Kudos to Brandon over at the Acme Packing Company for getting me fired up about something on a day I feel like doing nothing. Simple enough question: Do you downgrade a draft pick because he smoked pot?
For god sakes no.
Around this time, every single season, this list of suspected marijuana users gets around to the scouting staff. Almost instantaneously their stock drops and they receive the label druggie. Give me a break.
"According to one veteran club personnel man, 10 or 11 players who carry first-round draft grades on their board this year have been red-flagged for marijuana use in college, an estimate echoed by two clubs' head coaches."
Trust me, that's just the 10 or 11 guys that openly admitted it, I'll guarantee that there at least 10 or 11 more that have quietly kept their mouths shut. Get real America, there are tons of people smoking pot and you already know that. I don't know why this issue is brought in the media every year like it's some kind of taboo. As far as I still know anyway, people are getting baked in larger and larger numbers everyday. And to be quite frank, I'm happy they are doing so.
There is no need to throw in any discussion on legalization and medical use. That's just fodder for the real bottom line. Alcohol.
What I would like to see is a list of the first round draft picks that went out four times a week to local sports bars and got tanked off their ass. Then, I'd also like to see a list of those who then got in fights, threw up everywhere, and passed out while watching TV with a half eaten microwave burrito. I want a list of the guys who are going to hit the strip clubs and then come home and hit their wives because their frickin' too plowed to think straight. That's the kind of list I want. I want the list of the guys most likely to get drunk and mow over people, or even do crazy stunts on motorcycles at 2:30 in the morning.
I've known plenty of pot smokers in my time, and I'd rather have them on my team than the asshole sucking down 24 cans of Old Milwaukee on a Tuesday night.
It's time to get over the marijuana issue. I would be much more concerned with decision making and moral conviction before I worried about a little pot. It has absolutely nothing to do with character. In fact, outside of abstinence, it's probably a better sign of levelheadedness than anything else.
You'll always have your Travis Henry's, but you'll always have your Leonard Little's too. That's just stupidity, nothing more and nothing less.
Give me the dumbass list first, the stoner list is just silly.
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