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A draft that is welcomed

April 17, 2020

Next Thursday will be the first round of the NFL draft on ESPN and the NFL network. I am quite happy that the NFL decided to go ahead with this year‘s draft on schedule, despite the obvious issues we are currently dealing with. It will be nice to have something normal for a change.

I remember seeing a video of the early 90's baseball draft where they were using the massive Apple computers and regular telephones. The worry of some of the teams, that there will be hackers, is quite ridiculous. There's plenty of security measures to put in place to make sure this doesn't happen. I see this event as a great positive boost to people's moods and the ability to keep sports going in whatever way we can for now.

Unless the Eagles trade up, they will be drafting in the middle of the draft. This won’t be a slot to get any really well-known players this year. They need to pick up some young wide receivers to back up Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson and on defense. They need some fast secondary players.

I haven’t forgotten my book selection for this week. Read Eagles coach Doug Pederson's book about the Eagles Super Bowl season. It's called Fearless. It provides a good rundown of the entire season and the road to the championship. I hope you enjoy it. I did.

The PGA tour just announced the latest changes to the schedule and I think it's a pretty good plan.

They are now supposed to start in June with a tournament in Texas. The plan is that the first four events will have no fans. I think professional golf will be one of the first sports they can start up again, because of how big the actual playing field is and how golf has been more of a solitary sport when playing in real time.

It will be easy to socially distance, and the only people they would have to test will be the players, their caddies, and family members who may be allowed to come and watch. Can you tell I'm ready for something to feel just a little bit like normal?

Be well everyone! I want this chapter in all our lives to be over!

See you on the sidelines!

 

  • A 2002 Cape grad and 2007 UD grad, Lewes resident Sumner Spence is one of the Cape area's biggest sports fans. Wheelchair-bound his entire life, he has lived vicariously through his sports-playing father, brother, and friends, who gave him his love of sports. He hopes to provide new and interesting perspectives on the sports stories and issues of the day. Email Sumner at sumspence@gmail.com.

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