Cate Blanchett, the new Duke of Cambridge and Robert Downey Jr. have all trodden the atmospheric boards at Wilton’s Music Hall in east London. They’ve also confronted its ripe 1720s drains and leaky roof.
At one point in last night’s NFL draft, probably sometime after Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles was taken with the third pick and before Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was selected 22nd by Cleveland in a stirring turn of draft day deal-making -- maybe it was right around the time two of Manziel’s teammates were drafted ahead of him (back to back, with the sixth and seventh picks) -- the camera flashed to Manziel with his head in his hands, and one of the announcers on the broadcast said, “This is shoulder-chip building time,” or words to that effect.
Jadeveon Clowney was selected by the Houston Texans with the No. 1 pick in the National Football League draft, while Johnny Manziel waited 2 1/2 hours before going 22nd overall to the Cleveland Browns.