DateJanuary 15, 2013
From D Magazine
Irving Baby Becomes Internet Famous. Yesterday on The Today Show, they showed a YouTube video of 17-month-old Ethan Anderson shaking his money maker at Calvary Church in Irving. His dad, Coffey Anderson, was performing at a New Year’s Eve concert. The video has gotten more than 500,000 views. Wanna be next? Of course you do. It’s a baby. Dancing.
The Texas A&M Aggies had an incredible 2012 season that caught nearly everyone by surprise. But is the best yet to come?
According to CBSSports’ Dennis Dodd, that answer is an emphatic yes.
Dodd dubbed the Aggies as his No. 1 team in his 2013 preseason rankings on Tuesday. Why Texas A&M instead of Alabama? Here’s a snippet of his rationale:
Why A&M? Why not?
A year ago we were questioning whether coach Kevin Sumlin could handle the SEC. Now he might rule it. Left tackle Luke Joeckel won the Outland Trophy in 2012. Right tackle Jake Matthews might be a favorite to win it in 2013.
Why A&M? Mike Evans was a 1,100-yard receiver as a freshman.
Why A&M? If there is a weakness it’s in the secondary. That’s not a bad place for your lone soft spot in the run-and-stop-the-run SEC.
Why A&M? Johnny Manziel lost to two teams last season. One — Florida — is off the schedule.
Why A&M? Because Johnny Football probably hasn’t played his best game. In his last, best appearance he went for a Cotton Bowl-record 516 total yards against Oklahoma.
Why A&M? Why not? Make it eight in a row for the SEC, but the end of the line for Alabama.
The full top five was as follows:
1. Texas A&M
4. Ohio State
What do you think about A&M’s label as potential National Championship contender? Share your thoughts in our comments section below, and make a selection in our poll.
Kyle McClellan, who was released by the Cardinals in November, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Rangers.
McClellan gets an invitation to spring training as he tries to come back from July shoulder surgery. If healthy he could be a nice low-cost pickup for Texas considering his 3.69 ERA in 378 career innings.
He’s expected to be ready for spring training and will likely compete for a middle relief gig, although McClellan does have a little starting experience too.
Dirk Nowitzki had a great moment with a Sacramento Kings security guard last week. The officials for the Mavericks-Kings game were doing a video review of a play with 36.1 seconds remaining in the game. Dirk was trying to work his way over towards the monitors to see how things were going with the review, only there was one problem: a bold security guard stood in his way.
The old man shadowed Dirk wherever he went and boxed out the Dallas all-star. His
“That’s the best defense Sacramento has played!” the announcers agreed.
“This is textbook defense!” the amused announcers said.
Dirk even had sly grin on his face as he tried to outmaneuver the guard by reversing course, but it didn’t work. He should have tried some sort of crossover.
Dirk eventually gave up and playfully pretended to punch the guard in the stomach, and the man reacted with all the emotion of a Buckingham Palace guard.
The whole thing was awesome. The review went Dallas’ way, and the Mavs went on to win 117-112 in overtime.
From Larry Brown Sports
Johnny Manziel has gone from a relatively unknown college football player to a celebrity athlete in a matter of months. His legend grew after he helped Texas A&M beat national champion Alabama at Tuscaloosa in November, and his celebrity status was cemented after he won the Heisman Trophy in December. With the increased fame has come increased scrutiny. Manziel has made headlines for going clubbing after winning his Heisman, sitting courtside at a Mavericks-Heat NBA game, and flashing cash inside an Oklahoma casino. Though Manziel may not have broken any rules in those instances, he may have generated unwanted attention that Texas A&M would like him to avoid.
Texas A&M’s athletic director met with Manziel and his parents to talk about how to best handle his new fame.
“I told them he’s no longer a freshman, and he’s no longer a sophomore, junior or senior. He is a ‘Heisman,’” athletic director Eric Hyman told the San Antonio Express-News on Sunday.
Hyman stressed how life-changing it is to be a Heisman Trophy winner.
“It’s (about) education, and we’ve got to help the family and Johnny with the transition into being a Heisman award winner,” Hyman said. “There are things you have to learn, and we have to help him with that.”
“That’s a special fraternity, but you also have to understand (Manziel) is 20 years old,” Hyman said. “It’s a tremendous responsibility — but it is a responsibility.”
Does this mean all the fun is gone now that Manziel’s had a meeting inside the principal’s office? Let’s hope not. He has been one of the most entertaining athletes over the past few months. Unfortunately, this sounds a heck of a lot like when the Patriots told Rob Gronkowksi that the “summer of Gronk” was over.