The National Football League’s annual draft of college football players has begun in Nashville. My office is a few blocks away from the activity and I want no part of it as over 100,000 have blitzed downtown making it a headache to drive or park.
What’s the deal with all this fuss about the draft anyway? It is becoming an event like the Super Bowl. Adults are painting their faces and wearing costumes as they cheer who general managers of their pick for their teams. They cheer when it is announced that they have picked a center or guard which is like getting underwear for a Christmas present. Cameras show the college players getting picked and some with their families as mothers are jumping up and down and fathers shedding tears as they realize they have won the lottery.
These are college players who may or may not make it in the NFL. It is an incredibly wasteful production and hype over players going from college to the NFL.
I watched some of the first round on ESPN until the local Tennessee Titans made their first pick which was a player named Jeffrey Simmons, a defensive lineman from Mississippi State. Instead of showing highlights from his games, ESPN apparently felt it was necessary to talk about the “mistake” he made in 2016 when he punched a woman repeatedly after breaking up a fight with his sister and the woman. They even showed video from it. I thought it was unnecessary and poor taste by ESPN. I was done. I didn’t watch anymore of the draft.
As I saw the thousands crammed into the area here know as Lower Broadway, I was amazed at how huge the NFL Draft has become and I really don’t understand it. No other professional sports league has made as much of a big deal with picking college players. Now that the NFL has taken it on the road, other cities will jump onboard and host the draft.
It’s just another excuse to have a party and Nashville definitely didn’t need it. One news story that pops up today is about how the NFL Draft is ruining the bachelorette parties. Oh my. We can’t have that now can we?
Traffic is already bad on a normal day and on most days parking costs about $16.80 but the same now during this “special event” costs $40.00. I guess the NFL needs the money.
I’m not a fan of the NFL Draft.