The 2014 NFL Draft is nearly upon us. Instead of being confined to a Saturday/Sunday show, the draft has become a show all its own, starting with Round 1 on Thursday night at 7:00 pm, Rounds 2 & 3 Friday night starting at 5:30 pm, and Rounds 4-7 at 11:00 am on Saturday.
All of it is televised on ESPN and the NFL Network. Honestly, it's too much unless you're a complete NFL freak, which I am not anymore. The NFL is too packaged, too controlled, and way too boring to be all that interesting.
Still, it is an excuse for a good open thread (which we'll have), maybe some alcohol (ya think?) and wait for two or three Nebraska players to be chosen.
Stanley Jean-Baptiste is the obvious choice as to whom will be the first Husker to go, but the big mystery is when. Two NFL Media draft analysts have SJB going in the first round due to his size and athleticism, while SBNation.com's own Dan Kadar has him ranked 14th among cornerbacks. Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn says it would be a shock to see him (SJB) slip past the third round.
And to think that at the beginning of last season, Spencer Long was the only entry in the Top 100 NFL draft picks. Long is another player nobody seems to have a place for, largely due to his knee injury against Purdue that saw him miss the rest of the 2013 season. Long will most likely drop to the later rounds, but if he has recovered from that injury, he might be a steal. NFL teams consistently downgrade players for not working hard enough - what will they think of a guy who started as a walk-on then worked his way to starter and gained All-American status?
Quincy Enuwa is the next Husker on the list. He has the size and the strength, but teams might not feel as good about his hands. Will he get drafted, or be picked up as a free agent?
The College Football Playoff selection committee's announcement last week that weekly polls are largely here to stay has stirred up the playoff eras' first controversy. Worries of politics biasing the process abound, but this move will preserve CFB's chaos that we all cherish.
Come join in. It's great.
Yeah... it's great. The water is fine. There's nothing there that can kill you except excessive overreaction to EVERYTHING.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PURDUE! - Every Day Should Be Saturday
NOT A GIFT CARD TO BE FOUND AMONG THEM
The Urbanophile " Blog Archive " 125 Years of Skyscrapers by Wendell Cox
Yesterday we found out that Godzilla has gotten bigger because of skyscrapers. Today you can review the history of skyscrapers. We are trying to make you smarter this offseason, in ways that you cannot possibly imagine.
Another Painful Trek Around the Ouch List " College Baseball Today
Eric Sorenson's Ouch list, includes references to Ohio State and Iowa, and Creighton because we needed a Creighton reference.
ATTN: Cleveland Browns. Johnny Manziel Highlight Video - Good Bull Hunting
We want to make sure the Browns organization has all of the information they need to make an informed decision about Johnny Manziel on draft day.
Saying the student-athletes would have definitely become an enormous thorn in their side, officials from the NFL front office expressed their profound relief Tuesday that Northwestern University’s pro-labor activist football players will never make it to the pros.
Reaction to Big Ten Basketball Tournament In DC
Reactions are mixed, but largely negative across the Big Ten landscape. I don't think it's that big of deal, honestly. If you want to go, you can just get on a plane - DC is pretty easy to get to. There's plenty to see, plenty to do. Hell, you can get mugged if you like.
And they're only going to do it sometimes, not all the time.
Big Ten Basketball Tournament: Washington DC? Just Stop It Jim. STOP. IT. - The Daily Gopher
I could approach this rationally. I choose fist shaking and GIFs instead.
Jim Delaney May Be Losing His Mind - The Champaign Room
Reports have the Big Ten Tournament moving to Washington D.C. in 2017. This feels like a mistake.
No, the Big Ten Tournament moving to Washington, D.C. will not ruin the conference - SBNation.com
There are actually a lot of benefits to the Big Ten Tournament moving out East on occasion.
WOOOO, EAST COAST B1G SHOOTY HOOPS
D.C. Big Ten Tournament just the latest step in conference's East Coast plans - Testudo Times
Jim Delany says the Big Ten has big plans for the East Coast in the near future.
Big Ten Basketball Tournament coming to Washington, D.C. in 2017 - Testudo Times
Now that the B1G tournament is officially headed to Washington, D.C. in 2017, we reflect on what it's like to have a conference that actually appreciates your school and why, despite the distance, Big Ten fans should be excited about D.C. hosting.
UNL Police say a Lincoln man is accused of stealing championship rings that belonged to NU Volleyball Coach John Cook.
At least they caught the guy, right?