Like all good things, my time in Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl is about to come to a close. I've had so many memories that I'll carry with me for a lifetime that it's hard to pick just ten. Here's what I came up with.
1. Lions assistant defensive line coach Kris Kocurek. The bitter tease that Kocurek could have an actual coronary on any given play gave the scouts and media in attendance something to watch. Kocurek is simply a man possessed. He expects perfection and is never satisfied. The man wakes up sweating and has a permanent vein in his head exposed for all to see. Good luck Mr. Kocurek and I hope your wife has a nice life insurance policy on you.
2. The madness which was "Tebow-palooza." Never has there been such hype surrounding a fourth to fifth-round draft pick. Tim Tebow was mostly abysmal in passing drills and although his intangibles are off the chart, the tangibles of a horrible throwing motion, terrible footwork and a mediocre arm will transfer more effectively to the next level than his ability to "rally the troops" with his world-famous head-butts. The good news is that I had a sore shoulder when I arrived likely from sleeping the wrong way, and Tebow gently brushed by me and I've never felt better. I believe he'll make more money turning water into wine than he will as an NFL quarterback.
3. Various agent's excuses for when their clients do poorly. A defensive end can be pancaked or a wide receiver can drop an easy pass, and it will always be someone else's fault, or the field or weather conditions. I respect their work, as most are great to their clients, but to steal a line from ESPN's Monday Night Countdown, ìCome on man!î
4. The local accents. Nothing makes you feel smarter than when you hear someone with a deep southern accent mumbling about how great of a leader Tim Tebow is.
5. The lines for free stuff. It never ceases to amaze me how many millionaires will wait on a 20-minute line for a handful of shrimp with cocktail sauce.
6. My hotel room. I've traveled extensively in my sports writing/broadcasting career, but I've never previously experienced the amenity which is the automatic morning alarm. Yes, I've had alarm clocks and even wake-up calls but they pale in comparison to the opportunity to be awakened by your neighbor taking a shower. My paper-thin walls allowed me to do some investigative reporting and if I wanted to stalk the fine people next door I could've, but my love for chicken fingers and anything fried was not as great as theirs.
7. My good friends and colleagues at Scout. Whether it was Packer Report's Bill Huber proving to all that he's from Wisconsin by wearing shorts and a bright short-sleeved polo to practice in 40-degree weather, or Ed Thompson's classic goatee and trench coat look making him appear to be the villain in any random spy movie, I love watching my colleagues do what they do. Our most famous colleague, Adam Caplan's relentless schmoozing in search of the next big scoop taught me plenty, and I even learned that SD Bolt Report's Michael Lombardo loves his two cats (most single men wouldn't admit that they own cats).
8. The lack of talent at the quarterback position (each year). I love how no matter how hyped the Senior Bowl quarterbacks are, they always leave us disappointed. At least this year's crop was better than last.
9. NFL experts from random sites I've never heard of. I love the ìotherî draft sites claiming how they have unbelievable inside knowledge, while conversing with them it becomes very apparent that they probably know more about pro lacrosse than the NFL.
10. Finally, I will miss the ex-football players relentlessly hounding each of the current NFL head coaches in search of a job. I overheard one player actually beg as he mentioned about four times in 30 seconds that the coach didn't even need to pay him.
Charlie Bernstein is the host of CB Sports on ESPN Radio 1420 in St. Augustine, and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie is a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports and Sirius NFL Radio, and has been featured on the NFL Network. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.