On Saturday afternoon, an Ogle Mole sent me a pic of 20-year-old Heisman-winning bad ass Johnny Manziel drinking champagne at a nightclub in Dallas a few hours after winning the Cotton Bowl. At the time, I remember thinking “That’s cool and everything, but what’s the local angle? The last thing I want to do is write about that stupid game.”
Fortunately, Johnny Football spared me 20-minutes of pain, torment and heavy drinking and provided a better Oklahoma tie-in for our photo. Early Saturday night, he and a couple of buddies that he must have found on Craigslist visited the WinStar Casino (pic above). There’s no word if he urinated on the Roman Colosseum (which according to Clark Matthews is some sort of tradition), but it looks like he had a good time and won some cash.
Via Busted Coverage:
Johnny Manziel went out and gave a historic effort last night in the Cotton Bowl. Tonight he’s giving 110% at the Winstar Casino in Oklahoma.
That’s the Heisman winner, 20-years-old, and a fan of cash that we assume he won in the casino. You can relax, it’s an 18+ establishment. According to the Winstar FAQ page:
Due to State and Federal Gaming Regulations, you must be at least 18 years old to enjoy any of the casino games. If you do not meet the minimum required age, you are still able to enjoy any of our amazing restaurants and our Global Event Center, if accompanied by an adult.
Ironically, Manziel deleted a tweet to this photo. If you’re anywhere near the Winstar, we advise you to get there quick and look for the guy wearing a Heat hat.
So there you go. Johnny Football gambled at an Oklahoma Tribal Casino on Saturday, but it looks like he had even more fun the night before. Check out an exclusive photo of him holding a glass — yes, a glass — of champagne at a nightclub…
Yeah, so it turns out our photo is not very exclusive. Since Saturday afternoon, TMZ, DeadSpin, and other websites have posted pictures of Johnny Manziel partying on both Friday and Saturday night. Most of the pictures show him surrounded by hot chicks with a bottle of champagne in his hands and a sparkler in his mouth, but only we have a pic of him holding an actual glass of champagne. That’s correct. He’s holding a glass of champagne! Scandalous!
It’s my final College Football Power Poll of the season. Might as well go out and style and lead off with OSU:
10) Oklahoma State Defense, Part I
The Oklahoma State Cowboys defense surrendered 44 first downs to Oklahoma last week. In response this week, OSU gave up 23 first downs the first half against Baylor. That is a staggering 11 first downs per quarter, or a first down every minutes and twenty seconds. At some point, the bend don’t break defense can only take so many jobs before it gets knocked the eff out.
And it did get knocked out, courtesy of a 4th quarter comeback against Oklahoma and Baylor gashing the Pokes Saturday to the tune of 615 yards, over 300 of which were on the ground. They lost the time of possession battle again. They allowed Baylor to convert 9-17 third downs, many of which were third and long.
It would appear that Oklahoma State is going to field a championship offense for the foreseeable future. But that means 7-5 when your defense can’t get off the field.
Yes, Bedlam was not the only show in town this weekend. The Thunder split a short East Coast road trip. Notre Dame is going to the BCS Championship Game. The Dallas Cowboys are a few more games away from the end of the Jason Garrett experiment. The west side of the state finds another savior in 6A, in the form of Norman North, that will be yet another grease spot that is east side high school football dominance.
But this is about OU/OSU 2012. A classic matchup of two good teams with great offenses and high school caliber defenses.
10) Why Oklahoma Won and Oklahoma State Lost
Oklahoma was able to make a few more stops than Oklahoma State. OSU simply could not get OU off the field enough to win the game. Oklahoma ran 103 plays, Oklahoma State 79. Oklahoma had the ball 13-minutes longer than Oklahoma State. And if you still think OSU wasn’t gassed at the end of the game, rewatch that 17 play drive to end the game, and the two runs by OU in overtime.
Throughout the game, the numbers didn’t add up to an OSU lead, much less an 11 point lead in the 3rd quarter. It was just a matter of time before OU strung out a win.
Oklahoma didn’t play poorly. 460 yards of offense. COnverted 9 of 13 third downs. Efficient passing game. Averaged 4.6 yards a carry.
Baylor wasn’t exactly lighting the world on fire. 172 yards passing. 4.9 yards a rush. 5 yards a play. Outgained by Oklahoma in total yards.
No, the stats show OU didn’t play bad. The result showed Oklahoma played lackadaisical football. Oklahoma defeated the hapless Baylor Bears 42-34 Saturday afternoon. But two turnovers, including the obligatory Landry Jones “WTF” throw kept Baylor in the game. That and an emphasis on running the ball. OU again finished in the negative in the turnover battle, causing some to wonder (e.g. me) when the Sooners are going to lose a game they shouldn’t because they can’t come out ahead on turnovers … like, maybe this weekend.
9) Per Usual, OU Plays Average and everything is “Fine”
Every time OU loses, “we were outcoached, out played, we have to get better, we have to coach them up”. When we win playing below average, the media has no idea what they are talking about, the fans are idiots, and all that matters is that we won. All we care about is the win, Stoops says. We did exactly what we were supposed to do, Coach says about a team that gave up 252 yards rushing. Good to know the team played a winless Baylor team in conference to a stellar one possession win. At home.
You know something else I know, Coach? No other effing team this year has used every one of their first half timeouts with 10 minutes remaining in the 2nd quarter.
10) Landry Jones is (Still) Maddening
No college quarterback in the state of Oklahoma in the past decade has been as maddeningly inconsistent as Landry Jones. He can win you games, he can lose you games. He throws rocket 25 yard seam passes in a window the size of watermelon, and then throws passes a senior in high school won’t throw. The only thing consistent about Jones is that you can expect nothing.
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