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Johnny Manziel’s girlfriend could be Kyndal Kyaire

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Johnny Manziel was sitting behind home plate at the Texas Rangers game on Tuesday night, but the internet was more concerned with the lovely lady who was sitting next to him. Naturally, the folks at Busted Coverage quickly determined that the woman accompanying Manziel was a model from San Diego named Kyndal Kyaire.

Could Manziel have simply been going to the game with a friend? Yes, but let’s remember the former Texas A&M star has been known to date models. Also, I would never do this with my buddy at the ballpark.

If Manziel and Kyaire can be classified as “just friends,” I need to get me one of those.

Photo: Twitter/Nate’s Rangers Notes

Ryan Howard: Phillies have played very well this year

Ryan-HowardThe Philadelphia Phillies have started the season 3-6 and are in last place in the NL East. Considering they finished the 2013 season with a 73-89 record, very few people are surprised. One person isn’t discouraged by the slow start, however. A certain optimist actually thinks the Phillies are playing well. You know him as Ryan Howard.

“In all actuality we’ve actually played very well this year,” Howard said Thursday before the Phillies lost yet again, per Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News. “I disagree with everybody else. Our record doesn’t necessarily reflect that right now, but, you know, we’ve played well. We had three real bad games. So the only thing to do is go out there and try to win again.”

Have the Phillies simply been victims of a series of bad breaks? As Lawrence noted, they have committed seven errors in the past four games. Philadelphia is batting .263 as a team, which isn’t horrible. Howard, who currently owns what many have called the worst contract in baseball, is hitting right where we all expected him to — .200 with one homer and three RBI. He has one hit in his last 18 at-bats.

Is it time to panic? Of course not. We’re nine games into a 162-game season. That said, the Phillies have gone straight downhill since they won 102 games in 2011. Their roster is filled with aging superstars who can’t stay healthy and just don’t seem to have it anymore. If Howard wants to pretend the 2013 Phillies have a bright future, that’s certainly his prerogative.

H/T Hardball Talk 

Johnny Manziel reportedly had highest Wonderlic score of top QBs

Johnny ManzielJohnny Manziel comes across as somewhat of a knucklehead for some of his off-field behavior, but he might actually be more intelligent than you think.

According to former NFL scout John Middlekauff, Manziel had the highest Wonderlic score among the top quarterback prospects in the 2014 NFL draft class.

Middlekauff also says coaches have raved about Manziel’s intelligence:

Middlekauff says the average Wonderlic score for a starting quarterback in 2012 was 29 and that anything above 30 is considered outstanding. He says Manziel scored above both figures.

There will continue to be a debate about Johnny Football. Some feel he is a character risk and not suited to lead an NFL franchise. Others feel he is a special player and want him as their quarterback.

We’re sure when draft day comes that someone will take him in the top 10. We wouldn’t be surprised if the Texans took him first overall. And if you want my opinion, it’s not his character or intelligence that has me worried; it’s whether he will be durable enough for the league.

Deion Sanders says Johnny Manziel has ‘ghetto tendencies’ then denies it

Deion SandersDeion Sanders is a fan of Johnny Manziel because he likes the former Heisman Trophy winner’s flashy ways on the field. In fact, Primetime says Manziel’s behavior reminds him of the way he used to act, and that’s a big reason why Prime is a fan. But Deion had a little bit of a problem on Wednesday when he denied saying people will have a hard time accepting Manziel because the ex-A&M QB has “ghetto tendencies,” even though the comment was caught on audio.

Sanders was a guest on “Roland Martin Reports” and spent most of the interview defending DeSean Jackson. At the end of the interview, he was asked about Manziel.

Below is a transcription of what Deion said via the Roland Martin website:

SYBIL WILKES: So before you go, Deion, what do you think about all of this talk about Roland’s boy, Johnny Football, Johnny Manzel in all of the conversation about him?

DEION SANDERS: Oh, please. I love Johnny Football. See, the reason people won’t accept Johnny Football is because Johnny Football has ghetto tendencies. I love Johnny Football.

TOM JOYNER: He’s got ghetto tendencies?

ROLAND MARTIN: He’s got ghetto tendencies? What are ghetto tendencies, Prime Time?

DEION SANDERS: Because he was successful, he made it, and he let you all know he made it, and he was cocky, he was flamboyant, and he let you know.

ROLAND MARTIN: So he was a white Prime Time coming out of college.

DEION SANDERS: Thank you. And I love him. (Laughter) I love him. They had the music playing when he came in. Put his whole equipment up, who go out there all do your pro day with all your equipment on? (Laughter) That’s some hula stuff, I love Johnny Football.

They even posted the audio on their website (skip to the 6:27 mark to hear it):

Sanders’ point was understandable, but the phrasing “ghetto tendencies” is more than questionable.

Now here’s where the fun begins. Our friend Rob Littal at Black Sports Online says someone from Roland’s program sent him the audio clip along with the headline that Manziel has “ghetto tendencies” in an effort to receive more coverage and publicity for the story. One of Rob’s writers, Vashti Hurt, posted the story on their site, and Rob tweeted out the link. Someone showed the link to Sanders, who flipped out and denied saying what he said:

Unfortunately for Deion, the Roland program posted the audio clip on their site and transcribed all the comments, so everyone could hear and see exactly what Deion said. And there’s no denying that Deion said Manziel had “ghetto tendencies.”

Deion never apologized for denying making those comments, but that’s not too surprising. Would you expect him to admit where he was wrong?

Drake shouts out to Johnny Manziel in ‘Draft Day’ song

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Johnny Manziel has not been spotted hanging out with Drake much recently as he prepares for the NFL Draft, but that does not mean the former Texas A&M star’s boy isn’t making music about him. Drake released a track called “Draft Day” on Tuesday night, which is not exclusively about Manziel but clearly has plenty to do with him.

For starters, Drake released the song on SoundCloud along with a photo of Johnny Football sandwiched between a couple of young ladies. And then there’s this opening line:

“Draft day, Johnny Manziel. Five years later how am I the man still. Draft day, A-Wiggins…”

A-Wiggins refers to Kansas star Andrew Wiggins, who announced earlier this week that he will enter the NBA Draft. Sean Lester of The Dallas Morning News also speculated that Drake may have been referring to Manziel’s autograph scandal last year with the line, “Suits and ties, yellin’ out pay the guy,” but that seems like a stretch to me.

We all know Manziel and Drake are boys, so the song is about as surprising as those shirts we saw Drake and his crew wearing earlier this year. You can read the full history of Manziel’s connection to Drake’s Topszn Regime here. The “Draft Day” song, which contains NSFW language, can be heard below.

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Johnny Manziel puts Charlie Strong in check for doing Topszn handshake

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Ohhh Charlie. For a guy who apparently treats hand symbols pretty seriously, Charlie Strong really screwed up on this one.

Strong, the new Texas Longhorns coach, was photographed doing the Topszn regime handshake. The handshake was popularized recently by Johnny Manziel and his crew (read the full history of the Topszn handshake here), as Manziel did it throughout the past two seasons. The photo of Strong doing the Topszn shake didn’t escape Manziel — a noted Longhorns fan — who posted the picture on Instagram along with the caption:

“Sorry Charlie…you’re not a part of the regime #SawEmOff”

Ouch. Nothing like being put in check by a college kid!

How did Strong not know better?

Photo: Instagram/JManziel2

Mike Zimmer on Johnny Manziel workout: ‘It was a sideshow’

Johnny ManzielThe pro day that Johnny Manziel held on Thursday in Texas was unlike anything we have ever seen before from an NFL Draft prospect. For starters, people like George H.W. Bush were in attendance. Then there was the fact that Manziel courageously chose to wear a helmet and pads while throwing for scouts and coaches.

Manziel was extremely sharp and made almost every one of his throws with pinpoint accuracy. Despite that, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was turned off by the red carpet feel of the event.

“The huddles and the different things and the music. The sideshow stuff,” Zimmer said, via the Houston Chronicle. “It was a sideshow.

Zimmer was unimpressed with the way the event felt “choreographed,” as he put it.

“It was a different workout,” he said. “It’s the first time I’ve ever seen it. This one was a little different in how it was choreographed. People like that or they don’t like that, I don’t know.”

Obviously, Zimmer didn’t like it. Others like Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley thought it spoke to Manziel’s ability to be able to perform under pressure.

“The atmosphere and everything that was involved and then to come out and perform like he did, that was great,” Bradley said. “I think that’s no different than how he’s performed all year, right? Perform under pressure. Felt like more of a pressurized environment with a lot of eyes watching him and he did a great job.”

Manziel tried to make a statement by choosing to throw in pads, and that statement was well-received by most. I understand why Zimmer didn’t appreciate the Drake music blaring and the pre-workout huddle, but he seems to be in the minority with his opinion. The Vikings have the No. 8 overall pick in the draft and they need a quarterback. Smokescreen, anybody?