Full disclosure: I live five minutes away from the hotel in which the NFL Rookie Symposium was being held this year. I live here, and I don’t understand. Anything about this.
I suppose Aurora put in a bid to host the symposium? I don’t know. All I know is I woke up in a fog on Monday before work, like I always do, turned on ESPN, like I unfortunately always do, and saw Aurora, OH. I thought it was a dream. Then I thought they were talking about me. Because, of course they would be.
Then, as I do every day for work, I drove by the hotel it was in. Only saw a sign that said “Closed for Private Function June BlahBlah – June BlahBlah”. I guess this was true then. Kept driving, past the abandoned transmission shop on the left, abandoned amusement park on the right, BMW MOTORCYCLE DEALERSHIP on the left, and blacked out the next 25 minutes until I got to work.
I thought, is the NFL having it here so they can scare the players straight? As in, if they don’t take this opportunity seriously, they could end up in a place…just…like…THIS??? MWAH HAHAHAHA…
Maybe it was just the bid. The rest of the week I saw banners for the NFL welcoming the rookies, and nothing else. No cars dropping anybody off, picking anybody up. No one outside except for one property security guard, one security guard car, and one guy with a lanyard at a table at the entrance, apparently to check the no people showing up.
But they were there. And, sadly, I was unable to get an interview. Yes, unfortunately, I was unable to obtain an interview…with a kid who is at least – at LEAST – five years younger than me, who is about to be a million – at LEAST – times richer than me, at a function I never attended.
I didn’t get to talk to Johnny Football. And I am very disheartened by that.
And this is, without question, one of the biggest events – if not THE biggest event – ever hosted in Aurora, Ohio history. Well, unless you count that one time we payed an unthinkable amount of money to Jack Nicklaus to design the private golf course and provide those very rich who attend said golf course the privilege of his twenty minute appearance once every year.
Yes, either a bunch of twentysomethings about to play professional football, permanently damaging themselves for our entertainment or the greatest golfer ever touching down on a flyby – Aurora, Ohio was the perfect place for the NFL Rookie Symposium. I hope those kids were properly scared.
And I didn’t even get an autograph.