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NFL Draft was a moment of clarity, lesson in hypocrisyCedric Benson’s tears taught me something about myself Saturday. Aaron BlakeApril 26, 2005Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAnybody who knows me is aware of how much I despise the degeneration of ESPN into the catchphrase-laced “Crossfire” of sports with the occasional tidbit of actual news.But, like the hypocrite I am, I sat glued to my recliner Saturday, patiently waiting through 15 minutes of Mel Kiper Jr. and the all-too-occasional Merril Hoge for each and every pick in the first round of the NFL Draft.This must be what crack cocaine is like.The draft was, as usual, of mild interest to Gophers football fans. Marion Barber III made his Tellis Redmon-like ascent into the professional ranks, and his career should be good for the occasional, “Hey, look what Barber’s doing with the (fill in NFL or NFL Europe team here).”But the real reason I was hooked on this draft was the fourth overall pick of the Chicago Bears, Texas running back Cedric Benson.For those who are unfamiliar, Benson’s days with the Longhorns, combined with the dreadlocks he used to sport and a marijuana arrest, have drawn comparisons to Ricky “The Rushin’ Rastafarian” Williams – a former Texas back who quit football last year to pursue Ö ahem Ö other interests. This was completely unavoidable.So when the Bears selected Benson on Saturday, the tears started flowing like he had a freshly chopped onion in his Armani breast pocket.The comparisons and character questions had worn on him, and he made no secret of this in his postselection interview with the draft’s token female sideline reporter. You could tell he wasn’t a fan of the whole process, and I can’t say I blame him. That’s right, I felt sorry for a multimillionaire.The truth is I don’t know Benson, just like Kiper and Hoge don’t know Benson (though, they might claim otherwise). But I do have a certain respect for a guy who plays four years of college and goes through what he went through before getting drafted.I don’t know if Benson will ever amount to anything in the NFL, and I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s more like failed Bears draftee Curtis Enis than Williams. But call me a softy – seeing a 5-foot-10-inch, 220-pound physical specimen get misty in front of the whole sports world was gratifying on several levels.There is, indeed, crying in football.Then, it struck me: I was getting sucked into this thing because of the made-for-TV drama.I wasn’t watching the NFL Draft for the sport of it. I was watching it for the subplots of the mighty Benson triumphing over evil and Aaron Rodgers suffering through 24 picks only to find out he’d be spending the prime of his career where the cheese flows like milk.Don’t tell me those ESPN people don’t know what they’re doing.Whoops. I’ve got to go. “Jim Rome is Burning” is on.
RUGBY LEAGUE The Brisbane Broncos are set for a backline reshuffle against the North Queensland Cowboys with 19-year-old centre Gehamat Shibasaki in line to make his NRL debut. Shibasaki, of Torres Strait Islander and Japanese heritage, has been playing with the Norths Devils in the Intrust Super Cup and has represented both Queensland Residents and Queensland under 20s this year. He trained at left centre for Brisbane on Monday with captain Darius Boyd reverting to fullback and Jamayne Isaako to the right wing. Kiwi international Jordan Kahu appears set to be dropped. The Broncos will be without representative lock Josh McGuire on Thursday night. McGuire has taken an early guilty plea to a contrary conduct charge for pulling the hair of Adam Elliott in the 36-22 loss to the Canterbury Bulldogs. Star forward Tevita Pangai jnr is also in doubt after leaving the field against the Bulldogs with an ongoing hamstring complaint. While the team is yet to be finalised, Isaako said Shibasaki had earned his call-up and that he was happy to go back to the wing after “a couple of key positional changes this week” ahead of the Cowboys clash. “Some hard decisions have been made for Shibasaki to make his debut and it will be good for him to debut back home in Townsville where he is from,” Isaako said. “I played 20s with him and he is strong and athletic. He will bring a lot of energy if he was to make his debut this week. “This is obviously a game we want to win and obviously with Darbs (Boyd) having more experience [Wayne Bennett] could be chucking him back at fullback. “It was good to get back there and get a feel for playing fullback at the top level. [Boyd] going back gives me an opportunity to go back to the wing and watch him do his thing in big games like this.”