looking for safe spaces. But some football programs put first time offenders in an in-house rehab facility. It's anybody's bet whether that trip to drug boot camp does any good, but hey... At least our guy is trying.

Maybe their guy is too?

I stretched back and I hiccupped, and looked back on my busy day…

Eleven hours in the tin pan; God there’s got to be another way

Actually, it’s been almost eleven months since this blog was active, but it really does feel like I woke up in a Soho doorway.

Suffice it to say that your beloved blogger has been through the shitstorm and came through it alive and kicking (Keith Moon, not so much).

In January of this year, we lost my mother to pneumonia and the complications of age. We were close—my brother and I looked after her for about a year or so before her death. I would pack up my laptop at 0600 hours and be at her house to spend most of the day working while looking after her, her house, her dogs, whatever. My brother would take over in the afternoons and evenings.

Like I said, we were close and even though we all knew what was coming, her passing devastated me. I fell into a pit of depression, self pity and hard drinking.

Recovery has been a cast iron bitch but I’m gaining on it, one step at a time.

A lot of you sent emails, texts and PM’s on Twitter and Facebook, expressing concern and wishing me well. I sure do appreciate that, y’all. I’ve never even met some of you, despite “knowing” you in a digital sorta way since May 2002 (that’s 14 years for the folks in Lee County).

I’m back now.

You’ll see me humbly offering my opinions on matters politic and football in the usual old hangouts like and here as well.

In lieu of an exit question:  


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