Posts Tagged ‘NFL Draft’

Overstimulated Other Thoughts

While parked in front of the TV, switching between the NBA playoffs and the draft, with fantasy baseball info updating live on my Macbook, my brain is preparing to melt. Before it does, I felt the need to post some obversations on all three goings on before my head explodes:

  • The draft is stupid. The whole dog-n-pony show is a farce. I find myself tuning in and rapidly changing the channel back to playoff basketball. The thought that it will almost certainly rate higher than basketball on a night when LeBron AND Kobe are playing is just an example of Americans’ blind devotion to football without giving the NBA a chance. There are few things in sports that get me more excited than playoff basketball, and the Super Bowl isn’t one of them (World Cup, Yankees in the playoffs…the Jets last year).
  • What I did catch of the draft made me want to pull the trigger all over Jon Gruden à la this guy. Not every single guy drafted will be a Pro Bowler, but you wouldn’t know it listening to Mr. Gruden. “This guy’s the real deal,” “Earl Thomas will be an All-Pro very soon,” “He’s a heckuva football player.” I know you desperately want another head coaching gig, but showering praise all over every single GM in the NFL on their night to shine is not the way to do it. Okay, rant over.
  • Jake Peavy continues to make everyone wonder what the heck happened to the guy who won the pitching triple crown that one time? 4 IP, 7 hits, 7 walks, 7 runs, 5 Ks. Seven was not my lucky number tonight. He and Scott Baker combined to pretty much nullify yesterday’s beautiful pitching performances.
  • Derrick Rose played better than LeBron James tonight. It was pretty close, and LeBron won the box-score-off (The King had 39 points, 10 boards, 8 assists, 2 steals, 3 blocks, with 5 turnovers vs. Rose’s 32, 7 assists, 2 rebounds, but zero turnovers, and absolutely took over late. There was a stretch where the Cavs were mounting a frenzy of a comeback, but Rose was just doing anything he wanted offensively. He is easily the fastest player in the NBA, and it’s not close. He made Mo Williams/Delonte West look so bad that the Cavs wound up putting Bron Bron on him, which worked. Bulls won though, so that was cool. Sweeps are boring, unless the Yankees do it.

Get out of my way, Saturn

That’s all I got. The one good thing about draft night (recently) is when the Jets pick, and that was a freaking awesome pick in Kyle Wilson. Are you scared yet, league?

At least the Giants got a good pick this year

This blog was started to be a general fantasy sports blog. It is simply a fact of the season that baseball is the sport we are primarily discussing.  With the NFL Draft tonight and my Giants (Yes I am both a Red Sox and Giants fan…weird? Yes it is). holding the fifteenth pick, what better time to write our first non-baseball post?  Draft night is when pro sports most closely resemble fantasy sports as the draft is the basis for most fantasy sports.

I do not want C.J. Spiller at 15 as some sources are suggesting. Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw are more than competent running backs. The problem last year was the defense and the offensive line. Rolando McClain would be a good pick if not for his bout with Crohn’s disease. The risk is just not worth the reward here, even if he would be a great story. The Giants should make the boring and unpopular pick and take Idaho guard Mike Iupati. With a strong offensive line, Jacobs can dominate again.  The defense needs to be addressed, but there is little available at this spot to improve.  The Giants will have to count on the change in defensive coordinators and late round picks to improve that side of the ball.  That being said, with the draft in New York, the Giants are more likely to make the “popular” pick of Spiller.

Boring, but Iupati would be a great pick for the Giants