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Congrats, SI‘s Thayer Evans. You Have The Most Absurd Heisman Ballot Of The Year.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein are this year’s Heisman finalists. The awarded will be handed out tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. in New York City, and the freshman Manziel is the favorite in what is expected to be a close race.

Sports Illustrated has 8 of the 928 total voters on staff, and earlier today those special 8 shared their ballots with brief explanations. 7 of the 8 writers chose Manziel, and 6 of 8 had a ballot that went Manziel, Te’o, Klein, in that order. Senior writer Thayer Evans, however, went in a different – and irrationally punitive – direction.

Thayer wasn’t the only one not to follow the traditional vote, however. Stewart Mandel had Manziel first, Te’o second and USC WR Marqise Lee third. And while some might disagree with that decision, ultimately it’s the first place vote, and the inclusion of the two favorites, Te’o and Manziel, that matters.

Back to Thayer Evans. His ballot is as follows:

1. Manti Te’o
2. Collin Klein
3. Jordan Lynch

You may or may not have noticed that Johnny Manziel is nowhere to be found. You know, the same Johnny Manziel that “broke Cam Newton’s SEC record for total offense with 4,600 yards in 12 games (it took Newton 14) while also becoming the first freshman to produce a 3,000-yard passing/1,000-yard rushing season. Manziel also accounted for 69.4 percent of the Aggies’ offense as a freshman” (via SI voter Zac Ellis). Or the fact that he upset No. 1 Alabama, on with road, with 24-31 passing for 253 yards, 2 TDs and 0 INTs. And 92 rushing yards.

That Evans didn’t pick Manziel as the winner is understandable – Te’o is an equally deserving candidate, the best defender on one of the nation’s top defenses, his team is undefeated and in the national championship game. Not to mention his inspiring story, having gone through the deaths of his grandmother and girlfriend in a 24-hour period earlier in the season. So we can’t fault him for choosing Te’o. We can fault him, however, for going against the grain for the sake of going against the grain, and completely leaving Manziel off of his ballot.

We won’t even get into a larger discussion of the statistical prowess of the other candidates he chose ahead of Manziel (Lynch and Klein) because we don’t even need to. Just one look at his brief explanation makes you want to throw the kitchen sink at his face.

“And yes, I realize I don’t have Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel on my ballot. I don’t consider players with pending criminal charges, and Manziel still faces three counts relating to an early morning fight in June.”

The fight, as you may remember, was a minor drunken college brawl, at best. Manziel was arrested for disorderly conduct, showing the cops a fake ID, and “failure to identify.”

But you know what? JOHNNY MANZIEL IS A CRIMINAL. He committed THREE crimes. Not just one. THREE. He should be locked up for being a 20-year-old that likes to go out and drink alcohol. HE SHOULD BE LOCKED UP WITH THE PEDOPHILES. WHERE IS JERRY SANDUSKY IMPRISONED?!?! PUT HIM THERE.

“Manziel has been spectacular, but when he wins the Heisman on Saturday night, he should give it away — to coach Kevin Sumlin and offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, for being the best at their positions this season, for implementing Texas A&M’s high-powered scheme and for standing by Manziel.”

Exactly. Johnny Manziel didn’t actually play the games, and he wasn’t the best player at his position. He was merely the product of an offensive coordinator and head coach. Give them the Heisman. HOW DO YOU LIKE MY GOING AGAINST THE GRAIN NOW.

The third player on the ballot is NIU QB Jordan Lynch, ahead of Manziel.

“And complain all you want about Lynch, but he has Northern Illinois in a BCS bowl for the first time and leads the FBS in rushing. Both of those facts are impressive, but not nearly as impressive as Lynch leading the Huskies through wild and crazy MACtion undefeated this season.”

Nevermind that everyone thinks that NIU being in a BCS bowl game is a load of horseshit. But it’s the MAC. The MAC. The BIG SCARY MAC. Because going undefeated in the MAC is not even close to as impressive as Manziel leading the Aggies to a 6-2 record in the SEC.

One of your 2012 Heisman voters, people.


  • smedindy

    Not ‘everyone’ thinks NIU in the Orange Bowl is awful. They deserve it because the corrupt, idiotic BCS was hoist on its own petard by trying to exclude the smaller conferences even though they make a much more compelling story. Many think that way too, so cool it with the absolutes.

  • http://twitter.com/vols1785 Drew

    Not Drew Magary. Not even close.

  • http://twitter.com/ronjnail Mooretrucker

    “However, most ballots only include those attending the ceremony. ”

    Finalists that attend the ceremony are chosen AFTER the ballots are submitted.

  • 12th__Fan

    “However, most ballots only include those attending the ceremony. Two of the Sports Illustrated writers did not follow tradition” WTF does that mean? They don’t know who’s attending the ceremony until the ballots are in. Thayer is a tool, but that statement is just ignorant.

  • Dylan Murphy

    Yeah, realize what that sounds like and was not what I was trying to say. Gaffe on my part. Fixed it.

  • Dylan Murphy

    But, as many of you pointed out: I’m an idiot.

  • me

    Did the writer wipe ol’ Johnny footballs cum off his chin after he was done with the article?

  • Gotham’s Reckoning

    Sorry, but the SEC wasn’t all that impressive this season. It had maybe five good teams: Bama, Georgia, LSU, Florida and TAMU. Since Manziel couldn’t play his own team, he only had a chance to play the other four. He played three of them (LSU, Florida and Alabama) and went 1-2 against them. The rest of TAMU’s schedule was filled with less than great teams: SMU (6-6), South Carolina State (an FCS school), Arkansas (4-8), Ole Miss (6-6), Louisiana Tech (9-3), Auburn (3-9), Mississippi State (8-4), Sam Houston State (an FCS school) and Missouri (5-7). So aside from Bama, the best team TAMU beat was La Tech or Miss State? That’s the schedule you use to prove Manziel had a better year than Jordan Lynch? Rip the MAC all you want, but Johnny Football didn’t exactly play the toughest schedule either. The Bama upset is why he’s in contention and why he’ll win, but don’t act like what Jordan Lynch did at NIU is any less impressive because of his competition. NIU could probably have done pretty well with TAMU’s schedule.

  • MontanaUnibomber

    Dylan T. Murphy. The “T” stands for Tool. Johnny Football-one game-bandwagon-sheep TOOL. Kudos to Thayer Evans!

  • FD

    Dylan, couldn’t have said it better myself. Thayer Evans had illogical points. Who gave this oddball a vote? SI, I expect more out of you.

  • http://twitter.com/schmak01 Todd Ward

    Yeah, 6 of the top 10 isn’t impressive. Favored in EVERY bowl game, ALL 9 is not impressive. NIU did well with A&M’s schedule? Please. They would 7-5 8-4 at best, just like A&M would be without Manziel.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tomdfw1 Tom Gore

    Well said….that guy is an idiot and I will boycott any rag that posts his lunacy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dennis-Thompson/1796945732 Dennis Thompson

    anyone that voted Te’o needs to have his vote revolked. what a joke

  • American Standard

    Ranting in capital letters. Top notch journalism. Good stuff. I agree with your points but learn to be a professional.

  • Joe

    I fail to see what is so absurd about not being impressed by the big numbers of a quarterback for a team that finished in third place in its own division.

  • eezy

    Oh the world is ending. Somebody left Johnny Manziel off their ballot. Give me a break. This guy doesn’t know jack

  • thayerisaloser

    thayer evans has always been a joke. he cant write anything of any substance so he has to resort to insults and stupidity to get anyone to read what he writes. the fact that such an outright idiot gets to vote for the heisman is sad. what about the domestic violence charges against you Thayer??? Isnt your drivel a double standard.

  • lol

    what about tajh boyd

  • lol

    teo had 7 pics wat do u mean

  • http://twitter.com/ClementsKendall Kendall Clements

    Why? That is really sound reasoning on your part. Glad you laid it all out there for everyone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shawn.carey.90 Shawn Carey

    Don’t think he should’ve left Manziel off but I like the Lynch vote. He should’ve got more attention this year

  • pickaname3838

    This guy is a complete idiot. Its bad enough we have Bleacher Report with 7 year old kids writing sports articles like they’re experts but as usual the mainstream sports media will produce several morons like this one. And people say ESPN is bad? Nah-unh. More professional than SI.

  • Chuck

    I don’t agree with his top 3, but at least the dude made valid arguments for how he voted.

  • It’s his vote

    Doesn’t bother me that much. Part of the Heisman qualifications is “integrity”. Each voter can take it in account however he wants. I may not agree with Evan’s reasoning but don’t have a problem with it. Also why are those charges still pending from June?

  • NotJoe

    Having watched Manziel in last night’s Cotton Bowl, care to revise your opinion at least a little bit? Hmm?

  • JTJ4

    Wow this looks even more funny on 1/17/12 after it was proven Te’o and Notre Dame concocted a story for sympathy trying to gain Heisman votes for an undeserving linebacker.

  • Teo’s Girlfriend

    This article makes Thayer look even more ridiculous now. :D I like how the writer of the article even acknowledges Manti’s “girlfriend”. LMFAO

  • Anonymous

    Go Johnny Go!

    How many yards did he generate against Thayer’s Sooners @ Jerry’s World?!!

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