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  • Ken D. Aug 15, 2013

    I'm not quite sure what the point is about the Manziel anecdote. Is it to suggest that the four other times he supposedly signed memorabilia - roughly 4,000 pieces of it - are likely just other instances where Manziel thought he was doing something credit worthy but was duped instead?

    Or is it to point out that he sometimes acts nobly, instead of as a spoiled athlete?

    Or is it that the media shouldn't ask questions about situations that appear to be shady

    Personally, I don't care if he gets paid for signing autographs. Neither he nor his school are gaining any competitive advantage if he does. Any more than they gain an edge if some prospective agent fronts him some money in hopes of obtaining him as a future meal ticket.

    I do have issues if a school finds a way to pay him by outbidding the competition for his services when he is being recruited. I doubt anybody was throwing money at Manziel when he was in high school. He was only considered a three star recruit. ESPN ranked 38 quarterbacks ahead of him in the class of 2011 (UNC's Marquise Williams was rated much higher than Johnny Football).

    Let's save our indignation for schools that truly cheat, and not for the athletes who are being exploited for their benefit.

  • Hammerhead Aug 15, 2013

    View quoted thread

    I don't disagree, I was being sarcastic. The talking heads joke, opine and talk smack about such things behind the safety of the microphone and keyboard, but given the opportunity to actually address these issues with the parties involved, they lob softballs or just ignore it. Hard hitting questioning would require actual journalistic moxie. Such is sports "journalism". Kiss up in person, talk smack otherwise. Jim Rome is the king of that, but I think his episode with Jim Everett may have had something to do with it. Sports talk is nothing more now that two or more parties arguing about something, ESPN has about 10 shows dedicated to it.

  • jerryroll Aug 15, 2013

    *Hammerhead* - True - but these are opinion pieces where these issues can be brought up. Aware that it was not the theme of the OP piece from Jeff....but think we need a local discussion on the integrity of all Triangle school athletic programs. Maybe it's best left up to Kelcey and Cullen.

  • StunGunn Aug 14, 2013

    Good reminder for us not to be too quick to criticize people, like Johnny Football.

    The Berrios brothers have been great for Leesville Road; I remember back when Leesville struggled to win. I sure wish Carolina was on his short list.

  • Hammerhead Aug 14, 2013

    View quoted thread

    I don't think that's in the job description.

  • VT1994Hokie Aug 14, 2013

    Solid article Jeff.

  • jerryroll Aug 14, 2013

    Jeff: when are local sportscasters going to call out Word Of God school for their sham of a student-athlete program?? John Wall, Torian Graham, etc. I think folks are afraid of asking the 'Headmaster' Minister of Word Of God tough questions....why should he be allowed to run rampant, play fast and loose with the rules, while local schools look the other way? Think he will claim religious persecution or worse yet 'racism'? Word of God needs to be held accountable for their merry-go-round of a basketball program. Anybody else want to add comments?

  • Willie_11 Aug 14, 2013

    Great lesson to learn Jeff. Thanks for posting that information on the SI story. Very plausible.

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