Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Alabama signal-caller AJ McCarron are friends. But friends don’t have to like everything about each other, or share all the same habits. And sometimes even your best friend can get on your last nerve.
In his comments to the assembled media on Monday, McCarron was decidedly weary of answering questions about Manziel, even when asked if he had seen A&M demolish Sam Houston State last weekend.
“I did not. Were they on TV?”
Asked whether he had communicated with Manziel, McCarron pursed his lips, swaying with his back (literally) against a wall, and shook his head ‘no.’
Everyone seems to have that friend that gets away with everything while they get away with nothing. He parties all night and gets good grades, while you study all night and get a C+. After a while, that friendship becomes more of a burden than a blessing.
When asked about the last time the two had talked, McCarron noted that it was during SEC Media Days in July. And it was clear there was no baring of feelings, at least not for the sake of a good story.
“We’re just friends, guys.”
McCarron is tired of hearing about Manziel, tired of hearing about the hype and the leisure time activities of his friend. And he’s tired of hearing about last year’s loss to Texas A&M.
On the eve of the latest ‘game of the century’ between the Aggies and the Crimson Tide, the reigning Heisman trophy winner hung out with a bevy of blondes at a Dallas Cowboys game.
Just Johnny being Johnny Football. It’s what you expected, right?
In the meantime, McCarron has been preparing, and waiting for his chance to avenge last year’s loss, all while answering questions designed to further the overarching storyline:
Johnny Football vs. Game Manager McCarron.
“Y’all make this thing a lot bigger than it needs to be,” McCarron said to the assembled press.
McCarron is a Saban protégé, in that he lets his actions do most of his talking. The Tide QB doesn’t have anything much to say now, but plans to speak loudly on Saturday.