That’s Merril Hoge, since you likely needed a reminder. Not exactly a household name, unless you’re a huge fan of monster tie knots. See, Merril loves them. So much.
He’s not that tall, he just makes his knots so big the tie doesn’t go down far enough. Take a further look.
Now, Merril’s hitched his wagon onto Johnny Football to try and get some more attention. Apparently, the story of Manziel texting Browns’ QB coach “we’ll wreck this league” during the draft infuriated Hoge. Speaking with a Pittsburgh radio station, he said:
“It told you that he’s a juvenile punk.”
Hoge then proceeded to predict a quick end to Manziel’s NFL career, saying:
“This will be the saddest, quickest ending we have seen in quite some time. It’ll be like a Tim Tebow (situation).”
Hoge’s statements speak more on Hoge than they do on Manziel. For one, Hoge was a mediocre NFL player, and would be bathing in obscurity had he not nearly died after he stopped breathing while suffering a second concussion a few days after a first. When you have to retire due to a traumatic brain injury, apparently they take pity on you and give you a job at ESPN.
It appears as though Merril, much like Skip Bayless, is being outrageous for the sake of getting everyone to talk about him. It’s a tactic a few clowns use in today’s “media.” Take up a position that is vastly different than the main stream, spew some over-the-top rhetoric, and bask in the glory of everyone mocking you.
Take his opinion on Jadeveon Clowney, who Bayless described as an “atrocious football player” as further proof. Hoge is the only one with this opinion on the number one overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. It’s so ridiculous, it’s guaranteed to get people chatting about you. It’s also further proof ESPN is a joke of a network, but that’s another story.
Suffice to say, if Hoge’s opinions on player personnel were worth two shits, he’d have a job in a front office somewhere, not screaming “look at me!” by saying stupid things on air. Instead, he feeds into everything ESPN is trying to accomplish. Hype without accountability.
Merril Hoge. Clown.