Last night, we entered into the official “relapse” period for all NFL addicts, also known as the NFL draft. While it’s not as good as watching an actual game, drafting a fantasy football team, or surfing the waiver wire, it’s enough of a fix to get me excited.
And even better than the TV coverage of the event itself is all the chatter going on via Twitter.
Since I understand that some folks couldn’t set aside Thursday night obligations to enjoy the first round experience and because some of you may not be on Twitter just yet, I thought I’d share what you might have missed so even you, the unlucky few, can get your #NFLDraft Twitter fix.
1. Cryptic tweets from Jim Irsay
One of the NFL’s most colorful owners, Irsay often tweets song lyrics and other peculiar messages from his Twitter account @JimIrsay. I can only imagine his sexting is like a book of haikus. But this one tweet in particular stuck out for me.
They’re more frightened of us getting out…then we are of them…getting in…..
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) April 27, 2012
Were the doors he tried to exit through locked on the way out of Radio City Music Hall? Does he want to take the Colts to the IFL?
We may never know.
2. Important asides from Pete King
Everyone’s favorite and most connected NFL reporter was, of course, on Twitter last night during the draft sharing his “lofty” musings. It really added to the NFL draft experience, at least for me.
Like this one…
Morris Claiborne majored in kinesiology at LSU.
— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) April 27, 2012
Clearly, Claiborne’s knowledge of “kines” will make him a better corner in the NFL…or at least a “nice guy.” That’s pretty obvious from that statement.
3. Reaches talkin’ ’bout reaches
Say what you will about Ryan Tannehill, probably the most talked about “overdraft” candidate in this year’s crop, but the most shocking draft pick discussed on Twitter was Seattle’s Bruce Irvin pick.
Say what you will about whether it really was a reach or not, but the reaction on Twitter was explosive.
Shane P. Hallam of Draft Countdown had a good rant on the subject:
It wasn’t so much that he’s a bad player as much as it was the expectation that the Seahawks could have gotten him a round or two later. But the best part of the whole experience was his own tweets to his “haters.”
I love that people are saying that I was a reach! They will see!
— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) April 27, 2012
Oh, we’ll see. Thanks to Twitter, we now live in a world where draft picks can argue the validity of their draft position as the draft is taking place.
If you feel left out or liked what you saw here, you’re welcome to join me for more tweeting tonight during Rounds 2 and 3 of the NFL Draft. You can follow along with the conversation even without a Twitter account just by following the stream at #NFLDraft.
What else did you miss from the first round last night? Oh, just some trades, some special moments, and the beard.