Quit trying to crash Manziel’s post-Heisman party.

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lebreton It is so dizzying to keep up with Johnny Manziel’s Twitter messages, I feel like an Oklahoma linebacker.

Here’s one with a photo of Manziel, celebrating after the Cotton Bowl at WinStar Casino with a wad of cash in his hand.

“Winstar wassssuppp!” tweets Johnny Football, announcing his arrival.

That shot isn’t to be confused with the one of him partying postgame at a Dallas nightclub, cradling a bottle of Dom Perignon, with what appears to be a lit Roman candle clenched between his teeth.

Or this one, tweeted from backstage:

"With my boy @Wale."

I checked, and rapper Wale — real name Ralph Victor Folarin — is not on the faculty or staff at Texas A&M University.

He’s Johnny Football’s new buddy, it appears. So are, in no particular Twitter order, Megan Fox, Justin Timberlake, the Jonas Brothers, the MVP of the NBA All-Star Game, and probably assorted other A-list celebrities and former Popes.

And it’s hard to see anything really wrong with this. He’s a kid — barely 20 years old. He’s just been through six months in teenage heaven.

This is Johnny Football’s party, and we’re welcome to sit quietly and observe it.

It vexes some, however, that Manziel appears to be getting away with Excessive Heisman-ing. He’s been busy trademarking his famous nickname and suing misusers, and he keeps getting all those suite or front-row seats at all the big ball games.

Doesn’t he have . . . homework?

That very thought was expressed this week by student Sam Fisher in the Stanford University newspaper, the Stanford Daily.

Fisher wrote:

“When news broke Monday that Texas A&M’s Heisman-winning quarterback ‘Johnny Football’ Manziel is  taking only online courses this semester, I started to actually laugh out loud.

“The idea that Stanford competes with universities like Texas A&M on the playing field is nothing short of absurd. It’s getting to a point that I’m not even sure Stanford’s teams are playing the same sport as the rest of the NCAA’s Division I universities.

“Can you even imagine Andrew Luck taking online classes after his breakout junior campaign so that he could stay away from all of the attention and just focus on his football training?”

Hmm. Was that a trick question?

Last time I checked Stanford was one of many universities around the country that offer online courses. Just because a class is online doesn’t mean it has to be basket weaving.

Manziel’s decision to avoid classrooms this semester may be cheesy — I thought Aggies liked to be around other Aggies — but as long as A&M is properly administering the courses, what’s the problem?

Student Fisher continued:

“This is one of those rare cases where, in fact, the athlete is the victim, not the beneficiary, of the hero-worshipping culture of student bodies and fan bases in general in SEC and Big-12 country.

“But Manziel didn’t fight back — he was content to go through the motions with his online classes while finishing out the remainder of his three-year holding pattern to NFL stardom.

“And Texas A&M was happy to let him do so. As long as Johnny Football brings his 2012 magic into the 2013 season, no Aggie will complain about his questionable status as an online student-athlete.”

I don’t mean to pick on the author. In his full column, Fisher made his point well. But fretting about what Johnny Football is up to these post-Heisman weeks is an exercise in wasted energy.

Manziel’s eyes, indeed, are on the NFL. His time on the A&M campus in the coming months, therefore, is going to be well-spent.

Just look for him on Saturdays, not in the biology lab.

Gil LeBreton, 817-390-7697 Twitter: @gilebreton

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