Some, like Herm Edwards of ESPN, do not see an issue with Johnny Manziel’s trip to Las Vegas over Memorial Day weekend. Well, the rest of us ARE EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED!
So what if Manziel is 21 years old. He’s really only been legally allowed to drink for a little over five months. With his boyish looks and baby face, he might still be able to get a citation for underage drinking. So what if, according to the National Institute of Health, younger people are able to metabolize and breakdown alcohol quicker so that it stays in their bodies for a shorter period of time compared to older persons. Manziel was only 105 days away from the Cleveland Browns first game of the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers (September 7th). That's not nearly enough recovery time!
Disregarding what the CDC and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism have to say on the subject, I refuse to believe that physically fit people (with lower body fat percentages and more muscle mass) will not have as high of blood alcohol levels compared to their unfit counterparts: there is no way Manziel will be over the side effects of May’s debauchery by the start of the season.
I don’t care, University of Rochester Medical Center, if the body can "generally metabolize about one average drink every hour." I presume Johnny had more than 1,824 shots of Patrón over the weekend which means he still won’t be ready in time for the first preseason game against the Detroit Lions (7:30 PM, August 9th). That’s very worrisome.
Obviously, one has to ignore science at a time like this and treat the situation as if it were January, moments before a playoff game. Overlook the facts. Ignore the research. Science is for cowards and nerds, the types of people ESPN’s former-player analysts used to shove inside lockers as they strolled through the halls of their respective high schools.
Mark Brunell said it best on SportsCenter: "I wanna know that the future of my franchise isn’t going to fly to Vegas every time he’s got two or three days off. It’s about professionalism."
Brunell is exactly right. Franchise quarterbacks don’t just go off to extravagant places to attend vivacious parties during the off season. The gym rats, the Tom Bradys of the world, are studying film and preparing, 24/7, in the offseason and especially on holidays!
(Carnival is typically in March, people. Brady is responsible enough to do his vacationing six months before the season starts. Johnny Football had the gull to do it within 4 months of game 1!)
Mr. Manziel should be ashamed. It’s ludicrous that he thinks he should be able to take part in the same activity that the average NFL tailgater takes part in (beginning at 5 AM every Sunday in the fall). It’s my job to puke a mixture of Coors Light and bratwurst on a seven-year-old girl sitting in front of me during a game. Johnny’s job is to win football games. He doesn’t have the right to fly to Vegas on a whim and drink responsibly this close to the season! He needs to stay away from all of that each and every day of the year because he’s a player. Right?
"He’s gotta be more responsible," said one repulsed Jets fan.
He has a job to do (not unlike the millions of Americans that ignored that very same fact before going back to work the Tuesday after Memorial Day).
Most NFL fans have never tried alcohol and it’s not an issue in stadiums across the country, hence why the criticism of Manziel from the masses is well-warranted and we’re the ones who should rightfully be condemning his behavior.
Even more bothersome, he robbed us of the chance to duly criticize him by not getting arrested on an alcohol-related charge during his highly publicized trip. How inconsiderate. By not getting arrested or committing a crime, he chose not to become a part of a growing issue among his (under criticized) peers. What nerve.
This is the United States of America, Mr. Manziel. As Americans, we have the unalienable right to criticize any of our citizens that imbibe alcohol, no matter the amount or how responsibly, without necessarily having to turn the microscope on ourselves. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that only 51.3 % of adults, 18 years of age or older, were "regular drinkers." We expect you not to be one of them, especially not on Memorial Day, in the month of May, this close to the NFL season.
SFX: MILLER HIGH LIFE CAN CRACKS OPEN.