We mentioned this during our live blog of the NFL Draft on Saturday, but I think it’s worth noting again; Merril Hoge was conspicuously absent from ESPN’s draft day coverage. In a world in which the network had no less than three desks working the scene, the oft-concussed Hoge was nowhere to be found.
They dug deep and trotted out Steve Young, Keyshawn Johnson, Tony Kornheiser, Michael Smith, Mike Tirico and Mark May. But for some reason (we can’t imagine why) Merril was not invited.
Don’t get us wrong, we can’t stand the guy. But his absence really cut into our fun. We had the Merril Hoge drinking game all ready – every time the guy same something ridiculous (re: every time he’s on screen) you take a shot – and each had our teams and players in the “Who will Merril moronically rip this year” pool. For the record I had the Falcons and Amobi Okoye. If not for the ESPN brass, I’d be $200 richer and still be getting over my hangover. I feel cheated.
After all, there’s nothing like replaying clips of a guy saying that Kellen Clemens was going to be a better NFL quarterback than both Matt Leinart and Vince Young. Or continually mentioning how a player who single-handedly resurrected an organization (and was the freaking offensive rookie of the year), was labeled as … wait, how did you put that Merril? Oh right you said his selection was “an initial dismantling of an organization based on a bad pick.”
Yep, Vince Young is going down and taking then entire Titans organization with him. I said it before and I’ll say it again, I feel cheated.