The NFL Draft has been dominating our television screens over the past few days. It’s been a cavalcade of dreams come true for so many young men that have finally gotten to this point. They have worked tirelessly since Pop Warner and finally get the chance to have their moment in the sun.
And at the risk of making it sound as if I’m raining on their parade, I guess that’s why I hate it so much.
In all fairness, it’s not the players’ fault. It’s more the fault of the league who builds these guys up as if all of them are going to be stars. The assumed positivity of the ESPN network has almost gotten out of control. Sure, they’ll mention that a guy had a sub-average 40 time or that he tested positive for marijuana at the combine. But they’ll also roll over it within seconds and then show one of their ridiculous over the top montages that Michael Jackson would have wanted during the “Dangerous” tour. Which seems like it’s a little much for a dude that gets taken in the seventh round. Continue reading