Spoiled Brats, Death, and DWI Damper Big Day
By Rams Nation's Don Ackerman
It's Draft weekend. It's the day that dreams come true. It's a day when college
kids cash in on their talents and hard work. It's a day when dreams come true.
But the glimmer of fairy tale dreams coming true were dampered by spoiled brats,
death, and a driving while intoxicated arrest spoiled some Rams fans fun. But
the Rams still had a big day.
Sure he has a nice pedigree but Eli Manning acted more like a spoiled
brat than an NFL professional. In a league and a system where most are thankful
to get drafted, Eli went one overboard and told San Diego he would pout, not
hold up a jersey, and would completely forego enjoying being the #1 pick overall.
Meanwhile, across the nation, young men waited by their phone hoping it would
ring. It's too bad a spoiled brat can demand he not have to suffer and be drafted
by San Diego (where I'd be willing to suffer and toil without hestitation if
a well-paying job offer came my way). But history may show Manning a fool and
San Diego brilliant. The Giants gave up a lot for Peyton's kid brother: they
trade North Carolina State QB Philip Rivers (draft #4 overall) as well as a
2003 3rd rounder, 2004 1st rounder, and 2004 5th rounder. No wonder the crowd
in New York booed the man! I don't know how many New York Giants fans were in
the crowd but I'd be unhappy as a Giants fan. Not only did New York give up
a quarterback rated as highly as Manning but next year's #!? Odds are Eli will
not turn things around next year and San Diego will get another low 1st round
pick. All I can say is well done, San Diego! Eli, you're a brat and New York
is perfect for you.
A lot has been said about the death of Pat Tillman. On a day when a
family sits together and watches their college boy's dream come true, military
families lost their sons. With both kids probably being the same age, it's sad
to think about those we lose in our war with Iraq. It especially stands out
on special days like the Draft. My thoughts and prayers go out to all families
of solidiers and I wish each soldier a safe trip home.
Leonard Little has very bad timing. On draft day at 3:57 am, Little
was stopped for speeding and reports indicate he was accused of driving while
intoxicated. To be honest, anyone driving at about 4 am is probably speeding.
Hopefully, Little was not drinking and driving but I must admit that I'm suspicious.
The facts will come out shortly and at best, Little had very bad timing. I know
players want to be mentioned on draft day in a positive way. I hope Little's
It was a big day in Saint Louis. The Rams were able to get the #1 running
back in Oregon State University RB Stephen Jackson. The Rams took the best player
available and possibly netted the coveted "Draft Day Steal" trophy.
Jackson was slated in mock drafts to go as soon as #6 to Detroit and not one
mock draft I found had Jackson available at 24. Though I like the Rams' running
corp of Faulk, Lamar Gordon, and Arlen Harris, I can't blame Martz for wanting
to get a great player at pick #24. I'm happy to give up a 4th rounder for the
best running back available.
Overall, it was a mixed up day with many emotions flying. We'll wait and see
what happens with Little and how Jackson develops. If nothing else, it was a
day to be remembered.
Don, the Rams Nation columnist can be contacted at Don@RamsNation.org.