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Music Monday – Van Halen

Over the weekend my brother and I were lucky enough to fall into possession of a large collection of vinyls. So we did what any level headed, music loving human would do; we had a record draft. Luckily for me, and for my brother, we both have VERY different tastes in music. I was able to score all the hair metal I could carry and he made away with a sizable stack of Doo-Wops and Motown. Here is one of my scores from the weekend.

-Matt

Adam Silver Was the Epitome of Class Last Night When He Drafted Isiah Austin Into the NBA

This was far and away the highlight of the NBA Draft last night. Isaiah Austin was a lock to be drafted into the NBA coming out Baylor, but was diagnosed with Marfan’s Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder that guaranteed he would never play basketball again. Instead of just saying ‘oh well, tough luck”, Adam Silver decided to spotlight Austin, and in an extremely classy gesture, made him an honorary draft pick for the NBA. If you need to know how much this meant to Austin, just look at how he breaks down when Silver announces he’s been drafted by the NBA. This is a kid, like every other athlete in the room, who has been busting his ass, basically dedicating his life to his sport, in the HOPES that maybe, with an extreme amount of luck, he would have his name announced on draft night. To have that dream cut short and be completely out of your hands must be devastating. This move by the NBA and Adam Silver doesn’t change any of that, but it sure must’ve felt good to get the support he greatly deserves.

– Ryan

Monster Blog Wednesday: Our Favorite NBA Draft Busts

Getting drafted early in the first round in any sport is tough, mostly because the pressure of a usually bad franchise is forced onto your shoulders. While some lottery picks pan out, there is a long list of athletes who got drafted early on and never reached their full potential. Since the NBA Draft was last night, we decided to scour the history books and find our favorite players who turned out to be Draft Day duds.

Adam Morrison – 3rd Overall (2006)

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Any time you get picked number 3 overall and are completely out of the league in 5 years you can pretty much guarantee you’ll be talked about as a bust. During his illustrious four year career, Morrison started 28 games and averaged 7.5 PPG and 2.1 RPG. To make things worse, Morrison always sported a dirt stache that was a weird mix between a B movie porn star and a small town gas station attendant. Not a good look, Adam. But on the bright side, you’re my favorite NBA Draft bust.

– Ryan

Greg Oden – 1st Overall (2007)

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Looking back on the 2007 draft, it is mind boggling that Portland had to “decide” between Oden and Kevin Durant. Going back to 2007 that decision would have been easy, but hindsight is 20/20. At the time nobody thought twice about them selecting Oden; he was pegged to be a once in a generation talent that couldn’t be passed on. Numerous knee injuries later and Greg Oden is riding the bench in Miami. Which is not a bad place to be considering their hot streak over the last few years. In terms of pure performance letdown maybe Oden isn’t the worst draft bust of all time, but considering he turned out to be made of glass he is my pick for biggest NBA draft bust.

-Matt

Mallory Edens Stole My Heart at the NBA Draft Last Night

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Mallory Edens is the daughter of co-owner/smartest man in the world Wes Edens. He knew what he was doing sending his All American firecracker of a daughter up there to represent the Bucks. There wasn’t a guy in the United States not rooting for the Bucks to get the top pick. Unfortunately it didn’t work and the Bucks pick 2nd but thanks to Wes Eden and his think quick tactics I have a new love of my life. There’s a solid chance Mallory already dates an athlete or a musician or “The Mountain” from Game of Thrones, but I have an inkling that she’s into beer drinking, peanut butter and jelly eating bloggers. And if that’s the case, she knows where to find me: the bar, probably.

– Ryan

The Iron Sheik Responds to Vince Young Getting Cut from the Browns, Michael Sam Getting Drafted

First, let me say that I am LOVING the Sheik’s new Twitter pic. Just absolutely screams “i’m a psycho, don’t fuck with me”. Secondly, I don’t know where Sheik is getting his facts but I highly doubt that is what Johnny Football said to Vince Young his first day in the NFL. I think Sheik is wrong, however, I would never tell him this because I am afraid he might hunt me down and put me in the camel clutch…actually, I might just delete this post.

Just when you think old Sheiky Baby is only out for blood in his tweets he goes and backs Michael Sam. Michael Sam, for those of you who don’t know and live under rocks, is the first openly gay NFL athlete.  Sheik approves, so that means you have to approve too, or else you end up like Marshall Henderson, next up on the Sheik’s hit list. Don’t be Marshall Henderson

-Matt

Kanye West Seems Like The Type of Guy Who Would Pick Bill Nye in the NFL Draft

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A Homeless Man Told Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam to Draft Johnny Manziel So Of Course He Listened to Him

22th PickAfter an agonizing two-hour, 45-minute wait in the green room, Johnny Manziel is now a Cleveland Brown. And apparently he’s got a homeless guy to thank for his new gig.

Manziel’s fall through the ranks was one of the early stories of the draft, and once he was picked, ESPN cut to Sal Paolantonio in Cleveland with one heck of a strange story. According to Paolantonio, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam received guidance from an unlikely source.

“Here in Cleveland, everywhere I go, people know me,” Haslam told Paolantonio. “I was out to dinner recently. A homeless person was out on the street. He looked up at me and said, ‘Draft Manziel.'”

And that’s all it took, apparently, to convince Haslam that Browns fans wanted Manziel. Cleveland!

 

Suddenly the decision making skills of the Browns franchise over the years makes a lot more sense. I’m not saying homeless people aren’t great evaluators of talent, but I’d probably go a diffrent route if I owned a multi million dollar franchise. Maybe ex coaches or players? Or any of the scouts you pay to evaluate talent. The crazy part of this story is not the homeless guy telling Jimmy Haslam to draft Manziel. Johnny Football is the man, and I guarantee in a few years he’ll be a great quarterback. The crazy part of this story is that Haslam made it seem like a homeless guy convinced him to draft Manziel. Forget about the combine and the game footage; all Jim Haslam needs is the advice of a sage homeless man. All I can picture now is Jim Haslam scowering the streets of Cleveland on the eve of every draft night looking for that one man or woman who’s going to give him his picks. Only in Cleveland.

– Ryan

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