Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 10/22/14
Mike Francesa has denied nodding off during his radio broadcasts a couple of different times— sorry Mike we have the videos to prove it — but for once, the the afternoon sports radio jockey admitted he had his eyes closed when it came to casting his vote for this year's Heisman. The WFAN host confirmed during his show that he missed the deadline for this year's Heisman vote because the Army-Navy game is being played at a later date this year.  "I did something this year, folks, that I have never done before in my life.  I actually messed up the Heisman date and didn't get my vote in," Francesa said.  "What screwed me up was, I usually know it's [the deadline] the Monday after the Army-Navy game; the Army-Navy game this week is later. "They backed the Army-Navy game up this year, so I said, 'Oh, I can't have it the same day as the Army-Navy game,' so that's when I realized I was in trouble." Actually, this is the fourth straight year Army-Navy has been played the same day as the Heisman ceremony. Francesa, who claims he's been voting for the annual award for thirty years, said he was confused by the uncharacteristically late game this year.  It sounds like he uses the match up as his Heisman alarm clock and it just didn't go off yet. The ballot was due a few days ago. Lately, Francesa had been talking pretty highly of the season Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel had over the other candidates — Kansas State QB Collin Klein and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o.  Manziel is the odds-on favorite and would be the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy. If Manziel loses by a single vote, Johnny Football might want to make a call to the show.  Only problem, he still wouldn't get a word in.
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