In 1983, John Elway was on his way to being the first pick in the NFL draft. However, the Baltimore Colts had that pick, and Elway had zero interest in playing there to the point that he would announce he was instead going to play for the New York Yankees. In the days leading up to the draft, Elway's agent, Marvin Demoff, would hold meetings with the Colts and Yankees to see what could be done. Below is a page from Demoff's diary chronicling the frantic meetings as the draft grew closer.
You can see much more on the famous 1983 NFL draft Tuesday night when ESPN presents its latest 30 for 30 film, Elway to Marino.
What happens when a Hall of Fame quarterback coming off four neck surgeries signs with a team run by a Hall of Fame quarterback who had no qualms about dumping a national phenomenon with mystical powers to get him? You tape an emergency B.S. Report, that's what happens. That's right, we called the NFL Network's Mike Lombardi, Grantland's Bill Barnwell and David Jacoby, and even my buddy Gus Ramsey (a die-hard Broncos fan) to get their takes on Denver's big "Peyton Manning for Tim Tebow" switcheroo.
In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's what you missed in sports on Tuesday.
The NCAA hit Ohio State with a one-year bowl ban for violations committed under Jim Tressel. When reporters reached new head coach Urban Meyer for comment, he was unable to respond for several minutes while he attempted to eat his contract.
In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's what you missed in sports on Monday.
Drew Brees threw for four touchdowns and ran for another as the Saints routed the Giants 49-24. After the running touchdown, he tried to dunk the ball over the goalposts, but was forced to settle for a finger roll when his legs failed him. In related news, Drew Brees is now Jason Kapono's favorite player.