We all benefit from living in a 24/7, social-media-connected, entertainment at our fingertips world. For football fans this means an offseason of NFL Network, ESPN and a host of other sports cable networks analyzing the last season and making predictions about the next season. Free agency, the draft, trades, OTAs and training camps are broken down and talked about from every angle imaginable. Each day’s headline becomes the next biggest story and the world stops turning until it is saturated in over analysis.
I can’t think of a better example of this egregious media bombardment than Johnny Manziel. Please understand, I have nothing against Manziel; he accomplished many things on the field in college and has a polarizing personality off the field. The problem is he is way overhyped by the media. I am sick and tired of hearing how, because of his mechanics on a certain throw in a preseason game, he is destined to be the greatest or worst quarterback of all time. I can’t stand how when I turn on ESPN Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith are debating what kind of impact Manziel’s choice of toothpaste will have on his NFL career. Today’s media are so worried about being the first to break the latest great story that they bombard us all with jibber-jabber that is ultimately pointless and a waste of energy to worry about. When will we realize that hype is just that — hype. Talk is cheap and the media uses it to make lots of money by making us believe that their latest tidbit is the coolest thing since sliced bread. I think it is safe to say that nothing in the offseason will ever top sliced bread, so we should keep offseason media hype and Johnny Manziel, into proper perspective until we see action out on the field.
Of course football fans can all rejoice and do away with the talk and speculation as college football began last weekend and the NFL begins tonight as the Green Bay Packers visit the Seattle Seahawks. Football is a game played on the field. This is how it has always been and it will always be this way. The media hoopla that constantly surrounds us is just cheap talk. Johnny Manziel, despite the hype, will need to earn it on the field; this is the beauty of sport.