Time for NFL Draft snooze-fest

Alan Greenwood

Dedicated sports couch potatoes already know, but as a service to more discerning folks, be aware:

The NFL Draft begins tonight.

Bruins vs. Blue Jackets in Game 1 of playoff series? Not when you can learn that the SEC’s top right guard also enjoys needlepoint in his spare time.

NBA playoffs? Not even close.

Red Sox vs. Tigers? If Tuesday’s hideous day-night doubleheader disaster didn’t detonate an inner fuse congratulations on your dedication and patience.

The NFL Draft will be broadcast on the NFL Network, preempting a riveting history of the pre-vent defense. It will be on ESPN, depriving the viewing public of the World Series of Slot Machines or some such thing. It will be on ABC – what more needs to be said when a network is willing to wipe a weeknight slate of humorless sit-coms.

By now it may seem that I consider the NFL Draft a less-than compelling TV event. That is absolutely correct.

The only sliver of drama is who will be the first pick. Once that happens, the ensuing 31 first-round selections are a mind-numbing buzz. Let me know what Bill Belichick does with the Patriots’ bucket of picks then give me a wake-up call when training camp begins.

TIME TRAVEL: April 24, 1989 – “The Nashua High School softball team bounced back from Friday’s 8-1 loss to Concord by pounding out 19 hits in a 19-5 victory over Dover. The Panthers, now 5-1 in Class L, led 6-3 after two innings and blew it open with six more in the top of the third.

“Michelle Perez, in her first start of the season, had a double and triple and knocked in four runs. Erin Chapyak and Erin Kelly had three hits each for the winners. Nikki Rochette had a complete-game victory for Nashua, walking two and striking out seven.”

SPEAKING OF THE PATRIOTS: A bunch of Patriots and Celtics players were among the packed house at the Garden on Tuesday night to see the Bruins’ Game 7 win over Toronto. Notably, Julian Edleman was spotted waving a Bruins flag and letting loose with a Tom Brady-like “Let’s go!”

Brady himself was not in the house, but he did offer a few Tweets on the action. Watching Zdeno Chara make his 6-foot-9, 250-pound presence felt, Brady reacted:

“I think Zdeno could play a little tight end …”

If Chara were about 15 years younger, he’d eliminate one decision Belichick has to make tonight.

Alan Greenwood can be reached at 594-1248, agreenwood @nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_ AlanG.