By Sean Haugh.
I’m still trying to wrap my mind completely around the up and coming IDP rookie prospects. I’m afraid it is a bit clouded by a number of factors, not the least of which is coming to terms with my most humiliating sports weekend in many years, being both a Sooners and a Panthers fan.
I still haven’t shaken the bad dream where Jake Delhomme has to check with Bob Stoops on the sidelines before every snap and then throws an interception floated in the general direction of Fred Lane.
An even bigger factor is the ever rising amount of complete fiction being reported as hard news. I was asked recently why Sam Bradford would let it slip that he’s coming out for the draft the day before the big game.
Well, because he didn’t! The reporter just made it up.
I blame ESPN, the worldwide leader in completely made up horse hockey. Thanks to them, blatant plagiarism, as well as total made up lies, passed off as news has overrun the sports news market as people ape ESPN. If I were a Cowboys fan, I’d heckle Ed Werder too.
In the face of this torrent of misinformation, it just seems better to wait before publishing any thoughts on who you need to know about for your 2009 fantasy rookie draft. Now that Thursday midnight has come and gone, the only thing that can change the draft pool is the 72-hour “cold feet” window.
I have to admit, as much as I love the whole experience from now until draft day, I’m a bit cynical about the process. Even the most savvy scouts cannot give us much certainty about who will succeed, and some of the arrogant idiots with front office jobs make their incompetence painfully obvious. Thank God for Jets fans, who remind us of this every year.