I woke up this morning and found this in my inbox:
That’s the standard daily (maybe it’s weekly — I don’t pay too much attention) NFL newsletter. Usually it’s an automatic delete, but this particular subject line caught my eye. Can you BELIEVE the NFL is still using Washington’s team name in official correspondence with fans? The nerve.
If you missed last night’s epic preseason matchup between Cleveland and Washington, Johnny Football completed 7-of-16, passed for his first exhibition touchdown in a 24-23 defeat for the Browns, and ran once for a one-yard loss.
He also proved something once and for all last night. Manziel may be a gimmick quarterback who everyone will get sick of, thanks to the milk-it-dry-then-milk-it-some-more coverage habits utilized by ESPN and, to a lesser extent, NFL Network. But he is most certainly NOT Tim Tebow.
Manziel’s gesture toward Washington’s sideline led to a little conversation with Browns communications coordinator (PR) Rob McBurnett:
“Hey, uh, Johnny? It’s bad enough you’ve been filmed rolling up bills in public restrooms and summoning your inner Billy Madison with inflatable swans. But the NFL is letting a group of seventh grade boys put together the ‘1st-and-10’ newsletter tonight, and the only way you could’ve given them more ammunition is if you sharted with the end zone camera filming while you stood under center.”