OLD RICH WHITEY IS TAEKIN'. Colin Cowherd has made his bones through thinly-veiled, obscure racist analogies that tie the on-field performances of black athletes to the language of rap music or mortgage rates. Since his audience is white salesmen driving from bumfuck to bumfuck slinging lousy life insurance policies while nursing off that daily Cutty Sark hangover, Cowherd's ratings have remained strong. All these salesmen are confident they themselves could be the owner of the Pats or Commissioner of the NFL. It allows for the host and his minions to talk about the athletes like they're barely human beings.
"I’ve said this before: Johnny Manziel, to me, is John Wall," Cowherd said. "When I criticize John Wall for the Dougie, [fans say] that’s thin slicing, that is racism. I said no, it’s driven by an idiotic act, and then I look at your past. And I look at Johnny Manziel’s past: he’s an entitled trust fund kid, I hated his money sign, I looked in his family history and saw oil money, rich kid, entitled, he will never succeed. Now, John Wall is a much better basketball player than Johnny Manziel is a football player. It’s not close. John wall is atremendous talent. Johnny Manziel is a borderline NFL player. But Johnny Manziel is giving up the money sign, Millennials, and it does matter."
There's a lot going on there with little logic or reason. First of all, Johnny Manziel is a Heisman Trophy winner. He's already a success even if he never plays another down of football. Second, there are a couple Manning boys in the NFL that grew up entitled, monied, southern lads that seem to have landed on their feet. Drew Brees went to Austin Westlake. Matthew Stafford went to Highland Park. The list goes on. I think the evidence would show that the norm for 2015 NFL quarterbacks is white men with privileged backgrounds.
The timing is what is strange here. Johnny has earned much of his criticism over the years, but in 2015, Johnny Manziel is a 22 year old young man who voluntarily went to two months of in-patient treatment. That ain't no joke. That is putting your money where your mouth is in the journey to become a better human being. The humbling act of surrendering and reflecting on one's self is something Cowherd has likely never had to endure at that magnitude in his life. Johnny is 22. He's keeping his mouth shut and by all accounts, working his ass off at the Browns' facilities.
Maybe Johnny won't have a legendary NFL career. Maybe he'll get cut or be relegated to a career as a backup. That won't matter to me. I'm proud as hell of the Johnny Manziel I've seen in 2015. Each day he strives to stay sober and be a better person is a success. Gig 'em, John. Plus, I still think you've got the chops to have a helluva NFL career. Shove it up Cowherd's ass.
Have a good weekend, y'all. 10 more weeks. Hugs