Well, this is certainly a big way to start the day!
Do you have any advice for this couple?
Your Jersey Girlfriend,
Traditionally the NFL draft is held in New York City. Well, the NFL is looking to change that for the 2015 draft. In fact, they’ve already narrowed down three cities as possible host cities: Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. While these are the main three cities, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledges that other cities are still open for consideration.
“We’re looking at the idea of that we move out of Radio City. We’re looking at the potential of moving out of New York,” Goodell said. “Radio City’s been a great place for us but there’s a lot of cities that are interested in having us in the future and we’re looking at that. The two most aggressive probably are Chicago and Los Angeles but we’ve heard from a few more mayors also.”
The NFL is also looking to expand the draft to four days, either either April 22-25 or April 29-May 2.
As a huge NFL fan, I’m all in. In fact, I think it’s a great idea to allow different cities to host the NFL draft. Each city could bring its own flavor to the draft, and it would held drive fans and increase the fan base in the local cities.
What do you think?
Your Jersey Girlfriend,
I can’t imagine all the excitement and energy that must be running through the streets of New York City tonight. In just a few hours young men will have their dreams realized as they get drafted into the National Football League. For one draftee, he’s already high–on love—on top of the Empire State Building.
North Carolina tackle Eric Ebron proposed to his girlfriend of two years on top of the Empire State Building. He said he was nervous. From YahooSports.com
Ebron, the North Carolina tight end who is the near unanimous pick as the best prospect at his position in this draft, proposed to his girlfriend and Tar Heels basketball player Brittany Rountree at the top of the Empire State Building in New York according to Fox Sports 1. Ebron is one of the prospects who was invited to Radio City Music Hall for the draft.
Gillette, who’s clearly signed him to an endorsement deal, took a pic and tweeted about the big moment:
In a couple of weeks NFL teams across the country will focus all of their attention on the three days at Radio City Music Hall, called the NFL Draft. Here is where the country’s top college athletes will wait in complete anticipation to see if their name will be called to become the newest member of the National Football League. But if you are a fan and can’t wait to see if it’s going to be Johnny Manizel or Jadeveon Clowney that will be drafted in the No. 1 sport, Draft Day, the movie, will be an excellent substitute for the real thing.
Opening this weekend in theaters across the country, Draft Day will give fans a raw and in-depth look at what one team, the Cleveland Browns, will do to make sure their ‘Draft Day’ is one for the history books. While the team itself is real, the dramatized plot starring Oscar winner, Kevin Costner, as the Browns’ General Manager, Sonny Weaver Jr., will give fans a “real” look at all of the behind-the-scenes wheeling and dealing that go on to get the best player and the top pick even before the commissioner calls the first name.
As Costner talked about the movie, he believed that one of the most important roles was to make sure that the movie was “authentic” in a time while social media and reality television run the industry.
“If you’ve ever played the sports you’re trying to depict, you don’t want people just doing it and messing up completely. People take it really personally,” Costner says.
“For me, I’ve made a few (sports films), but I always thought they were literate in a sense that the writing was really exceptional, and it was set against the backdrop of each sport – and the big deal there is, ‘Can you make those moments be authentic?'” he added.
While the draft is the main focus of the movie, the one thing that the movie doesn’t shy away from is the connection of football and family. Jennifer Garner, plays Waver’s girlfriend and the Browns’ Salary Cap Manager, whose relationship becomes complicated when she reveals that she is pregnant the morning of the draft. Her character gave a new definition of what it is to be a female NFL fan and woman in the sport industry. As fan she’s knowledgeable; as the Salary Cap Manager she’s efficient; as a woman she is confident. Even though we see the connection between Waver and his girlfriend, we also see the story that surrounds Weaver’s father, who recently passed away and was the team’s legendary head coach only months before.
“Football is the backdrop here for what is really a heist movie and a movie about a chess game between people as well as a real romance at the center of everything and a bunch of familial relationships that are all needing to be tended to on one crazy day,” Garner said.
What’s an NFL Draft Day without the athletes. Through twist and turns you will get to know a veteran QB who’s job may be on the line if the team drafts the red hot rookie QB out of Wisconsin. Then you have the running back, who wants to play for the Browns to follow in the footsteps of his father. Finally you have the hard working, hot-head corner back from Florida State who knows that his career can only survive in one city, Cleveland.
With great story lines, above average acting, you can’t have an NFL movie without NFL notables, like ESPN’s Chris Berman, Mel Kiper, Deion Sanders, Arian Foster, Rich Eisen, and the NFL Commissioner, Rodger Goodell.
While Jerry Maguire is still my No. 1 pick when it comes to sports-themed movies, Draft Day would have to be my No. 2. Outside of just knowing and understanding the the business behind sports, and being apart of many college athletes’ draft day experience, this movie is simply for the fan in all of us. In recent years, football has taken the top spot in being America’s favorite past time, and what better story to tell then the one of the high-energy, high-stakes day of the NFL Draft. During the 109 minutes of this movie, you will simply believe that anything is possible if you know your business, trust your gut and stick to your guns. As Sonny Weaver Jr. reminds us in the movie, “The greatest victories don’t always happen on the field”.
Draft Day opens in theaters around the country this Friday, April 11th.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,
There’s nothing better than being No. 1, well at least that’s what former West Virginia QB, Geno Smith is saying.
Going into the NFL Draft last week Smith knew that he was a top 10 draft choice, and as Round 1 concluded on Thursday, Smith had no NFL team to call home. Smith was picked during Friday’s round 2 by the New York Jets, who have 5 quarterbacks vying for the top spot.
Since Round 2 was not good enough in the eyes of Smith, a source close to Smith and the situation is reporting that Smith has fired his agents at Select Sports Group and is looking for new representation. The source is saying that the biggest part of of Smith’s decision was his going 39th overall to the New York Jets.
During an interview on Sirius, Smith declined to comment on the situation by saying…
“I don’t want to shed too much light on it,” he said. “The thing that I can tell you is that it’s not because of the whole draft experience. It’s not because of one particular incident. There’s a number of things. And that story, you know, that battle will be fought on a different day. As of right now, I don’t feel too comfortable talking about all the details of it.”
“First and foremost, I want to make it known that I was never bitter about where I was selected because it’s a great selection. Whether it was number one or the last pick, I was coming in with the right mentality, and that’s to get better and compete daily. I’m extremely ecstatic to be a part of the Jets organization.”
“I’m not bitter about where I was selected, because I’m on a great team and I’m in a great position,” he said.
By falling out of the first round, Smith did lose millions in guaranteed money on his rookie contract. Top ten picks will sign contracts for $12-23 million. As a second round pick, Smith will sign a contract for approximately $5 million, with only about $2 million guaranteed.
One of the biggest lessons of life that should be experienced and learned as early as possibly is disappointment. At the end of the day, Smith thought his talents developed by a college program were better than what the professional scouts and executives of the National Football League thought they were. There are so many stories of kids who are high draft picks that excelled on the college level and floundered when reaching the pros. Just look at Tim Tebow, Brady Quinn, Jamarus Russell, the list goes on and on.
While we don’t know all of the ends and outs of why this move was made so close to the draft, what we do know is that if Geno Smith couldn’t handle going 39th in the draft, then he’s going to have a hard time at training camp, press conferences with the NY press core and most importantly game day.
Welcome to the NFL Geno Smith!
Your Jersey Girlfriend,