Score Strip

  1. League: NCAAF
  2. Texas A&M vs. South Carolina
    Aug 28ᵗʰ 12:00 PM
    (18) TAMU
    (4) S CAR
  3. Temple vs. Vanderbilt
    Aug 28ᵗʰ 1:00 PM
    TEMP
    (24) VAND
  4. Weber St. vs. Arizona St.
    Aug 28ᵗʰ 3:00 PM
    WEBR
    (20) AZ ST
  5. UCF vs. Penn St.
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 7:00 AM
    (10) UCF
    PSU
  6. Elon vs. Duke
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 12:00 PM
    ELON
    (23) DUKE
  7. UCLA vs. Virginia
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 12:00 PM
    (16) UCLA
    UVA
  8. Alabama vs. West Virginia
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 12:00 PM
    (7) ALA
    W VA
  9. Jacksonville St. vs. Michigan St.
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 12:00 PM
    JV ST
    (3) MI ST
  10. Clemson vs. Georgia
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 12:00 PM
    (8) CLEM
    GA
  11. Ohio St. vs. Navy
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 12:00 PM
    (12) OH ST
    NAVY
  12. S. Dakota St. vs. Missouri
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 1:00 PM
    SDK ST
    (5) MIZZ
  13. Louisiana Tech vs. Oklahoma
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 1:00 PM
    LT
    (6) OKLA
  14. Florida St. vs. Oklahoma St.
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 1:00 PM
    (1) FL ST
    (17) OK ST
  15. Arkansas vs. Auburn
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 1:00 PM
    ARK
    (2) AUB
  16. Wisconsin vs. LSU
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 1:00 PM
    (22) WIS
    (14) LSU
  17. South Dakota vs. Oregon
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 3:00 PM
    S DAK
    (9) ORE
  18. Fresno St. vs. USC
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 3:00 PM
    FRES
    (19) USC
  19. UC Davis vs. Stanford
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 3:00 PM
    UCD
    (11) STAN
  20. Rice vs. Notre Dame
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 3:30 PM
    RICE
    (21) ND
  21. Washington vs. Hawaii
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 8:00 PM
    (25) WASH
    HAW
  22. SMU vs. Baylor
    Aug 31ˢᵗ 1:00 PM
    SMU
    (13) BAYL
  23. Miami (FL) vs. Louisville
    Sep 1ˢᵗ 8:00 PM
    MIA F
    (15) LOU
  24. View All

Dr. Saturday

Fake Johnny Manziel picture surfaces, Heisman winner has to defend himself – again

Graham Watson
Dr. Saturday

View photo

.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, has said many times that he’s continually adjusting to the new spotlight that has found him, but he's also had to deal with the malicious downside of his fame.

On Monday, website outkickthecoverage.com posted a photo of Manziel kissing his Heisman Trophy and the statue appeared to be holding some sort of cigarette (though the headline suggests it’s a joint).

Of course, the photo spread like wildfire and even though outkickthecoverage.com said it could not confirm it was Manziel or confirm with Texas A&M the photo was real, it still sparked controversy and Manziel had to take to Twitter to defend himself.

Of course, just because Manziel says it's fake doesn't mean it is, but we're willing to give him the benefit of the doubt here. Manziel has been very careful not to get photographed in compromising situations (mostly pertaining to alcohol since he's under 21) and this would fall into that category.

[Also: Matt Barkley regrets taking passive approach at USC]

There are a lot of people who don’t like Manziel because he’s not the prototypical Heisman Trophy winner. He doesn’t stay inside and watch TV and keep to himself. He’s out at NBA games and the Super Bowl and doing things guys his age only dream of doing. And like any college kid, he’s documented it, bragged about it and loved every minute of it. All the while, it’s all been on the up-and-up. He’s broken no laws and no NCAA rules. He’s just a 20-year-old kid being a 20-year-old kid.

But there are a lot of people who resent that. There’s a lot of jealousy. Subsequently, there are people who manufacture photos to hurt him. Manziel admits to being in that car kissing his Heisman, but whatever the rolled item is in the bronze statue’s hand is manufactured. That’s pretty easy to see just in the change of color on Manziel’s hand.

[Also: Auburn fans say final goodbye to poisoned Toomer's Corner oaks]

Sadly, this probably won’t be the last time Manziel has to defend himself from this type of maliciousness and childishness. Manziel has had his moments where he’s fought with fans via social networking, but for the most part he’s handled every criticism with grace that most 20-year-olds don’t have.

That alone makes him better than the people trying to bring him down.

- - -

Want to join the conversation? Hit us up on Twitter @YahooDrSaturday and be sure to "Like" Dr. Saturday on Facebook for football conversations and stuff you won't see on the blog.

Dream Chasers from Yahoo! Sports:

Other popular content on Yahoo! Sports:
Nike pulls 'Boston Massacre' shirts from its shelves
Big contracts and big losses for Los Angeles baseball
Fantasy: Early snapshot of top 50 RBs for 2013
Boxer Canelo Alvarez still a work in progress

View Comments