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On a big Cleveland weekend, Brian Hoyer gets some spotlight

Brian Hoyer, Johnny Manziel AP

On a weekend when Cleveland gets to rise up out of its collective Clevelandness and feel good about all its sports teams, it’s only natural that the Browns quarterback throws out the first pitch at the Indians game.

No, not that one. The other one. The starter.

The Browns announced that Brian Hoyer would do the honors at this afternoon’s game, a brief reminder that he is, in fact, the starting quarterback for the local professional football franchise.

Of course, Hoyer took the opportunity of yesterday’s return of NBA star LeBron James to subtly underscore that message as well.

While everyone was celebrating the return of the King, Hoyer latched onto another passage of James’ letter home.

It would take a real cynic to read that as a passive-aggressive reminder to a certain Johnathan F. Football that he’s still atop the depth chart.

Fortunately for you, we employ a few of those here.

By all accounts, Hoyer is a good sport who has been thrust into a number of tough situations, and has impressed with his maturity.

So on a weekend when all things Cleveland are good for a change, we’re hoping the kid throws a strike.

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31 Responses to “On a big Cleveland weekend, Brian Hoyer gets some spotlight”
  1. cpitch12 says: Jul 12, 2014 9:48 AM

    I wish the Pats kept Hoyer…Hes a solid guy…great teammate

  2. qdog112 says: Jul 12, 2014 9:55 AM

    James tweet was a reminder to Johnny Entitlement, that he hasn’t earned anything but very large target on his back.

  3. bobsmith92118 says: Jul 12, 2014 9:55 AM

    Any city, any franchise… the most popular guy in town is the backup QB.

  4. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jul 12, 2014 9:59 AM

    The question is whether the Browns will have an actual open competition for the starting QB job this summer or not. Because if it’s real and not a sham, Hoyer will win. Not saying that Manziel isn’t the better long term prospect, but right now Hoyer is the better NFL ready QB.

  5. hisandherpes says: Jul 12, 2014 10:00 AM

    “Any city, any franchise… the most popular guy in town is the backup QB.”

    Yeah, Jim Sorgi was HUGE in Indianapolis back in ’07. Nearly renamed Deer Creek Ampitheatre after him.

  6. fordmandalay says: Jul 12, 2014 10:01 AM

    I’m sure that Johnny Football looked up from his global hotspot partying while making it rain on international supermodels, read this tweet and went ‘Damn!’

  7. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jul 12, 2014 10:03 AM

    Like the guy who wished Hoyer (who I up voted) was still on the Pats, I wished and still wish Hoyer was still on the Steelers roster.

    There are many things to like about Hoyer, from his play to his maturity as a leader.

  8. jfield1974 says: Jul 12, 2014 10:12 AM

    Hoyer deserves a full shot at being the starter. If he is given that shot, JFF will watch this season.

  9. hisandherpes says: Jul 12, 2014 10:16 AM

    The reality in Cleveland re: QBs is that it doesn’t matter who wins the starting QB job. The starter will either A. Get injured in September, B. Suck so bad that he is replaced by October, or C. Both A & B.

    Source: 21st century history.

    Both guys need to be ready. Connor Shaw and Tyler Thigpen better be familiar with the playbook too.

  10. largent80100 says: Jul 12, 2014 10:18 AM

    Well, you lost, Manziel.

    At least for this season.

  11. abninf says: Jul 12, 2014 10:21 AM

    In the end, a team doesn’t move up in the first round to take a QB and not have every intention of him being the starter.

  12. nfloracle says: Jul 12, 2014 10:51 AM

    Hoyer reminds me a lot of Alex Smith… a real teammate who puts team ahead of self. I expect Smith to have a ring before Kap has one, and I also see Hoyer having one at some point in the future. Johnny Boy? I see him ending up in jail or else back-up dancing on stage for his little buddy Justin Bieber.

  13. somethinghappeninghere says: Jul 12, 2014 11:04 AM

    Funny you should bring up “passive aggressive” because while you get passive with teams like the Browns you get aggressively positive with teams like the Broncos and aggressively negative with that certain team in South Florida…I call them the Dolphins, while you call them Magoo and the Bullies.

  14. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 12, 2014 11:05 AM

    Great tweet! While many others make really poor choices with their tweets, Hoyer has shown some real maturity here and in an amusing yet inspiring way. Hmm, maybe he can play QB, let’s take a closer at this guy!

  15. jimbo75025 says: Jul 12, 2014 11:17 AM

    Is it just me, or does that photo make Manziel look like even more of a midget than he really is?

    Anyway, I hope Hoyer manages to hold on to his spot as QB1 and leads the Browns to the playoffs. He seems like a guy who says and does all the right things. I am far from a Cleveland supporter, but their fans deserve some sunshine and I would prefer it be with a guy like Hoyer (who you really cannot hate) leading them than Manziel soaking up the spotlight on what is going to have to be a complete team effort.

  16. bryantrulen says: Jul 12, 2014 11:48 AM

    Hoyer is gone after 2014 he and his agent know he will be hard pressed to succeed in what will be a level up from Tebow mania beginning in August

  17. bryantrulen says: Jul 12, 2014 11:49 AM

    Plus qb whisperer Norv Turner is gone

  18. snakeskinsoul says: Jul 12, 2014 11:53 AM

    On a weekend when Cleveland gets to rise up out of its collective Clevelandness and feel good about all its sports teams….the CURSE is lifted. Joel Embiid breaks his foot BEFORE we draft him number one, We get Johnny Football, and now the King returns….which NO national reporter gave us any chance of happening. After the drive, the fumble, Modell and the decision…light is finally shining our way.

  19. stoolerz says: Jul 12, 2014 12:09 PM

    Darin, long time Cleveland fan (+50 years-probably too long) and have never heard the term Clevelandness. That term describes my situation perfectly, nice word. I was a bit surprised with the LeBron return, that in the world of Clevelandness, Goodell didn’t bring us back down to earth with a lifetime ban of Gordon.

  20. coachbeck says: Jul 12, 2014 12:53 PM

    Good for hoyer. The local kid getting his moment. Though his 15m is almost up

  21. evansvc says: Jul 12, 2014 1:01 PM

    What would it hurt to bring back Vince Young….. He’s the best insurance policy you could ever have…
    (NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    He can help a team…even if it’s only to upgrade the team’s quarterback pool…

  22. qdog112 says: Jul 12, 2014 1:36 PM

    After all is said and down, why is Manziel even in the picture in a story about Hoyer?

    The headline reads:”On a big Cleveland weekend, Brian Hoyer gets some spotlight”

    Hoyer can’t even get a solo photo.

  23. keylimelight says: Jul 12, 2014 1:48 PM

    “In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have”

    Sound like LeBron was sending a thinly coded message to a certain draftee. Lebron don’t play.

  24. panzercommander1126 says: Jul 12, 2014 1:59 PM

    With Johnny Football there in Cleveland Connor Shaw will not get a short in a Browns Uniform ( they aren’t going to go with Hoyer being backed up by two rookies), but Shaw is a solid QB that someone like Huston or Pittsburgh should look closely at.

    Shaw has a solid arm, scramble ability but uses the pocket like a pro and can read defenses ; in honesty he is actually better than Johnny Selfie, but Hype will win out and Connor wont be in Cleveland.

    If Shaw ended up in Minnesota he would be another Kurt Warner Story in the making..a QB Coach’s dream…. The Browns will have a solid Defense matched by a solid running game, which will open up the passing game; but sadly with no serious deep threat WR , that will leave the Browns with a lot of close low scoring losses in a 7-9 season health issues pending… and that is better than all the years past, but still only tied for 3rd in the AFC North and missing the playoff’s … This Year

  25. slick50ks says: Jul 12, 2014 2:02 PM

    At least they don’t have a Pouncy on the roster. That’s a plus.

  26. dandaman27 says: Jul 12, 2014 2:45 PM

    Brian throwing out the first pitch.

    Would love to see Brian throw that 93mph heater he used to throw for the St.Ignatius baseball team. He was the starting pitcher as a Soph and won the State Baseball Championship game. I think the fans would go wild if he threw the high hard one one time at Progressive Field.

  27. shockhawk12 says: Jul 12, 2014 3:33 PM

    Hoyer looked like he was on his way last year, before he got hurt, and I felt really sorry for his bad luck.
    I hope he keeps Johnny Jackass riding the bench, which is what he deserves cuz he is a tainted human.

  28. watermelon1 says: Jul 12, 2014 6:51 PM

    Oh, the sparks are a flyin in the dog pound and it’s only July! 😂😂😂😂

  29. imabeliever says: Jul 12, 2014 7:29 PM

    I like the picture used…

    Hoyer looks like a man.

    Manziel looks like a little boy.

    Pretty accurate from my seat…

  30. denverdude7 says: Jul 12, 2014 10:06 PM

    We are talking about the Cleveland Browns here right?

    Hoyer will probably short hop the throw and suffer a torn rotator cuff in the process.

  31. ytownjoe says: Jul 12, 2014 10:41 PM

    Hoyer will be the starter while Johnny continues living his life.

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