👋 Good morning! It's draft day.
Today's word count: 1,799 words, (7 minutes).
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For the past five years, the NFL draft has been a traveling circus, moving from its longtime home in New York to Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas and Nashville.
How to watch: The draft will be broadcast on ABC, ESPN, ESPN Deportes and the NFL Network, and can be streamed via the NFL app.
What to watch: The NFL plans to show small draft parties for 58 prospects and interview them when their names are called. To accomplish this, the prospects were mailed technology kits with thousands of dollars of video equipment.
The bottom line: Without the ability to gather in one location with all the top prospects donning expensive suits and thousands of fans screaming their lungs out, this year's draft will lack some of its normal pageantry and energy.
👀 Look: Normally, decision-makers assemble in "war rooms" at their team facilities on draft day. This year, they've had to build battle stations at home. Which setup best describes you?
This year's crop of wide receivers is one of the strongest ever, thanks not to an exceptionally talented top two or three, but a roster of elite athletes that goes at least 10 deep, writes Axios' Jeff Tracy.
1. Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
2. CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
3. Justin Jefferson, LSU (strangely un-recruited out of HS)
4. Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
5. Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
6. Michael Pittman, USC
7. Tee Higgins, Clemson
8. Denzel Mims, Baylor
9. Jalen Reagor, TCU
10. Van Jefferson, Florida
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Jeff writes: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has suspended Red Sox video replay system operator J.T. Watkins for the 2020 season and docked Boston a second-round pick, following an investigation into 2018 sign-stealing allegations,
Why it matters: After months of speculation regarding the severity of Boston's wrongdoings and expected punishments, MLB found the Red Sox scheme far less devious than the Astros' scheme, holding just one low-level staffer responsible for the whole thing.
What they're saying: Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy issued a statement, saying "MLB acknowledged the front office's extensive efforts to communicate and enforce the rules and concluded that Alex Cora, the coaching staff, and most of the players did not engage in, nor were they aware of, any violations."
The bottom line: With everyone's attention on COVID-19, MLB was glad to have the Astros scandal mostly in the rearview, but the shadow of an unfinished investigation into the Red Sox still hung over the league.
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Muffett McGraw retired yesterday, stepping aside after 33 years as the women's basketball coach at Notre Dame.
What they're saying: "McGraw was a living embodiment of what she hoped to see — powerful women leading young women," writes the Chicago-Tribune's Shannon Ryan. "Winning on the court is only part of her legacy. Unapologetically promoting other women will be her greatest victory."
What's next: McGraw will stay on at Notre Dame to work on special projects like teaching and mentoring young coaches, and she hopes to continue her work as an advocate for female leaders.
"I am excited about the opportunity to continue to promote women's equality ... and to use my platform in any way that I can. I'd like to get involved in community work. I find that I've turned into a real activist and I'm really enjoying that right now."— McGraw, via WSJ
What to watch: Here are the 42 clubs that were reportedly part of MLB's original contraction plan. If any teams are on the chopping block, they’re likely listed here.
70 years ago today, the Detroit Red Wings beat the New York Rangers in double overtime of Game 7 to win their fourth Stanley Cup.
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🎥 Watch: Series highlights (YouTube)
Matthew Stafford went No. 1 overall in 2009. Can you name all the No. 1 picks since then? Photo: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images
Answer at the bottom.
Auburn fans at the 1997 Iron Bowl. Photo: Elsa Hasch/Allsport
Ben T. (Richmond, Virginia) writes:
"I was 11 years old and attending my first Iron Bowl (my first Auburn game for that matter) in 1997. We drove down from Richmond to meet a family friend who took us to the game. Our seats straddled the 50 yard line in the last row of the upper deck of Jordan-Hare Stadium. Might as well have been heaven.
"I don't remember much from the game itself, but I vividly recall the game-winning field goal and the ensuing celebration. It was complete chaos. My dad and I began running down the ramps inside the stadium, shaking our shakers, screaming, celebrating.
"Other people were running in all directions and just looking for anybody and everybody to hug (think Jimmy V after winning the Natty in '83). All of a sudden, a complete stranger picks me up and begins to run back up the ramp, jumping up and down and screaming in celebration.
"It didn't phase me, nor my dad, who had to chase after him to retrieve his 11-year-old son. Fast forward six years, and I applied to one school early admission.
"That's it. That's all I remember, and I'll never forget it as long as I live. I'll be on my death bed one day, not even knowing my own name, and I'll be able to tell you that story. Thank you for giving me the impetus to think of it again."
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Trivia answer: QB Sam Bradford (2010), Cam Newton (2011), QB Andrew Luck (2012), OT Eric Fisher (2013), DE Jadeveon Clowney (2014), QB Jameis Winston (2015), QB Jared Goff (2016), DE Myles Garrett (2017), QB Baker Mayfield (2018), QB Kyler Murray (2019)