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The NFL draft is all virtual for now

April 24, 2020

The NFL draft is taking place this week and over the weekend on both ESPN and the NFL Network as a virtual event. The first round was a success and was done without any technical glitches. It was definitely different and maybe lacked some of the glitz and glamor, but it was pretty cool.

In the first round, the Philadelphia Eagles selected wide receiver Jalen Reagor from TCU. I have to say that this seems like a bit of a reach since there had been nothing about him before the actual draft.

I don’t watch much Big 12 football, so I’ve never seen him play, but from the video I saw after he was picked, it had me thinking that the Eagles are hoping he is a younger version of deSean Jackson. In Jalen's interview last night he was very confident and even his personality was very much like deSean.

The drama at the beginning of the draft was who was going to be the second quarterback taken. It turned out to be Tua Tagovailoa from Alabama. This is a really big risk by the Miami Dolphins because of the severe hip injury Tua sustained in the beginning of the season. The footage they showed was outstanding, so I hope this works out for him and Miami. The Miami franchise has been terrible for 20 years, so hopefully he is just what they need.

I watched the first two episodes of The Last Dance basketball documentary and it was quite good. It will air for the next four Sundays on ESPN, broadcasting two episodes back to back each week starting at 9 p.m. Definitely worth watching.

I actually have two football books for my review this week, so get reading! If you want to read a funny football book, you should read 'Playing for Pizza' by John Grisham. The plot is rather out-of-the-blue, but quite entertaining, and definitely not the author's typical style of writing. The other choice is 'Instant Replay' by Jerry Kramer, who was one of the actual players on the '60s Green Bay Packers team. It's your choice, but I think you will enjoy them.

Here's something to look forward to for Memorial Day weekend: There are plans being put in place for a COVID fundraising golf match on a course to be announced someplace in Florida. It will be a fun event to be played with Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady, Tiger Woods, and Peyton Manning. Keep your fingers crossed that this can come to be.

Stay home! Stay well! 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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