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Anchor Man
Anchor Man
Published by Swampy Meadows
06-22-2018
Anchor Man

WEST BLOOMFIELD (MI) -- Fans of the NFL Draft are aware that the last man taken in the annual pro football meat market is dubbed “Mr. Irrelevant.” The “winning team” makes a big deal out of it and the player so chosen usually gets more publicity than many of the guys taken in earlier rounds.

Younger UD fans might not realize that in 1976 Dayton’s own Kelvin Kirk, a wide receiver and local product from Dunbar HS, was crowned “Mr. Irrelevant.” Kelvin was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the last pick in the 17th round. Kirk never made it to the NFL, but his Wiki page tells us that he played seven seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts, Calgary Stampeders, Saskatchewan Roughriders and Ottawa Rough Riders. Unfortunately, Kelvin died from a heart attack while playing pick-up basketball in 2003.

There is no such award for the NBA Draft, but as you have probably heard by now, this year’s “Anchor Man” was none other than The University of Dayton’s own Kostas Antetokounmpo. Kostas was selected at #60 by the Dallas Mavericks, meaning that he will be teamed with perennial All-Star Dirk Nowitzki and fellow draft import Luka Doncic.

Here is what it looked/sounded like on ESPN:

https://twitter.com/dallasmavs/statu...11182101561344

Interesting quote from Mavs GM Donnie Nelson on Greek Freak 2.0:

“A nice developmental player for us in the G-League.”

Marcus Hartman of The DDN points out one of the shortcomings of the NBA vs. MLB that Kostas will experience firsthand – player development:

https://www.daytondailynews.com/spor...NriEZmjAcByVM/

ESPN College Basketball Analyst Fran Fraschilla has a favorite catchphrase to describe a player like Kostas:

“He’s a few years away from being a few years away.”

Good luck with the Mavs, big fella!

Elsewhere in hoopdom:

-- UD grad Steve Bulpett on the 32nd anniversary of the biggest tragedy in NBA draft history: Len Bias

http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/c...as_still_there

-- Obi Toppin can’t wait for next season, according to Arch in The DDN:

https://www.mydaytondailynews.com/sp...YQdG2m9wSvd2K/

Now with highlight video goodness:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3a9oNT4Jw4

-- Another video, this time on Jordan Davis and Jalen Crutcher:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbLhMUtOYd4

-- More from Marcus Hartman on what to know about the Dayton area’s best basketball prospects:

https://www.daytondailynews.com/spor...zKBeytuNiiw5O/

-- David Jablonski chimes in with a piece entitled “Recruiting for 2020 picks up for Dayton Flyers”:

https://www.daytondailynews.com/spor...S6UpHoYAa67ZP/

-- Fellow Bostonian Jeff Goodman has left ESPN for Stadium.com:

http://awfulannouncing.com/ncaa/jeff...-coverage.html

-- A Deadwood movie finally after all these years? Sign me up!

https://screenrant.com/deadwood-movi...g-kim-dickens/

That’s it “From the Swamp.”
You can email me at: swampy@udpride.com
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