#cleveland browns

Last link on the Browns for a while, I swear. But I’m fascinated by the Johnny Manziel pick. A few other tidbits from Darren Rovell:

Team president Alec Scheiner told ESPN.com that, in the time since Manziel was selected through 5 p.m. ET Friday, the team has sold more than 2,300 season tickets.

"We know right now that every one of our games is going to be sold out for next season," Scheiner said.

And:

A higher percentage of televisions in Cleveland were tuned into the ESPN broadcast for Thursday’s first-round coverage than in any other market. An astounding 20 percent of all tweets related to the NFL draft on Thursday night included Manziel, according to Poptip, an analytics tracking firm.

Why this matters:

The Browns, who haven’t won more than five games in any of the past five seasons and haven’t won a playoff game since 1994…

I was 13 years old.

Naturally, it’s not all good news for the Browns this week.

Great post by Chuck Klosterman on my hometown team, the Cleveland Browns. My favorite excerpts:

How do you appease a fan base that is both highly critical and eternally infatuated? It’s like dating a woman who hates you so much she will never break up with you, even if you burn down the house every single autumn.

And:

This is the central dichotomy of Cleveland football: No other fan base is so deeply loyal and so self-consciously negative at the same time. Locally, there just seems to be a universal belief that — somehow, either by human error or random chance — the Browns will fail at whatever they try.

And:

I don’t think they’re building chemical weapons in Berea. But they might be. I can’t say for sure.

Captures the scene well.