Monday, April 24, 2017

Forget the NFL Draft, how 'bout those Phils!

Is there anything more inane, a bigger waste of breath, than the constant blathering about whom the Eagles are going to select in the NFL Draft.

Don't get me wrong. The event is a big deal, being held this year on the steps of the Army Museum on the Ben Franklin Parkway in Center City. Yes, it's causing some traffic issues and has become the bane of tourists who for a few weeks will not be able to make like Rocky and race up those famous steps. But it once again puts Philly in the national spotlight.

What I can live without is this non-stop talk about what the Eagles will do with the 14th pick in the 1st round. Will they trade up? Or move down? Will they select a corner. Will they roll the dice on running back Joe Mixon and his checkered past? There's enough hot air surrounding this annual event to blow dry Mel Kiper's hair.

It's been talked about for weeks. And in the end it doesn't mean a thing. The Eagles hopefully will get a player Thursday night who can step in and help them right away. Hopefully they will not have a repeat of a few years back when they actually moved up to select Jon Harris or Danny Watkins.

In the meantime, is anyone paying attention to the Phillies? They just swept the Braves, thanks to a very strong outing from starter Zach Eflin and back-to-back-to-back homers. The evens their record at .500. They're 9-9 and just three and a half games behind the Nats in the NL East.

In other words, we're almost a month into the season and the Phillies are still meaningful.

At least a helluva lot more meaningful than who the Eagles will pick Thursday night.

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