A Few Things


I honestly don’t understand just how Johnny Manziel has vaulted up the NFL draft board and now seems to be a lot of people’s number one pick.


I mean, the guy hasn’t even played a football game in close to a month yet, somehow, his stock has risen from not even being a first rounder, to the top 10 and finally to the top spot. I think his celebrity must be playing some part in this meteoric rise because I can’t see any other reason. Heck, the combine hasn’t even happened and he wasn’t eligible to play in any of the post-season all-star games. Manziel has been a puzzle to me since I watched him play in high school.


In my opinion his greatest skill is his elusiveness. I don’t think he’s that great of a passer and I have no idea about his mental makeup. He’s certainly arrogant. I’ll give him that, but that doesn’t mean a thing in the NFL – one-way or the other. I think in a lot of ways he reminds me of Michael Vick coming out of Virginia Tech, (without the penchant for dog fighting of course) but without as strong an arm. Of course Vick was selected first overall so I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise to see Manziel get the same treatment. One way or the other, the combine and the subsequent pro days should be awfully interesting this year.


I’ve been enjoying the Olympic hockey tournament and, hopefully, you have too. I truly believe that Olympic hockey is one of the great spectacles in sport and it’s even better when Team U.S.A. has a chance to win gold. Even though I was kind of young, I still remember the team from 1980 winning gold and how thrilling it was for me as a kid. In fact, I’m pretty sure that’s where my interest in hockey began (and it was a pretty strange thing for a kid from Texas to have any interest in a sport played on ice) and I have been following it ever since. The American team looks very strong this year and thanks to a rally by our neighbors to the north Canada, we will square off against them in the semi-finals. I would like to think our team has what it takes to get past the Canadians, but it’s hard to discount all the talent they have on their club. That said, it’s going to be a great game and I can’t wait for the puck to drop tomorrow!


Finally, spring is in the air – can you feel it? Well, depending on where you live the answer is probably different. I was in New York City last weekend and it snowed on me for four days (with highs in the mid 20’s). When I returned home to Austin, it was 70 degrees at 9 p.m. So yeah, spring at home, not so much in New York. However, what I was referring to was the start of baseball as spring training has begun! If you read the column on a fairly regular basis you know how much I enjoy baseball so, rest assured, I am quite happy. With the start of camp comes so much possibility and so many things to watch but I will not get into that now. Instead I will just say to you, happy spring, and be on my way to prepare to watch some more Olympic hockey. Either that, or to update my NFL mock draft board. You know, if I have the time.