, Port Arthur, Texas


June 28, 2014

PRUETT: Manziel would be wise to embrace hype

PORT ARTHUR — Johnny Football has finally done it. I have yet to question Manziel even after story and story of his partying ways. Why? Manziel has yet to be found guilty to committing a crime and his work ethic has never been questioned. His production never dropped off and his fame is only growing. What I finally question though is Manziel on Friday saying he himself is tired of the hype surrounding the Cleveland Browns first round pick. Johnny better quickly realize it is that hype that will bring him in millions over the next 10-plus years. Settle down Manziel and go have another cocktail. Manziel in large part created the hype with his money hand gestures after touchdowns. His play, partying, charm and above average ego are the reasons people will pay tons of money to see him play...New York Knicks president Phil Jackson honestly believes Carmelo Anthony is going back to the Big Apple for next year. One of Jackson's selling points is the possible signing of Pau Gasol after the departure of Tyson Chandler. Jackson, one of the game's historically brightest minds, can figure out if Melo can sign with the same team as his buddy LeBron James then Gasol will be left hanging in NYC...There are too many theories to count on where these guys sign, especially after Saturday when Miami's Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade opted out of their contracts...Houston can be players for either Melo or LBJ. Always remember one of the main reasons players in every sport loves Texas is our land having no state taxes. The Rockets with James Harden and Dwight Howard have as much curb appeal as any other team in the NBA to draw in a big star...NBA Commissioner Adam Silver keeps on hitting game-winning shots in his first few months as the league's top official. It has not been that long since Silver took the lumber to Clippers owner Donald Silver and now this past Thursday Silver melted hearts at the draft. Baylor bigman Isaiah Austin was expected to be selected late in the first round but four days before the draft he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome. The rare disease is genetic and affects the body’s connective tissue which holds all the body’s cells, organs and tissues together. Austin was in tears this past week in a television interview to announce he will never play basketball again. The tears came out the most when Austin described the pain it caused him knowing he would not hear his named called by Silver. The commish between the 15th and 16th picks said the NBA was drafting Austin and the former Baylor Bear came to the stage for his picture with Silver. This story shows that in an era of Aaron Hernandez, Pacman Jones and countless other pro players with criminal records, the sports world is beautiful. There are moments like when Austin rose up out his seat at the draft and his eyes were full of tears that remind us all sports can bring even the biggest, toughest men to their knees...Houston Texans fans should cheer the fact rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney was hurt his entire junior year at South Carolina. It means his final days as a Gamecock were not as productive as many expected due to an injury and not a lack of talent or desire. Clowney will healed by the time of the start of the season and since he has already had surgery, the Texans rookie should be the front runner for Defensive Rookie of the Year...The Seattle Seahawks in early April were 4-1 odds to repeat next year as Super Bowl champions. A quick look at the odds now and the wise guys have the defending champs at 5-1 odds, tied with Denver. So what changed? Nothing. That is the point. Not much has changed for the Seahawks except a few depatures. When you are on top all the other teams start gunning for  you in a hurry. Houston in April was 50-1 odds  to win it all while the Cowboys in Dallas are sitting at 40-1 odds. Former Port Arthur Memorial star Jamaal Charles’ Kansas City Chiefs are also list at 40-1 odds. Two AFC North teams in the Steelers and Ravens are great steals as both teams are on the sheet at 25-1 odds...I want to warn readers now the next few pieces deal with the World Cup. Many people have fallen in love with the US team while there are others who still bash the sport of soccer. So if you are tired of futbol, skip down a big...Has this been an amazing World Cup or what? Our American boys got out of Group G, “The Group of Death,” on a points differential system against Portugel. Ghana tried in the second half against Portugel to once again ruin the US dreams. This time though Cristiano Ronaldo scored late and his team’s victory advanced the Americans. Thank you Ronaldo...Many experts on ESPN after the US lost 0-1 to Germany said the US did not play a good game at all against the Germans. We didn’t watch the same match. Germany is very good and to hold them to one goal was a great sign. Odds around the web average out to a 30-percent chance of the US defeating Belgium on Thursday...Four NBA rookies drafted this past Thursday can now say they did what their fathers did in their lives. Anthony Wiggins was taken by Cleveland at No. 1 and in 1973 his father Mitch Wiggins was drafted by Indiana. He spent time in Houston but eventually was run out of town after testing positive for cocaine. Jabari Parker’s dad Sonny Parker was drafted in 1976; Glen Rice was taken in 1989 and on Thursday Glen Rice Jr. her his name called; Harvey Grant was selected in 1988 and his boy Jerami Grant was drafted on Thursday...

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