A Pseudo-Philosophical Look at the NFL Draft

April 23, 2010 at 11:58 am | Posted in NFL, Ramblings | Leave a comment
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Hello my little bloggonians.

I just wanna say something quickly about a weekend that many NFL fans love. Yes, I’m one of those guys who enjoys having beer and pizza with friends during the NFL Draft; it’s one of the only prototypical guy things I do (other than awkwardly buying drinks for girls at seedy bars). Last night, I chilled with an old buddy of mine and played Madden before and after the draft. It was a privates-scratching good time (which, for those of you not in the know, is a good thing).

I just finished reading Peter King’s well-expected article on SI.com on the draft and it made me think. I don’t much care for King, not because he’s bad at his job (quite the opposite), but I can’t stand a guy who absolutely has to throw in his unrelated personal and political opinions into articles that have absolutely nothing to do with them. I don’t care that you like the new health care bill, or that your parents would be proud that America elected Barack Obama. Just stick with what you’re paid to do, would you please? Anyways, other than that, he’s not terrible.

I bring this up because the Jacksonville Jaguars, at pick #10, selected a guy named Tyson Alualu, a defensive tackle, who was not projected to go until the late 1st/early 2nd round. Peter King, and a lot of other people, excoriated the Jaguars for the pick. Sure, they could have traded down and still maybe picked Alualu, no one really knows. But the GM, Gene Smith, defended himself and said “this is not a popularity contest.”

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The Error of Jim Caldwell

February 11, 2010 at 12:30 am | Posted in NFL | Leave a comment
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I had been wondering for about a month whether Jim Caldwell’s decision to rest his starters in week 16 of the regular season was going to come back and bite him. Many football pundits did, too. Would the Indianapolis Colts regret not going for perfection in December? They were 14-0, and while they weren’t blowing opponents out, they weren’t making mistakes and allowing opponents opportunities. Peyton Manning’s play had been a revelation this year. He was showing the world that he could outplay his positional rival who had bested him the majority of his career: the New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady. He was also showing the world that he could outthink his intellectual rival who had bested him the majority of his career: the New England Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick.

The Colts had already bested the Patriots in terms of most regular season wins this decade, eventually beating them 115-112 (although the Patriots win 126-122 when playoff wins are included; more on that shortly). The only thing they had left to play for was for the vaunted 16-0 mark. But they saw what happened two years ago to their aforementioned arch-nemesis.

They were 18-0, and wound up 18-1.

It hurt to watch. To have come so close to immortality, just to have had it snatched away by upstarts who barely made the playoffs in the first place. Watching the ’72 Miami Dolphins (the only undefeated team in the Super Bowl era) dance on their proverbial grave didn’t help, either.

Jim Caldwell, one of the most successful rookie coaches in NFL history, likely made his decision in the 15th game of the season with that image in mind. He would rather win a Super Bowl with an imperfect regular season record than lose a Super Bowl with a perfect regular season record.

The logic was sound, on the surface.

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Who dat sayin’ eaux neaux ‘bout Drew Brees?

February 10, 2010 at 12:15 am | Posted in NFL | Leave a comment
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So, football season’s finally over. The miraculous, misfit Saints bested the golden boys of the National Football League, the Colts. Was I surprised? Why, yes. Yes I was. I totally foresaw a Colts win, because I thought the NFL would never do anything to harm the legacy of their last pristine arbiter of America’s true pass-time: football. I mean, who else could be its emissary in the Digital Age other than Peyton Manning?

It can’t be Tom Brady; his legacy tumbled after the bone collapsing defeat to the New York Giants two years ago, and subsequent baby-mama drama.

It can’t be LaDainian Tomlinson (I refuse to call him LT; only Lawrence Taylor is LT); he’s too whiny and his team never dominated.

It can’t be Ben Roethlisberger; you aren’t the poster boy for anything after having been accused of rape, guilty or not.

No, it can only be Peyton Manning, the greatest #1 overall pick in the history of football, or so they would tell you. Wait. What’s that? Who do you think could be the emissary of the NFL now, invisible sidekick? Who? Drew Brees? Really?

Well, I suppose. I mean, maybe. He does seem to be the model of overcoming adversity. Consider:

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