In Columbia, Missouri, fans are proud of Michael Sam and happy to be at the center of an important moment in sports. But there, and everywhere else, this story is just getting started, and there's more work to be done.
From conversations with obese nudists on an imaginary subway to needlessly worrying about what's going to happen when the best player in the league attaches himself permanently to your team , a lot goes through the head of a fan on draft day. Eventually you realize it's best to just enjoy the ride.
In 1994, Heath Shuler was among the top quarterback prospects in the world, and bound for Washington with great expectations. In the years since, Washington has undone Shuler more than once, first as a Redskins quarterback and then as a North Carolina congressman.
For football fans, the NFL Draft feels a lot like Christmas morning, only with Mel Kiper Jr. and an obviously inebriated Chris Berman standing in for Santa Claus. But some gifts are defective. In the interest of tamping down expectations—and harshing your draft day mellow—here are some worst-case scenarios for the draft's most highly regarded quarterbacks.
Andrew Luck is ready to be a very good professional quarterback. Andrew Luck was also, for all the brilliance that makes the first statement unassailable, kind of boring to watch in college. The two are not unrelated.