Johnny Manziel Jersey Pinned to Bear Bryant Statue Stokes Growing SEC Rivalry

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Alabama and Texas A&M is fast becoming a bonafide SEC rivalry.

The first two rounds since the Aggies joined the SEC in 2012 were classics. While two great games do not a rivalry make, the history between the programs is there.

And this offseason suggests the contention exists enough between the fan bases to label this series a burgeoning rivalry. The most recent installment in the feud between the fans is the below photo of Alabama’s Bear Bryant statue with a Johnny Manziel jersey hanging from it.

Manziel figuratively planted his flag at Bryant-Denny Stadium in November 2012, effectively propelling himself to the Heisman Trophy that season with a 24-for-31, 253 yards and touchdowns passing and 92 yards rushing performance.

The additional of a Johnny Manziel jersey is A&M faithful flying its flag over Crimson Tide country in a more literal sense–though not as literally as one Alabama fan working on the Kyle Field renovation last month.

Alabama exacted revenge for its 2012 loss with a win in College Station last September. The Tide out-dueled Manziel and the Aggies in a 49-42 shootout. A.J. McCarron threw for 334 yards and four touchdowns while Manziel went off for 464 yards and five touchdowns through the air.

Apparently, the win was not sufficient for the crane operator and Alabama fan responsible for the flag. The San Antonio Express-News reported Bobby Livingston was fired for claiming via social media to have sabotaged various elements of the remodel.

Nothing says rivalry like fans behaving ridiculously. And the foolishness could very well escalate in the two months until the Tide and Aggies meet again. Texas A&M visits Alabama on Oct. 18.

Let’s hope no one borrows Homer Simpson’s idea of rolling up an opposing mascot in a carpet and throwing it off a bridge.