Video: ESPN's Lee Corso gets up and leaves during NFL draft.
1. If you were watching ABC's coverage of the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night, you may have seen an amusing, yet bizarre moment.
While the College GameDay crew of Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard were breaking down the 11th pick of the draft, their colleague Lee Corso packed up his belonging and said goodbye.
Davis was talking about the Bengals selecting Jonah Williams and caught the 83-year-old Corso planning his departure. "Taking off on us?," Davis asked.
"Yeah, I gotta go," Corso said. "See you guys. I’ll see you guys in the fall."
Corso then voiced his shock over Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins still being on the board and walked right off the set.
While saying, "screw this," and leaving your job whenever you feel like it is a huge power move that we all wish we could pull off from time to time, Corso's getaway did not shock ABC/ESPN execs.
I reached out to an ESPN spokesperson who said the network's plan all along was for Corso to only work a portion of the draft. The network expected Corso to only be on air for about 10 picks and this was a unique way for him to exit the show.
2. Since the Disney corporation decided to air the NFL draft on ABC as well as ESPN, that meant Jeopardy! was pre-empted in some markets Thursday night and will be pre-empted in some markets Friday. Obviously, a lot of the nation is caught up in Jeopardy! James's ridiculous winning streak (he won for the 16th straight day Thursday), so people are mad at ABC, ESPN and the NFL and they are tweeting about it.
The NFL Draft preempted Jeopardy, and my household is not happy about it.— John Branch (@JohnBranchNYT) April 26, 2019
I can't believe the stupid NFL draft and news made me miss Jeopardy! Don't they know the current champion James Holzhauer is making history worth watching? — feeling disappointed— Linda Kruschke (@LindaLKrus) April 26, 2019
They preempted Jeopardy for this SHI*! 🤬— sheri artis (@qsgrama) April 26, 2019
I'm as big of a football fan as any, but delaying Jeopardy to televise the NFL draft.....no.— JECrtis (@JECrtis) April 26, 2019
I’m watching today’s Jeopardy on DVR and a crawl at the bottom said Jeopardy won’t air locally tomorrow because of Draft coverage.— Matt Burnell (@mdburnell) April 26, 2019
Um, I can follow the draft literally anywhere else, I can’t follow James dominating people just anywhere. James is the best sports story happening.
All these NFL analysts still crack me up... Just bringing guys down and saying what they “can’t do”... When we all know they aren’t even athletic enough to play checkers. Congrats to everybody who got drafted tonight, keep making people proud and proving people wrong!— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) April 26, 2019
4. This would be a 100 percent YES.
5. The newest Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features an interview with Jim Nantz of CBS Sports. So far in 2019, the veteran play-by-play man has called an epic AFC title game between the Patriots and Chiefs, one of the most boring Super Bowls of all time, a thrilling Final Four (including Virginia’s stunning comeback in the title game) and a little golf tournament known as the Masters won by Tiger Woods. Nantz goes in-depth on all of these topics. He also explains why he has absolutely no use for Twitter, talks about the NFL schedule release, and more.
6. Charles Barkley racing Kenny Smith was more exciting than anything that took place during the NFL draft.
7. RANDOM YOUTUBE VIDEO OF THE DAY: Whoever handles the official Office YouTube page recently put together a video of all the times Jim looked at the camera.
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IN CLOSING: Wherever he ends up, I will be rooting very hard for Josh Rosen this season.