All That and a Bag of Mail: Ryan Tannehill Outkicks His Coverage
Published on: April 27, 2012 | Written by: Clay Travis
Congrats to OKTC's first hall of fame member, Ryan Tannehill, on his selection as the number eight overall pick. Soon Tannehill will become the 17th different quarterback to start a game for the Miami Dolphins since Dan Marino retired.
Tannehill's wife Lauren, who we "discovered" back during the Texas game, set the Twitter world abuzz. as soon as Ryan was drafted.
So we're going to give her the beaver pelt trader of the week award.
Now on to the mailbag.
Clay, how much would ratings increase if ESPN or the NFL Network put cameras on the wife or girlfriends of the top draft picks?
Wouldn't you rather see them interviewed by Suzy Kolber?
I love the idea of a girlfriend cam. Or even a hot mom cam. Did you see Matt Kalil's mom? His whole table looked like a scene from "Real Housewives of Orange County." (Spoiler alert: not that I watch this show religiously and can't miss a single episode, but I'd love to see newbie TV "star" Alexis paired with Chris Berman at the NFL Draft. Also, Berman is perfect evidence for why old people have to keep up with technology. Compare how out of touch Berman is with someone like Tony Kornheiser. Berman is six years younger. But which one seems older? Basically, which one would make an awkward Quenton Coples and Freddie Couples joke. Yeah, Berman.)
But back to the WAGs cam, this would be a great idea to stream online.
Can you imagine what the site traffic to, say, the NFL Network online would be if you could watch a WAG's cam?
Twitter kills the suspense of the actual draft -- Adam Schefter tipped every pick -- so why not focus on WAGs and make this an actual celebrity event?
I think it's genius.
Plus, women would love this. My wife watches all those fashion shows -- the one with Joan Rivers just crushing people is outstanding. In fact, could E! cover this so we didn't have to watch online? Would the NFL allow it?
I'm all for it.
US Senator Mark Warner came to an event down here a week ago with Governor Tim Kaine. Warner was key in moving Virginia Tech from the Big East to the ACC when he was Governor.
During the "cheese" moments as Senator Warner was working the room, I struck up a conversation about conference realignment.
He was pleasantly surprised to speak with me about it due to how infrequently he discusses non-political topics with people in receiving lines.
I thanked him for his forward thinking when he moved VT.
I then aasked if he would be a conduit for a joint move by UVA and VT to the SEC.
I pitched him on more TV revenue*, Southern exposure and the chance for me to host friends coming to Blacksburg and Charlottesville for games.
He chuckled and said moving them to the SEC right now would be a road too far.
I asked about the Senator Manchin (WV) - Senator McConnell (Louisville) fight for the BIg XII. He said it was more quickly furious and intense than any back room dealing he's seen during his time in the Senate. Thought this would be at least interesting and inform future Expansion-Palooza articles...
*DC Metro is #8, Norfolk/Hampton Roads is #43, Richmond is #57, Roanoke/Lynchburg is #66, Bristol, TN/VA is #96 (100,000 new to SEC), Harrisonburg is #178, Charlottesville is #183
all told, the SEC would increase their DMA markets size by almost 4,250,000 TVs, basically - they'd be adding double what Atlanta by itself gives to the SEC in ratings.
"Shouldn't 40 times be changed to mph? Rather than someone running a 4.55 we'd say he ran 22.45 mph. Much more fun."
Like, right now.
You could also put cars on the NFL combine graphics racing against the players.
Every time I find myself in a school zone and start to speed back up I look out the window and try to approximate exactly how fast a 4.2 forty is moving.
The only other person I've ever heard of doing this is my dad, who once turned to me as we were driving 25 miles an hour through a neighborhood and said, completely unprovoked, "I think Carl Lewis could run this fast, don't you?"