What’s All The Fuss About?

April 30th, 2011 by Mike H. | Filed under General.

If you’ve read my non-baseball articles in the past, you’ll know that I am not exactly the biggest football fan in the Philadelphia metro area. To be honest, if it’s not baseball, I am pretty ambivalent towards the outcome of the game. That’s not to say I don’t root for the home teams. Heck, if I got stuck watching the Union somewhere, I’d root for them, but on to my point. I don’t get what all the hype around the NFL draft is all about.

With baseball, there is only really one way to play the game. With football, there are tons of different schemes and systems to learn. Learning to play a certain style of football is not easy by any stretch of the imagination. Then having to translate it from an extra curricular activity into a profession, which may put you in a new role, situation, and/or position, is down right maddening. How does anyone know how Cam Newton or Dan Watkins or whoever will be drafted in this or any other year will do? It seems like a lot of the individual teams pick players based off of assumptions and we all know what happens when we assume things.

"Experts" Yeah Right!

The best part of the whole process is the prognosticators. By definition, to prognosticate means to forecast or predict from present indications or signs. So basically, all the Mel Kipers, Todd McShays, and Mike Mayocks of the world can tell you who they think SHOULD go to a certain team, but honestly what do they really know? For the most part, they sit and look at tape and make assessments based on what they see.

Tape doesn’t tell you about the person. Tape shows ability, but not mentality. So these prognosticators watch tape all year long to blog or go on TV or write an article in the press about what player will be the best overall blah, blah, blah and they actually get paid a hefty amount to give their opinion on who should do what. Then they’ll turn around and tell everyone how well or horrible a team has done selecting players BEFORE any of those players generally have even signed a contract or even play a single down in a system that there is a 50/50 shot they will either succeed or fail.

All of this fuels the fans opinion on how good or bad a pick is/was. I mean how many times have these so-called experts gotten even half of the first round picks correct? Actually identifying which team will select which player. I’ll get off my soap box now and let you enjoy the rest of the 2011 NFL draft.

3 Responses to “What’s All The Fuss About?”

  1. Christian says:

    He’s saying these guys don’t know shit about what nthese players will yurn into and I agree with him. The ‘so-called experts’ are guessing at best. Look at the Eagles first round picks: Brandon Graham, Broderick Bunkley, Freddie Mitchell? These guys all STINK. I could pick better. The number one overall pick in the draft a few years ago, JaMarcus Russell, STINKS. Tom Brady was a sixth rounder, meaning the Patriots though he stunk. Joe Montana was a third rounder, meaning the 49ers though he was so-so. It’s a guessing game, but just sound confident and people will believe you. Similar to the Republicans saying they’re ‘tough on defense’ when the largest attack in the nation’s history (911) happened on their watch! Or that they’re ‘fiscal conservatives’ when both the Great Depression and the current Recession happened on their watch and due directly to their policy of De-regulating the banking industry on both occassions! But keep saying ridiculous shit and (some) people will believe you no matter what. Like Obama wasn’t born in this country, and so on and so on and so on…

    • johnny g says:

      The experts know more than me and you ever will and they give you in-depth scouting reports with the information that available. I don’t see where all the hatred comes from.

  2. johnny g says:

    I’m not even sure what this was about. Very strange article to say the least.