This year, Twitter and the NFL media have taken to Bob McGinn's draft preview series like moths to a flame. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel columnist has published his positional breakdowns and rankings over the past week-plus, each with a bevy of anonymous quotes from scouts about various players.
Those quotes have made for a week of criticizing and making fun of these scouts for perceived ridiculous comments. Take, for example, one comment that Vernon Butler of Louisiana Tech stood out on film because he wore a single-digit number (9) in college drew plenty of laughs from Draft Twitter.
On Wednesday, though, we may have achieved peak ridiculousness. Here is an excerpt from McGinn's piece on the defensive backs, talking about Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple:
More fun anonymous scout takes from Bob McGinn's previews. On cooking skills: pic.twitter.com/owUXd3WbXg— Tex Western (@TexWestern) April 27, 2016
There are probably lots of people in all walks of life who don't know how to cook. But many of them are even successful people in their field! (As long as their field is not cooking, that is.) Apple's chosen field is most definitely not cooking.
Maybe Mr. Anonymous Scout should relax about the cooking thing and not make that a relevant part of his assessment of a football player. After all, maybe there's a good reason why Eli Apple doesn't cook. Maybe he lived in a house with a professional chef as a boy and didn't ever have to cook, and then went to a major college football program which probably provided most of his meals for him. Oh wait. That's exactly what happened.
Once Twitter picked up on that scout's quote this morning, it spread far and wide and eventually reached the eyes of Apple's mother, Annie. She explains a thing or two about the Apple family's eating habits in a message to the scout who made that comment:
Btw, Eli's dad is a retired five star chef. We eat well. So stop playing with our name. Next time you say our name, put some respeck on it— Annie Apple (@SurvivinAmerica) April 27, 2016
Preach, Mrs. Apple. This response was magnificent.
Is it Thursday night yet?
BONUS: Not only is this comment silly, Apple himself refuted it:
Eli Apple on anonymous scout saying he can't cook: "False! I was one of the best cooks on the team. I used to cook breakfast all the time."— Bart Hubbuch (@BartHubbuch) April 27, 2016