For all the freakin' hype...

Thursday, May 08, 2014

For all the freakin' hype...

...leading up to the event, Day 1 of the National Football League's annual draft was as big a bust as the recent Kevin Costner movie, "Draft Day," which opened and closed less than a month ago with a box office gross of $26.5 million against a production budget of $25 million.

I tuned in ESPN this evening just to see who my Detroit Lions would select with the tenth pick in the first round be­cause over the past four weeks their two featured "insider experts," Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, released at least six different versions of their Mock Drafts and had at least nine different names headed for the Lions, including the memorable Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, a Safety from Alabama.

(Given the Lions painful need for help in their defensive secondary, I was encouraged... but Clinton-Dix wound up going to Green Bay at #21)

The most annoying thing about the telecast were the hosts, led by the insufferable Chris "Boomer" Berman with his phony voice, Kiper Jr. with his ridiculous widow's peak hair-do, and ex-coach Jon Gruden who's just plain annoying!

But I was there to see which way the Lions were going this year, and predictably, for a team in desperate need of help in the defensive secondary, they added Eric Ebron, a Tight End out of North Carolina.

The move seemed to catch Ebron unaware as well... on a day in which he had successully proposed to his girlfriend on the Observation Deck of the Empire State Building, when his name was announced, his face fell and it was as if he just learned he's been drafted by Nigeria's Boko Haram.

(C'mon, Eric... it's only Detroit!)

Throughout the telecast ESPN kept cutting to shots of last year's sensational Heisman Trophy winner (as a freshman), Texas A & M's Johnny Manziel backstage in the Radio City Music Hall's Green Room, as his name was not mentioned pick after pick until the Cleveland Browns traded up to get him at #22... it was cruel, but not unusual for TV.

Until that moment "Johnny Football" was giving new meaning to the term "Draft Dodger."

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