It was hard to get excited about the NFL draft with hockey going on simultaneously. With the drama of two game sevens, the draft seemed awfully tame by comparison.
As long as we can't turn on cable news without hearing our president, our representatives (if we had any) or our neighbor-who's-also-a-pundit crap on Washington, it's nice to have something to change the channel to. There hasn't been a brighter day for a D.C. sports fan in many administrations.
The fact that Andrew Luck has been widely praised for his athleticism and Robert Griffin III for his leadership qualities and comprehension of sophisticated passing schemes may reflect a change in the tormented way that we talk about quarterbacks and race.
Who is it who claims the high salaries of Major League Baseball players are more justifiable than the huge income of Wall Street and corporate CEOs? None other than 95-year-old Marvin Miller the former head of the player's association.
What if the poor performers could pick up an Andrew Luck every few years? Couldn't those schools start building around that player? What if students each day were challenged by smart, energetic teachers bringing new playbooks to the game?
On Thursday night, the NFL and a massive television audience will be focused on the NFL Draft. What was a private experience 30 years ago has become a four day sponsored and promoted Ramadan of the annual player selection. It has always been my favorite day of the year.
Football is so popular that the league's annual player draft, which involves no actual athletic participation whatsoever, is now a three-day event. This is a beautiful thing for those of us who think way too much about football.
NFL candidates probably need not espouse their dedication to world peace, but they had better smoothly explain any youthful transgressions -- repeatedly.
If the Colts struggle to decide between Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin, they need merely to apply the same attention to detail they did the last time they drafted a quarterback in the first round.
It makes sense for a fan to want his or her team to purposely lose games. It makes absolutely no sense for a fan to think such a situation has even the slightest chance of actually occurring.