Johnny Manziel is the most exciting player to enter the NFL in years. He is as entertaining on the field as he is off it. Even if you hate Johnny Football's fucking guts and want him to fail miserably, you can't see him do that with a clipboard in his hands on the sidelines. Anyone with an ounce of appreciation for drama knows that the Cleveland Browns are completely irrelevant save for the game's most polarizing player. And yet, Cleveland still chose the other guy to be its starting quarterback. From ESPN:

The Cleveland Browns have committed to start Brian Hoyer over rookie Johnny Manziel at quarterback to begin the 2014 season, the team announced Wednesday morning.

"He was the clear leader from the beginning," coach Mike Pettine said in a statement. "We've maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player. Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his teammates on the practice field and in the locker room."

Goddamit, Cleveland. Fun-haters.

We'll likely have to wait until after the Browns' Week 4 bye week to see Manziel on the field as the team's starting QB. Boooooooring. With Manziel on the field, Cleveland would have been the most interesting game of every single NFL Sunday. Now, you can flip that list upside down. Who wants to watch Brian Hoyer hand the ball off to Terrance West and throw to a bunch of no-name receivers?

To suggest that this decision has anything to do with Manziel's most recent mini-controversy — when he extended a big fat middle finger to the Redskins sideline during a Monday night pre-season game earlier this week — would be pretty absurd. If your favorite NFL team is making decisions based on a middle finger and not what the guy can actually do on the field, then you need a new favorite NFL team. Then again, one Browns beat reporter is claiming Johnny lost the job because he partied his face off after the Draft. Partying is bad, we get it. But come on, Cleveland. This is the NFL. Not choir practice. OVO XO.

[via ESPN]