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May 8 should be a National Holiday

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  • Center Left
    Independent
    Central, FL
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    This might interest nobody. However, It's a day that I love and always look forward to. Actually the start of three consecutive days of Football talk for mass Football junkies. This evening at 8:00 pm starts the NFL draft. Seeing how my favorite team decides to reshape the team, seeing the trades and creative ways teams approach this time and how they can try to reform their rosters is very interesting. There's mass study about players statistics, evaluations about their intelligence and character. It's debated that some players excelled but against weaker competition. Mel Kiper and Todd McShay make a living talking about this on ESPN. The mock drafts are very interesting. There are always surprises. Last year the Seattle Seahawks drafted Russell Wilson in the 3rd round. All he did was lead them to an impressive super bowl victory. There are also those taken with top picks who never reach their expected potential.
    I enjoy watching to see how my favorite college team does in getting players into the NFL. I also enjoy watching a few pro teams that I like to see what changes they make.

    A couple of weeks ago I went to see the movie Draft Day with Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner (because I'm a football/draft junkie) It was a very good movie for an Ohioan as it talks about the Cleveland Browns and mentions the Ohio State Buckeyes. It also displayed the creative things done to move up or down in the selection process.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
    Democrat
    Portland, OR
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    I don't necessarily agree with this one, but I would be all for the Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even-numbered years being a national holiday. We can call it 'Election [Holi]Day.'
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    I believe that most of the sports networks regard this day as a religious holiday. Does anyone know when this draft day event became what it is to/day?
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    I don't know the exact date, but I'd say when ESPN and BIG MONEY transformed the draft into what they consider prime-time must-see TV.

    And for lots of people, it is.

    There was a short news story on CNN today about the history of the draft showing a very young commissioner Pete Rozelle, writing the selections on a chalkboard, and each team rep sitting at what looked like a school desk in a small smoke filled room.

    That was then...now it is a months long build up to a two night made-for-TV mega-entertainment experience.
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    Two nights and one day. It's been very exciting so far. Cleveland Browns just traded picks with Philadelphia (22) and selected QB Johnny Manziel (Johnny Football) Most QB's go to Cleveland for their career's to die. We'll see. I think that he's too small.
    There's talk about having 2 days in NYC and 2 days in another location. They said if the last 2 days were in Dallas, they could probably have 20 - 30 thousand fans in attendance. Currently on ESPN it's pick 24 (Cincinnati) of the first round. Round 2 - 3 tomorrow. 4 through 7 Saturday.
  • Democrat
    Charlotte, NC
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    johnnycee Wrote: I believe that most of the sports networks regard this day as a religious holiday. Does anyone know when this draft day event became what it is to/day?
    I don't remember the year,but it was the draft where Bill Polian and Mel Kiper,jr squared off on air over Polian's picks. Thinking around 1990...but that is just a guess.
    For a long time, drafts had all the media appeal of watching paint dry.