Let's give them an "A" for effort.
The country needed that broadcast of the NFL Draft Thursday night. There were no parties or tailgates but in our current secluded world it was the be-all, end-all of sporting events. This wasn't a contrived video game competition or game of H-O-R-S-E. This was real-time, real-life. It was as close to the world of sports as we're going to come.
In other words, we will take what we can get even if what we got was the kind of awkward you thought not possible for America's most beloved sport. (Who knew we could have so much sympathy toward Roger Goodell?)
All in all, it was four-plus hours of ... something. Think "The Dundies" from the show "The Office" without the margaritas as "Chilis."
In that spirit, the best way to break this whole thing down is to simply hand out our virtual atta-boys:
THE 'CRINGIEST OF THE CRINGY AWARD'
There is a lot to pick through here. You had Daniel Jeremiah's enormous "Saw 3" gears in the back of his head. There was the flurry of humblebrags from folks like Michael Irvin (3 Super Bowl trophies), and Sal Palantonio and Josina Anderson (well-placed Emmy Awards). Diana Russini went product-placement with a "Lowes" helmet. Jeff Darlington looked he was pushed into a corner. Ed Werder distinguished himself as the only correspondent holding a microphone (without gloves, nonetheless). Dan Graziano's beard made him look like "Ben" from "Ozark." But it was a subtle move by Louis Riddick that locked up this honor: The early 1980's handheld Mattel football game propped up over his right shoulder. Well done.
THE 'NO NONSENSE DRAFT HEADQUARTERS SETUP AWARD'