Yesterday, the 2020 NFL Draft concluded. I love drafts, in any and all sports. I love them for two reasons:
- You get to witness young adults experience the dream that they (and their family members) have been putting blood, sweat, and tears into for their whole lives finally come true.
- You get to read reactionary draft takes from fans.
Reactionary draft takes are amazing in a vacuum. But they’re even better within the context of other reactionary draft takes. Thinking the player your team selected is a future Hall of Famer before they’ve spent a minute in the pros is great as is, but the entertainment value is quintupled when the next person thinks the GM should be fired for the very same move.
You know, stuff like this:
We’ve all been on both sides of that conversation.
Anyway, all those takes have me wanting to know what draft take you had that sticks with you. It could be a really good one, or better yet, it could be a really bad one. To get the ball rolling, let me provide some more takes from Buster Posey’s draft day.
I don’t say these to shame anyone. I was the guy who thought Christian Arroyo would be an All-Star, and who thought Steph Curry should’ve been drafted much higher than #7, but that he wouldn’t be nearly as good as Ricky Rubio.
Grab your popcorn. Enjoy.
I could go on and on, but I should stop somewhere. Incorrect takes are always far more entertaining than correct ones, but since — as last night’s rewatch reminded us — the Giants were two years away from winning a World Series with Posey hitting cleanup, we should at least end on this take:
I was going to add in some bad takes from other drafts as well, but this was too fun, so I think I’ll just make this a running Sunday feature, focusing on incorrect takes for a different draftee each week. The best way to foster a community is to make fun of everyone in it, right?
Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?
April 26, 1998: Against the Milwaukee Brewers, Bonds hit a grand slam in the 3rd inning off of Jeff Juden, scoring Brian Johnson, Marvin Benard, and Bill Mueller. It sparked a big comeback, pulling the Giants to within 6-4, and ultimately leading to an 8-7 victory. It was his 5th home run of the year.
April 26, 2001: Against the Cincinnati Reds, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 8th inning off of Scott Sullivan, scoring Rich Aurilia. It cut the Giants deficit to 7-5, which was the final score. It was his 10th home run of the year.
April 26, 2006: Against the New York Mets, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 9th inning off of Billy Wagner, scoring Moises Alou. It tied the game 7-7, but the Giants would lose 9-7. It was his 3rd home run of the year.
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I hope your Sunday is wonderful.