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Long Day's Journey Into Naught
Rick Reilly
May 07, 2007
SOME THINGS I don't get. Tip jars at the cash register of self-service cafes. Airport security guards who point you to a one-hour line and say, "Enjoy." People who sit for 10 hours watching the NFL draft when they can read about the whole shebang in five minutes on the Internet as soon as it's over.
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May 07, 2007

Long Day's Journey Into Naught

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Phew. Cleveland traded up to the 22nd pick to get poor Quinn, who's been sequestered in another room. How's that for a day? Abject humiliation in front of the nation for four hours, capped off by winding up a Brown.

My favorite statement of the day: ESPN analyst Sean Salisbury argues that New England's first-round pick, Brandon Meriweather (FS, Miami), shouldn't be considered a character risk even though last year he was involved in a brawl during a game and returned fire in a shooting incident. It was "a one-time incident in both cases," Salisbury said. "They weren't repeat with the gun and repeat on the field." That's a good lesson for you kids out there. If you're going to rob a bank, could you just limit it to one?

More proof that this day causes drafts between the ears: ESPN's Steve Young just used resurgence as a verb. He said New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees "resurgenced" his career after leaving San Diego. Young is usually more intelligenced than that.

My girlfriend is back from her painting class. She reports that it's a 72� Saturday with achingly blue skies. "Solid measurables," I reply.

This is now the longest first round in NFL draft history—six hours and eight minutes. I can no longer feel my legs.

A merciful God ends the first round. For three weeks everybody but Vladimir Putin was doing a mock draft. So who was right? Well, Todd McShay of Scouts, Inc., had five of the first six right but cooled off fast and wound up with nine out of 32 dead-on. SI's Peter King was unusually off, with three.'s Vic Carucci had four. The winner in my survey of draft pundits? Kiper, with 10. My point? Mock drafts are a bigger waste than Jos� Feliciano's HDTV.

Berman, who now needs a shave, says to go to ESPN2 to watch the rest of rounds 2 and 3, but I swear, if I have to sit through one more pick, I'm going to resurgence my lunch.

So, I quit. Besides, I have a good excuse for quitting. Unlike the real bloggers, I only have a limited amount of sp

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