The National Holiday — er, uh, the NFL Draft (I’m sorry, the NFL Player Selection Meeting!) is upon us tonight!
Can I tell you that I don’t like the 3-day format!
I was getting used to attending Draft parties on Saturdays — basically — and having healthy … disagreements … with fellow attendees regarding their teams and my team!
Come to think of it, we generally agreed that the Cowboys’ drafts under Mr. Jerry Jones and Gil Brandt toward the end of the Landry era were rotten, lousy, terrible and some might say mediocre!
Oh, well, Paul Tagliabue, Roger Goodell and the powers-that-be didn’t ask for my 2-pennies worth, especially with the dollar signs that supposedly were dancing in their heads like sugar plums at Christmas time from the networks should they make this move!
I wonder if I am in the minority in this regard because if I’m not, I am sure NFL offices would have been inundated with complaints in the time since they did this starting in 2010.
Some interesting tidbits about the Draft that I didn’t know or wasn’t necessarily sure about: it began in 1936 with John Jacob “Jay” Berwanger from the University of Chicago, the first winner of the Downtown Athletic Club Trophy in 1935 (the next year renamed the Heisman Trophy) — wait, UC had a football team? In the Big Ten Conference? — the first pick by the Philadelphia Eagles. There is some discrepancy as to the reasons why he ended up being traded to Da Bears under George “Papa Bear” Halas and never played a down of professional football. I will go with the explanation I read in The Milwaukee Journal archives — remember the saying the more things change …? — the Iggles didn’t believe they could meet his salary demands of $1,000 per game! He also didn’t sign with Da Bears so he could remain an amateur and try out for the 1936 Summer Olympic team in the decathlon; after he didn’t make the cut, he and Halas couldn’t agree on a salary and he “retired” from the game.