The worst part about having the 32nd pick this year is spending the evening worrying that the Ravens were going to take Manti Te’o. (Ok fine, I spent it monitoring the draft online while watching Scandal. Olivia Pope > Roger Goodell, all day every day. I love football, but the NFL draft is actually not compelling television.)
I’m happy about the Ravens’ pick solely because Matt Elam is not Manti Te’o. Other than, I have no strong feelings one way or the other.
It’s hard for me to get too invested in the draft, just like I have to force myself to care about college football recruiting. Just because a dude is a star at one level, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be a star at the next. I’ll care when I have something concrete to care about but until then, it’s all a crapshoot, like me typing out this blog post on my phone. We just don’t know what’s going to happen.
If I had to guess, I’d assume Elam will be pretty good. Perhaps not great, but hopefully worthy of sliding into the first round. I’ll get excited about him when he shows us something to be excited about, on the field, in the regular season.
For now, Te’o’s not a Raven so Draft Day One = success. (And ok, #inozziewetrust and all, and maybe Te’o is considered a steal later, but can we just not? Please??)
Kiff kind of suited the play-calling toward Marqise,” Barkley says. “It was rough at times, because defenses kinda knew what was coming. It was sort of predictive. Robert Woods is a great player. … You want to be respectful of your coaches, because they are your elders, but when it falls on your shoulders, you probably should get involved.-
Nothing we didn’t already know, but it’s interesting to hear it coming from Barkley.
It’s a shame he didn’t speak up last season, obviously because changing things up could’ve helped a lot, but also because as a four-year starter and team captain and elder statesman of sorts, he might’ve had a little bit more leeway to be outspoken.
Even if the coaches are stupid enough to keep looking at Lee again this season, whoever the new quarterback is won’t be able to get away with it.
By smashing his bat over his knee with very little effort, Chris Davis proves he is the man once and for all. Definitely in the running for GIF of the Week. (via nickluckystripes)
Full GIF including third strike swing: Chris Davis angrily breaks a bat over his knee, Bo Jackson style | Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports
This morning, I was on the phone with some runners who have raced marathons to raise money for Spina Bifida research and awareness.
Their story was so inspiring that I actually felt a little ashamed that I wasn’t running marathons, too. (I’ve occasionally, briefly considered it before realizing that is a really long time to run when you don’t really like running.)
Between this morning’s uplifting conversation and this afternoon’s absolutely horrific news from Boston, I feel like I’ve gotten a small glimpse of the very, very best and the very, very worst of humanity. I’m starting to understand why people run and maybe even becoming more and more motivated to run for everyone who can’t.