Bowling’s over – golf has not started – so what happens in between

It is my want to offer up some sports other than the two I regularly opine on when the bowling and golf seasons change. Since I am heading to Myrtle Beach in the morning, you will not see this column for some ten days. Hopefully what I’m about to say will not be inaccurate, or worse, boring to you by the time your read it.

Some bowlers will keep throwing the rock as summer leagues are forming. Many others will be chasing the little white ball around area golf courses. I talked to one bowler this week and he suggested fishing and hunting will be on his agenda now. A number of keglers will stop participating and start watching their kids or relatives play sports.

If you want to watch pro sports on TV, there will be no shortage of opportunities. The MLB season is underway and Cleveland Indian fans had to be happy with the Tribe’s win over the Chicago Cubs last night. Three long balls and another strong pitching performance has faithful fans wondering if a deep postseason run is again in the offing.

The NBA has finally gotten around to their playoffs. A winter sport that ends in June seems a little strange, but that’s the way it is. Again, for Cleveland Cav fans, last night was incredible.

King James came up with an unbelievable block with 3 seconds left and then fired up the game winning three-pointer at the buzzer. Did anyone else see a comparison to Michael Jordan over Craig Ehlo on that shot?

The big event of this night however is the NFL draft. The Cleveland Browns own the No. 1 and No. 4 picks and who they are going to select is a mystery. GM John Dorsey has not tipped his hand, though the prevailing thought right now is, to me, a little scary.

Everyone knows that the Browns have been searching for a franchise quarterback for a long time. How long? Let’s see. Hold on. I’m counting years and have to take my shoes off!

Four quarterbacks are at the top of most people’s lists. Josh Allen from Wyoming, Sam Darnold from USC, Josh Rosen from UCLA and Baker Mayfield from Oklahoma are the names. I would rank them in this order, but I am not the one making the pick. The latest gossip has the Browns taking Mayfield and me thinking “didn’t we learn anything from Johnny Football?”

The Browns will likely take one of those QB’s with the first pick. Who will they take with the fourth? If he’s available I want Saquon Barkley, the Penn State running back. I doubt he will last until No. 4 though, so I’m expecting Bradley Chubb, DE, from North Carolina State to bookend with last year’s top pick Myles Garrett.

Who knows, but in less than an hour we will all find out. Keep reading and I will take you through those first for picks from my perspective. You will be able to see how my reactions mirrored yours. Or not!

The pick is in. The Browns select Baker Mayfield QB from Oklahoma. OK, I am surprised. Whether the Browns got it right or not will be determined at a later date. Tyrod Taylor is going to be the starting quarterback and Mayfield will sit for a year or so.

I hope the off field antics are not reminiscent of Johnny Manziel. I like confidence. Mayfield has it. I don’t like arrogance and he has that as well. Kirk Herbstreit likes the pick. I hope he and the Browns are correct.

Now let’s see who goes next.

The Giants did not take long in taking Saquon Barkley. If he is the next Zeke Elliott, Mayfield may not be good enough no matter how successful he is. I can’t help but think that the Browns could have taken Barkley and still got Mayfield at No. 4. Why won’t that thought go away?

The Jets take QB Sam Darnold from USC. The Browns are now up again. Who will they take? Bradley Chubb comes to mind, the pass rushing specialist from North Carolina State.

Here we go. With the fourth pick in the 2018 NFL Draft the Cleveland Browns select (hey, that was my best Roger Goodell imitation — quit booing) Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State.

All right, that was a surprise. I’m not saying it is a bad pick. He may shore up the defensive backfield and he is a Buckeye. Perhaps Chubb was not chosen because the Browns were afraid that with both he and Myles Garrett rushing at the same time that Mayfield could get hurt in practice.

Hey, they are the Cleveland Browns!

Well, that was pretty exciting. There will be a lot of second guessing of both choices, but you can’t second guess my next comment.

The rest of the evening will be very boring for Browns fans.

Next week begins my golf column season. Mother Nature looks like she is going to give us some good golf weather now. So hit the links and let me know about your accomplishments. You may just end up on these pages.

Al Stephenson is the bowling columnist for The Advertiser-Tribune.

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