Those of you familiar with my writing know I once ran a series of articles called the Honey Badger Award for Extracurricular Excellence tracking the off-field exploits of some of the nation’s more, um, challenged college football players. The award was named in “honor” of former world-class LSU Tigers trouble maker and current Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu.
It appears some folks in the Twittersphere are looking to resurrect the Badger, but this time around applying a new nickname to our good friend Johnny Manziel.
That nickname you ask? Money Badger.
Here are some examples of his new gloss:
Move over, LSU's "Honey Badger"! Here comes TAMU's "Money Badger"! (I've been patiently WAITING for this!) pic.twitter.com/bQdD6B99U4
— Doug Hazard (@BearlyDoug) August 13, 2013
Haha Some one just Called Manziel #MoneyBadger
— PREDophiles? (@FireTheCannon14) August 13, 2013
Johnny Football = The Money Badger
— Derek Myers (@DAMyers10) August 13, 2013
— Rod Babers (@rodb314) August 9, 2013
While this is hardly viral yet, it doesn’t take much when it comes from Manziel for any slander whatsoever to go from chatter to a flood in a matter of days. He’s easily the most polarizing figure in college football in some time — largely due to our good ol’ 24-hour media machine — and will continue to be so when actual football begins to grace our presence here in a few weeks.
As we all know, Manziel’s future is largely uncertain as his fate lies in the hands of the NCAA and those saddled with the burden of proof in building a case against his eligibility due to the off-field shenanigans, alleged autograph peddling and other instances in which he has, intentionally or not, blurred the line between amateurism and professionalism.
Let’s leave the Honey Badger gloss to the well-deserving Tyrann Mathieu. How bout it?
Can Money Badger die with this article?