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  1. Great team win with Jrue Holiday out. It seemed like everyone chipped in offensively throughout the game especially Rondo down the stretch. AD was AD with 37 points.
  2. The Western Conference playoffs will be a dogfight. The Warriors are banged up going down the stretch. Can the Rockets finally get over the hump even though they have the best record? The Trailblazers maybe playing the best basketball in the entire NBA right now. Russell Westbrook has that look in his eyes again. The Pels, Jazz, Spurs & Timberwolves have already started their playoff runs. Every game for every team is a must win. It's definitely the wild, wild West this year.
  3. Baker Mayfield’s Hometown Bristles at Manziel Comparisons QUICKLY NFL scouts are wary of the star quarterback’s past, but those who knew him in high school paint a different picture of Mayfield: a homebody and video game nerd By ROBERT KLEMKO February 01, 2018 Part 2 of our draft season series on Baker Mayfield, the 2018 draft’s most fascinating prospect on and off the field AUSTIN — At Lake Travis High School, on the gated outskirts of Texas’ capital city, there’s a tradition to honor senior football players. Parents cut plywood into silhouettes shaped like Cavaliers and paint the boys’ names and numbers onto the wood, to be displayed on a prominent fence on the sprawling campus. When Baker Mayfield was a senior, a handful of boys from rival Westlake High School, under cover of darkness, stole his Cav-man off the fence. Whether they stole more than one cavalier or just Mayfield’s is not known—local history is hazy on this point. We know this: Mayfield and his friends weren’t going to let the aggression stand. Mayfield and teammate/best friend Zach Austin drove to the local Whataburger, which remains the most popular late-night hangout for Lake Travis students. They had a hunch the Westlake boys would be there, preening on enemy turf. “Sometimes they would come there for a confrontation,” Austin says. “Sure enough, there were five Westlake kids in there, and they started talking trash to us and Baker was right there talking trash, and we kind of made them leave. They jumped in their car and waved the Cav-man at us as they sped off.” A Mayfield-led team never lost to Westlake, with Lake Travis beating their rivals 35-7 in the 2011 regular season, and 14-11 in the 2012 playoffs, with Mayfield dragging an injury-plagued roster to victory. The episode foretold what would become Mayfield’s personal ethos: Embrace the insults and slights, and feed off of them. It’s why you saw him taunt the Kansas sideline by grabbing his crotch after they refused to shake his hand, and why he planted the OU flag on the midfield logo at Ohio State, after getting into an argument with some over-served Buckeye fans. Though the one incident Mayfield’s supporters have the most trouble defending came last February; Fayetteville (Ark.) police arrested him after he tried to run away from officers questioning him about a 2 a.m. fight. Mayfield, who had been visiting friends with his girlfriend, said he was trying to break it up. Put it all under the NFL draft microscope, and you get the analysis procured from three anonymous NFL sources last week. “Baker has a pattern of disrespect,” a scout told Mary Kay Cabot. “Off-the-field, he’s Johnny Manziel.” Said a coach: “He needs work. He’s going to be a challenge.” Said a high-level NFL personnel executive, per Cabot: “He has not shown anywhere near enough emotional maturity to handle what’s coming his way. ... A lot of Manziel characteristics.” It’s that comparison that irks people like Austin and others in the Lake Travis community who are close to Mayfield. For all the high-profile prospects in the 2018 draft, Mayfield’s destination is arguably the biggest unknown. One could see him being seriously considered by the Cleveland Browns with the No. 1 overall selection, or as far back as the end of the first round. Much will hinge on whether evaluators believe the comparison to Manziel—the former Heisman Trophy winner and first-round pick who flamed out of the NFL after two short seasons with the Browns—is justified, or bunk. “I honestly don’t understand the comparison off the field,” Austin says. “From what I heard, Johnny had a lot of issues. Knowing Baker, I can tell you right now, it’s not a good comparison.” Austin, who has been one of Mayfield's closest friends since middle school, says he often tried to convince Mayfield to enjoy the party scene at Lake Travis on the weekends, especially after football wins, but Mayfield would rather stay home and play Halo 3 on Xbox. “He never went out,” says Austin, who is now working toward a graduate degree in personal finance. “He wanted to stay away from that scene. I know that sounds unbelievable, and it may sound like I’m trying to hide something, but he never went out. Says former Lake Travis assistant Ryan Priem: “He was a video game nerd. We never had to worry about any of them partying. It was really nice, because you didn’t have to worry about it. I’ve been in places where you dreaded Fridays.” Mayfield floated the idea of abandoning football and becoming a professional Halo player, Austin says, while reeling from a disappointing start to the football season on the freshman team. Mayfield was set to be benched after two games, but the quarterback who was supposed to take his spot suffered a weightlifting injury. During that time, and throughout the rest of his career, coaches describe him as the consummate teammate. “The Baker I know does not draw attention to himself off the field,” said Lake Travis assistant coach Jonathan Coats. “He doesn’t seek any kind of fame. He never had that gigantic personality that some people do. He never got in trouble with us, not for being late, never a grade problem. The dude was a leader and we counted on him.” In Mayfield’s third year, despite coaches acknowledging Mayfield possessed a better arm than the senior quarterback ahead of him, they gave senior Collin Lagasse the starting nod for combined running and passing ability. On the sixth play of the season, Lagasse suffered a shoulder injury on a scramble down the right sideline. With Mayfield under center, they went 16-0 and won the 4A title game over Midway in Waco. “I think all of that absolutely made his perspective what it is,” his mother, Gina Mayfield says. “You don’t get to a high level and stay there without extremely hard work and always having to strive. So I think the things that happened to him early on, made him able to do what he needed to do to be successful.” Then came Baker’s a-ha moment, Gina says, when a labor of love morphed into an inflexible and unflinching sense of self-confidence. At an Elite 11 qualifying camp in Dallas in 2011, Mayfield realized what he was capable of, through yet another slight. “I sat in front of all these QB experts,” Mayfield says. “I threw in front of some of these guys in high school, and I could throw then just like I can now, and they sat there and ooh’d and aah’d over these other guys. That was the first qualifying camp for Elite 11, and the last one I ever went to.” Gina had driven him to Dallas for the prestigious camp run by former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer and despite her casual fanhood of the sport, she could see something was off. “We were naïve,” Gina says. “These guys that everybody was touting and trying to recruit, he was side by side, and beat them, and it didn’t get portrayed that way. We felt it was designed for certain people to be propped up. It made Baker aware. It stopped being about what other people said, and started being about what he knew he could do.” The rest of the story is well-documented: He walked on at Texas Tech after earning scholarship offers from FAU, Rice and Washington State, three schools he had little interest in. After walking on and winning the starting job at Tech, he fell out with the coaching staff and walked on at Oklahoma. He spent hours diving into a new playbook and nights sneaking into the stadium in Norman to visualize and walk-through plays on the turf. “He came in already believing he was the guy,” says Oklahoma linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo. “At first people were like, huh? But he earned the respect so fast. When he was battling with Trevor Knight, that was some of the craziest football I’ve ever seen. He was making guys miss, then throwing a 40-yard bomb into a tight window. “On the first day, it looked like he played with those receivers for 10 years. When we got back in the locker room all the receivers were like, that’s the guy I want.” What often looked like natural ability and intuition to outsiders and newcomers was Mayfield’s work ethic manifesting itself, friends and coaches say. That’s Lake Travis head coach Hank Carter’s main beef with the Manziel comparison. “I’d say it’s reckless to compare them. Baker has never been involved in something where he’s causing harm to someone, ever,” Carter says. “I’ve never heard anyone question Baker’s love for football. I’ve never heard anyone question Baker’s dedication in the film room, or on the practice field, or in the offseason. His ability to be coached. Those are some of the things the media was putting out there, true or not. But you don’t hear anyone saying that about Baker because it’s not true.” There was ample opportunity for violence over the years. When Mayfield transferred from Texas Tech, every alumni in Austin who recognized him was looking for trouble, says John Pate, a Lake Travis dad whose son played with Mayfield. “All the stories I heard was that when he was in college and the boys were on 6th street and he got confronted, he booked it out of there as soon as possible,” Pate says. After the whole TTU thing, they hated Baker, and he caught hell from every alumni on the planet. He had to leave his brother and my son and the other boys to handle it. He could’ve fought a lot and didn’t do it.” The Arkansas arrest is what will give NFL teams pause. When Pate saw James and Gina Mayfield in a restaurant after the incident made news, James mused, “I told Baker, nothing good happens in Arkansas.” The most common defense among those close to Mayfield—“He’s 22”—won’t be very convincing for evaluators tasked with selecting a face of the franchise this spring. Gina says it’s truly Baker’s biggest regret. “Baker prided himself on never wanting to be that person that let people down, that did those things,” she says. “And he and I knew the comparisons to Johnny would come after that. “At the end of the day that will work itself out. It’s not a life or death sentence. And when people meet him they’ll know.” Sidenote: Westlake High's most well known football alum
  4. I may have or may not have posted this article a few years back when it came out but since Manziel was mentioned in this thread, I will definitely post it now. I mentioned above about the Manziel family & how Johnny was almost destined to end up on certain path. After reading this article you will see why. Also, Johhny's uncle Bobby Joe III was the one who supplied the money & drugs for Johnny while at Texas A&M. So if anyone is going to compare Johnny Manziel to any other QB going forward, you had better do your homework & dig deep into that QBs background. The Long Con: How The Manziels Conquered America When news broke eight days ago that reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel faces an NCAA investigation into whether he sold autographs, the college football world reacted with either confusion or outright skepticism. After all, the press had created an image of the Manziel family that suggested something out of TV's Dallas. Wright Thompson's recent ESPN The Magazine feature alluded to the "Texas oil fortune" that "still funds the family." As Manziel's father, Paul, told Thompson, "It's not Garth Brooks money, but it's a lot of money." If Johnny Football's so rich, the thinking went, why would he stoop to selling autographs for pocket change? But maybe it isn't so weird. It turns out the Manziels are a much more colorful and interesting bunch than any of the profiles thus far have indicated. Their fortune was indeed made in oil—wildcatting, specifically—but there were also family sidelines in cockfighting, small-time grifting, match-fixing, and, if you believe the federal indictments, cocaine-trafficking and murder. In fact, the first great sporting success under the family name wasn't Johnny Football; it was the Manziel grey gamefowl, bred by Johnny's great-grandfather. The Manziels arrived in Texas after cockfighting was outlawed, but they wound up with a breed named after them anyway. That's the story of the Manziels in America. It's the story of making money just this side (and occasionally that side) of the rules. It begins with Johnny Football's great-great grandfather Joseph Manziel, in the Mount Lebanon region of Syria in 1883.1 On Aug. 31, 1907, Joe Manziel emigrated to America, bringing his wife Mary and their 2-year-old son, Esahiah, who would become known as "Bobby Joe." They settled in Louisiana, where in 1921 Joe found himself caught up in a mineral rights scam. The story, as explained by a Louisiana Supreme Court decision issued June 30, 1923, is great, if a little complicated. The short version goes something like this: On June 27, 1921, an oilman named Lee Sanders agreed to sell mineral rights to one J.H. Mitchell, a Louisiana businessman. While the mineral deed was in escrow, the deal fell through. Mitchell's lawyer, George Day, accompanied Sanders to the bank on July 12 to retrieve and dispose of the deed transfer. Day pretended to tear it up, but instead he stole it intact. He then wrote up a transfer deed to Joe Manziel, pre-dating it July 9 and outwardly absolving Joe of any role in the fraud. (The notary public hired to notarize the sale to Manziel called this to both parties' attention, but they insisted it was correct.) On July 21, Joe Manziel went to the county courthouse and filed both the original sale deed—which was, at this point, nearly a month old—and his new deal naming himself the owner. In the dispute that ensued, Manziel would testify that he'd paid $2,500 cash for the property, having carried it around in his pockets for days through the Claiborne Parish oil fields. The Louisiana Supreme Court's written opinion called this a "most unlikely story," propping up the decision of the district judge, who had declared himself "fully convinced Manziel participated in a crooked and dishonest deal [...] and was, in fact, a party to it." The high court denied Joe Manziel's appeal.2 It was not the last time a hustle would land someone named Manziel in court, nor was it the last time a Manziel would lose his case. Bobby Joe Manziel, Joe's son and Johnny Football's great-grandfather3, worked a few angles of his own. He was variously a boxer ("The Syrian Kid"), a promoter, and a writer. In 1927, he was accused of fixing a professional wrestling bout between Greek heavyweight champion Jim Londos and Russian titleholder Count Ivan Zarynoff.4 The scandal cost him his license to promote fights in Louisiana. But the Syrian Kid had made an important connection. Bobby Joe was a lightweight sparring partner of Jack Dempsey's, and the pair would eventually become business partners. In 1956, the New York Times called them "close friends." As legend has it, Bobby Joe moved to East Texas in 1930 with less than two dollars in his pocket, seeking riches as an oilman.5 (Census records show he left behind a young wife and infant daughter, neither of whom is ever mentioned in recent accounts of his life. The wife was quickly divorced, while the daughter, Gloria, mostly shows up in lawsuits as a Manziel heir.) Convinced he'd found oil on the property of the Negro New Hope Baptist Church, Bobby Joe found himself in urgent need of two things: money for drilling and consent from the parishioners. For the money, he wired Dempsey. According to his autobiography, the Manassa Mauler barely remembered Bobby Joe—who'd mostly served as Dempsey's chauffeur—but he sent $400 anyway.6 As for getting permission from the parishioners, here's how the Dec. 18, 1937, Baton Rouge State-Times told the story: That turned out to be the central motif in Bobby Joe's professional life. He would work a deal into the ground. Dempsey, thrilled by the 1,000 percent return on his investment, helped Bobby Joe drill dozens of new wells; the first 11 were dry,7 but subsequent efforts were so lucrative the pair openly and aggressively ignored state and local limits on production. Texas didn't take so kindly to this, and the attorney general's report from 1934 shows the state had hauled Bobby Joe into court six times in eight months for overproduction, violation of prorationorders, operating illegal bypasses, not storing oil for measurement, and failure to pay proper royalties. The drilling even landed Bobby Joe in jail for disobeying state injunctions, with Dempsey's involvement turning the scandal into national sports news. In February 1934, the state railroad commission took over the company's highest-producing well, declaring Manziel and Dempsey "chronic violators of Texas proration laws"8 (proration laws, designed to guard against overproduction, limit production of oil wells to a fraction of their capacity). Two weeks later, a judge friendly to Bobby Joe threw out the charges and slapped the Texas Rangers who'd enforced the railroad commission order with contempt of court.9 As for the feds, Bobby Joe and Jack Dempsey argued that the U.S. government has the right to regulate only interstate commerce; as long as Manziel Oil did business only within Texas, the company was out of the federal government's reach. Their argument won the day at the East Texas federal courthouse, and the case would change the oil industry for good. In 1939, Assistant U.S. Attorney General Charles I. Francis told Time, "As far as the federal government is concerned, oil regulation is wrecked." Bobby Joe remarried in 1937, this time to 18-year-old Dorothy Nolan, an LSU student he'd met "several years" before, at a "Syrian convention," according to a 1937 story in the Baton Rouge State-Times. While the federal government was finally off his back, Bobby Joe's legal challenges were mounting. He was a regular in the court of appeals in Texarkana; state records show that between the years of 1941 and 1953 Bobby Joe lost at least nine different lawsuits, with complaints ranging from "fraud, deceit, and malicious connivance" to attempting to drill for oil in an unfenced area frequented by schoolchildren. And in 1951, he tried to evict a competing oilman from the home he was renting by purchasing it outright.10 Even after Bobby Joe's death, in 1956, the Manziel oil fortune suffered legal setbacks—especially in 1962, when the Texas Supreme Court ruled against the family in Railroad Commission of Texas v. Manziel et al., a case that defined the differences between above- and below-ground trespassing and established a major precedent in geologic and environmental law. Meanwhile Bobby Joe's wells continued to produce—when they weren't exploding, that is. We found repeated references in local papers throughout the '40s and '50s to out-of-control Manziel wells, none worse than a March 1950 explosion that sent up a geyser of fiery crude oil that could be seen, and felt, for miles. This, too, found its way into the national sports pages, with headlines like "Gas Fire Feared At Outlaw Well" attached to Dempsey's name. It was an explosion of a different kind that marked the low point for Bobby Joe Manziel in 1950, though. On Sept. 27, he attempted to start his new cabin cruiser when it exploded upon his turning the ignition. Knocked unconscious by the blast, Bobby Joe was saved by a local man named Russell Bowdoin. Manziel spent weeks in the hospital, while Bowdoin earned a Carnegie Hero prize and a breed of fighting cocks named in his honor.11 It was never established if the explosion was an accident or an assassination attempt. By the time Bobby Joe died in 1956, his relationship with Dempsey had apparently soured enough that the latter became party to a lawsuit seeking rights to a land deal on which an associate said the Manziels had reneged. That suit wasn't decided until four years after Bobby Joe died, but it prompted the boxing champ to leave Tyler and move to Dallas—despite Dempsey having just started construction on a home near Bobby Joe's.12 Still, Dempsey signed on to back Bobby Joe's fantastic dream of building a $3 million auditorium—"bigger than Madison Square Garden"—in Tyler, which at the time had a population of about 45,000. When architects asked to see Manziel's blueprints for the 20,000-seat "Oil Palace," he insisted he needed no blueprints.13 Bobby Joe even purchased the box seats used at the 1956 Democratic Convention in Chicago and planned to install them, complete with politicians' names still attached, in his arena.14 In October 1956, Billboard reported that the Oil Palace was expected to be finished by the end of the year. But Bobby Joe died in November, and despite its alleged near-completion, the property was abandoned; at one point in the 1970s, it was used as a junkyard. Jack Dempsey died without ever seeing the grand arena completed, and those prized seats from the '56 Democratic Convention would eventually be given to a church.15 Something called the "Oil Palace" finally opened in 1983, but with only 7,000 seats it was far from the Texas coliseum that Bobby Joe and Dempsey had envisioned. For sure, lawsuits and well failures are facts of life in the petroleum industry. (Every great fortune is a racket in some way, and that goes double for money made during the Texas oil boom.) And there's no question that in the boom days Bobby Joe Manziel was making money hand over fist. But he was spending it, too. While his God-given talents may have impelled him toward amateur geology, his passion in life was cockfighting—Time called him "the biggest of Texas chicken men"16—and it's to that enterprise he dedicated much of his resources. Despite cockfighting having been banned in Texas before the Manziel family even arrived in the United States, the sport earned much of Bobby Joe's attention. Before he was even a teenager, Manziel was a champion cockfighter (the image above is from 1916). He dedicated a large portion of his land to raising more than 1,200 battle roosters and even bought a private plane to transport them to the makeshift backwoods arenas that hosted the illicit activity.17 (In John Bainbridge's 1961 book The Super-Americans, Bobby Joe claims Texas had more cockfighting pits than movie theaters.) When his competitors dropped out of the gamecock business, Bobby Joe was there to buy up their stock. If he has one true legacy, it's the famed breed of gamefowl that bears his name, the Manziel grey. By reputation, Manziels are fast and hard to raise. He passed his love for the bloodsport to his sons; Bobby Joe Jr. earned a worldwide reputation for his gamecock breeding skills, and Norman Paul claimed the title of Cockfighting World Champion in 1983.18 Norman Paul Manziel is Johnny Football's grandpa. Norman "Big Paul" Manziel was born Oct. 21, 1942, alongside his twin Nolan Edward. On Nov. 20, 1958, cops busted Norman Paul street racing on Broadway Street in Tyler, Texas. When he slammed on the brakes, his car collided with that of his 16-year-old competitor. The boy was injured in the crash, and his family sued Norman Paul for damages. The Manziels won in court, but only after three years of appellate challenges. It would hardly be the last time Norman Paul saw a courtroom. In 2001 he faced felony evasion charges after an attempted DWI stop and eventually pleaded down to a misdemeanor with five years of probation. Part of the deal required him to perform community service, but a year later he was back in handcuffs—with cops claiming he'd bribed his way out of performing it. (Those charges were dropped when the FBI, which executed the sting, refused to turn over the equipment used to record it—claiming "national security concerns."19) The case cost him his probation, though, and later he'd spend another seven months in prison for witness-tampering. But Norman Paul could have avoided a lot of trouble if he'd just stayed away from his older brother. Bobby Joe Manziel named his first son for himself. And in many ways Bobby Joe Jr.—Johnny Football's great-uncle, born Nov. 16, 1938—was the heir to the rougher corners of the family business. He, too, raised gamecocks, and he, too, was something of a hustler. Bobby Joe Jr.'s first major brush with the law came in 1965, when he was busted for counterfeiting. This was no normal counterfeiting case, though. Here are the words of Irving Goldberg, a federal judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit: In 1980, Bobby Joe Jr. was indicted on a conspiracy charge in the 1975 murder of a Tyler grocer, supposedly over unpaid gambling debts.20 He persuaded the assistant prosecutor, Doug Mulder, to flip sides and represent him instead; Mulder got the homicide charge dropped.21 We couldn't locate the file anywhere. The only allusions to the case we could find were in a pair of old newspaper stories. The court didn't buy Bobby Joe Jr.'s argument—"it is impossible to defraud a dishonest man"—and he was convicted of a federal felony. In 1990, Bobby Joe Jr. made a cameo in a case involving a man named Reginald Dean, a bank robber appealing his conviction. Testimony in the case tied Bobby Joe Jr. and an associate named Mondee Stracener—one of Dean's original co-defendants—to gambling and to something called the "Dixie Mafia"24: In 2002, Bobby Joe Jr. found himself in handcuffs again when a federal jury indicted him on cocaine trafficking charges in what was described22 as a "$2,000 quick-money scheme." There was a plea deal, according to federal court document, and according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Bobby Joe Jr. was released in 2005.23 Nevertheless, Bobby Joe Jr. managed to spend most of his life as a free man; he still operates the Oil Palace, where he regularly welcomes notable conservatives like Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin. His son, Bobby Joe III, hasn't been so lucky with the law. The Texas Department of Public Safety reports that Lone Star State cops have busted Bobby Joe III, born Aug. 21, 1962, at least 13 times. Charges range from grand theft to fraud to felony drug possession. He's spent most of the past 20 years in prison or on probation. (His last sentence, for drugs, ended seven weeks ago). Interspersed among these are more minor crimes, like theft of a value less than $50. A post on a cockfighting message-board suggests Bobby Joe III followed his dad and grandfather into the sport: Sometime in the early nineties, Little Bobby Joe Manziel III came over to train our birds he used a socket knife that had a different curved design. He used it during his first derby at roligon a 5cock. He used the same knife on all ten of the birds and did not sharpen it once. He lost the first and then won 9 straight. The knives (3of them) were stolen after the derby. Bobby Joe III's first cousin John Paul Manziel, born Dec. 6, 1966, is Johnny Football's dad. Paul, as he's known, has been busted once—for criminal mischief, in 2002, though details on that incident seem to be lost to history. He has otherwise avoided the kind of trouble that found Bobby Joe III, unless you include his repeatedly getting banned from college football message boards. (Paul married a Tyler woman named Cindy Boaz in 1987, according to Nevada marriage records. They divorced in 1990, and a year later Paul married Johnny Football's mom, Michelle. Texas A&M's official website describes the pair as "high school sweethearts.") Paul is general manager at Fenton Honda in Longview, Texas. That's a three-hour drive from Bryan, where the Manziel family lives. (It's more than six hours from Kerrville, where the family used to live.) In fact, he comes home only on the weekends.25 That's a lot of hard work for the grandson of an oil heir. He certainly doesn't possess the air of a man living idly off a family fortune. And in any case the oil money may be more narrowly held than the many profiles would have us believe. Remember grandpa Norman Paul's twin brother, Nolan Edward? Compared with the rest of the Manziels, who traveled loudly through 20th-century America, Nolan Edward Manziel might as well be a ghost. Other than state and county business records, he barely exists on the Internet or in periodical databases. He's never been in trouble with the law, that we can tell, and he's never been individually sued. The only public drama in his life was the 1981 death of his 12-year-old daughter, Deborah, in a fire that destroyed their house. He was not home at the time.26 As recorded in publicly accessible databases, business filings for the Manziel family oil practice throughout the 1970s and 1980s featured not the full set of Manziel heirs (as seen in the '60s) but just two names: Bobby Joe's widow, Dorothy Nolan Manziel, and Nolan Edward. When the Manziels bought something, Dorothy and Nolan signed the note. When they sold assets, their names went on the deed. The family fortune, at least outwardly, was moving away from Bobby Joe Jr., Norman Paul, and the other Manziel children. On June 21, 1993, Nolan Manziel created the Manziel Family Oil & Gas Partnership Limited. Public records show he's the sole officer and registered agent. Two months after Nolan created the company, county records show Dorothy Nolan Manziel sold what appears to be the entirety of the family's oil and gas interests to the partnership. The price? $10. [Clarification, Oct. 4: The price was $10 "and other goods and valuable consideration," which is boilerplate contractual language. Also, according to John Tedesco's rigorous but generally sententious bird-dogging of our story, Dorothy Manziel sold only her personal share. You can read all of Tedesco's criticism here. It's based on a very narrow and ungenerous reading of this story, but he does clear up several details.] On paper, the cash doesn't appear to reach Johnny Football's branch of the family. Some of it may come that way regardless. But the real inheritance for the young quarterback appears to be the greater Manziel legacy. In his Sports Illustrated profile of Manziel, Andy Staples wrote: After Manziel won the Heisman, the signature requests exploded. He had learned to avoid the professional autograph hounds, but he didn't know how to manage the ones in his own inner circle. School officials wanted him to sign memorabilia. Manziel says one teammate filled a pool table and a Ping-Pong table with items to be signed. Friends of Manziel's mother, father, grandmother and aunt sent dozens of items with requests for autographs. At one point early this year Manziel's parents' garage was stuffed with memorabilia awaiting his signature. He couldn't take it anymore. He spent hours each week signing, and he grew angry with his parents for accepting the autograph requests. But Manziel, who posed for hundreds of pictures during the same period, was just as bad as his family members. He couldn't say no. In the early 20th century, a celebrity athlete helped open the spigot for the family; in the 21st, the family's very own celebrity athlete has become the spigot himself. Maybe the autographs weren't merely a token of his new and overwhelming fame, as the many profiles have it. Maybe they were exactly what they seem to be: a way to make a buck. Wildcatting in the NCAA bylaws, you might say. Defrauding college sports' dishonest men. Just another piece of family bidness. 1 Immigration documents show the Manziel family reported themselves as Syrian. Contemporary articles often claim Johnny Football's family is Lebanese. Neither Lebanon nor Syria existed as independent countries before the Manziels emigrated here, both being regions belonging to the Ottoman Empire. 2 The Southern Reporter, Vol. 97, 1924. 3 Texas A & M's official Manziel website says Bobby Joe is Johnny's "great-great uncle." This is wrong. 4 The Atlanta Constitution, July 17, 1927. 5 Time, February 19, 1934. 6 Jack Dempsey, Dempsey By The Man Himself, 1960. 7 The Victoria Advocate, July 11, 1956. 8 Ogden Standard-Examiner, Feb. 7, 1934. 9 Dallas Morning News, Feb. 27, 1934. 10 Dallas Morning News, Aug. 23, 1951. 11 Pampa News, Oct. 21, 1951 . 12 Dallas Morning News, Sept. 12, 1956. 13 Paris News, March 15, 1950. 14 Odessa American, May 4, 1985. 15 Dallas Morning News, April 19, 1960. 16 Time, March 8, 1948. 17 Ibid. 18 Josh Katzowitz, Johnny Football: Johnny Manziel's Road from the Texas Hill Country to the Top of College Football, 2012. 19 Roger W. Shuy, Creating Language Crimes, 2005. 20 Seguin Gazette-Enterprise, Dec. 5, 1980. 21 Fort Worth Star-Telegram, March 28, 1993. 22 Shuy. 23 Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Oct. 3, 2002. And if you haven't figured it out yet, Norman Paul's bribery charge was a direct result of the FBI's (successful) sting operation on Bobby Joe Jr. 24 Testimony from Dean v. United States, U.S. District Court, 1990. 25 Katzowitz. 26 Seguin Gazette-Enterprise, Dec. 31, 1981.
  5. I get the impression that Suh is no rush to sign with any team at the moment. He will do his visits then decide which situation is best for him both on & off the field.
  6. Suh along side Aaron Donald? Is that even legal?
  7. But I will talk about Rosen, so let's talk Rosen. The negatives that came up were consistent: He has an underlying arrogance about him that can rub some the wrong way; he has a little bit of a party reputation off the field (though not to the point of serious concern); and his work habits and leadership have room to grow. As a highly regarded prospect in high school, he butted heads with former NFL quarterback Trent Dilferat the Nike Elite 11 camp, disagreeing with the Super Bowl-winner’s changes to the playbook given to quarterbacks at the beginning of camp. “I like being challenged,” Dilfer said, via The Orange County Register. “I don’t mind that stuff. My bigger thing was he thinks he knows more than he knows.” “HE’S THE ONE I KNOW THE BEST — HE’S GOT SIZE, ATHLETIC TOOLS, VELOCITY,” THE EXECUTIVE TOLD ALBERT BREER OF THE MMQB. “HE’S JUST A MESS OFF THE FIELD AND HE’S COMING OFF THE INJURY. HE NEEDS TO GROW UP, BUT THE TALENT IS OFF THE CHARTS.” The Bad For all the good, there can be some shake-your-head bad. It’s starts with poor decisions — particularly over the middle of the field, where arm arrogance rears its ugly head. Rosen is a rhythm-based player. Hit the back foot, get the ball out on time, move on with the game. That’s the plan. Every now and then he goes into a freelance role he wasn’t born to play. He ranked 24th among draft-eligible quarterbacks in turnover-worthy throws in 2017, per ProFootballFocus. He would be overly aggressive and make some dumb choices. Too often he attempted to squeeze the ball through the tiniest holes, a recipe for interceptions. Some decisions can be explained away by frustration. He was pressing. His team was bad. The game was on his back. He put extra mustard on balls he that should have been change-ups: Sure, that’s a poor route and a lazy catch attempt, but it’s a misplaced throw. The only thing worse than being late over the middle is missing high, wide and hard over the middle. Defenders gobble that up. Other decisions were flat-out terrible. He struggled with roving defenders who started closer to the line of scrimmage before they sunk into a middle hook zone. And there were difficulties against “hole” defenders in three-safety sets or Tampa-2 defenders who dropped to a similar depth. There’s some Jameis Winston to his game. He has all the velocity in the world, and a brain that is a step ahead of everyone else on the field. Get it right, and you see some beautiful anticipatory throws. But it also leads to miscommunication, and some awful plays when everyone isn’t on the same page. Even that beautiful post throw got him in some trouble. There’s a time and a place for such artistry. Rosen dug into that particular bag of tricks too often. Teams sat on it, dropping a defender into his preferred spot: Issues grew in the second half. As games got tight and he pressed more, he forced more: Woof. That’s an unacceptable throw in a big spot. All the calm and game-management skills that you see early on must carry over throughout the game. Still: It’s correctable. They’re lapses in concertation muddled with arrogance. There remains a greater body of good than bad, even under pressure (and he was pressured a bunch). So why Mayfield over Josh Rosen here? It’s close. Mayfield is one of the best leaders in this class, and there are still questions about Rosen’s ability to galvanize a team. Opinions are that Rosen is not the leader they need on the field for the next level — the things he’s gotten away with on the college field won’t fly in the NFL. The word egotistical was mentioned many times in referring to Rosen. Multiple accounts say it was that demeanor that cost him a scholarship offer to Stanford, his dream school, when he visited Palo Alto for a camp before his junior season two years ago. He was perceived to be overbearing. “I’m too confident for my own good at times,” Rosen said in Bruce Feldman’s 2014 book “The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks.” “Sometimes I do come off as arrogant in interviews or whatever, but I feel like that’s also part of what makes my play what it is.” And yet Rosen has also showed signs of immaturity—two years ago he and some friends rearranged a neighbor's lawn ornaments in sexually suggestive positions—and just plain poor judgment. Since arriving at UCLA he has set off a social media firestorm over presidential politics, deleted at least one provocative Instagram post and been forced to apologize to the school. The coach is constantly asking Rosen whom he wants to be: Peyton Manning or Johnny Manziel? "I'm not going to f‑‑‑‑‑‑ get in trouble for drugs or anything like that, but I don't want to be this crystal-clean guy with perfect responses," says Rosen. "I'm not going to pretend to be 50. I just want to be happy and enjoy the experiences I have and take advantage of every opportunity I've been given."
  8. At least mention what Mayfield was arrested for. I will help you out. It was for public intoxication, disorderly conduct, fleeing & resisting arrest because he ran when cops tried to question him about a fight that he wasn't even involved in. That could easily have been any college kid or anyone of us for that matter. I'm willing to overlook it because one, it was his only arrest & secondly, he has owned up to letting his family & the OU program down. Secondly, the Manziel comparisons are hilarious. Manziel didn't even bother to practice or watch film, had physical altercations with coaches, didn't go to class, loved the party life & had substance abuse issues at Texas A&M. Mayfield is a hard worker who has earned every accomplishment awarded to him. He is a first in, last to leave the building player who is loved by both his coaches & teammates. He eats, sleeps & breathes everything football. Rosen on the other hand, doesn't take to coaching well & acts like a know it all. Because of that, it's said he wasn't well liked by coaches or teammates at UCLA. How on Earth is he supposed to grow & develop if he isn't willing to be coached up? With Mayfield it's just the opposite. He loves the game. He loves to practice. He enjoys learning & watching film. Baggage? What baggage? The one arrest I mentioned above. Him grabbing his crotch at the smack talking Kansas Jayhawks? This was addressed in the Draftzone when it happened during the college season. How about checking that out before making assumptions. Last but not least, some of here actually have connections to certain players & certain college programs. I have mentioned more than once over the past year of my connection with the Sooners. You can check my post history. My source hasn't lead me wrong yet & he stands firm that Baker Mayfield is a man of high character. He made one mistake with the law & he is a fiery player who let his emotions get the best of him at Kansas this past season. My post history will also show that I will call a spade, a spade. If a player is a piece of sh*t, I will be the first to call him out. Manziel was a piece of sh*t. He couldn't help it. It was in his blood. Mayfield is young man who made some mistakes outside of his character because he wears his emotions on sleeve. Still in all he comes from a good family. Manziel came from a family of thieves, crooks & addicts. His own uncle was supplying him with drugs & money while in college. I'm done talking about Mayfield until draft night. Honestly, you haven't even bothered to even read any of the posts or articles linked concerning Mayfield because if you had, there's no way you make such a post.
  9. If anyone knows the value of an “undersized” quarterback, it’s former Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Bevell sat down with Sports Illustrated’s Robert Klemko to break down video of former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. Bevell, who’s been Russell Wilson’s coach since the quarterback entered the league, gave his opinion on the Mayfield-Wilson comparisons From Sports Illustrated:
  10. Payton & Rosen would butt heads. Brees is also the ultimate teammate but I really wonder just how well he would get along with the arrogant youngster. Anyway, Payton values character. Because of that, I can't see him taking any chances on Josh Rosen.
  11. Yet I keep reading in every draft breakdown that teams are infatuated with Josh Allen, Josh Rosen & Sam Darnold because they all have the prototypical size & arm strength that teams value so much. Allen is the most mobile of them all & his arm strength is on another level but the question with him is can he lead a NFL franchise? Rosen's issues have been well documented. If we were going solely off of his 2016 season, Sam Darnold would be a slam dunk to be the 1st QB taken. Except we can't overlook his 2017 where he was careless with the football. Darnold had 22 turnovers (fumbles & INTs) He ended up being in a tie, leading the nation in turnovers. It was a continuation of a troubling season-long trend for Darnold. The redshirt sophomore is considered a top prospect for the coming NFL draft, should he decide to declare early. But his three turnovers raised his season total to 22, tied for the national lead. Also, I keep reading that some teams will avoid Mayfield because of his height. When will teams begin to understand that this notion is played out? The second knock against Mayfield is his height. He’s expected to measure in at six-foot or less. There are teams that have a size threshold, usually around 6-foot-2, and simply won’t draft smaller quarterbacks. While many will point to Drew Brees and Russell Wilson as examples of current NFL quarterbacks that have had success despite being shorter than the standard quarterback, those two are very much the exception to the general trend. I hope all these rumors are indeed fact. Let Baker fall back enough where the Saints don't have to sell the farm to get him so the league can watch what Sean Payton does with him after Brees retires.
  12. That's a lot of cap space to play with which makes me nervous about Suh visiting the Titans. They also were a playoff team last season who managed to get a win in KC Wild Card weekend. They have built themselves a pretty good defense there in Nashville over the last few years. I don't think the Titans are Super Bowl contenders but they legitimate playoff contenders because of that defense.
  13. Ndamukong Suh leaves Saints after visit, headed to Titans It appears New Orleans will have to wait to see if they’ve landed a big fish in the bayou, as Suh is on to the next stop By John J. Hendrix@JohnJHendrix Mar 17, 2018, 4:41pm CDT Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images The Ndamukong Suh tour has at least one more stop on the agenda, as he’s reportedly left New Orleans after his Saturday afternoon visit with the Saints. According to Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports, Suh was heading to Nashville to visit with the Tennessee Titans. Schultz added that Suh wanted to take his time and evaluate his plethora of options with his family. Suh has drawn interest from the Seahawks and Cowboys, although Dallas was reportedly out of the running. It wouldn’t be surprising to see more teams pop up on the radar to potentially land the hot defensive tackle free agent. The Saints have been linked to some big names during the early stages of free agency, and several of the moves already made were quality additions. A big splash like Suh would make the team’s front four absolutely terrifying, but perhaps there are other players (like the recently released Johnathan Hankins) who might pop up on their radar.