Careful what you wish for

For those Cleveland Browns backers who believe Johnny Manziel is the solution to their quarterback problems, remember the Tim Tebow experiment?

I don’t question their winning spirit, but in terms of the prototypical quarterback I could see Manziel and Tebow in the near future sitting side-by-side with their headsets best suited making their meal money as broadcasters.

At 6-foot, Manziel will be staring at the jersey numbers of opposing linemen. Tebow stood 6-3 and still had trouble finding his passing lanes. Great college quarterbacks, but not NFL material.

One report which crossed through social media on Wednesday stated that Manziel was relegated to taking third-team reps at the Cleveland Browns’ Organized Team Activity (OTA).

With Brian Hoyer recovering from ACL surgery and journeyman Tyler Thigpen working with the second team, the news is encouraging for Manziel and his quest to start on opening day.

Yet, I can recall the days back to quarterback Gino Toretta, who was a member of two national championship teams as a Miami Hurricane and won the Heisman Trophy in 1992. He was selected in the seventh round and played five seasons in the NFL but never as a starter.

* Dave Couch Golf Tourney: The 14th annual Dave Couch Golf Tournament to benefit ALS scheduled for today at Parkersburg Country Club follows no ordinary scramble format.

For starters, each golfer receives a mulligan ticket and a ‘Tee Buster Ticket’ as part of their entry fee. Mulligan tickets are common in golf outings, but the ‘Tee Buster Ticket’ allows each male golfer one tee shot from the ladies tee. Female golfers may move forward approximately 30 yards to a designated spot to hit their tee shot.

Only five of the 18 holes follow a straight scramble format, but the remaining holes require some imagination. On several holes, only two golfers out of the foursome may putt. Select holes prevent the player who hit the tee shot from hitting again on the second shot.

Another unique approach has all four golfers hitting a tee shot then selecting two and playing the rest of the hole as a two-man scramble.

But bottom line, the purpose of this event is to raise funds and awareness for ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease – which claimed the life of local resident Dave Couch in December 2001.

* Not a laughing matter: Always wondered why fans find humor when a foul ball at a baseball or softball game caroms off a parked vehicle or falls in the vicinity. If the foul ball cracks glass or causes a severe dent, I’ve heard laughter follow. There will also be some oohs and aahs, but in 20-plus years of reporting it’s difficult to distinguish whether those responses are sympathetic in nature.

Keep in mind the owner of the vehicle next time this happens. It may be a best friend who has to take time out of his daily routine to deal with their insurance company and make appointments for repairs.

Or better yet, it could be you.

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