Johnny Manziel riding in to Cleveland—on a chariot

Johnny Manziel Cleveland Browns

The New York Times published its NFL preview over the holiday weekend, and wouldn’t you know: America’s most popular second-string quarterback was the cover story.

The lead article describes a Cleveland fanbase starving for a winner (which is true) and ready to hail Johnny Football as its savior (not sure how true that is.)

The image associated with the article is of money-posing Manziel, donning a cape, coming into town on a chariot much like a Roman Caesar, with the Cleveland skyline behind him and ticker tape falling from the sky. (It appears the setting is in Tremont. Maybe Ohio City?) Driving said chariot is hometown quarterback Brian Hoyer who appears decidedly less excited to be surrounded by screaming fans. Perhaps it’s the “JF” emblem which brandishes the solid gold carriage.

With a mediocre preseason at best, Hoyer kind of backed into the starting spot. Had Manziel shown a little more consistency or grasp of the offense you have to wonder if Manziel wouldn’t be under center for the start of the Pittsburgh game this week. For now, this Matt Collins illustration will be the closest thing we have to a parade down E. 9th.

Manziel Hoyer Body Image

And if more Johnny is what you long for, Collins also illustrated some Browns-based items with a little JF twist.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Great drawing poor Hoyer!

  • mgbode

    He needs to make the S part of the $ on the helmet in a Superman logo to perfect that image.

  • ThatAlex

    Cleveland already has its sports messiah, and he wears #23 for the Cavaliers.

  • I was thinking of the one who plays the drum in the bleachers.

  • MrCleaveland

    Closer to Ohio City than Tremont, but closer to the West Shoreway than either, I’d guess.

    This is another national media guy who lives in the media echo chamber and thinks he knows what fans think. Sure Manziel has his supporters, but as Rick points out, fans haven’t been all that impressed with him, and we’re happy to give Hoyer a shot.

    But to paraphrase Mike Pettinne, Media Obsessions are Media Obsessions; that’s why they call them Media Obsessions.

  • Harv 21

    Well this article is a pleasant surprise. Was all set to hate it because when the NYT does sports it’s so often starchy bad – wrong emphasis, wrong analysis, and most of all a weird, pretentious-from-above tone. But this doesn’t try to give sports insights, it just gives an organizational and historical overview of the Browns which the Times can do as well as anyone. Way to stay in your lane, guys.

  • Harv 21

    actually, I think the writer did a fine balanced job, and did not appear to have the story written before he arrived like virtually every other media outlet.

  • Agreed there.

  • V. C. Evans Sr.

    Why don’t you give Vince Young a chance.. He wouldn’t cost you hardly anything…. Bring him out of retirement….. You will have to guarantee his contract…. But he has more up side…
    He can still play at a HIGH level,…. His NFL career won/loss record right is 31-19… He has playoff experience … He’s a 2 time Pro-Bowler… He was voted 2006 NFL Rookie of the Year…..

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Merril Hoge sux!

  • Matthew Grant Anson

    Are you his agent?

  • saggy

    no. he is skip bayless

  • saggy

    that’s avatarrific!!

  • Natedawg86

    also put a slash through the 2 to look like a backwards $

  • mgbode

    you should probably change the text you continually copy & paste. not sure you want to advertise to the Brown’s fanbase that he plays at a HIGH level. Gordon did as well and we all saw where that got him.

  • mgbode

    I took a quick look at his comment history. Here apparently peppers website comment logs with his VY propaganda. If he’s not a relative or agent, then it’s even sadder.

    Here’s a list of teams he has hit (stopped at Pats, could have gone on I’m sure):
    Browns, Raiders, Chiefs, Cowboys, Rams, Giants, Vikings, 49ers, Eagles, Jags, Packers, Panthers, Pats

  • Harv 21

    The Browns tried, duh. They brought him in and offered $25m guaranteed, but Vince’s wife said no, No CLE for her or him. Browns have not proven themselves worthy. She’s determined to keep him home until a team worthy of his ability reaches out. This is what happens to a lot of decent QBs, it’s a marital issue. Even some great athletes show suspect judgment in personal matters. Maybe Pettine should have considered an intervention, but that opportunity walked out of Berea like 4 months ago. Anyway, we’ll always have 2006.