Manchester United: The Real Reason Why The NFL Draft Was Pushed Back

Calvin W BoazCorrespondent IIApril 26, 2009

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 25:  Dimitar Berbatov of Manchester United is congratulated by team mate Wayne Rooney after scoring his team's fifth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on April 25, 2009 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

For years, the NFL Draft was always held at noon eastern standard time.  Last year, it was moved to 3 pm. Yesterday, it was moved to four.  

The most recent change in time seemed to make no sense until I finished watching the Manchester United-Tottenham Hotspur match that started at 12:30 EST. After seeing one of the greatest turnarounds in EPL history, I am surprised the NFL draft wasn't postponed until Sunday.

The match had a nondescript beginning, and after Darren Bent feebly headed a cross in the eight minute, I was found waiting for the one United goal that would ensure victory.  It didn't take long to prove how erroneous I was.

A goal by Bent in the 29th minute followed by a Luka Modric goal in the 33rd minute left Manchester United fans everywhere wondering if a league title was suddenly lost. Being down two goals in soccer is like trailing by four touchdowns in American football.

United's second half comeback began when Michael Carrick earned the Red Devils a penalty. Call it confidence or arrogance, Cristiano Ronaldo faced the pressure by kicking it straight for a goal.  Would Peyton Manning dare call a running play on a fourth-and-one with all twelve defenders in the box?

A Wayne Rooney goal in the 67th minute tied the match at two. A header by Ronaldo a minute later put the Red Devils ahead, and he celebrated the lead by removing his shirt.  Superman taking off his cape wouldn't have equalled the moment. Another goal by Rooney and a goal by Dimitar Berbatov in the 79th minute closed out the most unlikely of comebacks.

Watching the NFL draft 90 minutes later paled in comparison to what I just witnessed. I just saw the greatest sports team in the world turn a monumental deficit into a rout.  Then I turn around and listen to people in suits tell me how players dressed in suits might accomplish great achievements and might lead their teams to a championship. 

Cristiano Ronaldo thinks he is the best three soccer players in the world and I'm listening to American football players say they hope they can start the first game of the year. It was just a waste of time to watch the draft at all.