Tis the season of the "anonymous scout." Most beat reporters rely on anonymous sources. I do quite a bit. That said, it's always interesting to see what reporters choose to quote.
Bob McGinn, who is a well-regarded NFL beat writer among his peers, always produces some must-see work this time of year on the draft. On Tuesday night, I noticed something in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writer piece on DBs that made me do a double-take.
I tweeted the quote about Ohio State CB Eli Apple out Wednesday morning and my @mentions blew up.
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This anonymous scout quote abt OSU's Eli Apple was, um, interesting:"The kid has no life skills. At all. Can't cook" https://t.co/03a8Tn3F6V— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) April 27, 2016
The quote struck a nerve. What exactly does the notion that Apple, a 20-year-old from New Jersey, can't cook have to do with whether he can be a good NFL DB? I have no idea. Could Deion Sanders make lasagna? Could Patrick Peterson make a good quesadilla?
About an hour after my tweet, I noticed that Annie Apple, Eli's mom tweeted this out.
We dont respond to anonymous people & things. They're not real to us. What's real is this amazing dream our son is living rite now. #GoBucks— Annie Apple (@SurvivinAmerica) April 27, 2016
The draft can't get here soon enough.