Welcome to Cleveland
Remember this depressing photo of three Browns fans walking the streets of NYC with Tim Couch, Brady Quinn and Charlie Frye jerseys? Somewhere all three are smiling as the Browns dominated last night's draft and wound up with Johnny Manziel as their franchise QB. And to think the pick was a result of a 2013 midseason trade in which the team unloaded Trent Richardson (and his 3.2 yards per carry) on the unsuspecting Colts for a first-round pick. Manziel, who enjoyed a
beer water during the draft proceedings last night, didn't bring a date but his sister certainly turned some heads. In other Johnny Football news, Twitter was excited after the Browns made their pick at No. 22; Manziel was drafted because of a homeless man's request; Jay Glazer proved (again) that he owns ESPN; and in the most Browns story ever, the team commissioned a $100,000 analytics study before the draft to see which QB had the best chance of success and the study advised them to draft Teddy Bridgewater, who wasn't taken until the 32nd pick last night.
Non-Manziel Draft Notes
Jadeveon Clowney was chosen first overall by the Texans and promptly burst into tears. Houston fans may have a new quarterback too, as the team is rumored to be making a deal for Patriots backup Ryan Mallett. Ha Ha Dixon was another star of the draft, mostly because of his incredible attire, though I'm sure some PR person or agent is freaking out about this photo. Anthony Barr, whose face was turned into an enormous Subway sandwich on Wednesday, was taken No. 9 by the Vikings. Nobody had a better day than former UNC tight end Eric Ebron, who proposed to his girlfriend atop the Empire State Building and was drafted 10th overall, by the Lions. Tom Brady made a surprise appearance at the Patriots' draft party. Did you know this was the first year players were allowed to choose their walk-up music? Here's the list of what every player chose. Lastly, SI Swimsuit model Samantha Hoopes and a football!!
Bad Luck Snake
Snakes have been known to provide good luck in sports but that wasn't the case in San Antonio last night. The Blazers found a snake waiting for them upon their arrival to the AT&T Center’s visitors’ locker room before Game 2. The Spurs dominated the game from start to finish in a 114-97 victory.
Lovely Lady Of The Day
Bruins Ruin Day For Montreal Elementary School Kids
An elementary school in Montreal cancelled its ‘Montreal Canadiens Jersey Day’ because some students were planning to wear Bruins' attire.
Plaxico Burress vs. Rules of Hockey
Give credit to Plaxico Burress for being a hockey fan. Take away credit for him not knowing the length of the games.
From the SI Vault
The Yankees will retire Joe Torre's No. 6 during a ceremony in August. Torre, who managed the team from 1996 until 2007, won four World Series titles in pinstripes, including the last three-peat in major league history, from 1998 to 2000. In this 1998 photo, cameras capture that awkward moment before two people kiss. Just kidding. It's Yankees owner George Steinbrenner embracing Torre after the Yanks World Series-clinching victory. For more classic sports photos, check out the SI Vault on Twitter.
Odds and Ends
Photo Gallery: Johnny Manziel's rise to stardom ... LeBron James has no time for $1 bills ... Jim Tressel has been named the president of Youngstown State ... The Lethal Weapon franchise is being rebooted with Chris Hemsworth rumored as the star ... New feud alert: Larry King vs. Piers Morgan ... Did a 2001 episode of The Simpsons help spawn the Syrian Civil War?
This is How You Celebrate a Goal
Dzimtry Doub of FK Trakai applauds himself from the stands.
Teaming Up with Mr. T
Came across this vintage Mr. T commercial for his eponymous cereal. It's cool!