As I sit here at my computer, several things from the week stand out for me.
First, of course, is the NFL Draft. I sat zombie-like on my couch this past weekend watching all the "drama", which is about what the Oakland Raiders did also. Is everyone in the organization hitting the pipe?
I realize I'm not the first person to pile on the Raiders' draft, but my goodness, have there ever been two more mystifying picks than Oakland's first two?
Taking Darrius Hayward-Bey was bad enough. Sure he runs fast, but as bad as the Raiders need help, don't you take a more polished receiver? Now you have a physically gifted but unpolished quarterback throwing to an unpolished but physically gifted receiver. That's sure to work out well.
Then, picking Michael Mitchell in round two. Now, I am sure this kid can play, but are you serious? Ohio University had a second team All-Conference safety this year, but it was junior Steven Jackson. Like Bey, excuse me, Heyward-Bey, Mitchell runs fast but really hasn't come close to proving himself to be deserving of a pick that high.
But, what do I know? Maybe nothing, but with Al Davis' recent track record, I wouldn't bet on it.
This was yet another classic example of a team putting potential and 40 times over production and polish. If you're the Patriots or Steelers you can afford to take on players who need a few years to mature, but not if you're the Raiders—you need help now. I just don't see Cliff Branch and Jack Tatum here.
Now, as for the Lions' pick of Matthew Stafford. He may be John Elway Jr., but if you're 0-16, I'm getting me a tackle or a defensive lineman.
You can win in the NFL with average or even below average quarterbacks as long as they don't make a lot of big mistakes, but somebody has to block and tackle, which the Lions didn't do last season.
I just wouldn't commit $41 million to a QB, only to have him running for his life because he has no blocking, and then I don't have that $41 million to buy him any blockers.
Offensive and defensive linemen tend to be easier to transfer to the NFL, while figuring out quarterbacks is like brain surgery.
Of course, in today's NFL you have to pay the top pick some looney amount, so I guess it's impossible to win anyway. There just has to be a rookie salary scale. You shouldn't want to get rid of the first pick. If the veterans and the Player's Association don't get on this one, the vets are gonna be getting shortchanged more and more.
Enough about the draft.
Now to a sport I don't even like—hockey. I mean, it's named after...never mind. Still, have you ever seen a wilder ending than Game 7 in the Hurricanes-Devils series? That's just not supposed to happen. Almost makes me wanna become a fan....nah.
In the NBA, the loss of KG seems to have doomed the Celtics, if not now, soon.
It's gonna be the Kobe-LeBron match up everyone wants I guess. I just don't see it any other way. Then we'll hear it all; Bird-Magic, Wilt-Russell. I am looking forward to seeing it, it could be the biggest ratings extravaganza the league has had in many years. Though LeBron seems to be getting better seemingly from game to game, I still think it's the Lakers.
And while we're on the subject, the time we are in now may be as good as the NBA has ever been for star power. I know modern technology makes it easier to create stars, but finding a time in history where we had this many true greats is close to impossible. Kobe, LeBron, D-Wade, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, KG—it's insane. Still, no MJ baby.
Finally, baseball. I grew up playing it and I've always loved it, but now it seems like watching grass grow. However, Jacob Ellsbury's steal of home the other night was classic. It happens so rarely, and he even stumbled a few steps before the plate. You can only watch so many home runs and cup adjustments, but that was exciting.
Well, that's just what's on my mind. I'm sure you agree with every word.
Until next time....
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