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• Sideline: Yes, Non–Conference Games DO Count
• NCAA Preview 2009
• Sideline: Time For The Talking To Stop
• Sideline: In Memory of Air McNair
• Sideline: Will Goodell Hand Out Hard Time?
• Sideline: Marshall's Not Joshing
• NFL Draft: No Rush To Judgment
• NFL Draft Analysis 2009 (Part 2)
• Sideline: NFL Draft Thoughts (Part 2)
• Sideline: NFL Draft Thoughts
• Sideline: Will Play For Food
• Sideline: Wonderlic Scores
• Sideline: Manning and Sanchez
• Sideline: 2010 Leagues Sci–fi, or Fantasy? / March Madness
• Sideline: Break Out The Brackets
• Sideline: LaDainian Tomlinson On The Record
• Sideline: The Incredible Sulk Continues
• Sideline: Guildford Heat Fired Up
• Sideline: Super Bowl thoughts from the Valley of the Sun
• Sideline: I know I came in here for something
• Sideline: College Football National Signing Day
• Sideline: 27 Points — 27 Super Bowl thoughts
• Sideline: An Epic QB Matchup?
• Sideline: Appreciating Arizona for What They Were
• Sideline: NFL Divisional Weekend Preview
• Sideline: Bowl Season Hangover
• Sideline: Six weeks Later
• Sideline: Wildcard Weekend Preview
• Sideline: Santa's Sackings
• Sideline: A Weis Decision ...for Now
• Sideline: Eye on the Ticker
• Sideline: Lions — An Anagram of Losin
• Sideline: Ready for the Turkey
• Sideline: Making it to the Big Dance
• Sideline: Brighter Days Ahead for Chargers?
• Sideline: Unnecessary Hits To The Pocket / Upset: BYU
• Sideline: Romo's Pause / Seattle Seahawks
• Sideline: Weekend Prep: Red River and More
• Sideline: College Football's 'Crossroads' Weekend
• Sideline: Gramatical Error
• Sideline: Turning The Page
• Sideline: So Cal 'Quizzed
• Sideline: 3rd Tuesday Panic / Forté Yard Dash
• Sideline: Two and Oh; Oh and Two
• Sideline: No More NCAAffeine
• Sideline: Week 1 College Football
• Sideline: How To Spell Heisman / Chad Ocho Cinco
• Sideline: A Second Slice
• Sideline: The Favre story STILL won't go away
• Sideline: Olympic Notes / Ricky's Still Relevant
• Sideline: Committee Meetings
• Sideline: Let the QB Battles Begin
• Sideline: Slinging The Slinger — More Favre
• Interview: Clint Dempsey
• Sideline: Welcome to the 2008 season
• Sideline: Plus One
• 2008 NFL Draft Review
• Sideline: Draft: The Morning After
• Sideline: Draft: Thinking the Unthinkable
• Sideline: Draft: Ready For The Long Haul
• Sideline: Sofa–bound Sport
• Sideline: Post–Winter Wonderland
• Sideline: Six Impossible Things
• Sideline: Brady's Misdirection Play
• Sideline: Colorful Language
• Sideline: Let the Romo–bashing begin
• Sideline: Bowl Bites: The Wrap
• Sideline: All About The Coaches
• Sideline: Bowl Bites 3
• Sideline: Bowl Bites 2
• Sideline: Bowl Bites 1
• Sideline: Coach Situations Vacant
• Sideline: For Some, The Playoffs Are Now
• Sideline: A Certain Lack Of Welcome
• Sideline: Unrelated Notes
• Sideline: Two Thanksgiving thoughts
• Sideline: Halftime: NFC
• Sideline: Halftime: AFC
• Sideline: London / A Tale of Two Chads / Intimidation
• Sideline: Damp Squib / Other London Notes
• Sideline: Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em / Dolphins – The Aftermath
• Sideline: The Dolphins Did What?
• Sideline: Notes on the Defenses
• Sideline: Habits to be Broken
• Sideline: Overtime
• Sideline: This Week's Starters
• Sideline: USF: Covering The Spread / Fantastic Football
• Sideline: Grossman: The Final Act? / McNabb, the Epilogue
• Sideline: Eagles QB in Slight Controversy
• Sideline: Leftwich's Parting Gift / Boos cruise
• Sideline: Notre Dame M.I.A.
• Sideline: Looking Beyond NFL Wk. 1
• Sideline: Best Hope For Heisman
• Sideline: Coaching Hot Seats / AP Poll Feeling ’Appy
• Sideline: The NFL’s Prime Cuts
• Sideline: Michigan Falls to Killer Apps
• Sideline: Look Out Couch / The Taint's On You, Bud
Observations, Opinion & Occasional Silliness by Richard L Gale
The Morning After
Well, it was quite a wild party, wasn't it?
Like any good party, the specifics are a little hazy. Highlights are connected by more general, half–remembered impressions, plus the occasional incongruous flashback of the headier moments which somebody will probably end up regretting. It'll take a while to sort it all out, so bear with me.
I remember the Longs arriving, and that nice Matt Ryan, of course, but then there's the more surreal moments, like that young athlete dancing with the septuagenarian in the funny glasses. Did that really happen? Then all the wide receivers turned up late, and the Eagles and Titans ignored them — I forget why.
And why do I seem to remember the Colts collecting centers the way Imelda Marcos collects shoes?
The six player–invitees to the event didn't have to wait long in the green room (or blue room according to the decor), being the first six players picked — the first time this had ever happened. Denied hours of the usual spectacle of an anguished twenty one year–old in close–up, we had to find our entertainment elsewhere. If only running back Rashard Mendenhall had been there in person. Think of the emotional pay–off that could have been enjoyed when he slipped past the Detroit Lions (yeah, too obvious for them) and ended up with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Steelers were to be one of the winners for the weekend — as long as you didn't examine their actual needs too closely — supplying haven to three skill position stars other teams were cruelly overlooking: Mendenhall, WR Limas Sweed and QB Dennis Dixon. I'm not sure what the Steelers are going to do with Dixon, who was once a Heisman hopeful, but with the advantage of being five time zones ahead of the East Coast, let me be one of the first to say 'Slash' (be warned, that idea's quickly going to sound like a stuck record of "Matt Ryan represents the end of the Michael Vick era" proportions).
The main theme of the draft appeared to be trades, frequently away from the talent. It became so virulent on day one that I started to wonder if everybody was trying to save their money for some future uncapped season (as if). Tracking the trades eventually became more complicated than tracking the selections. At one stage, the Browns ended up acquiring their own sixth round pick from Philadelphia — they promptly used it on a receiver, which was at least more than the Eagles seemed inclined to do.
Donovan McNabb wasn't the only QB who must have been feeling a little depressed by proceedings. John Beck, Miami's second round pick last year, can't be sensing good job security after Michigan's Chad Henne landed with this year's second round pick. In Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers has barely caught breath since Brett Favre retired, and he already has Brian Brohm and national championship–winning Matt Flynn heading his way. No pressure or anything.
Oh yes, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers now officially have five quarterbacks. Perhaps they could send one to Kansas City. Everybody keeps telling me the Chiefs had a really good time, but as far as I can see, they had two first round picks and they've still got Brodie Croyle as their starter. Odd.
Of course, it's all a bit of a blur at the moment. I'll be back when my head clears.