Ed Marinaro: “I got the hint”

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The second night of the draft has highlighted by former NFL player and actor Ed Marinaro thinking he was the headliner. Marinaro opted to convert the opportunity to call the Vikings’ second-round pick into a full-blown filibuster.

Enter Ashton Ramburg, who walked to the podium and politely told Marinaro to just read the damn card.

“It was probably the first time anybody ever got the hook giving a presentation,” Marinaro told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. It definitely wasn’t, but it was the first time it happened during the NFL draft.

“I certainly didn’t set out to create a brouhaha that it turned into,” Marinaro told Tomasson. “It’s just kind of weird. Obviously, I’m aware of what a lot of people thought, but a lot more people thought it was fun and entertaining.”

In fairness to everyone, Ed, most people thought it was neither fun nor entertaining. It only became entertaining when Ramburg entered to tell Marinaro to exit.

“It wasn’t like it was a conscious effort to be kind of self indulging, if you will,” Marinaro said. “I just thought it was fun. I just provided a little bit of entertainment, if you will. . . . I was sort of surprised. I thought she was going to give me a Will Smith slap or something. But I got the hint.”

He definitely did. After brushing her away and contemplating whether he should refuse the direction to just read the name on the card and leave, Marinaro did his job and ended his moment in the sun. A moment that only felt like an eternity.

Marinaro seemed to try to blame the moment on someone backstage at the draft.

“I said [to a draft representative], ‘What do we do? Should I say something fun,’ and she said, ‘That’d be good.’ So that’s kind of what I did,” Marinaro said. “I got caught up in the moment when I got out there when the fans were screaming, and it was a little overwhelming. I felt like the Pope up there with all those fans. I really didn’t think about the time. They didn’t say to me, ‘You’ve got 60 seconds.’”

They probably didn’t because they don’t have to. Very rarely does someone get cranked up while making the pick. Usually, it’s entertaining. Friday night, it objectively was not.

“I just went out there and tried to have a good time and bring some humor to the thing,” Marinaro said. “For the most part, I think the fans enjoyed it. When [Ramsburg] came out and told me to read the card, I think they were booing at it.”

They weren’t booing at her, Ed.

“It’s just sort of funny they’re attacking me,” Marinaro said. “With all due respect, who are these people attacking me with what I’ve done in my life, my resume? You wonder who these people are, how they feel qualified. Somebody called me a D-list actor. I’m 72 years old and I’ve got people attacking me. It was like I committed a mortal sin or whatever to a lot of people who got real serious about this draft.”

Marinaro, after that paragraph wholly lacking in self-awareness, seemed to realize that he indeed deserves some of the blame.

“I guess I overdid the fun part,” Marinaro told Tomasson. “I just got caught up in the spirit of the whole thing, the energy. I just wanted to kind of have a little fun, but I’ll probably never get to do that again. They probably will never invite me back.”

For everything he got wrong on Friday night, he definitely got that one right. We’ll before likely see Will Smith at the Oscars again before we see Ed Marinaro at the draft.

That said, if/when Minnesota hosts the draft, there has to be a fun way to rekindle the moment. As long as Marinaro is in on the joke, it could work.

40 responses to “Ed Marinaro: “I got the hint”

  1. Why do some people feel like they can tell everybody what is funny or not. I personally thought it was funny including and especially the ending. Lighten up Francis

  2. He wasn’t the only presenter that appeared to be enjoying Vegas a little.

  3. He says “I” more than anyone since the guy who once played the President.

  4. For a moment, he thought he was doing a one-man play on Broadway. He thought everyone was there to see him.
    Plus, it’s obvious that he misses the adulation of large crowds.

  5. I actually loved Ed Marinaro’s impromptu moment. It was quite entertaining and built up the suspense. We need more Ed and less Tagliabue!

  6. I got a chuckle out of it. I didn’t know who it was at first, I didn’t hear him announced. Definitely different.

  7. Excellent speech, but now we need a dedicated forum for follow-up questions about all of the interesting topics he opened up!

  8. This article dedicated to this fool was almost as long as his speech. This guy…he has to be acting to be this tone deaf and zero self awareness.. Goodness gracious

  9. I thought it was pretty entertaining, though there were base notes of Eastwood at the 2012 GOP convention.

  10. Ashton Ramburg handled it great – kept a smile on her face. I don’t think I was the only one who thought she worked for the Vikes – with that purple outfit. Sure it was annoying as hell, but here we are a couple of days afterward and are still talking about it.

  11. It wasn’t fun or funny or interesting. Clearly, this is not the first time Marinaro inadvertently played the roll of turd in the punch bowl.

  12. Poor Ed. He’s such a nice guy. Sadly this may the moment that most people remember about his football career. Hopefully he gets an Emmy nomination for his effort.

  13. doctorrumack says:
    May 1, 2022 at 6:58 pm
    Why do some people feel like they can tell everybody what is funny or not. I personally thought it was funny including and especially the ending. Lighten up Francis

    ………………………….

    Exactly. But Floor. E. Oh. is insufferably pretentious and pretends to know what everyone else thinks, or should think.

  14. I watched the draft to see who the Vikings drafted , not whatever show he wanted to put on.

  15. In fairness to him, I bet a lot more people know him now than before the draft. Hec, I didn’t even watch any of the draft after the first round, but I went out of my way to see this. So fair play to him for finding a harmless way to get his name circulating one more time and adding something different to the later draft rounds.

  16. As I said before, he reminded us all of basically every Viking fan out there: Drunk, throws a subtle dig at Green Bay, self centeredly bloviates about absolutely nothing, and is finally asked to leave after overstaying their welcome.
    Typical. 🤣

  17. I missed the intro so I didn’t even realize who it was until he said something about Blue Mountain State.

    You guys need to chill. I got a chuckle out of it. Certainly better than the guy fake collapsing on stage or the other streamer dude-Dr Demento or Mayhem whatever the guys name is.

  18. Viking Fan could learn something from this guy; stop your incessant yapping.

  19. It was different. He didn’t commit a crime. Some thing that was more boring and insufferable than Marinaro’s speech was this article telling everyone that his speech as boring and insufferable.

  20. Sad to say but it was better than watching Roger give out fake bro hugs all night !

  21. Hey PFT. It was funny. Didn’t bother me at all. Good player good guy. 72 years old. What’s the big deal??

  22. I’m not a Viking fan but this was definitely the best part of the draft! It’s a long and pretty boring show… do we need 12 hours of just the studio yucksters making half researched takes? Please. We need more of this in EVERY draft moving forward. People that didn’t like it might need to lighten up a little

  23. So the league is pissed about this at an event where we have to wait 20 minutes for the first team to announce their pick even thought they’ve known for 3 weeks who’d they take? Got it

  24. Followed by the look on Rich Eisen’s face as the Blue Man Group invaded (and stayed) the NFL Network set in the 5th round. The 5th round. Players are coming off the board and the blue guys doing the same shtick they’ve been doing since 91 and Eisen is just sitting there. Somewhere Mike Mayock plotzed

  25. Let’s be real. He was a good player a long time ago. He is a narcissist. He does not get it. He thinks he is funny, he is not. He thinks he is clever, he is not. He is to announce the pick, he did not. He was boring!

  26. It wasn’t funny and I shut off the TV and went and did something else. That being said, he should be invited back every year hereon to announce the Vikings second pick and someone should go out and get him and walk him off the stage. It would be a great shtick. every year.

  27. Thankfully I tunes in to see who the Browns would select two picks after Minnesota. I thought Ed Marinaro gave us one of the most genuine and funny moments of the draft.

  28. The 73 Vikings called a Super Bowl swing pass to Marinaro, who was within a Curtis Johnson fingernail of going 64 yards to the house and making it a game!
    The called the same swing pass over Lee Roy Jordan in the 75 Hail Mary game, and he just missed breaking that for a 75 yard TD.
    The guy had his moment in the football sun, and if it’s any consolation to us nobodys, the players have a lot farther to fall in their nostalgia than we do.

  29. There is a long wait between picks. If somebody wants to get up there and tell a football story, I’m all for it. It made two minutes of the long wait less boring, and the crowd seemed mellow about it. Huge overreaction to whale on Marinaro, but that’s Twitter for you. I don’t blame him for being bemused by the attacks.

  30. “It’s just sort of funny they’re attacking me,” Marinaro said. “With all due respect, who are these people attacking me with what I’ve done in my life, my resume? You wonder who these people are, how they feel qualified. Somebody called me a D-list actor. I’m 72 years old and I’ve got people attacking me. It was like I committed a mortal sin or whatever to a lot of people who got real serious about this draft.”
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    Welcome to the 21st century Ed, people now days if it doesn’t concern them,glofiy them or takes their limelight away they don’t like it. You have social media to thank for that, everyone is branding themselves. They have no respect for others who have come before them. I thuoght the bit funny but Ed you also need to understand this is a live broadcast and they do have a timeline.

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    mblade says:
    May 1, 2022 at 9:54 pm
    Let’s be real. He was a good player a long time ago. He is a narcissist. He does not get it. He thinks he is funny, he is not. He thinks he is clever, he is not. He is to announce the pick, he did not. He was boring!
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    Let’s be real here you’re gonna be old and boring some day too, if you’re not all ready.

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    The guy was reminiscing – its what you do when you get old and there is nothing wrong with it. he acived a lot more in his life than most of the knucleheads posting here including myself. Give em a break huh?

  31. Ok, so his presentation was awkward to sit through and dowmroght painful to watch. But….why the vitriol for this old guy? No harm done, right? I’m surprised I haven’t seen more chatter about Chris Angel’s hilariously lame tricks that were shoe horned into the show, for some reason I can’t fathom. Magicians on TV….never really that impressive.

  32. I thought he was a clown when I watched it, but after seeing this take on it… I’m realizing I must have been wrong initially.

  33. Marinaro should have won the Heisman Trophy, so I’ll give him a break. They stole that from him. No big deal if he steals a few seconds of airtime.

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