The table near the back of the main dining room is not reserved, because there's no need. Every day, the same group gathers for lunch at Loggins Restaurant. After filling their plates from the family-style buffet – it's Southern food: fried chicken, catfish, and make sure you try the fantastic chicken-fried steak – the men swap yarns and trade barbs. And lately, they talk football.
"That boy," Bruce Bloch says, "is pretty talented."
Bloch is wearing a University of Texas ball cap, sipping sweet tea from the special Longhorns mug they keep for him.
"We missed out on him," Bloch admits.
No one's missing Johnny Manziel now. Not here in his east Texas hometown. Not in the second-oldest restaurant in Tyler, which recently updated its décor. Near the entrance, a wall proclaims allegiance to all things Texas A&M with banners, posters and photographs. Most are of the Aggies' emerging star.
On Monday, when Manziel faced the media for time as an Aggie, the questions for his grandfather, Jerry Loggins, followed a familiar pattern.