A lot of people are calling Johnny Manziel a *******. That might be true and it might not be true, but in any case, he doesn't seem to be going out of his way to change anybody's mind about it.
He's probably not a bad person. But he doesn't seem to care what anybody says, as long as they don't say he can't play.
Right up until Saturday, he reasonably could have been seen as a victim of the media and the NCAA, an overly scrutinized 20-year-old who was mischaracterized as a *******. But then he showed up Saturday against Rice, knowing every eye would be on him on every snap, and he taunted an Owls player with a little autograph-signing gesture , then got flagged for taunting another one with something else, and there was also that little thing where he acted like he was rubbing money between his fingers . . . during a 52-31 blowout.
He knowingly, openly, flagrantly acted like a ******* -- and I love him for it.
There's a real spirit to it all, a deeply entrenched independence that...