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Thoughts From the Sidelines

NFL draft proves to be its usual yawn

By Sumner Spence | May 02, 2013

This past week the NFL draft went from Thursday to Sunday on ESPN. I can't imagine that the TV ratings for the entire thing were very good because nobody has that long--or dull--of an attention span! I know Jon Gruden was a great coach but ESPN needs to take him off the draft coverage. Mel Kiper, Jr. should have just taken a vacation with how Gruden monopolized the entire event. It got so annoying that I had to switch to NFL network! And, yes, I probably did watch more of it than most people did. It was very unusual that 4 out of the first 10 picks were for offensive linemen. The Eagles selected a rather unknown Lane Johnson from Oklahoma to back up their aging offensive line. The Eagles' new coach, Chip Kelly, did what I thought he would do and selected additional offensive players in the hopes to see more points scored this year. Overall, I like what the Eagles did in this year's draft.

In other sports, the Phillies completed a sweep against the New York Mets this past weekend. Their efforts so far this week against Cleveland were dismal at best. Let's hope they can get back some of the momentum they had with the Mets and have a better outcome with Florida in the next series. They need more wins if they have any hopes to catch up to Washington and Atlanta in the division!

In golf this past week, Billy Horschel won the Zurich Insurance Classic tournament in New Orleans, La. He has been playing great golf this season without a win, so his birdie putt on the 18th hole to take the tournament was really cool. Seeing such a cocky young player be emotional and shed a few tears is never bad thing.

There's a lot of good lacrosse going on now that the season is heading into championship mode. Try to get to a high school game or catch some of the college games on TV this weekend. Certainly more entertaining than the NFL draft!

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