The Cleveland fans’ choice: Johnny Manziel over Jim Brown

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel celebrates after a 7-yard touchdown run against the St. Louis Rams in the third quarter of a preseason NFL football game, in Cleveland. The Browns have released troublesome quarterback Johnny Manziel. The team cut ties on Friday, March 11, 2016, with the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner after two disappointing, drama-filled seasons. Manziel faces an uncertain future in the NFL and potential criminal charges in Texas following a domestic violence incident. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

Did he buy the vote? (AP Photo/David Richard)

This is my favorite sports story ever. As noted by Awful Announcing, the website Cleveland.com — essentially the Cleveland Plain Dealer, a fine newsgathering operation — sought to stage an online version of March Madness by having a bracket contest involving Cleveland-area players.

(Writes Cleveland.com’s Doug Lesmerises: “This isn’t greatest athlete or favorite athletes.” So what is it? Best singing voice? But I digress.)

In the Browns bracket, the No. 16 seed was Johnny Manziel. He was pitted against the No. 1 seed. In NCAA tournament history, no No. 1 seed has been felled by a No. 16. In the annals of Cleveland.com, a monumental upset just occurred.

With 68.22 percent of the vote, Johnny Football — who’s no longer a Brown — toppled the No. 1 seed, who’s in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (The actual vote was 7,508 to 3,498, making this, percentage-wise, a bigger landslide than LBJ over Goldwater.) This might have been a case of some wise acres having an internet giggle (LOL!), but that wouldn’t explain Bob Feller, LeBron James and Archie Griffin — the No. 1 seeds in the Indians, Cavaliers and Buckeyes brackets — winning their Round 1 matchups with 96.49, 83.37 and 94.57 percent of the vote, respectively.

Could this have been a newfangled example of advanced analytics trumping old-line numbers, a Trout-over-Miggy thing? Not exactly. We present the NFL stats of Browns seeds No. 16 and No. 1.

Manziel: 14 games; 147 completions in 258 attempts; 1,675 yards passing; 259 yards rushing; seven touchdown passes; one rushing touchdown; seven interceptions.

The No. 1 seed: 118 games; 12,312 yards rushing and 2,499 receiving; 126 touchdowns scored; three touchdown passes (on 12 career attempts).

As faithful correspondent Wayne Brown of Tuskegee, Ala., noted: “That’s like voting Nick (Swaggy P) Young over Magic, Kareem or Jerry West as Greatest Laker Ever.” (Actually, it’s worse. Swaggy P has shown he can play a bit. Manziel has shown he can get himself cut.)

Maybe we’re being too hard on the 7,508 discerning voters who supported Johnny ex-Football. Maybe they’re young. Maybe they never saw the No. 1 seed play. Maybe they have no access to YouTube. (Though apparently they’ve access to Cleveland.com.) Maybe they forgot the NFL championship the No. 1 seed helped the city claim. (But doesn’t everyone up there know 1964 as the year of Cleveland’s most recent pro title?)

Or maybe they just forgot who the No. 1 seed was, which is understandable. The No. 1 seed wore No. 32 for the Cleveland Browns. His name is Jim Brown.

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Aztec
Aztec

Mark!  What was the question?


Aztec
Aztec

Mark: What was the question?

camelToeJoe
camelToeJoe

Maybe because the urban dumbazz's that voted don't know who Jim Brown is?

FlatTire
FlatTire

So far 5 posts!!!!


This new blog format has been a real success


the old format normally had a hundred plus posts per article; sometimes over the thousand mark


but the single digit number of posts shows just how popular this new blog format really is