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A rant about the NFL and the draft

April 24, 2009

Joe Theissman once said:
Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.
I love that quote for multiple reasons but mostly because I have no idea who Norman Einstein is, was he the guy who invented pop tarts? Oh well the NFL draft is tomorrow and the only way you wouldn't know that, is if you don't watch ESPN. Where they remind you every 15 seconds that they are airing the draft with around the clock coverage with experts Mel Kiper and Tood McShay and 30 other talking heads. So I figured I would get on here and make a list of things I would like to know and/or point out before the draft;
  • Mel Kiper is not an expert; Sure he may be called an expert and he has been doing this for years, but what schooling does he have to prove his expertise? He started doing this as a community college student in Baltimore, sending teams his draft advice. He's never played the game, he's never been a coach, he's never been a scout, he's never been an administrator, and he's an expert. Can someone please explain to me the difference between a you-tube commenter watching football highlight reels and Mel Kiper? Other than the fact that one is grossly overpaid.

  • Did you know that only 3 AFC (Indy, New England, and Pittsburgh) teams have been to the Super Bowl since Oakland in 2002? You did, well could you please remind all of the analysts on ESPN? Sometime in 2004, they decided the Raiders were the worst run organization in professional sports and any chance they get they let us know. Sure Al isn't as sharp as he used to be and the team hasn't been above .500 in years; but he also has three Super Bowl trophy's. San Diego and fourteen other teams have zero. The Packers, Redskins, Ravens, Cowboys, and a whole host of teams haven't been to the Super Bowl more recently than the Raiders. I guess it depends on what level of success you deem a good year but isn't going to the Super Bowl, the whole reason they play? They don't play to lose in the first or second round of the playoffs. They play to go the Super Bowl. And Oakland has been more successful in that department than a lot of "great" teams in the league. So when your watching the draft tomorrow and they are lambasting the Raiders for whatever reason, remember there are a lot more teams that haven't won jack in just as long of a time.

  • What is Daniel Snyder doing? Campbell is a decent quarterback. Why not let Campbell have more than one season under the same offense and then make a judgement? If Sanchez was that good, wouldn't the Lions be drafting him?

  • I know I just defended Oakland a second ago, but I want to ask Al something. Would you please stay away from a wide receiver in the first round? Jamarcus needs a line. Can you make sure to get him some protection? Hint: Draft Michael Oher. Michael Lewis wrote a book about the guy, so he must be pretty awesome.

  • Super Bowl in London. Are you kidding me? How is this a good idea?
Since the NFL wants so badly to be big in Europe, I figured I would post a song by my new favorite band Phoenix. They hail from France, and I think the lyrics are perfect for this situation.



That is all; enjoy the draft, the NBA playoffs, and the beautiful weather this weekend is expected to bring.

2 comments:

sanju said...

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April 25, 2009 at 2:40 AM
Teach said...

seriously, espn actually makes me anticipate the draft less. no one has said anything different in the last 2 to 3 months.

and thanks for the love, sanju. we appreciate it.

April 25, 2009 at 10:50 AM

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