Two subjects were pretty popular over the weekend, let's get to it.
In the NFC, I liked what Minnesota did. They picked up the best receiver in the draft in taking Laquon Treadway. It probably was the biggest steal in the draft in my opinion and a desperate need. McKenzie Alexander can start right away, but the Vikings weren't exactly in desperate need of a cornerback. Kentrell Brothers fits the mold at inside linebacker And they lastly gained two picks for next year's draft via a trade with Miami and picked up Jayron Kearse at safety.
Arizona and Chicago did some good things too. Arizona takes Robert Nkemdiche in a late first round steal and Chicago's first seven picks were just solid.
In the AFC, I liked what Tennessee did. Of their first five picks, the Titans took three solid defensive players (Kevin Dodd, Austin Johnson and Kevin Byard). They grabbed probably the best offensive tackle in Jack Conklin during round one and then snatched up Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry. I am not saying that they are going to be great this coming season, but if they could develop the talent that they just ended up with, they should improve significantly in the AFC South.
As for the Carolina Panthers, I was a little upset that they didn't take A'shawn Robinson when he was available in the first round. Instead, they took Vernon Butler. Butler could turn out to not be a bad pick. They took three cornerbacks in a row to try to fix the Josh Norman situation. Then, they drafted a tight end at the end. Carolina seemed like they were fine with the roster they already had on display, but taking an offensive tackle couldn't have hurt.
Why is it when racing gets fairly exciting that the media want us to all take a stand? Look, I am not saying that I am happy about multiple NASCAR drivers taking wild rides at Talladega this weekend. I am looking at that from a safety aspect, but then again, entertaining...it was on Sunday. The main thing is that nobody got hurt. Sure, a few drivers are sore, but nobody was hurt despite airborne rides and hard knocks into the SAFER barrier.
Yes, the roof flaps should work and the sport will never fall away from trying to make it safer. We have seen those cars get into the fence at Daytona and Talladega beforehand and it all comes down to restrictor plate racing.
Go without restrictor plates and you likely don't see these kinds of accidents. Why? Only a select few teams could hang. Right now, NASCAR wants everybody to be even. Go away from plate tracks and you see who does and doesn't have the money to produce horsepower needed to stay with the top teams. NASCAR is scared of the speed, so they continue to use plates. Well, that is what they are saying. Trust me, NASCAR liked what it saw Sunday.
You had it all Sunday! Dale Earnhardt Jr. had the worse luck I have ever seen in one race. He crashed twice and the steering wheel fell off in his hands at one point in the event.
Two cars went airborne down the backstretch. A 21-car pile up. Sunday saw 37 lead changes and 10 cautions. And for those who hadn't wrecked earlier in the race, they got their chance at the checkered flag as Brad Keselowski won the Geico 500. It was hard to leave the TV for just a second to grab a Cola, beer, popcorn or a hotdog on the afternoon. That's just Talladega at its best.