While the NFL Draft will dominate most local football fans consciousness this weekend, there is still plenty of things to do outside of listen to Rich Eisen, Mike Mayock and Mel Kiper Jr.’s hair bloviate over offensive guards from Eastern Michigan for three straight days. Scott Manze and Richard Miller are here to help.
- Jacksonville Armada FC vs. Indy Eleven, Saturday at 7 p.m., UNF’s Hodges Stadium
- The Armada are coming off of two draws, which keeps them atop the table at 2-0-2. Indy has lost every match so far this year, so this is a golden opportunity for the Boys in Blue to pick up another three points.
- Eradicator Can Release Party, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wicked Barley Brewing Company
- The limited release Double IPA will be available to purchase in six packs, but will also be on tap. There will also be live music and a drawing for a “brew day” at WB. Sounds like a great way to get ready for the Armada match.
- Dalvin Cook and the Stories Behind the Red Flags, Robert Klemko, The MMQB
- With the NFL Draft grabbing headlines everywhere, locally a lot of focus has been on former Florida State running back Dalvin Cook and his curious slide down draft boards. Klemko with some great insight as to Cook’s background and the shady process that is the news cycle leading up to the draft.
- If you happened to miss that record week at the Baseball Grounds two weeks ago, you get a second opportunity from Thursday to Monday to see the Jumbo Shrimp and enjoy one of many shrimp menu items. Jacksonville hosts the Mobile BayBears, and find out when you can go to the Baseball Grounds to help make history for the 2017 season.
- Like the Jumbo Shrimp, the Jacksonville Sharks return home. The Sharks (5-0) will host the Columbus Lions (3-2) Saturday night at the Veterans Memorial Arena. It’s a rematch from Week 1, but this time the Sharks two quarterbacks are questionable for Saturday’s 7 p.m. kickoff. Starter Tommy Grady went down with a leg injury in the second half Monday. Backup Tyron Lewis had to go to the hospital after getting a gash on his arm. The game will also air on YouTube Live and locally on CW17.
- For the Jax Cannons second straight home game we have another fun, evenly-matched AUDL South Division battle. It’s the Cannons’ lone Sunday home game, as the Austin Sol and Cannons (3-1) will play at Stanton High at 1 p.m. Jacksonville lost a thrilling 26-24 overtime matchup to Austin (0-3) in late June last year. Don’t let the Sol’s winless mark fool you. I spoke to Cannons head coach Tuba Benson and last week’s Player of the Game Chris LaRocque on Tuesday.