Heisman trophy talk always picks up in earnest in mid-November. This is the time of year when talk centers around the top two or three candidates. Not this year.

Talk this season is centering around whether Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, the frontrunner for the award, may have lost some votes with his behavior last weekend.

Mayfield, widely known for having a persona of trash talking and trolling opposing teams’ fan bases, was caught by TV cameras grabbing his crotch on the sidelines and going on an expletive-laced rant during the Sooners’ convincing 41-3 win against woeful Kansas.

The reason Mayfield’s antics are so polarizing is because he’s the Heisman Trophy favorite. His numbers for the Sooners are worthy as he has thrown for 3,816 yards and 34 touchdowns to go with just five interceptions.

But there are Heisman voters who actually follow the award’s mission statement. “The outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. The winners of the trophy epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work.”

I have to believe there are voters who will not see the crotch grab and curse-fest Mayfield showcased Saturday as a lesson in integrity.

Mayfield was quick to apologize after the game once his handlers got to him. He has been on a damage control tour ever since. Now he is apologizing to parents about having their children see his actions.

The senior finished with 257 yards and three touchdowns. He will win the Heisman. But I still wish he would have let his performance and numbers do the talking. Why not go with the one word trash talk – ‘scoreboard’?

NFL Notes

Ryan FitzpatrickThe Carolina Panthers had the week off so I will fill the space with some thoughts about Week 11 of the NFL season.

Ryan Fitzpatrick has won two straight starts for the Bucs since replacing injured Jameis Winston. Fitzpatrick threw two TD passes and led the game-winning driving in the 4th quarter to beat Miami. I am sure there is not a quarterback controversy in Tampa, but everyone needs to slow down on their accolades for Winston. Nobody is missing him at this moment.

What is going on in Buffalo? The Bills were in line for a playoff spot just a few days ago it seems. With this winning record, they still bench their starting quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, for a rookie with the name of Nathan Peterman. The result. Peterman throws five interceptions in the first half of his debut. Taylor, who threw just three interceptions in 10 games, relieved the rookie but the damage was done as the Los Angeles Chargers destroyed the Bills, 54-24.

Tom BradyTom Brady is now 40 years old and doing things that quarterbacks who play into their forties have never done. Check that, he is doing things few quarterbacks have ever done. Brady had a near-perfect 30-of-37 passing performance against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday as the Patriots hammered the Raiders.

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Tom Brady is amazing