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Draft Picks' Green Jackets

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This might be the best four days in sports. Baseball is back. Golf matters for the first time all year. Oh, wait...no football? Well, the next four days are pretty darn close.

But the Masters is, well, the Masters. It's a "Tradition Unlike Any Other." And every single time Mike Greenberg uses the term to promote one of the Mike and Mike silly pick segments, albeit in some semblance of irony, it makes me cringe.

The only person I want telling me about a tradition that is like no other tradition is Jim Nance. And maybe Peter Oosterhaus.

But for the sake of this being a football blog, we've been asked to come up with football's tradition unlike any other.

And you know what? It's the Draft. It happens every year at the same time. And the same place (note: the physical location has changed in recent years, but NYC is NYC). People spend months waiting with excitement for the weekend to come and, for geeks who love it, much like the Masters, there's nothing better on TV. Like the Masters, as well, the draft has become the unofficial start of the season.

And the azaleas in the green room are wonderful.

The Masters champion is remembered forever -- adored with a green sport coat to boot -- so in that respect it's different from the Draft. Frankly, the draft has no winner at the end of the weekend, despite what Todd McShay and Mel Kiper tell us. But from an event anticipation and excitement standpoint, the Lions War Room may as well be at Amen Corner.

By Dan Levy  |  April 8, 2009; 12:06 PM ET  | Category:  Dan Levy , Draft , NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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