The NFL Draft story is on the menu, but it's not first.
- The Beatles' Sargent Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band starts with the line "It was 20 years ago today, Sargeant Pepper taught the band to play." Well, it was 20 years ago today that Roger Clemens taught the baseball world about his fastball and pitching dominance when he struck out 20 Seattle Mariners at Fenway, setting the Major League mark. Clemens was on his way to a 24-4 season and the Red Sox were on their way to being one out away from a World Championship. But, then ... Dan Shaunessey writes today in the Globe on The Rocket and the night it happened. That may have been the last time you could easily get Sox tickets.
- United 93 is out, and I will definitely see it, but probably alone. I have my reasons. Varifrank writes a moving and thoughtful essay on the meaning of the movie to him. I concur. For a review, read this or this. Don't read this.
- Tomorrow is the day of the "Great Immigrant Walkout." I continue to be offended by the conflation of "immigrant" and "illegal immigrant" as if the two are interchangeable. They aren't. Legal immigrants shouldn't be walking tomorrow. Laws directed at illegal immigrants are not directed at you. And if illegal immigrants are walking tomorrow it will only harden me against you, much as it is doing to Debra Saunders of the San Francisco Chronicle. As I wrote before,
This nation is all about the American spirit, and the American dream. Come to the nation legally, learn the benefits of the American system, and assimilate into the America that you will grow to love, as my father did, and I will hold out my arms to you in welcome. You have my word.
- The NFL Draft is over. Let's recap for the teams I mentioned earlier.
- The Patriots filled some needs at running back with speedy Laurence Maroney of Minnesota, and with even speedier Chad Jackson from Florida at wideout. Then came two tight ends, curiously, when there are two very good tight ends already on the roster in Ben Watson and Daniel Graham. Yes, that Ben Watson.
- The Eagles need to come together as a team after the T.O. turmoil more than they need players. Of course, you can always use more players, and they picked up a D-lineman in Brodrick Bunkley of FSU, a big O-lineman in Winston Justice of USC, and a productive though not blazing wideout in Jason Avant of Michigan. The latter may be the most helpful right off the bat.
- The Packers need players. Lots of 'em, and that's what they got. They had 2 2s, 2 3s, 3 4s, 2 5s and 2 6s in the draft. They chose three wideouts, and Will Blackmon of BC can play. He should be productive with the departure of Walker to Denver. We'll see whether this group, along with new coaching and a boatload of players coming back from injury can get the ship righted.
- Hot Air has video of the Prez and a friend from the WH Correspondent's dinner. Check it out.