If My Adam Schefter Face is Wrong, I Don’t Want To Be Right (Notes From the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine)

NFL Scouting Combine 2014

I’ve grown quite accustomed to the quizzical looks I get when I talk about the NFL Scouting Combine. Not many people outside of the NFL-obsessed know about it, and most of them don’t care. I get it. But for me, what started out as an event I stumbled upon quite by accident has turned into something I look forward to immensely every year.

The NFL Scouting Combine takes places each February in Indianapolis. College athletes who have declared their intention to come out for the NFL draft in the spring hope to get an invitation to the Combine, where scouts and NFL coaching staffs will observe them in action. Impress people at the Combine and you can see your draft stock rise significantly.

If you’ve seen anything from the Combine, it’s most likely the athletes running the 40-yard-dash. The workouts and drills are just one part of the evaluation process players go through. From the moment these young men step off the plane, they are under constant scrutiny. While at the Combine, they will go through extensive medical and psychological testing, team interviews, as well as the workouts and drills. It’s essentially the most important job interview of their life … one that goes on for 4 days straight.

Since 1987 the Combine has made its home in Indianapolis. Thanks to our excellent athletic facilities and world-class sports medicine center (as well as our kick-ass craft beer scene – let’s be honest), we’re the perfect hosts. Over 900 credentialed media descend upon Indy, in conjunction with the athletes, NFL coaches, general managers, and scouts.

For the average Indianapolis resident, this means virtually nothing. For the city, hotels, restaurants and bars? It’s huge. It’s estimated that the Combine has an economic impact of $6.5 million dollars to Indianapolis. So yes, I’m not the only one around here who gets excited about the Combine.

NFL Combine Tweetup

As a fan both of football and the people who cover it, the Combine is a chance to geek out in my hometown. It starts with the annual Combine Tweetup. You may remember, I attended my first Tweetup four years ago. It’s where I first met Peter King, and thanks to that chance interaction I’ve found myself both in the Monday Morning Quarterback column as well as writing for the the Sports Illustrated site. Pretty darn cool.

We attended the Tweetup on Friday night. It was awesome as usual, with a great panel including Peter, Pat McAfee, Doug Farrar, Matt Miller, and Adam Schefter. Speaking of awesome, how about me finally meeting the King of Breaking NFL News on Twitter himself? Let me introduce you to my “HOLY SHIT, IT’S ADAM SCHEFTER! face:

Adam Schefter NFL Combine Tweetup

Afterwards we hit the town, catching up with old friends and admiring players, coaches, and media kingpins from afar. Or literally running into them – I was so close to Sean Payton I could smell his Juicy Fruit. And maybe getting a little too chummy with Rich Eisen too soon and inviting him to your house for a poker game. Whatever. For football geeks like Mike and I, it’s so much fun … but thankfully not nearly as much “fun” as I had last year.

NFL Scouting Combine 1iota

On Sunday we had the chance, thanks to 1iota, to attend the actual Combine and see the quarterbacks, wideouts, and running backs work out. And while Peter King may have compared it to “watching paint dry,” for the fan who appreciates what it takes to make it to the league, it’s a thrill to see.

So now it’s over for another year. It’s a long time to wait, between now and the first days of training camp. So long, in fact, that I’m seriously considering trying to score tickets to the Draft in New York City in May. I mean, that’s totally normal, right?

I’m guessing from the Adam Schefter face you’re throwing right back at me, the answer is a resounding no.

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Insta-January

JanuaryInstagram

1.  With all the nasty weather, delays, and school closings, we’ve been spending lots of time inside. TOGETHER. It never ceases to amaze me how well Elena and Eli get along when they work on a Kiwi Crate together. I don’t know what kind of crazy ju-ju the sprinkle in those green boxes to make it so, but I love them for it.

2.  We celebrated my 39th birthday and my brother’s 50th birthday in Nashville. Sombreros make everything more awesome.

3.  We cut the above trip short abruptly so we could get home before this snow storm hit on January 5th. Since then we’ve missed 6 days of school, had 4 two-hour delays, and I haven’t seen the grass or a day above 40 degrees.

4.  I spent a fun Saturday evening celebrating a friend’s 40th birthday on a bus tour of several local breweries. So much delicious beer, so little time!

5.  Eli got a LEGO castle for Christmas. Two weeks and nearly 1000 pieces later, he has this to show for it!

6.  January 13th marked the one-year anniversary of my father-in-law’s passing. Paul loved him some Cracker Barrel, so Eli and I had a dinner date there and shared some of our favorite memories.

7.  Elena made a rainbow cake after she saw one on Pinterest … and she actually nailed it!

8.  I just can’t quit a paper planner. My favorite one was discontinued, so last year I tried an Erin Condren planner. I liked it, but couldn’t quite stomach the price tag again this year. I found this one on etsy from Plum Paper Designs and I love it.

9.  We signed Eli up for basketball at the Y. He’s on the Butler Bulldogs, and he’s having such a good time. He had his first game last week. After he made his first game basket, he sprinted to the middle of the court and busted out some breakdancing moves. I’m pretty sure that’s frowned upon, but I loved it.

10. Mike came home with this issue of Sports Illustrated for me. I’m such a fool for that guy – I cried when I was reading it! I so wanted him to take home another Super Bowl ring this year.

If you’re not already following me on Instagram already, please do! You can find me there as (the one and only) AngieSix.

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I Love Lucy® Live On Stage Ticket Giveaway

I Love Lucy Live on Stage

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, Heather W.!

This post is sponsored by the Bohlsen Group, who generously provided the tickets for the giveaway as well as tickets for myself to attend.

There are some television shows that are timeless.  Sure, they may show their age as you watch the reruns … June Cleaver’s pearls and heels, the Brady’s split level with shag carpeting, Jerry Seinfeld’s giant cordless  phone.  But once you get past that, you’re left with shows that still have heart, still make you laugh, and still have a relevant story to tell.

“I Love Lucy” is one of those shows for me.  It was already well past its time when I first watched it as a child, but I could still relate.  I heard Ricky and I heard my mother, her accent throwing people off, sometimes getting the words wrong.  I watched Lucy and Ethel and I saw that you’re never too old to have a best friend and a willing accomplice.  I laughed at Lucy, getting herself in a pickle over and over again, and was relieved to know that even grownups don’t always know what they’re getting themselves into.  And then there are the scenes that are burned into memory … Lucy and Ethel in the chocolate factory, Lucy stomping grapes, Lucy trying to sell Vitamegavegamin.  Classics.

So naturally I’m thrilled to hear that the characters I love are returning, this time to the stage.  The national tour of I Love Lucy® Live On Stage is making its Indianapolis premiere at Murat Theater at Old National Centre February 11-16, 2014.  I Love Lucy® Live On Stage is  adapted from the iconic television show.  This time around, audience members are transported back to 1952 as members of the Desilu Playhouse studio audience as  Lucy, Ricky, Fred & Ethel tape two beloved episodes of the I Love Lucy show: “The Benefit” and “Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined.” How fun is that?!

Ticket prices start at $25.00 and will be available at the Old National Centre Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.comOldNationalCentre.com and by phone at 800-745-3000.  Thanks to the Bolhsen Group, I have a 4-pack of tickets to opening night (Tuesday, February 11) to give away!  Just use the easy Rafflecopter widget below to enter.  And if you don’t enter? You got some ‘splainin to do!

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Giveaway will end on Sunday, February 2, 2014.  Winner will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.  Winner will need to be able to pick up their tickets at the Bolhsen Group office in Indianapolis.

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