A few months ago, everyone had Cam Newton, Auburn's one-year wonder QB, going somewhere in the late first round or early second of the NFL draft. Then he got talked up and talked up some more, and suddenly, just hours before the draft, everyone already knew the Carolina Panthers had picked the versatile QB to lead their franchise back into contention.
Also a few months ago, Roger Goodell was one of the most hated sports figures in America. Not much has changed there.
When the NFL commissioner walked to the podium to officially open the 2011 NFL draft, he was greeted by a chorus of boos from the fans, and it wasn't long before he came out to hear some more and announce what we'd all just seen on TV (thanks to cameras on Newton who was on the phone and being congratulated by his family).
Seeing Newton and Goodell embrace (however quickly and awkwardly) and then smile and pose for the cameras only gave me one thought. Between these two, who's the bigger joke?
Let's find out.
*Note. The Carolina Panthers are not considered in this discussion.