Johnny Manziel Famous For Nothing


We have created a culture where people are famous for being famous.  There are people who have accomplished nothing yet they are notables. Johnny Manziel and Kim Kardasian are two perfect examples of this phenomena.

The football season has begun as training camps have opened and the games are practically upon us.

Johnny Manziel whose bad boy reputation has garnered him attention has yet to take a snap under center in the NFL. Despite that, Manziel has enough money and fame to last him a life time. For accomplishing what– I do not know– but what a gig!

Manziel spent most the off season partying while professing that his play ethic would not affect his preparation, or his on field performance.

Nothing could be further from the truth. One’s off field preparation is the biggest contributor to their on the field performance.

Even if Manziel is successful he will still be under performing if he continues the way he is going, much in the way the alcohol addicted Mickey Mantle and many others like him did.

Maybe one day Manziel will straighten out his act, poor Mickey never did.  Mantle is joined by a laundry list of those who never fulfilled their potential due to their issues.

Things were not always this way. It was not too long ago when people had to earn their money and perhaps their fame first. Now the process has been turned inside out. You get your money upfront and then you perform. And if you do not perform the money is already in the bank.

We have become jealous, envious, and voyeuristic as many of us fantasize about what it might be like to be faux famed.  And also live vicariously through them.

It is common to psychologically project our emotional needs and desires onto others, especially people we do not know. This creates a false impression of who they are.

Thus, when people act or present themselves in a manner different than we had imagined them to be, we become disappointed, and often times angry.

There are a number of reasons for this.

First, our imaginations shaped them to emotionally fit our own needs.  It can also be cathartic to see others fall from grace, as many of us who have fallen on hard times can easily identify with this.

Additionally, misery loves company and the media thrives on feel good or feel bad stories—it is their bread and butter.

It seems like many celebrities and athletes want to be famous and recognized on their own terms. Just like we do. Although it does not really work that way. Unless you are Jay Z and Beyonce who seem to have it down to a science.

As for the rest of us, if you post your life for all to see on social media sites you are totally exposed. Many do not seem to grasp this concept and neither do we, as putting one’s entire life on the internet has become the rule rather than the exception.

Some athletes seem to have forgotten that interacting with, and being covered by the media is part of their job description.

Never has a generation done so little and expected and gotten so much.

Recently Kyle Shanahan the new offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns, compared Manziel to RG3 who Shanahan had coached in Washington.

I think this to be a perfect comparison but not in the way Shanahan does.

RG3 after a great rookie season blew out his knee and has yet to return to form. There are now questions about his overall ability going forward.

The point is neither player has accomplished very much with RG3 holding a slight edge, but both seem to hold themselves in high regard–as do we.

There have been nothing but positive pronouncements coming from the Browns organization about how Manziel is doing. What do you expect them to say?

Additionally, Manziel has created a persona that has attracted the fan bees to the honey. We can always expect something from Manziel, it would be nice if it was an optimal work ethic combined with an outstanding performance on the grid iron.

But with people like Manziel and Kardashian and those of the ilk, that does not really seem to matter.