Alabama Crimson Tide fans who thought the media hype of Tim Tebow was bad are going to love this.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel will have a camera focused solely on him during Texas A&M’s game with Alabama this Saturday in College Station, according to Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated.
CBS Sports has decided to have ‘Johnny Cam’ follow the reigning Heisman trophy winner and latest media sensation, adding a new level of hype to a game that already needs no hype.
“No matter where he is and no matter what part of the game it is, we will have a shot of it,” said Craig Silver, CBS Sports’ coordinating producer of college football. “If he is anywhere in sight of that camera, we will catch it.”
As the audience for college football has grown, so have the type of media-created stars that take time away from the game itself. Alabama fans are all too aware of the hype surrounding Katherine Webb. College football purists that just want to watch the game now must sit through hours of human-interest stories each week just to get a few precious minutes of actual game play.
Johnny Manziel is perfect for the media circus surrounding college football. He’s obviously very talented, but has a larger-than-life personality and a bad-boy image that the camera loves. Alabama fans already sick of the hype will now have to watch his every emotion and reaction on Saturday.
Texas A&M has been putting up gaudy numbers so far this season, in routs of two tuneup opponents. But the Aggie defense has given up a surprising number of points thus far. If Alabama has its opening week kinks worked out after an extra week to prepare, fans may be treated to shots similar to those of Florida’s media sensation crying as he realizes all the hype in the world won’t save him from a Crimson Tide victory.