The Johnny Manziel saga is going to be reaching a fever pitch on Saturday in College Station, when during the Alabama-Texas A&M game, CBS will have a camera focused solely on the Aggies' quarterback all game. Check out this blurb from Richard Deitsch's weekly SI media column.
They are calling it Johnny Cam. For the mega-showdown this Saturday at Kyle Field between Alabama and Texas A&M, CBS Sports has added an extra camera that will focus solely on Texas A&M quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. "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, the coordinating producer of college football for CBS Sports. "If he is anywhere in sight of that camera, we will catch it."
Overkill, or justified? If Manziel wasn't the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, would he be under this type of scrutiny? If all of the off-field shenanigans didn't take place this offseason, would he be under this type of scrutiny? The answer to both questions is unknown, but when you combine the two situations along with A&M upsetting the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa last year, you have all the makings of a captivating contest between two of the SEC's best.
There are a number of issues that could arise from having a camera focused solely on Manziel, the most significant of which is a possibility of an overkill of focus on the sophomore. Manziel's sitting on the bench? Manziel's stretching his leg? Manziel's flexing his arm? QUICK, TO THE JOHNNY CAM! This could get extremely irritating very quickly, and CBS really needs to toe the line carefully so they don't drive viewers up the wall.
Wait a second. Did you not watch the S. Carolina vs. N. Carolina game? Wasn't there a Clowney cam there?
Nothing new here, its just how much the director chooses to put over the air. CBS, like all the major networks, don't want to get 'scooped' by someone with a cell phone who picks up on something that they don't have video of. JF moves the needle at this point, and CBS will make sure if something is broadcast worthy, they'll show it.
Despicable and absurd? Wake up people, there is a camera devoted to single players in every NFL game. This is not a sideshow player we're talking about.. all of the trophies are belong to him.
The man has made himself a spectacle. Don't blame the network. The network didn't make him talk trash to the Rice players, flash the cash sign, or pretend to autograph something last week. He did that. If he likes the fame and fortune that his actions bring then he can put up with the consequences.
This is one of the most absurd ideas ever be hatched by a national sports media outlet. Even ESPN and Fox would not admit to such nonsense. CBS lowers the bar.
Its about the game guys! Manziel is a big story line like Saban etc, but they are sums to the whole which is the GAME. Focus on the game CBS, and dont try to manufacture or sensationalize a story by having a camera on Manziel for the sake of????
They should cancel whatever is on CBS Sports Network and just show the Johnny Cam during the whole game.
This is despicable...if CBS had shame such an idea would have never even surfaced...they are begging Manziel to act like an ass now...
Talk about CBS diving down to the lowest common denominator. This makes them the sports equivalent of the Papparazzi, the Enquirer or TMZ. Useless, unneeded and unwanted coverage.
@BlakeBradleyIt's hardly "consequences" to Manziel to have a dedicated camera from a national TV network on him at a game that he's playing in...I fail to see this as a form of punishment for him due to his actions at all. If anything, CBS is just helping to increase his "brand" beyond the hype level he's already received.
Dion, Ochocinco, Ray Lewis, TO and the Playmaker Irvin, must be envy green
@Livineasy Actually, Fox Sports had a Favre cam (viewable on its website) for Brett Favre's first game in Green Bay as an opposing player when he was a member of the Vikings in 2009.