Tuesday afternoon, shortly after Cleveland Browns OTA’s, Johnny ManzielÂ was spotted in a McDonald’s drive thru on the west side of Cleveland. Ordinarily, this would not be news, but it seems that the former Heisman trophy winner was ordering off the dollar menu. The dollar menu is not nearly complex enough to test the ordering skills of an NFL quarterback. I mean, really! Everything is the same price, so it’s super simple to add the total up in your head. Plus, all the dollar items are located in a small box on the bottom of the menu board. He didn’t even have to scan the entire menu in order to see what he wanted to drink! He just ordered a value sized Diet Coke. NO dessert. Unbelievable…
Browns fans are starting to lose patience with the highly touted gunslinger from Texas A&M. Forget about trips to Vegas and parties in New York City, Manziel better start getting it together in his own backyard. He needs to challenge himself constantly. No more trips through the ‘ten items or less’ lane. He HAS to use the self check out line. Everything done with a purpose… bringing a championship to the great city of Cleveland.
As a transplanted Texan now living in the the state of Ohio, I can appreciate the necessary fan and media scrutiny that it takes to bring home the Lombardi trophy. When Troy AikmanÂ arrived in the DFW area, much was made of the fact that he spent his first night roaming the country side with Michael IrvinÂ tipping cows. I didn’t even know that pushing a sleeping bovine to the ground was that big a deal. My dad explained to me that what’s acceptable in Oklahoma isn’t always kosher in the Lone Star state. Never the less, Aikman couldn’t make a move without feeling the heat from the locals after that stunt. And we all know how that turned out.
It’s time for the media in Northeast Ohio and the national media to start really keeping an eye on Johnny Football. Â Manziel has already announced that he plans to have his DecisionÂ show in five years be broadcast Â on pay-per-view, with proceeds going to help build a statue in his honor in front of Kyle Field. This can not be allowed to happen. If another super star is going to publicly humiliate the city of Cleveland, it has to happen on broadcast TV, free for all of us to watch. I’m still steamed that I had to go to a friend’s house to watch Lebron give us the finger. The Amish community I live in doesn’t allow satellite or cable.
I find it interesting that with all the coverage out there of Mr. Manziel, no one has been able to sift through layer upon layer of crap and tell us what we really want to know. Is he going to be any good? Of course, nobody knows. What often happens when the media doesn’t know something? They scream anything. That’s what we’re hearing now, noise. I’ve heard a hundred reasons why he will fail or be a success, and he hasn’t even taken a professional snap. It’s ok to be entertained by the coverage of Ohio’s favorite son, but don’t confuse entertainment with information. We still don’t know a thing.
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