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NFL Draft in Philly: Guessing they'll never show even one image from inside the art museum

‘Rocky’ stands sentinel at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which tonight becomes the center of the pro football universe when it hosts the NFL Draft. (Photo by Luigi Novi)
‘Rocky’ stands sentinel at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which tonight becomes the center of the pro football universe when it hosts the NFL Draft. (Photo by Luigi Novi)

Thoughts about the three-day National Football League draft, which begins tonight in Philadelphia at the city's Museum of Art:

-- Loudest cheer: When the Eagles make their first-round draft pick.

-- Second-loudest cheer: When former Eagles’ quarterback Ron Jaworski hits the stage Friday to announce the team’s second-round selection.

-- Loudest boos: For NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Cowboys’ first pick.

-- 52: Number of references to the movie character Rocky on the ESPN and NFL Network telecasts of the draft – just on the first day.

-- 0: Number of times that television coverage actually takes the viewer inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Come to think of it, I’ve never been inside it, either.

-- 136: Projected number of arrests of rowdy and drunken fans.

-- 3: Projected number of arrests of entitled, self-absorbed and drunken players drafted earlier in the day.

-- 91 percent: Chances that Cleveland will mess up its first-round selection, the first of the entire draft.

-- Wildest Eagles’ draft scenario: The team trades its first-round pick for Patriots’ cornerback Malcolm Butler, an idea proposed by ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio.

-- Personal preference for the Eagles’ first-round pick: Dalvin Cook, running back, Florida State. Runner-up choice is Christian McCaffrey, running back, Stanford, whose dad Ed was a star athlete at Allentown Central Catholic before playing in the NFL.

-- Best guess as to the Eagles’ first-round choice: Derek Barnett, defensive end, Tennessee.

-- First Penn State player to be drafted: Chris Godwin, wide receiver. Hoping he’s available for the Eagles when they pick very late in the third round.

RANDOM SHOTS AND SECOND THOUGHTS:

-- NBA playoff pick: Cavaliers. LeBron James is like every team’s best athlete in Little League baseball: He would pitch, bat fourth and, when necessary, just take over the game.

-- Failed business idea No. 1,257: Phone booth window-washer.

-- In golf, my slice is so bad that after I swing, I’m required to yell, “Five!”

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