Ratified on January 20, 1933, the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution moved the Presidential Inauguration date from March 4 to January 20, effective with the 1937 inauguration. (Imagine, for a moment, the outrage if the country had to wait an extra 43 days for the next President to take over?) Thankfully, the transition from one president to another is swift, if not necessarily smooth.
Somehow, before ESPN hijacked the process, the NFL managed to hold its draft just after the Super Bowl. Now, we must endure month after month after month of microscopic coverage of each potential draftee. If a 340-pound offensive tackle is spotted eating a McDonald’s cheeseburger, the offending sandwich might have been responsible for slowing down his time in the 40 by a full tenth of a second.
The NFL should not move the draft back to late April. That would be stupid. Instead, the draft should be moved back to February. Or, at the very least, couldn’t it at least begin in early March? Perhaps March 4th?