Commentary

Who will show up at the NFL draft?

Updated: March 20, 2011, 10:53 AM ET
By Jerry Greene | Special to Page 2

We're not sure exactly what the decertified NFL players' group (AKA "the union") has planned in New York City on April 28 when the league starts its 2011 Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Maybe they are not sure either.

The first media reports indicated the "players' group" had contacted at least 17 top collegiate prospects and heavily suggested they (and their families and hanger-ons) not go to the Garden for the first round in order to avoid shaking hands with the devil (AKA Satan, Beelzebub or Commissioner Roger Goodell).

The "players' group" quickly backtracked and said they were not forcing the incoming pros to do anything but probably would offer an alternative place to be entertained in the City. That's intriguing. If you wanted to convince these kids to go somewhere else, where would it be?

My three suggestions:

• Free tickets to "Lombardi."

• The New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. (It's a big building with a lot of books. You may have walked by one in college.)

• Ellis Island -- see where all the kickers came from.

And now for some other personal notes from the week's activities while our literary chefs prefer the delicious main courses in this edition of the Brunch:

• "We really object to the term 'play-in games.' It's the first round"  NCAA Senior VP/Division I Men's Basketball & Business Strategies Greg Shaheen, on the first four tournament games. -- Yeah, right.

• This from Jay Leno: "A work stoppage would affect all 30 professional NFL teams, plus Carolina and Detroit."

• And this from Dave Letterman: "Can you imagine a year without professional football? A year without professional football. It's like living in Detroit." (Note: The Lions were 6-10 last season. Six other teams were 6-10 and six more teams were worse than 6-10. What's Detroit got to do?)

• Tweet of the Week: From Golf World's Ron Sirak: "The permanent trophy for the LPGA Founders Cup looks a little like Michelle Wie -- except the trophy actually decided to show up." -- Ouch.

• This from Marlins Owner Jeffrey Loria after his team hit 6-13 in spring training: "Inconsistent and not acceptable. Very few guys have focused on what they're here for. Very few" -- Come on, Jeff. Most of them will be playing to their 3 handicap by April.

• The giant clock that was counting down until the start of the 2012 London Games, uh, stopped last week. Write your own joke here.

• I'll take this one: El Zarco Tequila is now the official tequila for the 2011 Los Angeles Dodgers. With the year owner Frank McCourt is having, easy to understand why he would want an official tequila. Let's just hope he didn't wake up with salt on the toilet.

And on that note let's quickly advance to the main courses of this Brunch, guaranteed to be both filling and tasty:

• You think all the NFL players are slovenly rich guys just sitting around playing with their money? Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean tells us about Titan DE Derrick Morgan, one of a group of players that left this week for a charity mission in Africa. The group, incidentally, included Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson -- the guy you wrote off as a terrible person. I'm just sayin'.

• Use this article as you see fit. Nolan Nawrocki of Profootballweekly.com gives us all the best and worst Wonderlic scores from the NFL Combine. A special shoutout to Florida OT Carl Johnson who anchored the combine with his score of 6. The good news Carl is that you'll never have to be called "a student-athlete" again.

• Can't go the entire Brunch without a March Madness column, so we give the stage to Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post who decries the "one & done" system of deciding who can shoot for the NBA and when. Personally, I think March Madness is better because there are fewer superstars and, therefore, more parity. But that's just me.

• Allow Christian Red of the New York Daily News to remind us of a strange sports/law story that is even more strangely ignored -- the pending return to prison of Greg Anderson, the trainer who refuses to betray Barry Bonds.

• And we close on an entirely different note with the tale of a female bull fighter, Lupita Lopez (AKA "The Mayan Princess). She describes a bull fight as "20 minutes of absolute truth." John Burnett of npr.org has the story.

And with that, we say "ole!" and have a great Sunday.

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