Cardell Hayes, the man who killed former New Orleans Saints defensive end and Super Bowl champion Will Smith, was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday afternoon before his and Smith’s family.
Eager to get some of those sweet primetime ratings, compete with the NBA playoffs, and keep its name in the news during the offseason, the NFL decided in 2010 to move the first round to Thursday nights, turning the event into a massive gala of pomp and pageantry. The second and third rounds got moved to Friday night, with less hype than the previous night but still considered a big deal. Only the fourth through seventh rounds somewhat survived in the old format, starting on Saturday morning and going all day.
It was a pretty big gamble, but the results paid off. Seemingly every Packers-Cowboys game becomes an instant classic. From the “Dez dropped it” game to last year’s intense Divisional Round contest in which Green Bay upset Dallas, these two teams have been involved in some of the more memorable games of recent memory.
The first round of the 2010 draft managed to beat the NBA playoffs in the ratings, and the draft has since cemented its spot as a fixture on the sports calendar. Now we have a red carpet show with fancy outfits just to drive home the point that this is more of a party than a sporting event.
So yeah, while older NFL fans are nostalgic for the two-day format, it’s hard not to get caught up in the glitzy way the draft presents itself nowadays. At least we can Cheap Jerseys NBA still count on New York Jets fans booing every pick their team makes, no matter if it’s actually a good Cheap Jerseys From USA choice.