Sunday, March 08, 2015

Women think this guy, Norman Reedus, from "The Walking Dead," is unbelievably hot. This just in: I clearly have no idea what women think is hot. 

We lost an hour to daylight savings. It’s as if the entire country watched an episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”

The military is going to eliminate its ban on transgenders. Great news for all the privates who want to swap their privates.

Since you asked:

Saw a good documentary on Netflix called “Two Days in April.” It follows four legitimate college football NFL prospects right before and during the draft.

For those of us who have begun to view NFL players as mostly over-paid jerks, well, they are for the most part. But for every jerk in the NFL there are dozens of top caliber college football players who barely make it, or don’t make it at all.

Think of all the Heisman Trophy and or top draft pick busts like Tim Tebow, Ryan Leaf, Tony Manderich, Brian Bosworth and JaMarcus Russell. Now multiply that by 300 college players every year.

The chances of going from an NCAA football team to the NFL are just over 1%. 

One of the coaches in "TDIA" put it well. If a kid plays on a really good division one team, there may be two or three players in a game who can play in the NFL. In the NFL, all the players can play in the NFL. 

“TDIA” covers, Derek Hagen – a legitimate star receiver for Arizona State – and Clint Ingram and Travis Wilson, two really good starters for one of the top football programs in the country, Oklahoma and Dontrell Moore, a big fish in the relatively small pond of the University of New Mexico - still a division one school that produced a Hall of Fame player Brain Urlacher - all of them getting ready for the draft..

Before the draft, Dontrell Moore’s name was plastered all over his hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, on hotel marquees, fast food signs and street signs.

These guys were picked by experts like “Sports Illustrated” and draft guru, Mel Kiper Jr. to go in the high to middle second round. IMG sent all four to train in Florida with arguably the greatest Olympic sprinter in history, Michael Johnson and other former pro coaches. 

Spoiler alert if you’re going to see it, but only one of these guys ends up having what could classify as even a decent career in the NFL and that is Derek Hagen. Maybe also Clint Ingram who lasted for three years with the Jaguars. Dontrell Moore isn’t even drafted. He was a “Parade” magazine All American in high school.

Dontrell did run a pedestrian 4.63 40 at the combine. And something tells me his Wonderlic intelligence test didn’t overwhelm anyone.

All of these guys have a ton of hangers-on, gold-digging girlfriends, family as well as locals looking to cash in. Dontrell is probably the sweetest and nicest guy, but the other three have Hall of Fame-level egos. Especially Travis Wilson and Clint Ingram. They both have huge chips on their shoulders. 

When I was at Long Beach State, I knew a guy who told everyone who would listen that he was going to play in the NFL. He looked the part. He acted the part. And his over-sized ego fit that of an NFL player. The problem? He got cut by Long Beach State. With 75 players in a truly terrible barely-division one program, I didn’t think it was possible to be cut at Long Beach State.

The parties the four players throw themselves on draft day is nothing less than heartbreaking. While picked by experts to go in the middle of the second round, you can just tell, in their hearts, they think they should be first round draft picks. Each player’s name that is called ahead of theirs hurts like a dagger to the back. You watch as at least two dreams are crushed in front of your eyes.

The difference between the first and the second round in the NFL draft is huge. Although he should have gone sooner, Clay Matthews III was the 26th player chosen in the first round. He has a Super Bowl ring and several National endorsements. The player taken 26th in the second round? He might not even make a team. 

Spoiler alert: None of the “TDSIA” went in the second round.

These guys are like a chef I saw on an episode of “Chopped.” Although highly regarded and a chef at a top New York restaurant, this chef’s ego was clearly outsized. He said, on camera, he thought the ingredients selected for the appetizer round as well his opponents were beneath him.

This guy thought he was better than any chef alive.

As a result of going so far outside the box on the ingredients, he only managed to get two ingredients on the plate. So he was cut first. Was he humbled? Embarrassed? Chastened in the least?

No, he said the judges were idiots and could not recognize true talent when they saw it.

While money is not the be-all, end-all measurement of success, it works as a concise measurement in the NFL. The three players in "TDSIA" who were drafted signed for roughly $2 million over four-years. $500,000 a year - before taxes and agent's fees and manager's cuts - is still a lot of money for a 22-year-old. 

But it isn't rich, and it only lasted over three years for one of them, Derek Hagan. 

All four of these “TDIA” guys were sure, as sure as they were sure of anything, they would be, not just NFL stars, but super stars in the NFL. Only one of them had what can be defined as a long career in the NFL, Derek Hagan, and he has been cut by five NFL teams. He is still playing in the NFL, but has never been a starter.

"TDIA" should be mandatory viewing for all college football players.