I was in the car yesterday at around 6 pm when I heard on the radio that the lockout had been lifted by a judge somewhere. My immediate thought was that the ruling would make almost no difference in the current labor situation, and from what I can gather, I was correct. This morning we had NFL players showing up to team facilities only to be told they could not work out–if they were even allowed inside. I guess they can sit around, watch Oprah and have a Coke or something, but stay away from the weight room. The NFL requested a stay, immediately appealed the decision and when you leave all this on the stove for a while about the only thing left in the pot is the fact we are dealing with a-holes, here.
They’ll eventually figure this thing out, but not before the draft. I’m sure some Eagles fans had hopes of shuffling Kevin Kolb off to Arizona about 10 seconds after the court ruling for a U-Haul’s worth of picks, but that’s not happening. What we’re headed to on Thursday is what should be the most boring draft of all-time. Teams can’t trade players, they can’t negotiate with the players they pick, and mixed in with all the mundane analysis and projections will be lockout speculation. Bad TV programming gets worse. I feel less interest than ever surrounding this year’s draft, is that the case?
I partially blame the quarterbacks. Almost all drafts, in the hype stage, come down to the quarterbacks. There are a lot of names out there this year, but they all fall short of capturing undivided national attention. If Andrew Luck was coming out and 5 teams were falling all over themselves to trade up to #1 to get him…well, that’s intrigue. This year, no one is creating that kind of interest and the Panthers may take Newton by default. Think this Newton kid is going to be a bust? Probably. Do we have to take him just to be safe? I guess so. After Newton you’ve got Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, and some fan base is going to be crushed when their team selects Andy Dalton. It’s not a great year for the QBs.
I mentioned last year that there is always one guy in the draft that I would want my team to pick up. It’s not always the #1 prospect, and I favor some positions more than others, but it bounces around. Last year I wanted Joe Haden. I think he had a decent year? Did anyone watch the Browns? Well, everyone likes a nice shutdown corner and this draft is once again corner heavy. You’ve got the Prince from Nebraska, you’ve got Jimmy Smith (who has character issues?) from Colorado. I love a guy with a shady background. Love it! Let him fall into my hands. Smith is tempting, but I have to go with Patrick Peterson. He’s a beast. And, he got a 9 on the Wonderlic. So, he’s that good without being smart. I wouldn’t be able to get the card to the podium fast enough.
If you’ve got your eyes on someone, or if you’re even going to bother tracking the Draft this year, let me know. I’d love to hear a decent argument.
Quickly…Tiger is hurt. His knee. His achilles. His knee and achilles. He’s going to miss the Wells Fargo tournament at Quail Hollow, which is the rare event on Tiger’s schedule. I assume he’ll pop up at the Memorial? The US Open? Who knows. Lost in the Schwartzel on Masters Sunday was Tiger’s obvious discomfort on a shot coming into the 18th green. The guy’s knee has to be a wreck, his entire body is probably shredded, and the last thing he needs right now is to be missing time. Poor Tiger.
MLB Underdog of the Day: Yesterday’s Result: Standard Loss. Financial Status: (-730.oo)
Charlie Brown, thoughts on my underdog gambling record:
Thank You, Charlie!
Today’s Selection: Baltimore +115 over Boston.
Quiz of the Day: Tecmo Super Bowl QBs. Category: From the Archives. My Score: 27/28*
Didn’t see a good one today, so this is the first Sporcle quiz I ever attempted, I think. I’m fairly sure that was my score the first time around. It might have been 26. This time I still missed one guy.