03 May 2006

TMQ's Draft Coverage Special

Gregg Easterbrook has moved back to ESPN from the NFL Network and has provided his yearly draft coverage. Some of the highlights:

On teammates taken high:
"Tuesday Morning Quarterback has long been suspicious of cases in which two highly drafted players played similar positions on the same college team. In 1998, for example, quarterback Peyton Manning of Tennessee was a first-round choice, and wide receiver Marcus Nash of Tennessee also a first-round choice. Nash was a bust: Manning had made him look better than he was. Call it Nearby Nepotism -- beware of collegians who played near other good collegians. Nearby Nepotism ran wild at this year's draft. Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk went fifth, then Ohio State linebacker Bobby Carpenter went 18th -- most likely they made each other seem better. Three members of the Florida State front seven -- Ernie Sims, Kamerion Wimberly and Brodrick Bunkley -- went in the first 14 selections, and most likely made each other look better. The cake was taken when three of NC State's four defensive linemen went in the first 26 selections. NC State had a 6-5 record -- if its D-line was so fabulous, how come the team barely broke .500?"

On Buffalo:
"The only teams to vote against the CBA were Buffalo and Cincinnati, both low-grossing franchises that believe -- falsely, in all likelihood -- they won't be able to compete against high-grossing franchises as the salary cap skyrockets. In many areas of life, the key question is "compared to what?"" (There's a whole segment on this.)

On draft predictions:
"So far as I can determine, not one single mock draft in the entire local space-time continuum had Williams first. (Actually, mine did, but I didn't finish my board until late Friday night.)"

He also has a rundown of each teams' draft performance, some objective Buffalo and Oakland bashing, a few words about how SAWB still hasn't tallied up the winner of the draft progonstication (just kidding), and other odds and ends. It's certainly worth the rather long read.


At 10:31 AM, Blogger Laddi said...

"Right now ESPN is light years better than NFL Network. I flipped back and forth between the two during the draft and ESPN is just objectively better. ESPN has more personality, more insight, more on-scene reporting, better visual variety."

Maybe that's the difference between ESPiN workers and the rest of us average joes. This "personality" ESPN supposedly has is what turns a lot of folk off. "Boo-yah" "backbackbackbackbackbackbackback" "He...could...go...all...the..way" "Da Raidahs"


If anyone is listening to Michael Irvin for insight into anything (except maybe where the best dealer in town is), I feel sorry for.

Insight? Mel Kiper.... over...rated... with...a...bad...tupee.

Mike Mayock with NFL Network had the closest mock for the 10 top of any expert.

On-scene reporting may go ESPN's way, but really, what is there to report aside from who got drafted and the trades. That's all I care about. I could give two poops about these touchy-feely stories or what the old Jets coach thought about anything. Like he's going to let any real scoops public.

Finally, better visual variety? Only if you're trying to induce an epileptic seisure. ESPN tries too hard. Visual variety? If I wanted video game like visuals, I'd turn on my Playstation.

An ESPiN personality saying they are light-years better than NFL Network is missing the point of why the NFL Network is better. It's simpler, easy to approach, has actual NFL players as commentators, and comes to the table with an air of professionalism for adults. Yes, the players may be unpolished in front of the camera, but so what. As long as they get the information correct, I can stand a few nervous stutters. The info is often better or at least as good as the ESPN hacks.

Lastly, ESPN Radio made the worst faux pas during the draft. In order to be "the first" to get information out, the guy they had emceeing the radio show would make certain he'd tell the audience who was selected. "I get the selections on this monitor. It's updated as they are informing the commissioner.". Thanks. Really, instead of waiting at most 60 seconds for the listeners to hear Tagliabue call it out, you HAVE TO make sure everyone knows YOU"VE been privileged to learn the selection a whole minute earlier than everyone else. ESPiN, some of your audience actually like the live favor of the draft, not "the scoop" which spoils the whole thing.

ESPN sucks, and they don't even care to recognize why. Such a shame.

At 10:46 AM, Blogger Dante said...

Yeah, I got a chuckle out of that, too. Gregg Easterbrook was a ESPN colunist who then moved over to the NFL Network. Now he's back at ESPN after NFL Network decided not to renew his contract. I'd take any comparisons between ESPN and NFL Network from him with a grain of salt.


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