It’s NFL draft time. It seems that every media outlet from ESPN to my local newspaper has a mock draft or a story predicting which players will be drafted early on on the process. So which part of the country produces the most NFL players?
For that information one need to read Richard Florida’s article on the subject in TheAtlanticCities.com. There you will find a ton of data. Place of birth for all 1846 players on NFL rosters at the 2010 preseason, for example. Here’s the nugget that caught my eye:
Jackson, Mississippi, comes out on top with roughly 35 players per 100,000, followed by Jacksonville, Florida (27); Monroe, Louisiana (20); Lexington, Kentucky (15); Canton, Ohio (11); Lafayette, Louisiana (6); Pine Bluff, Arkansas (4); Athens, Georgia (4); Midland, Texas (3); and Billings, Montana (3) round out the top 10. Of the large metro areas, New Orleans was 16th with 2.5 players per 100,000. Miami is 32nd in player production, Los Angeles is 47th and New York is even further back at 110th.
Just learned from Ben Allen, effervescent executive director of Downtown Jackson Partners that Jackson, Mississippi will be featured in the August issue of Spirit, the magazine of Southwest Airlines. In its history, it has featured four cities: Jacksonville, Tampa, Tulsa and Kansas City. According to Allen, representatives of the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau, the MetroJackson Chamber, Watkins Development and Downtown Jackson Partners made a presentation about the Capital City to the magazine’s production company two days ago. Twenty cities were in the hunt for their 36-page, August 2009 issue, 2.3 million circulation edition.
Cool Al’s didn’t get all those awards just because the location is convenient and the staff treats you like family. Folks, Cool Al’s is the real deal when it comes to burgers. Here are just a few of its awards the past couple of years:
2008 Jackson Free Press Best of Jackson
#1 Best Fry
#1 Best Veggie Burger
#2nd Best Local Burger
# 3rd Best Vegetarian Options
Southern Living Favorite – Southern Living Magazine 2003, 2004, 2005
P.E.T.A. (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) -Garden Burger
Best of Jackson Awards Voted:
“Best Burger” and “Best Veggie Burger” 2004
“Best Burger” and “Best Veggie Burger” 2005
Vegeterian Times: “Stamps Superburger for the Jamaican and West African Veggie Burgers”
And the list goes on.
One of my favorite things to do on a weekend when I’m home alone is to order the large Garden Burger with sauteed onions and mushrooms to go. I should mention that they will tell you that it will be ready in 20 minutes, but I’ve always had to wait when I showed up there 20 minutes later. Anyway, I take that monster veggie burger home and eat half of it while I watch some sporting event on the tube. I take the other half (except the bun) and refrigerate until suppertime when I crumble and mix it with a can of tomato sauce, and then simmer while the spaghetti is cooking. You know the rest of the story.
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