Nothing could be more true. McLuhan, who died in 1980, was featured in Woody Allen’s best film, Annie Hall. McLuhan’s thoughts are now reality. The NFL and college football have taken over America above all else.
Even our Kansas City Star runs quarter page or better front page stories on our lowly Chiefs and other football related issues on nearly a daily basis. It’s that big. This in a city that has for the most part terrible football teams other than Kansas State.
That said, the football Messiah has arrived!
His name is Johnny Manziel, better known now as JOHNNY FOOTBALL.
He’s the quarterback of Texas A & M, and a FRESHMAN. His likes have never been seen before. He will win the Heisman beating out Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o. Why? In just one year he has passed former Heisman winner, Cam Newton‘s record setting career at Auburn. Johnny Football has 1,181 yards rushing, with 19 TD’s, 3,419 yards passing and 24 TD’s. He passed Newton in fewer games.
Cam won the Heisman by a landslide and Cam’s team won the national title. Johnny’s team lost two games and has won 10. They did lose to BCS teams – LSU 24-19 and Florida 20-17 – but defeated the soon to be national champ Alabama 29-24.
Texas A&M’s loses were a few weeks back. The Bama win was recent. Some feel they are today’s best team.
Why? Simple, JOHNNY FOOTBALL.
The nation has just begun it’s love affair with this kid from Texas.
Remember the movie ROLLER BALL with James Caan? Where Jonathan became god-like in the world’s most popular game, roller ball? Now it’s football and this guy is off the charts. His one year career is a You Tube video highlight film.
He’s not human!
They chant Manziel’s name. He went down last week against MU, who they buried, and the crowd started chanting…JOHNNY, JOHNNY…it was like the movie! He has his own band music – “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again.”
Wow, would that change things around here!
Football is not for everyone, true.
But it’s bigger in the media today than anything else ever has been since World War II.
On Saturday and Sundays alone there are more than 40 games on TV. And that doesn’t include Monday Night Football, Thursday Night Football, and college games during the week.
On Saturday CBS, NBC, ABC, ESPN ONE, ESPN TWO, ESPN THREE, KCTV AND another five or so cable channels carry game after game after game – including into the early morning hours sometimes with west coast games like Arizona and UCLA.
AND NONE OF THESE TEAMS are even near here!
One big reason football is huge is gambling.
Billions of dollars. Though only legal in Vegas and a few other cities, many men throw a few bucks at a game weekly somewhere – either online, or with a buddy, a bookie on and on. Even sports talk guys talk about how they won or lost.
Johnny Football is the final example of HOW BIG this sport is to America.
Remember the Godfather movie where the Meyer Lansky character tells Michael Corleone “We are bigger than US Steel.” In the film he was actually Hyman Roth but he was really a Lansky figure. Well so is Football today, not that US Steel is what it was.
So here come the bowl games and here comes Johnny Football…the new “Messiah” of America’s No. 1 Drug, Football.