Ladies and gentlemen, we are mere hours away from the NFL Draft and I can literally say how frustrating it is to me. Not the draft itself but all the events leading up to it. I'm not one of those fans who only gets excited when real football is being played but this time of year is ridiculous! Here are five things that are really pissing me off.
1. Schedule release is made to be bigger than the next Marvel movie
Before anyone gives me a hard time, yes I know there are articles on this site and many others analyzing the schedule. My thoughts are, what does it matter? We don't even know who is on the team yet and I gotta here some schmo tell me who is going all the way next year. At least on this site we focused on our beloved Ravens. Other sites are basing these predictions on last year, the path of the moon, whatever Ms. Cleo's crystal ball tells them, etc. It's downright annoying to me, wait until the damn draft to start that!
2. Offseason drama
Seriously? Deflategate? Manziel off field issues? Who the hell cares? Suspend Brady all u want, still has his rings, his hot wife and an annoying fan base to speak up for him any chance they get. Before you get too hopeful, we don't play them until December. He's going to appeal this, it's going to get drawn out and we are going to hate life while it does.
Manziel isn't even on a team right now. The route he's going could earn him Ray Rice status. It's like an NFL std. No team wants you around for the pain you would cause them.
3. Speculation galore
This is what you came here for! Look, I like Mel Kiper and Todd McShay as much as the next guy but enough is enough. I've seen countless mock drafts that have either gotten people obliterated on social media or literally been changed a thousand times. At this point the Ravens have been predicted to draft about 6 different players. The newest being Ezekiel Elliott. Oooooo, ooooooooo we might trade the pick! I sure hope not.
4. Unreasonable comparisons
Carson Wentz is Andrew Luck 2.0? Ezekiel Elliott is like AP and Todd Gurley? I know you have to do these to benefit fans who are less informed than I or anyone else who follows the sport even a little but come on! Truthfully I just hate guys being compared to others who have proven their worth to the sport when most of these guys are completely new to most of the NFL audience.
5. What popular name Goodell will messup
I wonder if there is an over under in Vegas on this. If not there should be! His butchering of Mariota last year has got to be the greatest speech fail in NFL Draft history. The kid was going to be one of the top 2 picks and you couldn't get that name right? I'm guessing it happens again with Wentz, he'll pernounce it like "we-int-z" or go completely off the table. Anything is possible. Dammit now they got me predicting something silly about tonight!
All in all this is important night in the world of not only the NFL but sports as well. A bunch of 20-23 year olds are about to become multi millionaires. For my sake though, can we keep the trash talk to a minimum until everyone gets through training camp? That would be great, thanks!