The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft was held last night at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Radio City, one of the finest entertainment venues we have.
For me it was one of the hotter reality shows in recent memory…as my remote was literally burning my hand. Switching back and forth between the Draft, the NBA Playoffs, television shows (including the departure of “Office” boss Michael Scott, whose airplane send-off made me think he might go over to England for the Royal Wedding instead of Colorado)…quite the night. A late one.
Then this AM…up at 5 o’clock to watch the Royal Wedding thing. I was asked by my significant other to make sure she was up in time (I serve as the alarm clock on these special requests as full-time ones don’t get the job done for either of us when set to sound out of the norm). Predictably, I wound up watching the Wedding as well. And to all you men driving out on the road later than usual this morning…I know you were watching also so don’t act like you weren’t.
Anyway, the whole “TMZ” and “Entertainment Tonight” feel of the Royal Wedding coverage has me thinking the opening round from a different prospective…sports IS entertainment after all.
1. Who IS ESPN analyst Jon Gruden’s hair stylist? Actually, that’s an oxymoron. Never mind.
2. My wife and I made the observation after seeing a draftee with a bow tie on…if a team considering taking a player finds said player showing up on Draft Night with a bow tie on…they should not select them. Fashion does make a statement, good and bad.
3. Taking clothing a step further, while I felt most of the draftees were dressed very well none of them look good in a suit and a team cap on their heads. That’s just wrong.
4. There was significant reaction from the crowd as the evening went along, primarily because some teams acted as if they were in a booze-infused fantasy draft instead and a couple of owners had selected quarterbacks earlier than expected. Let’s just say I felt most of the QB’s selected were picked way, way earlier than they should have. Hard to say - hiring for that position is a roll of the dice. However, the crowd noise should have been boosted to take in those who were voicing their “opinions.” Would have made for much better TV hearing the “WTF’s” being bleeped out.
5. With regards to #4, the most outrageous, X-rated act of the night was the Falcons trading the entire City of Atlanta and a few of its suburbs to the Cleveland Browns…all for the chance to select Alabama WR Julio Jones. Somewhere, Drew Carey must have been smiling and they should have had an immediate reaction from him even if the “Price Is Right” was filming at the time. Cleveland rocks!
In conclusion, here in Philadelphia our beloved Eagles selected an offensive lineman who never played a lick of football until he was 22. He’ll be 27 in November. Turns out he was a pro firefighter in his native Canada at one time. Needless to say, if you know anything about Philly fans this selection has not gone over well. His advanced age, lack of overall football experience and greater experience in first-responder skills have spawned a cottage industry of comedy here. Entertainment value of their pick is off the charts.
I hope your favorite team got what you wished for…and you were entertained.