Just win Johnny - just win!

5/22/2014, 12:40 p.m.
Folks have even started calling him “Johnny Cleveland” and dare we say that some have even started a campaign to ...

Little did we know that when the Cleveland Browns drafted quarterback Johnny Manziel with the 22nd pick in the NFL draft, that we would be a part of the biggest hype extravaganza since the Jackson’s Victory Tour, that crazy White guy parachuting from outer space and the Royal Wedding all rolled into one.

It is no secret that many Clevelanders were hoping for wide receiver Sammy Watkins or quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Bridgewater, the Black quarterback, was not only touted as the most “NFL ready” quarterback in the draft, but reportedly the top selection of a $200,000 hi-tech analytical apparatus shelled out by the Browns… And still they went with Manziel.

We’ve drafted Jim Brown, Bernie Kosar and even that kid from Akron St. Vincent–St. Mary High School and as of right now those events haven’t seemed to have drawn the collective national fanfare accompanying the arrival of this “money sign” making rookie named “Johnny Football.”

Folks have even started calling him “Johnny Cleveland” and dare we say that some have even started a campaign to anoint him “Johnny Dawg Pound!”

If Hanford Dixon weren’t still alive, he’d be rolling over in his grave!

This is not to say that we don’t want this young man to succeed, Lord knows that every brown-and-orange-blooded Clevelander wants a winner. But can we let this little fella earn some of these accolades before we pull up to his locker with a lifetime supply of Slyman’s corned beef sandwiches and Great Lakes Brewery Christmas Ale?

Can we see if Manziel can beat the Steelers at least one time before we give him Lebron’s old spot on the wall across the street from the Horseshoe Casino parking garage?

When Manziel gets his chin-strap knocked loose by Terrell Suggs in his first game against the Ravens, can we see if he can shake it off before we decide that he rates better than the last 20 scrubs that started at his position? We once had a “number one overall” drafted quarterback and he cried because the fans were rude to him – and Manziel wasn’t even “our” first pick.

Let’s hope that after all the hype, Johnny Football / Cleveland / Dawg Pound is half as close to all the hysteria he brings with him. After all we’ve been through in Cleveland, we need the real thing to show up and be all that he can be.

Sorry if we are a little slow to roll out the royal carpet for you young man, but we really just need you to win first Johnny – just win!