The Mitchell Report: The best QB in NYC and a good one in Texas
Posted December 9, 2012
This will serve as my weekly column for notes about things I find interesting outside the Triangle. Enjoy my insights. I will enjoy sharing them ..
It was heartbreaking to watch Army senior Trent Steelman fumble the ball and his team's chances of ending the long Navy losing streak on Saturday. It was even worse to watch him spend the next 10 minutes sobbing on national tv. I wanted to cry with him and I have no connection to either academy. The cameras wouldn't move away from Steelman because it was compelling to watch. It showed, without words, the true emotion involved in that game. Steelman ends his career as the only guy in Army history to ever rush for 2,000 yards and pass for 2,000 yards in a career. He will likely do fantastic things in his life after football. West Point graduates tend to succeed in life. It was great to see his emotion and learn what the game means to so many.
Let me clear up some things from my last post because apparently several of you thought I was saying I root for Ndamukong Suh. The point I was trying to make is that I wanted to root for Suh when he came into the league. The guy was really fun to watch at Nebraska and I thought he would be a marvelous pro. I am disappointed to find out that he's been more of a dirty player than a playmaker. I hope he grows up at some point and figures out how to be a professional. His antics are really embarrassing for the game.
The Best QB in NYC
WFAN in New York did a long segment on Saturday about how Raymond Felton is the best Quarterback in the city right now. Hard to argue the point, really. The former Tar Heel is putting up some very solid numbers for the Knicks. He's averaging 16 points and 7 assists over the last ten games. Felton's career may not have gone exactly as planned. You wouldn't expect a lottery pick to make as many moves as he's made, but he seems to like playing in NYC quite a bit.
I was thoroughly impressed by the way Johnny Manziel carried himself during the entire Heisman trophy ceremony. It is hard to believe that kid is a freshman. I am really glad to see the voters didn't let his age get in the way. He had a Heisman-worthy season and being a freshman is no reason to keep a kid from winning the award. I remember when Rex Grossman was a finalist, but lost to Eric Crouch mostly because he was a sophomore and sophomores didn't win the trophy at that time. The biggest question I have about Manziel is will we grow tired of him like we did Tim Tebow. If we hear about "Johnny Football" nonstop for the next 3 years, are we all going to be really sick of him? If not, why not? I'm curious to see if he can live up to the ridiculous hype he's going to get until 2015.