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FFF: Drafting a franchise QB can involve some luck

JaMarcus Russell was considered a can't-miss QB when the Oakland Raiders drafted him in 2007. (Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) JaMarcus Russell was considered a can't-miss QB when the Oakland Raiders drafted him in 2007. (Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
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For the first time in ten years, I'll be covering the NFL Draft this week in Philadelphia. Back in 2007, the big story was former LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell going first overall to the Oakland Raiders. 

FOOTBALL

Russell's contract, a head-scratcher, six-years at $66 million. Russell cashed in on $39 million of the deal. Numerous draft analysts consider Russell one of the biggest draft busts of all time. But his contract, and performance, just illustrate how hard it is to evaluate talent.

No one predicted greatness for Tom Brady after the Patriots drafted the former Wolverine in the sixth-round. Same can be said for Russell Wilson taken in the third, or Dak Prescott in the fourth round. 

Great scouts is a plus for your organization, but a little luck never hurt the Patriots and Seahawks from Super Bowl titles. 

FÚTBOL

The big debate in soccer is who's the greatest, Messi or Ronaldo? The pendulum swung in Lionel Messi's favor, after his Barcelona squad beat Cristiano Ronaldo's Real Madrid this past Sunday.

Messi scored the winner against Real, giving the Argentinian 500 goals in a Barcelona uniform. He's reached the milestone in only 577 matches for the club.

Ronaldo owns 518 goals in his time with three different clubs. For club and country, Ronaldo trumps Messi 589-558. 

I would honestly take either one, but this battle for supremacy continues. Both of these all-timers still have gas in the tank. 

FOOD

A question I get often about restaurants is, "What's your favorite place?" I keep a running top five in my head, and can usually rattle it off with ease. In this space two years back, I went through my top five restaurants. With changes to chefs, closings, or moves, thought it was time to update my list.

  • Clancy's-A classic Uptown spot that I truly adore. The atmosphere and the food (veal with crabmeat is a must) make Clancy's top of the class.
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  • Mr. John's-Not only my favorite steakhouse in NOLA, but the appetizers are fantastic too. Onion rings, fried green tomatoes with crabmeat, or meatballs, will start your experience the right way. 
  • Shaya - One of the toughest reservations in the city. The best pita bread I've ever consumed, hands-down. I dip it in everything, and you should too. 
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