The Mitchell Report: Winston, Manziel and a big fine
Posted January 5
Thoughts on the sports world I can't share in a 5 minute sportscast. Some Triangle news. Some not.
Winston and Mack
Mack Brown got another big smack on the way out the door this week. Jameis Winston talked again about how much he dreamed of going to Texas when he was a kid. He was on the podium at the National Title game, after winning a Heisman trophy and once again told the story of how Brown and Texas wouldn't take his calls. I know Mack is known as an awesome guy in the business and many people were sad to see him go. This was a perfect example of something he missed while in Austin. Texas should never have any issues getting the most talented guys on to campus. Let's see how Charlie Strong does now. It was time for a change.
Speaking of guys Mack missed on: Johnny Manziel. I got a chance to see him in person for the first time during Duke's game. He is way better than I thought. It's not just how elusive he is. The guy is super accurate with the football. Add that scrambling quality and he's almost unreal on the field. If I was an NFL team, I would spend a high pick on Manziel. Seeing him in person completely changed my mind. He's a talent and I think that is going to work at the next level.
Panthers vs Niners
Remember week 9 of the NFL season when we all were saying the Panthers run would be "for real" if they could beat San Francisco? They did. It was a close one, but it got most of us thinking this Carolina team could really get to the playoffs. We get to see that match-up again this week . I never know how I feel about BYE weeks during the playoffs. The Niners won an emotional game at Green Bay. They have some playoff momentum now. That will help them in Charlotte. On the other hand, the Panthers got to rest and relax while their opponent was playing in sub zero temperatures in Green Bay. I think overall this is a better match-up for the Panthers than the Eagles would have been. Can't wait for Sunday!
**A year after making the run to the Final Four, Wichita State is not letting up. The Shockers are 15-0. They haven't played the best competition yet, but it looks like they will be a force in March once again.
**Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was fined 50k for NOT talking. It's a little known rule in the NFL that the league requires players to talk to the media. It's part of the job and the reporters, for the most part, respect that. Lynch ditched his duty all season and the NFL finally got word of it. Wonder if it was worth the 50k not to answer a few questions?
It really looks like the Winter Olympics will be a mess. This is a very in-depth article in Bloomberg Business week about what has happened so far. The money spent is insane!
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