The morning after: When draft daydreams give way to reality
Well, here we are after the first round of the NFL draft... and it's pretty happy out there. I think this is part of what makes the NFL draft so popular; there are many more winners than losers. At least for now. In every NFL town across America, coaches and GMs are doing their annual "I can't believe he was still there" dance. You know, that's when the coaches rant on and on about how amazed they were that whoever they picked --
For the most part, fans and media types also tend to be happy with the first round of the draft. Here in Kansas City, for instance, the Chiefs took a safety,
But, then, a quick scan of local newspapers shows that they seem thrilled just about everywhere. They're excited in Dallas with the choice of
And so on.
OK, it is true, not everybody is overjoyed with their pick. There are some people in St. Louis who wish the Rams had taken Suh instead of Oklahoma quarterback
Still, for the most part, joy covers the football-loving land.
I sometimes wonder what it would be like if we could live in some alternate universe where we could watch the NFL draft for the first time AFTER we know how the players turn out. Because, we all know, some of these first-round picks are going to be busts -- or as we always called them on draft days "bustolas."
Because, sure, it would be a different thing to experience, the 2000 draft for the first time now.
You would see Cleveland drafting future bustola
You would laugh at the sheer joy in the voice of Baltimore coach
You would enjoy this Q&A with
You would appreciate how happy Kansas City was that bustola
But all that happens much later. For now, it's all about hope and promise and new frontiers. Well, wait, not everywhere. In Buffalo, my beloved Buffalo,
Jerry's general point seems to be that even if Spiller turns out -- not improbably, but no sure thing -- the Bills still stink. Buffalo is one of my favorite cities, and this is why. Buffalo is a town that will smack you with harsh reality at any and all times, even on draft day. Mistakes get made. Bustolas are real. Daydreams are for people in other places.