The National Football League Draft kicked off Thursday night in Arlington, Texas, where college players are selected by pro teams and paid lots of money to play on Sundays. The event is a theatrical enterprise, with wall-to-wall television cameras and loud, thematic music.
Outside, after the first round ended, about 50 people stood at a major intersection trying to hail a cab. One guy described to his driver how to recognize him on the street:
“I’m with a guy wearing a Jets, No. 28 jersey.”