‘Johnny Cam’ is coming! No it’s not a new talk show featuring dynamic quarterbacks, Johnny Manziel and Cam Newton, although that sounds like an intriguing future broadcast concept. Instead, it’s a different kind of Texas A&M-Alabama parallel. On Sept. 8, Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated reported that “CBS Sports has added an extra camera that will focus solely on Texas A&M quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.” Deitsch quotes CBS Sports coordinating producer, Craig Silver:
No matter where he is and no matter what part of the game it is, we will have a shot of it.”
Does that seem a little much to you? Perhaps so, but to Aggie fans, reaction will range from “you just can’t have enough ‘Manz-cam’ and face time” in what is being billed as “the college football game of 2013” to the predictable “why won’t they leave Johnny alone?”
To be fair to the Aggies: why is there no “McCarron-cam” to focus on every move and reaction of the quarterback of what continues to be the number one-ranked team in the nation in college football? Isn’t he expected to bring a valise full of emotions and passion and reactions to his team’s play?
For months after last year’s Aggie win in Crimson Tide territory much to-do was made of the solid friendship that the two top-tiered quarterbacks had forged in A&M’s first year in the SEC. Somehow this summer, the distance widened between the two buddies, and the respect for a true opponent is now reflected by the proverbial line in the sand/turf of Kyle Field.
Only one team will emerge the champion this Saturday, and the No. 7 ranked Aggies (before new polls are out) will either move up the national rankings or else Alabama will dust off the space around their No. 1 spot and cast off challengers like unwanted lint.
CBS Sports has this “game of the year” this year, but in 2014 “ESPiN,” the newly annointed name given to the national sports network by many hacked-off Aggies, the network will debut it’s SEC Network, so the Aggies had best kiss and make up with them before next year.
No matter who you’re rooting for, maroon (or crimson red) is the color that will prevail among the flags to being waved this weekend. The economic forecast for the Brazos Valley’s twin communities of Bryan-College Station, Texas, has officially just shot through the roof.
In the next five days leading to “the college football game of 2013” the Texas Aggies welcoming Alabama’s Crimson Tide to town has produced minute-by-minute bulletins of the media preparation for the game.
What do you think about ‘Johnny Cam’? Bleacherreport.com offers you a chance to have your say. Two options: (1) I can’t wait to watch or (2) It’s too much attention for one player.
Click here to find the survey and cast your vote. Weigh in and let CBS Sports know what you think about their broadcasting focus for the game. And, in the accompanying video, enjoy a look at CBS from 30 years ago. They've still "got the touch, America" and this Saturday, they will indeed be "coming on with all the best."
Oh, tune in to CBS and watch Johnny run, throw, and scramble on Saturday. He’s ready, willing, and waiting on McCarron for the showdown of the SEC and NCAA. It just can’t get here soon enough.