Every year, in the midst of all of the analysis and “I told you so” bravado of the three-day event known as the NFL draft, I renew my amazement with how lost on every major media outlet is the concept of fun.
The dudes on the respective panels will tell you how much fun they’re having, but their demeanors and their interactions are all business. Fun is allowed in very small doses, but not encouraged for extended periods of time, and generally only permitted when accompanied by a visual. In fact, fun appears reserved only for those reactionary contexts when a visual precedes the dialogue. Like, “Did you just see that? How fun is that?.”
And then there’s Rich Eisen.
Eisen is that rare combination of preparedness and personality. Simply put, Eisen “gets it.” He’s an entertainer with substance. He is my #1 sports broadcasting man crush: