Friday, September 6, 2013

Covering Dixie: Johnny Manziel's critics, Aaron Murray, Jadeveon Clowney, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. All your crystal football are belong to us.

Haters gonna hate. 
Gregg Doyle claims that criticism from media personalities like ESPN's Lou Holtz and Mark May, and former Oklahoma head football coach Barry Switzer are making the public sympathetic to Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel. He goes a little further in how the media shapes public perceptions about athletes, using Tiger Woods and current Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick. Then he points out to foibles of Manziel's critics. Don't think we've forgotten, Mark May. (CBS Sports)

In related Johnny Manziel hater news...
Joe Theisman is not a Johnny Manziel fan. Shut up. Joe. (Dr. Saturday)

Aggies vs. Bearkats.
Good Bull Hunting's legendary Tailgate previews Sam Houston State @ Texas A&M. It includes some criticism of Texas A&M's critics, and desires that Johnny Manziel go all "Stone Cold" Steve Austin or The Rock on some hapless unnamed ESPN reporter. 

Meanwhile, back in reality...

I Did It My Way?
Dawg Sports asks if Georgia starting QB should call his own plays. Well, anybody would have to be better at calling plays than Bulldog offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, but that's another discussion for another day. Of course, Murray would find it hard to call his on plays this Saturday after South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney decapitates him.

Say It Loud - I'm Red and Black and I'm Proud! 
Georgia HC Mark Richt wants the Bulldog Nation to be loud during Saturday's game against South Carolina. They probably will as they beg Jadevenon not to harm any more Georgia players after he decapitates Aaron Murray. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before. 
Andy Staples tries to "assess" Jadeveon Clowney after his lackluster performance last weekend against North Carolina. Luckily, talk like this will end after Clowney mutilates his third Georgia player in Athens tomorrow. (

Let's make the best of the situation before I finally go insane.
Brandon Marcello looks at how Auburn can handle playing Arkansas State by looking past the fact that Tigers HC Gus Malzhan was the Red Wolves' HC last season. (

In other awkward HC's coaching against their former team's news...
Terez A. Paylor looks back at when Missouri HC Gary Pinkel coached Toledo, whom Mizzou plays at home on Saturday. He was asked if he was interested in the job by then Toledo HC Nick Saban, who was leaving to become the defensive coordinator the Cleveland Browns. (The Kansas City Star)

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.
Alex Byington looks at Auburn's continuing search for a "go-to" receiver." (The Opelika-Auburn News)

A Sort of Homecomming.
On the eve of Florida's road game against Miami ay Sun Life Stadium, Kevin Brockway profiles Gator wide receiver Quinton Dunbar, who was raised in the Overton area of Miami. Dunbar lost two friends he grew up with in the area to gun violence last spring. (The Gainesville Sun)

Cody wants a pony.
Andrew Gribble profiles Alabama punter Cody Mandell. (

Children of Alcorn. 
For Whom the Cowbell Tolls previews Mississippi State's home opener against Alcorn State.


Alabama redshirt freshman defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson suffered a knee injury during practice on Wednesday that will require surgery, according to Alabama HC Nick Saban. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)


Bye Bye Bye.
Rickie Muncie previews Alabama's bye week. It may be the most dangerous week on the 'Bama schedule. Not counting next Saturday against Texas A&M. (Roll 'Bama Roll)

An preview of LSU's home opener against Alabama-Birmingham, Ric Flair style. WHOOOOOOH! (And the Valley Shook)

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